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.

Summer Days give way to School Days

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

We thank God for the beautiful and much needed rain this last week. We continue to be blessed with mild and wonderful summer weather and we thank God for that gift as well. Some will enjoy the fair with God’s blessings.

Last Sunday, August 3, I traveled to Missouri Valley to have dinner with some friends from the time I was stationed in Harrison County. Monday was a good day sleeping in and a nice bicycle ride. The trail toward Slater really is nice.

On Tuesday, August 5, I met with my spiritual director for our monthly meeting. That afternoon, I met with a former school administrator. We discussed the possibility of his helping us with some of the things that need to be done to prepare for St. Luke’s School between now and August of 2015. That evening, the Liturgical Furnishings sub-committee met. We had received the proposal for the altar from Iowa Prison Industries and the cost of this proposed work. We are waiting for the other proposed items with their costs. Discussion of other furnishings and liturgical items was also held.

On Wednesday, August 6, I enjoyed the Supper Club pot luck at Bob and Kathy Lickteig’s. Great burgers! Happy birthday was sung to Deb Troxel as we enjoyed ice cream cake.

Thursday I did some visiting to parishioners in rehab facilities in Des Moines and in Madrid. After Mass and adoration that evening, the Liturgy Committee had its monthly meeting. We continued to study and discuss the Constitution on the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council. It was noted that a characteristic of the liturgy was to be “noble simplicity.” It was felt that this “simplicity” could be helped if all would do their ministry with its movements slowly and reverently.

On Friday, I met for the monthly Tribunal at the Catholic Pastoral Center. After we met, we enjoyed lunch with the Seminarians and the Serra Club. We had a chance to be introduced to the 28 seminarians starting their school year in just a few days. Keep this wonderful number of young men in your prayers as they discern their vocations and prepare for priesthood.

Saturday morning, the regular Baptism Preparation session was held for St. Luke’s at St. Anne’s. It is great to use the program developed by the St. Joseph’s Education Center. That evening after the 4:30 pm Mass, I had the privilege of blessing the home of Marlene Maire. Afterward, we went out for dinner. Thanks Marlene.

Sunday at 1:00 pm, the Stewardship Committee held its regular meeting at St. Anne’s. Preparation for the Parish Directory, information about the “Pillars of Stewardship” and the Ministry Fair continued. That evening at 6:00 pm, the St. Luke’s School Board had a special meeting to address the steps we need to take to get a new principal for our School. More information later.

Progress on our building site continues. The electricians have been working to get the underground work done before the cement slab is poured in the various areas. The plumbers continue to work on the underground work they have and to begin the roof drains that feed into that underground draining system. Further steel work for a roof hatch opening is being planned. The needed rain slowed things for a couple of days.

Keep St. Luke’s Catholic School development in your prayers as well as our construction. May the Lord’s blessings come to all involved. May the Lord bless all our students in their first days of the school year and give them enthusiasm for learning.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann