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.

The New Year Begins…

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

This week has been our step into the new year 2017. We have been blessed to have winter storms to the southeast, to the northwest, to the southwest and the north, but not here. Yes it has been cold, but not storming. We are blessed.

I enjoyed lots of College Football until the last bowl game on Monday January 2. Tuesday January 3 was slowly moving back into reality. In the morning, I enjoyed talking to a young lady who was very interested in the RCIA next fall. That evening, the RCIA discussed the Sacrament of Matrimony. It proved to be a lively discussion with those married sharing and those anticipating marriage asking questions.

On Wednesday January 4, the students returned to St. Luke’s School. The school staff had an In Service Day on January 3rd, so the kids had an extra day for their break. Several staff and parishioners recorded sound bites for the Iowa Catholic Radio “Encounter Jesus by listening to Catholic Radio” focus 1/7-13. You are encouraged to make listening to Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM a regular part of your day.

That evening, I enjoyed dinner with St. Luke’s Supper Club at Fletchers. Afterward, the Liturgy Committee had its regular monthly meeting. We looked at the activity of the various Liturgical ministries and also began to think about Lent. A review of the readings for the Sundays of Lent was given and we are looking to come up with a focus for these special days at our next meeting.

Thursday evening after the 5:30 pm mass, the 3rd Catholic/Lutheran Gathering was held at Resurrection Lutheran Church. The focus was on how we can work toward unity in what we believe and how we can serve others. We were challenged to send notes to the women prisoners at the Mitchellville State prison. This was a response to what Christ said: “I was in prison and you visited me.” Next month, St. Luke’s will host the gathering on Thursday February 2, 6:30 pm. We will be challenged by how Christ said “...I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Saturday was another catch up day after 9:00 am Reconciliation. By the way, I am also always available for confession from 3:30-4:00 pm on Saturdays. After mass, the St. Luke’s Primetimers enjoyed supper at Tanner’s.

Sunday after the coffee, juice and donuts, the Stewardship Committee met at noon for its regular meeting. We made recommendations about what could be done at St. Luke’s from the study of the book “Rebuilt.” Then I went to OLIH to meet with the women’s team preparing for the up coming Women’s CEW on January 27-29. Following that we held our 1st Session of Alpha in a Catholic Context in our Gym. I will know more about that next week as this is being written before their light dinner.

Please keep all those taking part in Alpha at St. Luke’s in your prayers. It can be a great way to grow in our faith in Jesus. Please consider taking part in the Women’s and Men’s Christian Experience Weekends. Both can be wonderful ways to grow in faith and to open our hearts to being a disciple of Jesus.

Also, pray for our Confirmation candidates who join two other parish candidates in their Confirmation retreat being held at St. Luke’s Sunday January 15.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann