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.

Green Returns - Fair is Enjoyed - Fall is at Hand

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

We have enjoyed a couple weeks of not like Iowa summer weather. It has been low humidity, moderate temperature and a couple of nice soaking rains. It is so unlike Iowa State Fair weather, but I think that everyone has enjoyed God’s gift of these wonderful days. Now that school is in session, it looks like we are back to hot and humid!

On Monday, August 11, I went down to the Iowa State Fair. I took advantage of the Park and Ride from the state capital. As a senior, it only cost $1.00! At day’s end, I walked back to the same gate and boarded the bus without any wait. I recommend this approach.

I enjoy the fair and usually tour the livestock barns, the 4-H building and their displays, the Varied Industries Building, the Agricultural Building, the Cultural Center with its Art displays and have an ice cream sundae. The Black and White photos were outstanding this year. I toured the fabric fair entries and enjoyed the quilts. Mom would have enjoyed seeing the champion quilt! I always stop by the new farm machinery and marvel at the size and cost of the various machines. They make farms have a long term commitment to farming just to make payments.

Tuesday, August 12, we had our Construction Meeting out at the Hanson construction trailer. Updates on underground work were given and sub-contractor plans were given, including getting ready to pour the slab for the gym. Roofers and side wall contractors are preparing for their work as well.

That evening, the Recruitment and Welcome Team had their regular meeting at St. Anne’s. Further plans for getting the word out about St. Luke’s continue to be developed. Our publicity committee is setting up their plans for the coming year in conjunction with this committee.

On Wednesday, August 13, I met with Scott Klinefelter, the Iowa Prison Representative. We reviewed the prison Industry stains they have on hand for our pews and for our Liturgical Furnishings. Many good possibilities were presented. We also looked at the pews stored in Jim and Pat Brady’s barn. Iowa Prison Industries will begin taking them to Anamosa for refinishing and splicing in the next few days. That evening, the Building Committee met at St. Anne’s. We reviewed the progress of our construction. The sub-committees gave their reports.

On Thursday, August 14, the Parish Council met for its regular meeting. Matt Halbach, the director of the St. Joseph’s Education Center and his associate, Faye Akers, presented a survey of parish faith formation needs developed by the diocese. We will examine this tool later and develop plans on how it can be used. They also recommended that we take part in the “Called and Gifted” workshop to be held in October in Altoona. Further review of the activities of the parish was also held.

On Friday, August 15, we celebrated two Masses for the Holy Day, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Afterward, the wedding rehearsal for Brook-Lynn Magneson and Ryan Stone was held at St. Anne’s. The celebration the next day was beautiful. We welcome them as married members of St. Luke’s.

Keep Christians and other minorities in Iraq in your prayers as they suffer persecution, exile and even death because of their faith. At the same time, remember the border children, that a resolution to their plight may be found through Immigration Reform. Keep our need for a St. Luke’s School principal in your prayer as well.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann