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.

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Very nice. Cold. Windy. Snow. Rain. Unpredictable. We are enjoying March in Iowa. We are just glad that we are not in the Northeast expecting 1 to 2 FEET of snow!

Last weekend March 4-5, we began our Annual Diocesan Appeal that is being conducted throughout the parishes of the diocese. The parishes of the diocese together support the work of the diocesan offices and take care of the priest’s health insurance and pension. It also helps with the cost of educating our 21 seminarians. You should have received a letter from Bishop Pates and your pledge card that can be returned to St. Luke’s. If every family makes a contribution, we can meet our goal and surpass it. Please be generous.

On Monday 3/6, I enjoyed gathering with the priests of Shelby County at the Dowling Priests Residence for our regular card playing. We enjoyed a great rib lunch as well.

Tuesday after mass, the book study group met for its usual morning meeting and discussed the sacrament of Reconciliation. After this session, I went to OLIH to concelebrate the funeral for Dale Stall. Following the funeral, I helped with Confessions at Dowling Catholic High School until 2:30 pm.

Wednesday evening I enjoyed gathering with the Supper Club at the Hilltop Restaurant on Hubbell. Following dinner, the Strategic Planning committee held its regular meeting. We continue to discuss how to meet the needs that are being identified with multi-use additional facilities.

Thursday 3/9 meant that I would help with Confessions at St. Pius X School from 9:30-11:30 am. That evening after mass, I met with a couple who were beginning preparation for their marriage. Following the close of Adoration, the Parish Pastoral Council met for their regular meeting.

There was a good discussion about how with many, many activities and groups in the parish, we could get a more unified direction to all that is happening. We will be putting together a “Master Calendar” of as many of the groups, committees, church and school activities as possible. We also discussed how meeting with parishioners one on one, would likely be the most effective way to invite them to become active in the parish. This discussion paralleled chapters in the Book “Rebuilt” that we are studying. The book pointed out how every parishioner should be involved in service in some way.

Friday at noon, I met at the Diocesan offices for our regular Tribunal meeting. I also enjoyed listening to the Iowa State and Drake Women’s basketball games. They have played very well. The fish fry at OLIH was great!

Saturday evening’s mass was well attended. Maybe folks did not want to “Spring Ahead” with daylight time and then get to the 8:30 am Sunday mass. In any case, the Sunday 8:30 am mass attendance was low. Maybe the families are gone on Spring Break? After the 10:30 am mass, I enjoyed the Cavatelli dinner at the Victoria Lodge. Nice crowd. After this letter, I plan on visiting the Hospital. It makes for a nice but full week.

Come to the Lenten Reflection tomorrow, Monday 3/20 at 7:00 pm in the church with Cindy Shaw from the Emmaus House Retreat Center. Mark your calendars for our Lenten Penance Service, March 27 7:00 pm.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann