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.

January is Gone; Lent is Near

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

This letter writing takes place Sunday 1/31. It is 50 degrees outside! The snow is melting. I have just finished being part of the Men’s Christian Experience Weekend at OLIH. It is a wonderful time to encounter the Lord in the men gathered to share, pray and to celebrate the presence of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit was at work in the hearts of those involved.

As I write, it is only hours until the ads for campaigning will move on to New Hampshire! And as I understand it, only a few more hours until the snow storm is to be at hand. When you read this letter, you will know all the details.

Monday 1/25 was a nice relaxing day - time to ride the exercise bike, do some going skiing errands and to attend the regular Knights of Columbus meeting. I encourage the men of the parish to consider joining our active and very helpful to me, Catholic Men’s organization.

Tuesday 1/26, St. Luke’s School registration took place with lots of folks interested especially in our kindergarten. I spent some time with the present St. Luke’s School Kindergarten after lunch. We shared some bible stories and I enjoyed answering their questions. That evening, the RCIA had their weekly session with the topic of morality. After a very lively discussion, the time was gone and we were still going. There is more to say this week. At 7:00 pm the St. Luke’s School Board held its regular meeting. Reports of the current school operation were given. Beginning plans for next year’s budget were shared as a work in progress. A new mission statement for discussion was presented. Goals for the next year were also suggested to be refined.

On Wednesday, I attended the Ankeny Ministerial Association meeting at Resurrection Lutheran Church. A representative from the Police department reported on the emergency assistance that the Association provides through the police department. He also shared about other programs and efforts being made for Ankeny.

Thursday brought several members of a potential seminarian interview team together. Each asked a different set of questions and then together worked to put together a recommendation of this candidate. We have great young men interested in beginning the discernment process in the seminary. That evening, the Social Concerns Team held its regular meeting. We Looked at some of our current projects and did some planning for the near future as well. Our Meals from the Heartland event Tuesday February 23, beginning at 2:00 pm, will be coordinated by the Social Concerns Team. Look for opportunities to be among the 30-35 parishioners needed at each of the three shifts - 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm ant 6:00 pm.

Friday after the 8:30 am School Mass, a representative from Meals for the Heartland met with us to discuss how this packaging of meals would take place. We will have very good space for this event. That evening, I joined in on helping with the Christian Experience Weekend at OLIH. I helped with the mass and confessions as well as giving a talk on Saturday. Sunday we had mass again for those attending. It was a great spiritual experience. You should attend!

Please welcome Fr. Dorton this weekend and for our Ash Wednesday masses 2/10 8:30 am and 6:30 pm. Check out the need for liturgical ministry help! Lent is at hand.