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 Sunshine!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Can you believe the beautiful week that we had from March 9-15? God has blessed us with some pre-spring weather and we are grateful.

On Sunday, March 8, I enjoyed the Cavatelli Dinner at the Vittoria Lodge with hundreds of other hungry folk. That afternoon, I enjoyed celebrating 1st Reconciliation with the OLIH 2nd graders. That evening, those studying Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel” gathered at St. Anne’s.

Monday, March 9, I concelebrated the funeral for Rosemary Martin at OLIH. That afternoon, I went to Ramsey Auto and picked up my new Subaru Forester SUV. I have been enjoying figuring out all the bells and whistles of this new car. I was fortunate to be able to sell my 15 year old Camry the next day. That evening, I helped with the Lenten Penance Service at St. Joseph’s in Des Moines.

Tuesday, March 10, saw us at the Construction meeting at the building site. With the nice weather, lots of outside things are beginning to get underway. The stone walls on the south and north of the worship space are now completed. The roof top units are being connected. Plans for landscaping grading are underway. Lots of inside work continues with ceiling grids being completed in the school classrooms and hallways. The offices are being painted and grids are being installed. That evening, the Welcoming Team held its regular meeting. Upcoming events were discussed, including the next Newcomer Welcome on April 18 and the Parish Picnic to be held on June 14.

Wednesday, March 11, I was one of the priests helping with the sacrament of Reconciliation at Dowling Catholic High School. In the afternoon, I met with Bishop Pates as a member of the Priests’ Personnel Board to review the priests’ personnel needs of the diocese for the year.

In the evening, the Landscaping Sub-committee of the Building Committee met at the rectory to talk about plans for planting the 185 trees for our building landscape. With the best of all worlds and the cooperation of the weather, we would like to have the first planting on Saturday, April 18. After that meeting, the Building Committee also met at the Rectory. Reports and updates for the Electronics, Kitchen, School and Liturgical Furnishings were given. All of these sub-committees will soon be needing parishioners to help with their areas of responsibility.

Thursday, March 12, meant that I was helping with Reconciliation again, this time at St. Francis School in the morning. I stopped by at St. Theresa’s in the afternoon for the visitation of Glennie Woods, a parishioner there and mother of Barb Woods, one of the staff at St. Theresa’s. After evening Mass, the Parish Pastoral Council held its regular monthly meeting. The activities of the various parish committees, councils and teams were reviewed. Coordination of the tree planting was discussed. Need to put together plans for the dedication of the worship space and school were put on the council agenda.

On Friday, I joined Frs. Orr and Ludwig at our monthly Tribunal meeting at the chancery. That evening, I enjoyed the Fish Fry at OLIH and noted the St. Luke’s School and Parish table in the hall leading to the dinner. Good work volunteers.

Mark in your calendars the Chrism Mass at St. Ambrose on Thursday, March 26th, at 7:00 pm. It is a great gathering of the Diocesan Church to bless the Oils used during the year. There will not be 5:30 pm Mass or Adoration that evening. The priests will be at a day of Reconciliation at St. Ambrose that day.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann