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.

Will Frost Come Out of the Ground?

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I am rejoicing in the sunshine as I write this letter. However, the temperature outside is about 26 degrees! It is still like winter instead of the spring that the calendar tells us is happening. But some have said that the frost is slowly leaving the ground! Hurry sunshine!

During the week of March 10, lots of things were unfolding. The St. Luke’s School Board Interview committee finished three more interviews for our 1st St. Luke’s School Board principal and met afterward to prioritize those interviewed. At the same time, the Recruitment-Welcome Team had their regular meeting.

On Wednesday, March 11, representatives from the Building Committee and the Kitchen Subcommittee met with Louis Bolton of Bolton-Hay, commercial kitchen suppliers and Lyndley Kent from our architect company to detail our kitchen needs. Details needed for the architect’s construction drawings were set in motion for the next couple of days.

On Thursday evening, the Parish Pastoral Council had its regular meeting at St. Anne’s while the St. Luke’s School Board met to review the progress of hiring our principal. Friday at noon, I met for the monthly Tribunal session at the Catholic Pastoral Center. Later that afternoon, I met with the Louise Funaro family to talk about her funeral that would be held the following Monday at St. Theresa’s.

The weekend saw the beginning of Spring Break. That meant that most meetings were cancelled or transferred to later dates. I did have an opportunity to help with the All Saints Lenten Penance Service on Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 pm. That evening, the “Good News People” weekly meeting with St. Patrick’s Day delights.

And speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, I did host Shelby County Priests for cards and Italian Sausage Soup. Thanks to Nancy and Kathy for the brownies and cornbread that made wonderful additions to the soup.

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-19 allowed me to get serious about gathering information for my 2013 taxes. Fortunately, I have a friend who has done them for me for years. I need to gather and organize things so head and tail can be made of them. I think it is pretty well in hand for now.

On Thursday afternoon March 20, the Priests of the Region had their quarterly meeting at St. Anthony’s. It is good to keep in touch with what is happening in the metro area parishes. On Friday, I met with a couple planning their wedding to be celebrated at St. Ambrose Cathedral in October. That evening, I enjoyed the OLIH Fish Fry and then gathered at St. Anne’s with several of our St. Luke’s 500 card club players. There was still time enough to get home and take in the Iowa State basketball game.

On Saturday March 22, we celebrated the 1st RCIA Scrutiny with Roger Haines from St. Luke’s. It is a series of three times of prayer for him as he approaches the sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Keep him in your prayers.

At that Mass and on Sunday as well, I had the privilege of welcoming and introducing our 1st St. Luke’s School Principal. She is Sally Nicholson. Sally had a chance to tell us a bit about herself and to spend some time with folks in the parish. You will hear more about her and from here in the near future. She will begin her work with St. Luke’s on July 1, 2014, but no doubt she will be planning and visiting even before then. Welcome Sally!

Keep her in your prayers and keep St. Luke’s 1st Phase construction in prayer as well. Lots will begin to happen in the next couple of weeks!

Fr. Larry Hoffman