Father Larry's Letters

"Father Larry's Letters" are a weekly letter/journal about the many events occurring within and around the St. Luke's community.

Days of Pilgrimage, Prayer and Blessing

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

This has been a memorable week for St. Luke’s. The weather has been more like July in Iowa than September but we still had a great week. The week was filled with our Pilgrimage Days. We began on Wednesday with the Year of Faith focus on 7 of the 10 themes outlined by Pope Benedict for the year. As the RE students came in to meet their teachers and to find out where their classrooms were, they had a chance to explore these Year of Faith themes.

Between the two Year of Faith sessions, we had our 1st Pilgrimage Day celebration. We used the Book of Blessings for opening a Pilgrimage, said the 1st decade of the Luminous Mysteries and concluded with the Pilgrimage. These last two would be part of each of our Pilgrimage days. Then we took the Sacred Heart Statue supplied by the Knights of Columbus and blessed it at our building Site.

Thursday evening, we had Adoration out at the Shrine on our building Site. A good number people came to pray in the presence of the Lord. It was wonderful to realize the presence of the Lord on the future home for St. Luke’s. Friday evening, evening prayer, the decade of the rosary and the pilgrimage prayer were prayed by a growing number of parishioners. Saturday at 8:30 am, over 110 people met at OLIH for the Lady’s-2-Luke Bike/Run/Walk.

After prayers, Fr. Steve blessed us all and sent us on our way. Most all were in shortly after 9:30 am - way to go everyone.

On Sunday, Bishop Pates celebrated the 9:00 am Mass with us at Ashland Ridge. Afterward, we went out to Watercrest Park and to the Site. A large number walked from the park to St. Luke’s escorted by the Knights of Columbus, singing and saying the last decade of the Luminous Mysteries. Once at the site, Bishop Pates led the blessing of our ground and joined in the ground breaking itself. After representatives from OLIH, St. Luke’s, the Architects and the Contractors helped move some ground, the young people were invited to come with their shovels - and they did! Some of the dirt went home with them! With that the Pilgrimage days were completed and we enjoyed refreshments. Thank you Bishop Pates and all who worked to make these days successful. The existing Church of St. Luke’s is taking steps to make the facilities of our parish a reality. May the Lord’s blessing come to us all.

Stop by after Masses this weekend at our Ministry Fair and learn more about St. Luke’s ministries and how to join in our activities.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann