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.

Concepts for the Master Plan

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The last couple of weeks were full. I joined the Shelby County Priests for some card playing and dinner on Monday, January 16—I did not win a game! On Tuesday, I met with Bishop Pates and members of the Executive Committee for the Presbyteral Council to plan our next meeting in February. On Wednesday, area priests met for lunch in Beaverdale and I attended the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce Member Orientation meeting.

That evening, the Strategic Planning Team met at St. Anne’s. We formulated 6 Concepts for St. Luke’s parish campus. They are: Sacred, Welcoming, Visibility, Traditional, Multi-use, Sustainable and Organic. The following is a brief sense of each Concept.

Sacred: The design characteristics will create a sense of “the sacred” for prayer and inspiration for both individuals and the community. The design will keep Christ as the central focus.

Welcoming: The entire complex will invite and welcome people with pleasing use of space, light and color. Everything should be accessible to those who may have limitations with mobility or any other difficulty, be it as a senior or youth.

Visibility: It will be a recognizable Catholic Church and landmark for the Ankeny Community.

Traditional: The worship center should maintain a traditional layout with elements familiar to Catholicism while incorporating current materials and styles.

Multi-use: The three centers should take advantage of multi-use, adaptable, shared facilities to aid in economy of space and efficiency of use.

Sustainable: Everything should work WITH the environment and promote efficiency, ease of operation, low maintenance cost, and serve as an educational tool.

Organic: The buildings should relate to each other in the use of space, color and material. The entire complex must be in harmony with the land it sits on, the history of the site and the surrounding neighborhood.

At our next meeting on February 1, we will work on 6 values to be used in our Master Plan.

On Thursday evening, the Finance Committee met and reviewed the financial statements for the period. A complete listing of the values of St. Luke’s property is almost developed for insurance and auditing purposes. Other ongoing items were reviewed as well.

On Saturday night, I had the privilege of being one of the “fair and impartial judges” for the Trivia Night at OLIH. I have to admit, attempts to bribe the judges were made with brownies and various adult beverages—all to no avail! A good time was had by all, including our two St. Luke’s tables of 8.

Sunday afternoon, I listened to two men practice their CEW talks, which reminds me, all men of St. Luke’s are encouraged to be part of the weekend if you have not already done so. You can contact me. Be blessed this week.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann