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.

Prayer – Hope – Plans-New Beginnings

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I am marveling at how rapidly the days of August have flown by. I have begun to hear the cicadas in the trees - a sure sign of late summer.

This last Monday 8/8, I went out to Panama to see a cousin and High School classmate who is ill. Before I went for the visit, I stopped where everyone comes for lunch in Panama, at Pauley’s Pub. There I met my older brother, two of my sisters and a brother-in-law. They had been working on my brother’s farm house, cleaning out his basement. Of course after visiting my cousin, I joined them in the hot and humid tasks that are now pretty well in hand.

Tuesday was another good catch up day at the office. I enjoyed the Olympics in the evening. On Wednesday, I attended the mass with Bishop Pates and the seminarians from the diocese at St. Ambrose Cathedral. Afterward, there was lunch with them and the members of the Serra Club at the Catholic Pastoral Center. We had a chance to visit with the different seminarians about the various schools they are attending.

In the evening, the Parish Pastoral Council held an Information and Discernment evening for those who indicated interest in the Parish Pastoral Council. We welcomed eight potential Council members. We shared the Word of God in prayer. We shared the Parish Council Charter Document, the Diocesan Guidelines for Pastoral Councils and council members shared their experiences. Those interested will inform me if they wish to pursue membership on the Council. Keep them in your prayers.

Thursday morning, I visited Kayla Curran, with her new son Isaac Thomas. It is great to be able to hold these new babies! I am also glad to hand them back to mom or dad!

Friday 8/12, I made my way down to the Iowa State Fair. I had a two hour time slot to hear confessions at the “Deacon Is In” booth that was part of the Iowa Catholic Radio station tent. In spite of the rain showers and mud, there were several who came to celebrate the sacrament. It is a good way for the Deacons from all over the State of Iowa to have a project and Catholic presence at our Fair. Great idea.

Saturday morning, parishioners prepared 25 lunches for the Habitat for Humanity builders. 10 parishioners were part of that build during the day. I understand they were doing a lot of painting as the build is nearing completion. During that same morning, Knights of Columbus and other volunteers moved extra plates, dishes and glasses to the rectory basement. It will fill the nearly empty basement in the rectory but give us more storage room off the gym.

That morning as well, the Baptism Preparation class was held in Room 120. It is a great time to discuss the meaning of baptism and to become familiar with the celebration of the rite that will be coming for newborn children.

Sunday the regular Stewardship Committee meeting was held at noon in the Conference Room. Plans for the Guide Book and the Ministry Fair were things that were underway.

I encourage all to take a few minutes after mass this weekend and come to the Ministry Fair in the Gym. It is a great way to be informed about the many things happening at St. Luke’s.

May the Lord bless all families preparing for the new school year.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann