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.

Spring Break - Lent in Full Swing

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Today, just one day before Spring, we are wondering what surprises March may still have for us. Some people came back from spring break with not the best weather reports outside of Iowa. Maybe Spring really will be here!

With school spring break, lots of meetings were cancelled or rescheduled this week. That meant I was spending some good time at the office sometimes by myself. And folks called very little and came to the office very little. It could have been that notice was sent out that the office was basically closed for the week. But I did manage to get a few things accomplished.

On Tuesday 3/14, the study group did meet after mass and started the chapter on the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes and Virtues. That evening, the RCIA met for it’s usual session and they were discussing the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was interesting to review some of the history of the sacrament including the private confession starting with the Irish Monks.

Wednesday evening, the Facilities Committee held their regular meeting. Review of the warranty items that have been and are being dealt with were discussed. New light switches throughout the building were installed this week. They were still under warranty. The south outside cedar wall and its need of surface attention was directed to securing information about paint. A report on the progress of the Strategic Planning committee was given.

On Thursday 3/17, I joined some St. Theresa’s parishioners for breakfast in Windsor Heights. They love to create a Basketball pool that I “must” be part of. After an evening appointment I enjoyed the Iowa State-Nevada game.

Friday noon, I attended Lunch at St. Ambrose Rectory. Bishop Pates is hosting a series of lunches with the priests of the diocese to get input from them and to provide an occasion to get to know the international priests a little better. We had great corned beef and cabbage!

Over the weekend, we reported that St. Luke’s is doing well in meeting our Annual Diocesan Appeal goal for the year. I encourage everyone to find the letter and the Appeal card, fill it out and send it to the parish office. If everyone does some gift, we will be able to meet and surpass our goal. Everything over our $29,653 goal will come back to the parish. Giving back to God is an important part of being good stewards of all that God has given to us.

I encourage you to take advantage of our Lenten Penance Service this Monday March 27 at 7:00 pm. Several Priests will be here to help with confessions.

On Thursday beginning with the 5:30 pm Mass, Fr. Charles Klamut will begin our Lenten Retreat at St. Luke’s. Adoration will follow 6-7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Reflection by Fr. Klamut. Confessions will be available at 8:00 pm. Friday will begin with 24 Hour Adoration beginning at 4:00 pm. See the Retreat schedule for more Friday and Saturday activities.

These Lenten days are times when we can know that the grace of God, the presence of Jesus is very real and close at hand. I encourage all of us to open the door of our hearts to the Lord present.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann