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.

Celebrating - Parish Picnic - July 4th

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

What a beautiful day today! The rain and storms that were to come did not - maybe later.

On Monday, June 9, I was at the wake for Ron Gass from St. Theresa’s. The pastor was on vacation so I took the wake and the funeral the next day. He was the person who opened the church each morning and prepared things for Mass. He will be missed by family and parish.

Tuesday evening, the St. Luke’s School Marketing committee met and discussed with Principal Sally Nicholson the kinds of things we could do to let people know about our school. There was good discussion about the July float for the school in the Summerfest parade. The Recruitment-Welcome committee was meeting at the same time and they shared some of their common ideas about the parade and float. The Recruitment-Welcome committee made the final plans for the Parish Picnic to be held with food at noon at Big Creek Park Shelter #1.

Wednesday evening, the Liturgical Furnishings committee met to review the needed items for our Worship Space. We reviewed the possible use of granite for the altar top and to carry that same granite for use in the Ambo, the tabernacle shelf and the Baptismal font. Ideas for the design of the same were shared. Iowa Prison Industries will put together a CADD design from ideas shared and give us a price for the work. Design ideas will be sent to them very soon.

Thursday evening, the St. Luke’s Pastoral Council held its regular meeting. Minutes from the various committees were reviewed. The council appreciated all the work being done by the Building Committee with its various Sub-Committees. The council agreed to sponsor the Bike-Walk-Run again this year - possibly the 1st Saturday in September. This year the thought was to go from Watercrest Park back to OLIH. They also agreed to be the sponsor for the October 19 St. Luke’s Feast Day Pasta Dinner. The council will work very closely with the Knights of Columbus.

Friday at noon, I met for the monthly meeting of the Marriage Tribunal at the Catholic Pastoral Center. Later that evening I enjoyed the presentation of the “Merchant of Venice” at the Salisbury House.

Saturday afternoon I attended the 60th Wedding Anniversary for Andrew and Kathy Tripses from St. Anne’s. She is a deacon at their church. At the 4:30 pm Mass, we celebrated the baptism of Genevieve Margaret Reichling and Liam Christopher Mohr. The 1st cousins did very well at their baptisms.

Sunday, Kaylee JoAnn Sander was baptized after the 9:00 am Mass. After both baptisms, I enjoyed the gatherings with family.

This last week, I enjoyed going out to the building site almost every day. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 31 or the 34 pre-cast concrete panels were put in place for the gym. It makes a large presence even from a distance. Five truckloads of steel also have been delivered. There could be a lot of activity getting all this in place.

I do hope that you were able to get some insight into El Salvador from Fr. Reynaldo’s presentation this weekend. It is a great way to get a feel for another culture in another part of our world. May our help enable their priests and catechists to serve the needs of their diocese.

During these days, join your prayers with others throughout the nation in the Fortnight for Freedom. Pray that our religious freedom will be protected even as we celebrate the birth of our nation.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann