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.

Changing Colors and Full Days

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I was driving past the bean fields north of 66th Street, I noticed that the beans were starting to turn yellow. The fall change of color is already beginning. We can anticipate the beautiful colors of this season to bring joy to our hearts soon.

This last Monday 8/29, I went to Echo Valley for Bishop Pates’ Annual Catholic Charity golf outing. It was hot and muggy and at the 9th hole, the rain started and there was an extended downpour. We were in the club house when several very close lightening strikes rattled us all. It was a fun, though shortened day with good food as well.

Tuesday after mass, I went out to Panama, Iowa to meet with my farmer brother to talk about some farm business. I came right back to try to get caught up with the email and business. That evening, Fr. Steve had a cookout for the priests of the area with seminarian Trevor Chicoine who is studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He will be ordained a deacon by Pope Francis in October of this year. Congratulations Trevor!

After Mass on Wednesday, I went to St. John’s in Adel for a Diocesan Business Office Forum. Different speakers from the diocese, insurance and IT carriers presented during the day. There was a great lunch from Jethro’s as well. That evening, I joined the 9th and 10th grade students and their parents in an evening to present the Confirmation program for St. Luke’s. It is a two year program with various parts that are carried out through the 9th and 10th grade years with a set of special classes as Confirmation draws closer in the Spring.

Thursday morning I met with Tim Rofles, the diocesan Senior Housing staff person. He shared the current ideas that are being discussed with the neighboring land that adjoins St. Luke’s that was given to Catholic Charities and Mercy Hospital. Later that morning, I concelebrated the beginning of the school year Holy Spirit Mass at Dowling Catholic High School. They had a nice lunch to follow.

Later that day, I visited the hospitals to see newborn Simon Ledyard. The Regional Priests meeting was held at St. Theresa’s at 1:00 pm. This quarterly gathering of priests is a forum to bring ideas forward from the diocesan level and to send up ideas from the regional and parish level. After mass that evening, the monthly Liturgy Committee meeting was held.

Friday morning, I enjoyed celebrating the 8:30 am mass with all the students from St. Luke’s School including the two classes of kindergarten. Then at 9:30 am, the 1st Friday mass was celebrated at Vintage Hills.

At our weekend masses, Ellen Miller told us about the history of the Christ Our Life Conference. She invited us all to consider attending the September 24-25th conference. I am sure many were gathering for family Labor Day cookouts. It was proving to be a perfect day to do so.

When we come to mass on the weekends, we come to worship God. We come to give God praise for the gift of human life and His gift of divine life in the Eucharist. We are encouraged to develop a focus on the Lord when we gather, to be grateful, to honor God for all of creation and all that we have. May we always praise our God.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann