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.

Holy Days - Holy Dinners! Let’s Celebrate!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Thank you for your prayers while the priests of the diocese were at our Annual Workshop from last Sunday through Thursday at the Gateway in Ames. It was a great time to look at the history of the Diocese with Fr. Steve Avella who will be writing that history, which began in 1911. Fr. Avella gave us the historical context of the State of Iowa and what was happening in the church at the time the Diocese of Des Moines began. On Wednesday of that week, Fr. Drew Christiansen, S. J. gave us a look at the future of the church and helped us imagine what may be ahead for us all in God’s plan.

Coming back on Thursday, October 6, I was able to celebrate Mass at St. Anne’s as usual. Later that evening, we had our monthly Liturgy Committee meeting. The various Liturgical ministries were reviewed. Liturgical ministries and differences now that we are at Northview Middle School were discussed. Several suggestions were made to make the flow of the Mass run more smoothly. Extra ministers of Eucharist for the handicapped in the rows toward the back were arranged. Holy day schedules were set for the next few months at St. Anne’s, including: 

  • Tuesday November 1 All Saints - Holy Day of Obligation - Masses 7:45 am and 5:30 pm Wednesday November 2 All Souls
  • Masses 7:45 am and 5:30 pm
  • Thanksgiving Day 9:00 am - at St. Anne’s
  • Thursday December 8 - Immaculate Conception - Holy Day of Obligation - Masses 7:45 am and 5:30 pm

There will be a 2nd Collection for World Mission Sunday on October 23. Please use your envelopes for this collection to help Pope Benedict XVI in his mission work throughout the world.

Tuesday, October 18, is the Feast of St. Luke. On that day, we will not have 7:45 am Mass, but we will invite parishioners to come to a 6:00 pm Mass at St. Anne’s. It is a good time to pray for our parish as we continue to find God’s way and plan.

Be sure to plan on coming to our 1st Pasta Event to be held on Sunday, October 23, 4 - 7:00 pm at the Lakeside Center. Tickets will be available after Mass. Volunteers to help serve and to bring desserts are still needed. Let’s make this a great gathering of St. Luke’s parish to work and celebrate together.

Keep our “Vision and Purpose Team” in your prayers as they work to develop our Vision and Purpose as a parish. May the Holy Spirit guide them in their effort to put into words the character and direction of St. Luke’s parish.

Check out KWKY 1150 AM radio beginning this week. St. Francis parish in West Des Moines will be featured all this week. We will be featured in January. It is great to see what is happening in other parishes.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann