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.

Vacation Days - Recreation Days

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Today I am looking out my east window at a nice blue sky. However, if I look down, I can see the water standing from the wind and rain from early this morning. God’s blessings continue to come in all kinds of ways. I hear that the RAGBRAI riders had good weather for the most part - plus a few hills!

For me this was a good, relaxing vacation for a few days. I spent Sunday and Monday with my sister and brother-in-law in Gretna, Nebraska. Several of my siblings gathered for Sunday dinner of fresh corn, barbecued ribs and wonderful dessert. The next day we enjoyed golf for my second outing of the summer. There were good and bad shots.

On Tuesday I journeyed to Kansas City to stay with a priest friend. The days were wonderful with low temperatures and humidity which meant that we could spend time on his screened-in-porch. We took in the new exhibits at the Kansas City Zoo. We also had wonderful seats for the Wednesday evening Royals-Pirates baseball game and the Royals won again!

On Thursday after a relaxing breakfast, I traveled across highway #2 from Lamoni to Ft. Madison. I had hoped to stay overnight there but there were no motel rooms. There was one in Burlington about 20 miles away and so I spent the night there.

On Friday morning, I enjoyed watching the Mississippi for a while and remembered dipping my front bike tire there some years ago. Then I was off to West Branch, Iowa, home of Herbert Hoover. I found the Library with its many displays about the life of our president during the beginning of the Depression. The biographical information about President Hoover was very interesting. For instance, the only elected office he ever held was president of the United States. He was instrumental in providing food for the hungry in Belgium during WW I and in organizing food for the hungry after WWII.

Friday evening I returned home and was called up to St. Luke’s by our Fire Alarm monitoring service. It was another false alarm. The system is still being adjusted.

I was delighted to see that the gym floor was finished Saturday morning and should be ready for use this weekend. The louvers for the East window are now in place. It gives a sharper focus on the altar but I am going to miss the sky and clouds through the glass.

It was a very relaxing and comfortable six days off for me. I think that I should do it again!

Again, for all those considering registering their children for our K - 3rd grade St. Luke’s Catholic School or for those who have already done so, there is an opportunity for significant tuition assistance for this start up year. Please contact Tonya Eaton our school principal for more information about this wonderful good news.

We will be forming our RCIA team in the next few weeks. If you are interested in helping out please contact me. If you or someone you know is interested in knowing more about the Catholic Faith, please let me know as well. We will begin our sessions in September likely on Tuesday evenings.

Keep in your prayers those discerning membership on our Parish Pastoral Council at our meeting this Tuesday at 7:00 pm. May all of you be blessed as we enjoy these summer days.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann