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.

Sunshine – Buildings - Stewardship

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

This last week has been very enjoyable - weather even up in the 50’s! It has given our construction workers much better working conditions - the opportunity to continue more of the outside construction at St. Luke’s. Keep them in your prayers in thanksgiving for God’s gift of mild weather and for worker safety.

Tuesday was a crowded evening of meetings. At 5:30 pm, the Welcoming Team met and reviewed the calendar of events for the coming year. They looked at current items in the news that highlighted St. Luke’s. At 6:00 pm, the Liturgical Furnishings sub-committee met. We selected a fabric and color for the Altar chairs. We continued discussions about the positioning of the permanent crucifix and stations. At 6:30 pm, Tonya Eaton led the St. Luke’s School Home and School meeting. Future school parents gathered to look at how they could be involved in activities related to our school.

On Wednesday, January 14, the Building Committee met at the Rectory. Update on the construction was given by Dick Johnson. The focus is now on getting the worship space enclosed and heated so that interior work can begin. Windows are to be in place by January 23. Cabling for the computer data network, the security, and the phones is ready to order and when ready, volunteers from the parish will help pull the cable needed. The Kitchen equipment has been ordered and will be ready for installation by April 1. We are looking for parishioners who can help coordinate the landscaping that parishioners will do - planting 185 trees - in the spring.

Thursday evening, the Finance Council met for its regular meeting. We received Dick Johnson’s report for the construction and its financial dimensions to date. Concerns about the construction schedule timing were discussed. We reviewed the financial statements for the month, seeing that tithing, Capital Campaign Support and the Building Fund envelopes all showed nice increases in December.

On Friday, there was a special Construction Schedule meeting at the building site. I shared my concerns about not getting behind with the opening of St. Luke’s School and the need to have time to set things up before August 2015. St. Luke’s, Hansen Construction and Neumann Monson agreed that doing everything that we can to keep things moving will be to everyone’s benefit. The construction schedule that we have now indicates that we should be able to be in our buildings in June.

That evening, my brother Tom and I enjoyed cards at the St. Luke’s 500 club gathering. Or at least, I enjoyed winning several games that evening!

Saturday morning, I joined the Four Bishops of Iowa, priests and deacons for the Mass of Life at St. Ambrose Cathedral. It was followed by a March for Life from the State Capital to the State Supreme Court building. That evening, after our 4:30 pm Mass, I enjoyed being one of the judges for Our Lady’s Little Learners annual Trivia Night. 28 tables of enthusiastic Trivia players enjoyed the evening.

If you have not yet turned in your “St. Luke’s Stewardship of Treasure” forms, please do so as soon as possible. Keep the women on the Christian Experience Weekend in your prayers.

I will be going to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, January 30 - February 5 for my annual skiing. Pray that we keep bones in the right places.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann