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.

September Highlights

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

We have come through September with August-like weather with nice rain, lots of warm temperatures and wonderful grass (and weed) growing. We thank the Lord for His blessings. May we enjoy the fall now that it has arrived.

On Sunday 9/20, the Faith Formation Council held its regular meeting. We reviewed the current results of the Survey Monkey from parishioners about their interests. Over 70 responses were received. We had further discussion on what kinds of faith formation opportunities to offer. October Right to Life activities were reviewed. That evening one of our supper clubs met for outside hot dogs and s’mores. Nice!

On Tuesday 9/22, the St. Luke’s School Board held its regular meeting. New officers were elected: Licia Pettit is our president; Kayla Crann is our vice-president.

Reports from the 1st month of school were given. That same evening, the RCIA met for the third time. We enjoyed talking about “Prayer” and the many different ways to pray that there are. We used the Psalm to find some of these different ways.

Wednesday Noon, I met with the Tribunal Panel for our monthly meeting. Early evening, I met with a couple to do last minute review of their wedding plans. At 7:00 pm, the Finance Council held a special meeting with our Architect and Contractor to review some of the last concerns with our building. Assurances were given that these issues could be resolved and that we are moving to final completion.

Thursday after lunch, I enjoyed spending a little while with the St. Luke’s Kindergarteners. I found a bible story “Noah’s Boat” to share with them. They were attentive and had lots of questions. That evening about 25 parishioners met with Liz Hall, the AMOS (A-Mid Iowa Organizing Strategy) organizer, to have a “One-on-One” training. It is a skill that can help us be able to get to know what is important in someone’s life, to relate to them in a personal way. When we can do this, we can discover interests and gifts that people have and share ways they can be used to build our parish.

As I write this letter, I am looking forward to the S’Mores/Bonfire gathering Sunday 9/27. The weather promises to be perfect. May the Lord bless us.

This week, we begin our October focus on Right to Life. It is a great time to recognize the great gift of life from God that each of us share. It is a great time to pray that that life is respected from the moment of conception to the point of natural death. Pope Francis in his time here in the United States told us how important Family Life is. He invited us to take greater care of the gift of the earth. He called us to care for those who are refugees and immigrants, not unlike the Holy Family.

Keep the priests of the Diocese in your prayers during this coming week. We will be at our annual Priest’s Workshop in Ames. There will not be 7:45 am mass on Tuesday 10/6 or Wednesday 10/7.

Plan on signing up to help with the St. Luke’s Feast Day Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction on Sunday 10/18. You can sign up after mass or on line. Check out our Facebook page for some of the items - even November 1st Bears/Viking tickets.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann