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.

Baptism, Confirmation, 1st Eucharist: Easter Celebrations

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Sunday, April 12, we celebrated the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, as well as other Sacraments. I enjoyed the baptism of Katherine Jane Sayre, daughter of Sean and Anne at the Saturday evening Mass. Then on Sunday, we celebrated Confirmation for the 5 members of our St. Luke’s Confirmation Class. Bishop Pates had some throat surgery earlier in the week and his doctor told him to vastly limit his speaking for a number of days. For that reason, he delegated me, as the pastor of St. Luke’s, to do the Confirmation in his stead.

It was great to be able to lay hands on our small class and to anoint them with the sacred Chrism. Through those signs, the Holy Spirit touched their souls. May that Spirit continue to be with them in the days ahead as they grow in their lives as adults in the faith.

On Tuesday, April 7, we had our Construction meeting at the St. Luke’s building site. Lots of progress is at hand. As we announced at Mass, the East window is finally in place. The north drive has been poured. The volunteer Knights and other parishioners have worked hard 9:00 am-9:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday, as well as Thursday evening, to complete the greater portion of the cable pulling for our phones, computers and security. There is still much to do for our volunteers but thanks to the more than 24 who came to help.

On Wednesday, April 8, the Liturgical Furnishings Committee met at 5:30 pm at the Rectory. Iowa Prison Industries have completed all but one of the pews as of that day. They have completed the altar, the Ambo and the baptismal font stand. The pictures we have seen look great. At 6:00 pm, the Landscaping committee also met at the rectory to detail the work preparing for the planting of the trees. At 6:30 pm, also at the rectory, the Building Committee met for their regular meeting.

Thursday, April 9, I attended the quarterly meeting of the Regional Priests at St. Theresa’s. A good attendance and discussion of area needs and concerns was held. I stopped by for the Blood Drive at OLIH. The St. Luke’s Home & School meeting was held at St. Anne’s at 6:30 pm. Tonya Eaton had a slide show of the building progress of our school. It is really getting close to completion! Lots of discussion of ways to support our school unfolded.

The Parish Pastoral Council held its regular meeting. Jeanne Wells from the Catholic Tuition Organization made an easy to understand and informative presentation about how to make a gift to CTO and how parents can request support for tuition. We discussed chapter 23 of the study book “Forming Intentional Disciples.” This led to a discussion about the importance of being intentional about our faith. The purpose of all our buildings is so that we can set about growing close to Jesus, being intentional in our care for those in the parish and beyond as Jesus did.

On Friday, I went to the Catholic Pastoral Center for the monthly Tribunal meeting at noon. After that, I met to discuss a funeral with the family of a longtime friend.

Saturday, I prepared for the next day’s Confirmation. After the Mass, in the evening, I went to the Dowling Catholic High School Annual Gala Auction. It is a great event to support teachers and school needs.

Sunday of course, was time to celebrate Confirmation as mentioned above. Please keep our 1st Communion class in your prayers as they receive the real presence of Jesus for the first time. May their day be a great day of joy and celebration.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann