Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
This has been another full and active week at St. Luke’s for me. Last Saturday after the morning confessions, I went to several Graduation parties. Then I had the privilege of concelebrating the 1st Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr. Dominic McManus, OP, He was ordained the week before for the Dominicans in St. Louis, Missouri. It was great to welcome a new priest into our midst with family and community celebration.
After our Sunday mass, I had a chance to go to visit Fr. Mike Tierney at Christ the King parish in Kansas City. He has been a friend since my college seminary days. It was good to visit him in his new assignment and see that parishes are very much alike in the two dioceses.
Tuesday after the 7:45 am mass, I went to Stuart for the Presbyteral Council meeting. After the meeting finished in the afternoon, I began a Workshop at the Catholic Pastoral Center on Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers. A team from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops put on the workshop for about 50 diocesan and parish staff. We learned a lot about how to respect and see different cultures as gifts in parish life.
On Thursday after the workshop concluded, I met with the St. Joseph’s Education Center board. Dr. Tom Neal and Faye Akers are the staff for the Center. We met with them and reviewed their work, their plans and their vision for the Region. The work of this Center can be a wonderful resource for each parish of the region.
On Friday, I met with the Staff at Ankeny Community Schools facilities office. We talked about what arrangements we could make for renting classrooms for Religious Education this fall. With the various relocations of students this fall, details are now in process to secure classroom space after the Sunday Morning mass for our classes. More information yet to come.
This leads me up to the 40th anniversary celebration Sunday afternoon and Memorial Day celebrations. May the Lord be present to all of you as you gather to remember those who have died serving us in the military and all our loved ones who have gone before us in death to eternal life.
Peace, Fr. Larry Hoffmann