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.

Flowers of Appreciation Breathed on by the Spirit

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The variety of Iowa roller coaster weather continues. We had the foggy and damp days, the cold, rainy and windy days and even parts of a few days being nice. Oh, Iowa!

And speaking of damp and cool, I did play golf in the St. Vincent de Paul Golf Outing at Willow Creek. It stopped raining enough to get the 18 holes played - right until the last hole when it started showering. But we managed to finish the best ball play with a pretty good score. I even chipped one in on the 18th hole!

Tuesday Morning after the 7:45 am mass, the Morning Study Group finished “Beautiful Mercy,” the book that was given out at Easter. I encourage you to read that book if you have not already done so. It is very easy and practical. I joined Fr. Steve Orr and Fr. Bob Kem, the retired pastor of St. Anne’s for lunch. It was nice to catch up since Fr. Bob retired in January.

Wednesday late morning, I concelebrated the mass with Bishop Pates at St. John’s in Adel with the Catechetical Leaders gathered for their regular meeting. Awards were given out for anniversary years of service in the diocese. Patsy Carlson, our Faith Formation Coordinator, received her 25th Anniversary award. Congratulations Patsy! That evening, an appreciation dinner was held in our gym for the RE catechists and our St. Luke’s School teachers and staff. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for preparing the food and for school parents helping with serving. Thanks to all those honored for their dedicated service during the year and for handing on the faith to our young people.

Thursday was hair cut day - once every two months whether I need it or not! On the way, I stopped to visit at the hospital. That evening after mass and Adoration, the regular Parish Pastoral Council held its meeting. Lots of good reflection was shared about how to take our April 2 Visioning morning session into direction for St. Luke’s. The Stewardship Committee came to encourage the Council to develop ways to encourage and secure volunteers for many different ministries and committees of the parish. Concerns about how to encourage a greater practice of Hospitality were raised. Ways to enable volunteers were discussed. The need to put the central focus on Jesus was highlighted.

There was no school on Friday because of the teachers In Service. It was pretty quiet around here. I learned on Thursday that my 1st cousin Joyce’s husband Tom Esser had died. His wake was that Friday evening at St. Boniface Church in Charter Oak, Iowa. I made my way there for the prayer and visitation. It was good to be in touch with many of my 1st cousins on my mother’s side. May he rest in peace.

Saturday and Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost with red as the color of the coming Holy Spirit. Thank you to our choir and other musicians for making these celebrations special with the gift of your talent. May we all open our hearts to the Holy Spirit ready to enable and to encourage us to live a life in the Spirit.

After Saturday and Sunday morning masses, we enjoyed cake to celebrate the birth of the church. Thank you to Becky Hatch for baking and decorating the cakes. Sunday after mass, I enjoyed brunch with graduating seniors and parents at Jethro’s. May the Holy Spirit help the seniors discern God’s plan for the next steps in their lives.

Mark your calendars for our Holy Door Pilgrimage to the Basilica of St. John Saturday June 11, 11:00 am.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann