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.

Sun, Rain, Cold, Celebrating

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Iowa is being Iowa again! 45 degrees and wind? Not the best weather for our Bike/Walk/Run. We are in great hopes for improvement in these May days!

Last Sunday May 14th, I am sure that you gathered and honored your mothers. I had a chance to enjoy the Des Moines Symphony at the Civic Center. It was a great presentation that featured a video of Grant Woods with music composed for that presentation. Nicely done.

Monday May 15, the St. Vincent de Paul golf outing was held at Willow Creek Golf course. I enjoyed playing with Frs. Ken Gross, Greg Leach and Chris Hartshorn. We ended up even for the day - not bad for us!

That evening, St. Luke’s hosted the visitation and funeral for Joseph Crann, Jr. He is the father of Steve Crann also from St. Luke’s. A light supper followed. May he rest in peace.

On Tuesday morning, we had our regular staff meeting at 9:00 am. Wednesday, the area priests met for lunch. It is a great way to hear about what everyone is doing and to support each other besides getting some good food. That afternoon, I hosted the Semi-annual AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) board. A year end report was given and the budget for the next year was presented and approved.

Thursday morning, I met with a couple who are beginning their marriage preparation. It is a delight to help them prepare for their celebration of the sacrament of matrimony and to talk about their hopes and dreams. After mass that evening, the Faith Formation Council met for its regular meeting. We reviewed the steps that we need to take now to get prepared for our Fall Alpha series. We also reviewed the hiring of Peter Haack as our new Faith Formation Director. We thank Patsy Carlson for all the work that she has done with our students and adults in the past year. We are in a wonderful place because of all her work to transition into our new director.

Later that evening, the Finance Council held its regular meeting. The monthly Financial statements were reviewed. Reports about the Mobile classrooms were given as well as the update from the Strategic Planning committee. Three Architect firms who have presented design concepts will be interviewed soon. The proposed budget was reviewed and will be ready for approval at our next meeting.

Friday after the 8:30 am mass, I had a chance to give Fr. Adam Westphal a tour of the parish offices, church and school as well as the rectory. He is home after the completion of his spring classes and before the beginning of his last class to be held during June. He is taking a little vacation break. At Noon, I went into the diocesans offices for our regular Tribunal panel meeting. That evening, I had a chance to be part of Jimmy Becker’s surprise 30th birthday at his place of work. Happy Birthday Jimmy.

Saturday after the 4:30 pm mass, I celebrated the baptism of Grace Ann Kelly, daughter of Kyle and Laura. They had a nice dinner following in the gym.

Sunday morning, I enjoyed the French Toast and Cheesy Scrambled Egg breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus. At the 10:30 am mass, we celebrated the baptism of Eden Rae, daughter of Anthony Larysa Losornio. Welcome Grace and Eden! Then on to the Bike/Walk/Run. More next week.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann