Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
I am writing this letter on Saturday, October 1. Usually it is a Sunday afternoon joy, but the priests of the diocese begin their Annual Workshop in Ames this evening and there are a number of things to do before then. I have been enjoying the awesome beauty of the Fall as God begins to paint in glory the fall colors. May that same God give us a deeper appreciation of the richness of His glory that surrounds us every day.
So many things are happening as we begin the month of October. This is Right to Life month and perhaps you had a chance to join “Life Chain” holding signs in silent witness to the value of life along Merle Hay Road. I invite you to find out more about The Gabriel Project and the Informed Choice Clinic of Iowa, two local support of life efforts.
This month is also a time when we will look at the Stewardship of Treasure. It is a recognition that all we have is a gift from God. Our response to such a generous and loving God is one of gratitude and giving back to God the first fruits of our labor — a portion of what God has given. When we make God first, even with our money, we begin to properly order our priorities. We thank God by sharing what He has given to us. More about that later.
This month we also begin to look at the New Roman Missal and the changes it will bring to our Liturgy.
Beginning this week, there will be a series of 5 bulletin inserts addressing those changes and trying to give insight into the whole of the Mass. We will also have a booklet addressing the New Roman Missal that will help us understand even more. We hope to begin using some of the music at Mass this month as well.
Also this month, Bishop Pates is inviting us to highlight Sunday, November 6, for the Diocesan Centennial Celebration of our 100th Anniversary as a diocese. Family programs begin at 10:00 am that day. There will be brochures explaining the different things for the various age groups to do and family registration sheets to help them determine lunch and materials. You can just come to the Mass that will begin at 2:00 pm that day as well.
And by the way, mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 18. That is the feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist! We are invited to grow in our insight into his gospel and the Acts of the Apostles by taking a few minutes each day to read his works.
Note as well the first St. Luke’s Pasta Dinner that is being held at the Lakeside Center on Sunday, October 23, from 4-7:00 pm. Come and enjoy.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann