Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
Sunday, September 28, the sun is shining - the weather is warm - no doubt the trees are beginning to become colorful. Fall is upon us and October is here.
October is Respect Life month. The theme of the month is that Each of us is a MASTERPIECE of God’s Creation. My sister is an artist and she does water color and acrylic paintings. I am always amazed at the work she does - the time it takes - the skill it takes to create a picture. Each one is unique and special just by the time and effort put into its creation. They each become a treasure for the person who receives her work.
And God the Father creates each of us with far more detail of uniqueness. Just think of the DNA that shows each one is not like any other. Each one can be identified by that DNA. Then think of the environment surrounding each of God’s Masterpieces. Family, community, positive (and sometimes negative) encouragement, and psychological support all have a part to play in how God’s Masterpiece, each human life, grows and develops into the person God intended from the beginning. God is an awesome artist, who continues His artistry as each of our lives continues.
Pope Francis stated in his “Day of Life” greeting: “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”
I marvel that not only are we each God’s masterpieces, but that God has a specific purpose for each of us in His plan. His great love surrounds each one as we set out to fulfill that plan. This Respect Life Month, we will put a focus on the gift of those who are elderly and sick among us, upon those who have lost children in miscarriage, the relationship between poverty and abortion and the love story of adoption. See the weekly handouts. Let our rosaries before Mass be times of prayer for the Respect of all Human Life.
This last week on Tuesday, September 23, the Construction meeting was held at the site. Lots of things are happening with concrete being poured, the roof being finished, and the sheeting for school and administration being started. Soon the final floors for the offices and worship space will be poured.
Tuesday evening, the St. Luke’s School Board had its regular meeting. School color - dark green and school mascot - Longhorns - were confirmed. Tonya Eaton, our School Administrative Consultant, reported on her 1st days of work. Lots of great things for our school are underway. She hopes to be out visiting families about the school very soon.
Wednesday, I hosted the Ankeny Ministerial Association luncheon at St. Anne’s. Thank you to some ladies of the parish for providing the wonderful food. The Building Committee met that evening at the Rectory. We reviewed the progress of the construction. The Electronics Sub-committee gave their report with bids for Network and Security beginning to come in. Review of the Kitchen equipment list was also given.
Thursday, September 25, the St. Luke’s Marketing Committee met. Nicole Proesch agreed to be the new chairperson of this committee that will be a subcommittee of the School Board. Tonya Eaton will work closely with them as she begins to reach out to parish families.
I enjoyed celebrating a wedding on Saturday afternoon and the Baptism of Haddi Mae Enos at the 4:30 pm Mass. May we all be blessed as God’s Masterpieces.
Fr. Larry Hoffman