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.

God’s Gift of Summer Days

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

This past week was just wonderful - it was not too hot; it was not too humid; the breeze was from the north. Lots of people enjoyed being outside and even doing some things around the house. Beautiful days!

Last Sunday, July 27, I joined Bishop Pates, many of the priests of the diocese and a good number of our seminarians at All Saints rectory in Stuart. It was a great social and cookout. It was part of that beautiful week outside.

Monday, July 28, I enjoyed a “farmer” dinner with some friends - roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, sliced tomatoes and apple pie! Wonderful. Tuesday, July 29, we had our regular Construction meeting at the building site. The progress with its problems and updates were given. Further meetings are needed to look at a steel fabrication difficulty. That evening, I had the privilege of blessing Kyle and Kayla Curran’s home and enjoying an evening meal with them.

Wednesday, July 30, we had our regular Building Committee meeting with updates given from several of the Sub-committees. The Electronics sub-committee continues to get bid information from providers for the phone and the security equipment. The Liturgical Furnishings have received a bid from Iowa Prison Industries for our altar. The sub-committee is impressed with the look and design. We are still waiting for bid prices for the other furnishings. A good sense of the overall cost is beginning to come together. The Kitchen Sub-committee has sent out bid lists to several providers. One has been returned so far. Landscaping continues with its price for trees and shrubs that was given some time ago. It looks like a spring time planting may be what will happen.

On Thursday, July 31, I met with Matt Halbach, the director of the St. Joseph’s Education Center. He was giving an update for his work. Cindy and I talked about how to begin developing St. Luke’s Faith Formation Council. This council would help with Faith Formation for Adults, RE and Youth. It would be an opportunity for members to grow in their own faith and to share that faith. Later that day, I had a chance to give blood at the regular OLIH blood drive. That evening, the Snyder family came to the rectory and did some nice work on the landscaping. Dead trees and bushes were removed, living ones were trimmed and extra plants were removed, making the look simpler and cleaner. Thanks to all the Snyders.

On Friday, August 1, I had the 1st Friday Mass at Vintage Hills at 9:15 am. Following the Mass, I met with my priests’ support group at Christ the King parish in Des Moines. That evening, a group met at St. Anne’s to discuss the possibilities to put together a structure for an over 50 club for St. Luke’s. Andy and Joyce Cink have agreed to lead this developing effort. More information will be forthcoming.

On Saturday, August 2, I conducted the grave side services for Mark Anderson, brother of Teri Huston from OLIH. He was from Illinois. May he rest in peace and may his family be consoled.
eep Sally Nicholson and her family in your prayers as they make their transition from West Des Moines to Virginia. Because of her husband’s need to change location for work, she had to resign as St. Luke’s School principal. Our school board will be in search of someone to take up where she left off. May the Lord bless her family and us.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann