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.

Saints, Souls and Stewards

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Last Sunday, St. Luke’s enjoyed our 1st Pasta Dinner at the Lakeside Center here in Ankeny. I want to say thank you to Ann Arndorfer and Jane Clarke and those working on the Parish Relations committee for all their work in planning, gathering donations, getting workers, cooks and working with Faith Formation for the silent auction baskets. It was a wonderful experience of our parish planning together, working together and enjoying a great meal together, along with other supportive people. Great job everyone! 

On Wednesday of this week, I met with the Ankeny Ministerial Association at the 1st United Methodist Church. We had a good sharing of what is happening at our respective churches. That evening, about 50 people gathered to pray the rosary for Jim Bennett, who continues to be in the hospital. Thank you for your prayers. After the rosary, the Organizing Committee had its regular meeting. Review notes were given from these committees: Finance, Liturgy, SCRIP, and Faith Formation. A summary report was received from Parish Relations about the Pasta Dinner. Insurance for the trailer, its contents and the office contents were reviewed. The Liturgy Committee will look at what it would take to consider having Saturday evening mass at St. Anne’s in the near future. Future planning and contact of potential parishioners was also explored.

Next week, November 13, I will focus on our Stewardship of Treasure. You should be receiving a letter with a commitment card in the mail the week of November 7th. I thank everyone for your wonderful present financial support of St. Luke’s parish. I invite you to consider increasing by 1% whatever percentage of your income you presently give to our parish. Perhaps we can begin to give to God more than giving to a need with our regular financial commitment. 

This week, we celebrate the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls. It is a wonderful time to remember our loved ones who have died. Some of those people that we have known may very well be with God in heaven as Saints. Ask them to pray for us who are still on the way. Some of our loved ones are among the Souls waiting with confidence to enter the fullness of life in heaven with the Saints gathered with the Lord. May our prayers and sacrifices for others help them during this time. Please take a moment to include the names of your deceased loved ones in our “Book of Memories” that you can find on the table in the entrance after Mass. 

As we remember Saints and Souls, may we take a serious reflective time to pray about our own journey of life toward the Lord. May our daily decisions and actions move us closer to being holy, to being with our Lord in eternity.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann