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.

Falling Leaves, Resting Earth, Promise of New Life

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

With regret, I noticed driving back from lunch that more trees have lost their leaves than have kept them so far this fall. The array of fall colors are slowly disappearing, giving way to the grey-brown of dormancy.

Last Sunday, the 4th Annual St. Luke’s Feast Day Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction was a great success! Thanks to all those who took leadership and invited others to help set up, cook, serve, bus the tables, take down and clean up. Thanks too, for all who worked to make the Silent Auction a great success. It appears that after bills are paid, St. Luke’s will clear $4,500. I appreciate all from St. Luke’s and their supporters for what you did to make this day a success.

Monday morning, October 20, I left to drive down to Nashville, Tennessee, to visit the Dominican Sisters at the St. Cecilia’s Motherhouse. They are a teaching order and have many teaching mission assignments across the USA and some in international places. I was received with wonderful hospitality, and joined in their 6:15 am Tuesday community Mass. After breakfast, I visited with Mother Ann Marie, the Prioress General, and one of her education associates. We visited about the possibility of having Dominican sisters teach at St. Luke’s. At this time, she did not have sisters who could come. But they will take some time to look at the possibilities and will let us know by December. It was good to present some of the excitement of starting a new Catholic School and see their interest grow. I made my way back home after lunch that day, arriving late Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, October 22, I met with my priests’ support group at Christ the King in Des Moines. It is good to be able to pray together and to share things that are happening in our ministry and spiritual lives.

Thursday after Mass and Adoration, the Social Concerns Team had its monthly meeting at St. Anne’s. We continued our Study of “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell. It is an insightful study that the Parish Pastoral Council will begin to study as well. We reviewed the last year’s focus on supporting St. Joseph’s Emergency Family Shelter. We reviewed our “Charter” from the beginning of our Team formation and will make some adjustments.

On Friday, October 24, Tonya Eaton and I went out to visit with Dr. Jerry Deegan at Dowling Catholic High School. I wanted to share with him that the Nashville Dominicans have some interest in having one of their sisters work there. We also wanted to discuss some of their efforts at marketing and ways of receiving input from parents.

Saturday and Sunday were amazingly peaceful days. After finishing my preparation for the weekend liturgies, I enjoyed the Masses. I especially appreciated how Travis and Katie Funseth shared their story of Lourdes Bernadette Funseth. What a beautiful sharing. They have a family saint in heaven praying for them.

The construction continues to make progress even as the rain comes and goes. The South parking and drive is ready for concrete to be poured. Framers are working to get the worship area framed. Roofers are covering the steel beams with wood so that the roof panels can be attached. Much plumbing and electrical conduit is in place, including parking and driveway light pole bases. Window frames and roof panels are scheduled to be installed the week of November 3.

May the souls of all your loved ones rest in the loving hand of our God this special weekend of prayer.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann