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.

Closing In On St. Luke’s Facility Blessing

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Sunday, May 10, Rapid City, South Dakota, had 11” of snow! Today, May 11, as I write this letter, it is cool - in the 40’s, and making all of us going out to play in the St. Vincent de Paul golf outing wish that it was the warm Saturday instead.

On Sunday, May 3, the Stewardship Committee had its regular meeting. The new Faith Formation Council had its second meeting. We have been studying the USCCB document “Our Hearts Are Burning Within Us.” Review and study of the various Faith Formation efforts of St. Luke’s will be under this council in the future.

On Tuesday, May 5, the Liturgical Furnishings Subcommittee met at the St. Luke’s worship space. We reviewed the future placement of the various sanctuary furnishings. Most of them are in storage right now waiting for the completion of the space. Discussion of the kind and size of the crucifix continued.

Wednesday morning I was part of the team interviewing a new teacher for our 2nd grade. With this interview, we hope to complete the hiring of our teachers for St. Luke’s School. At the conclusion of the elementary RE classes, I offered a prayer and blessing for the students at their last class and perfect attendance award and class advancement ceremony. Following those ceremonies, I led the wake services for Kay Boesen.

Thursday morning, we held the Funeral for Kay Boesen at St. Anne’s. That evening, the Liturgy Committee held its regular meeting. Our guest was Kyle Lectenberg from the Diocesan Office of Worship. He helped us look at what our Altar Blessing ceremony with Bishop Pates on Saturday June 20, 4:00 pm will look like. Then we went out to the church to be present when the electricians were aiming the spot lights for the altar, ambo, etc.

On Friday, I joined the OLIH Regina Coeli Funeral Choir at the Ankeny Diner for their annual breakfast. At noon, I was at the monthly Tribunal at the Catholic Pastoral Center.

Saturday, I attended the Blessing of the St. Joseph’s Chapel at Dowling Catholic High School. I was taking notes for our Blessing with Bishop Pates in just a few weeks.

Sunday, May 10, was a wonderful combination celebration at our 9:00 am Mass. We celebrated the 6th Sunday of Easter. We celebrated the baptism of Blake Allan Williams. We celebrated the 40th wedding anniversary of Dick and Kathy Johnson with the renewal of their wedding vows. And of course, we blessed all the mothers present on their special day. Later that day, I went out to Earling, Iowa, to gather with my siblings for a late lunch. Then we spent time with our mother at the Harlan Hospital where she is recovering from a fall at home.

I do encourage you to be generous in our second collection this weekend for the people of Nepal after their country was devastated by the earthquake. Keep our high school and college graduates in your prayers as they make decisions about the next major steps in their lives.

Thank you very much for your prayers for my mother now in the hospital. Surrounding her with your Intercessions means a lot to our family.

As I understand it, all of our trees have been selected. Thank you so much to all who have been part of this St. Luke’s parish effort - to purchase the trees, to plant them and to all the volunteers who helped with the work to prepare for planting. Your efforts are much appreciated.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann