Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
I get the privilege of writing this letter 11/15 for the 11/25-26 weekend. Thanksgiving happens in between. Today, the sun is shining after foggy and cold days. Can you believe just a few days until lots of turkeys are being roasted!
Monday 11/6, I had the memorial mass for the OLIH Knights of Columbus. Fr. Steve was on vacation. Tuesday morning, I again had the 8:30 am mass for Fr. Steve. Later that morning, we held our regular staff meeting followed that evening by the RCIA session.
Wednesday evening, I went with one of our young parishioners to the Andrew Dinner at the Basilica of St. John. Several priests and Bishop gathered with young men from the area to see a vocation video and to hear priest’s stories of their experiences as priests. It was great food and good stories.
Thursday the School Students enjoyed Iowa State University presenting a grant to Mrs. Kenkel, the music teacher at St. Luke’s School. Even “CY” and some cheerleaders came. The students were excited! That evening, Fr. Adam and I hosted a gathering of the Parish Pastoral Council, the Finance Council, the School Board and the Marketing Committee at the rectory. Nice appetizers and beverages were enjoyed. All had the opportunity to view the video presentation of our Strategic Planning Committee’s Phase II Concept. Lots of good questions followed. You can see the video on line as well. Check out our website or Facebook.
On Friday, Fr. Adam and representatives from the Finance Council and the Strategic Planning Committee presented the Phase II Concept to the Diocesan Building Commission along with the proposed plans for carpet in our facilities. As of 11/15, we are waiting for Bishop Pates’ written response to our presentations.
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the ISU football game as a guest of Ryan and Meg Schon. They had a nice tail gate party and then very nice seats at the game. It was a great game until the last 38 seconds when they did not score from the 3 yard line.
On Sunday 11/12, I enjoyed the St. Luke’s School Student led mass at 10:30. Their Open House followed. Avery Rose, daughter of Jason and Angela Brinks was baptized after that mass. Welcome Avery!
Later on, the Stewardship Committee met for its regular meeting. Alpha met for its early evening session at 4:30 pm in the Gym.
Tuesday the Des Moines Catholic Tuition Organization held its annual Lunch at St. Augustin Hall. The CTO enables parents who need assistance to meet their tuition expenses, the kind of help they need for tuition. That evening, the RCIA met again and discussed the Four Last Things, Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. It was a lively discussion. This brings me up to 11/15. There will be lots of things happening between now and when you read this letter.
By the time you read this, you will have had a chance to see the video that was part of the presentation at the Diocesan Building Commission about our Phase II concept that could meet our present facility needs. You also will have a packet about our Fall Tithing Appeal. Included in that packet was information about how parishioners who are new since our last Capital Campaign, Together We Build, can help with that Campaign between now and June 2018 when the campaign will end. We need participation for both ongoing parish financial support and “Together We Build.”
Fr. Larry Hoffmann