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.

Cold - Christmas Season Ends - Mercy

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Today (1/10) we are feeling the below 0 cold along with wind. January has really arrived in Iowa. Even so, we can begin to number the weeks of winter. The sun is beautiful and was right in the eyes of folks at the 9:00 am Mass.

Monday 1/4 was my day to begin riding my exercise bike so I can find some muscle tone before skiing 2/5 in Colorado. May I have the motivation to keep it up.

Tuesday, we had our regular Staff meeting in the morning. That evening, the RCIA session was held with its focus on the sacraments of service - Holy Orders and Matrimony. Great discussions. The catechumens and candidates will be dismissed after the homily from now until the Easter Vigil. They are dismissed to learn more about the word of God for that day. We hold them in prayer until they can join us at the Eucharistic table.

Wednesday was a good day to duck in and out of the rain and to get office work done and phone calls made. That evening I joined one of our Supper Clubs at the HyVee Market Grill. Very good shrimp tacos.

On Thursday 1/7, I met with several representatives from MOSAIC including David deFreese. This organization helps with placing people with intellectual disabilities in homes within the community. It is the nation’s largest organization with this ministry.

Parishioners are invited to learn more about MOSAIC at www.mosaicinfo.org. That evening after the 5:30 pm mass, the Liturgy Committee met for its regular meeting. Progress in the various liturgical ministries was reviewed. Plans for the coming Liturgies were also made. A good discussion about ways St. Luke’s can be involved in the Jubilee Year of Mercy was held.

Friday I enjoyed celebrating mass with the St. Luke’s School students and parishioners at 8:30 am. At 9:30 am, I went to Vintage Hills for our monthly mass with the residents there. We even celebrated a 61st

Wedding Anniversary. At noon time, I was at the Marriage Tribunal at the Catholic Pastoral Center.

At our Saturday and Sunday masses, we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. It was a joyful completion of the season of Christmas. Poinsettias had served their purpose well and many made their way to parish homes.

You are encouraged to bring your cans and bottles to our parish trailer in the SW parking lot. It is an easy way to help support the effort to raise funds for the parish playground. The trailer will go to the recycle after this weekend’s masses.

Please keep the women from our area who will be at the CEW Women’s weekend until this Sunday Afternoon in your prayers. There is room at the Men’s CEW weekend that will be held January 29-31 at OLIH.

On Sunday 1/10, the Stewardship Committee met for its regular meeting. The Knights of Columbus had their 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies in the gym beginning at 12:30 pm.

You are also encouraged to attend the Jubilee Of Mercy talk to be given by Matt Halbach on Monday evening 1/18 6:30-8:00 pm in the church. “Building a Church of Mercy” has been well received by several area parishes. Come and find practical ways to build mercy into your day, month and year.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann