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.

May Flowers and Mother’s Day

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

May is already upon us. We certainly have had the April showers and now we are ready for the May flowers. I am amazed at how the leaves have come out fully in many trees as you look out over the groves nearby. Life is surrounding us. The life of the Risen Lord surrounds us as well.

This last Monday 4/25, I was able to ride my bike in the nice but windy weather. That afternoon, I joined a group interviewing possible Kindergarten teachers for St. Luke’s. We have two very good possible teachers. That evening the Knights of Columbus had their regular meeting. They were getting ready for next year’s officers and for the Pork Chop and Chicken dinner.

Tuesday after mass and Tuesday Study group, I left for Council Bluffs to join several siblings. We were planning on going to Kansas to see my nephew play baseball for Grand Canyon State, Phoenix against KU and KSU. The forecast for very bad weather in that area gave us pause. They moved the time for the game up several hours so that we could not get there in time. Then the very, very bad weather hit in Topeka - baseball sized hail and storms. We were glad that we decided to stay in Omaha and go to the Henry Dorley Zoo instead. We stayed the next day as well only to learn that my nephew pulled a muscle and could not play the next game either. We did have a good time in Omaha, dodging storms in my brother’s neighborhood.

I came back on Thursday afternoon in time for the 5:30 pm mass. It was followed by the St. Luke’s School Fine Arts evening. The students presented their music, rhythm and motion concert. They did very well before a large crowd of family and friends. Following the concert, all were invited to view the Art work of the various classes as well as joining in some art projects in the Gym.

Later that evening, I met briefly with the Social Concerns Committee followed by the Finance Council. Parts of the school budget were reviewed. Proposals for completing and expanding the security system were explained. We anticipate approving next year’s budget soon.

Friday, I enjoyed celebrating the 8:30 am mass for St. Luke’s Special Person Day. Grandparents, parents, and other “special persons” joined us for the mass. Then they were invited to be part of the activities in each of the classrooms. That early evening, I enjoyed several Knights of Columbus being on Iowa Catholic Radio representing St. Luke’s in their Spring Fundraiser. Then I attended the visitation for Ray McLaughlin, father of Fr. Mike McLaughlin. His funeral and burial were on Saturday at St. Patrick’s in Irish Settlement.

Saturday evening after the 4:30 pm mass, I enjoyed the Pork Chop and Chicken dinner prepared by our Knights of Columbus. The Food was great! Good job Knights!

Sunday May 1, we had our first 1st Communion celebration at our own Church. It was a very large class of 45 with lots of immediate and extended family attending the 11:00 am special mass. Congratulations to all who made their 1st Eucharist. May Jesus always be close to you.

May the blessings of the Lord come to all our Mothers on this special day. May we show our appreciation for the gift of life they have shared with us.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann