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.

Fall Food, Color and Beginnings

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I am amazed at how much the corn and soy beans have turned to their fall colors already! But then, in just a few days it will be fall after all. May we enjoy the glory of the fall colors as they open before us.

Last Sunday of Labor day weekend, at noon I enjoyed gathering with one of our supper clubs for a cookout at Dean Park. Then I went to Council Bluffs to my sister’s house for a gathering of my family for another cookout. The brats were good at both places! I stayed over and enjoyed a nice brunch with my siblings.

Tuesday was very busy; after mass, the book study group met to conclude study of “The Saints in Mercy.” Our regular staff meeting was next. At 12:30 pm, I visited with the St. Luke’s School 4th grade. We talked about Mother Teresa’s canonization and how they could become altar servers. At 1:00 pm, we had another meeting with folks from the Diocesan Senior Housing office. That evening, we had our 1st meeting of the RCIA for this year. There is still time to join this group studying and exploring the Catholic Faith. Just let me know if you are interested.

Wednesday I visited the hospital and one of the residents at the Polk City Care Center. That evening, I joined one of our supper clubs at Bandana’s and enjoyed some of their barbeque specialties.

Thursday after mass and adoration, the regular Parish Pastoral Council was held. New members were welcomed. Representatives from St. Luke’s School, the Finance Council and the Facilities Committee joined us. We heard about St. Luke’s School projections. We talked about the need for Strategic Planning to begin to look at our Phase II and what potential needs would have to be met in the near future. A committee of representatives from those committees and councils is being formed to begin this process.

Friday Noon, I was at the Catholic Pastoral Center for the regular Tribunal meeting. Afterward, I visited a parishioner at Lutheran Hospital.

Saturday morning, I joined priests, deacons and music and marriage ministers from our parishes at a presentation of the new translation of the Ritual for Matrimony that will begin to be used at the end of this year. An example is the addition of the Gloria at wedding masses. After the workshop, I joined Olivia Thompson whose parents hosted her 6th birthday for her and the two kindergarten classes from St. Luke’s School. They were having a great time on such a beautiful day.

After mass on Saturday, I joined a nice group celebrating Patti Frederick’s birthday at Fletchers. Nice party with wonderful food! At the weekend masses, we had a special commissioning and blessing of Catechists and Parents for the beginning of the year. Keep them all in your continuing prayers as they share the faith in which they are growing.

St. Luke’s is going to begin a 10 week program called “Alpha” on Sunday evening October 9th. Sessions will meet on Sunday evenings from 4:30-6:30 pm. It will consist of a short time of prayer and praise, a light meal, a 25 minute video followed by group discussion. The videos are excellent - asking some basic things about our faith - our relationship with Jesus. We are working on getting child care. All are invited to take these simple steps to grow in your faith. Mark your calendars for those 10 Sunday evenings and keep our parish in your prayers as we set out on Alpha.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann