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.

Grace Abounds - in Matrimony, Eucharist, Anointing

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

This last Monday, I brought the last of the boxes of my things from the St. Theresa’s rectory to the basement of OLIH. I need to have a “Pitching Party” and just get rid of a lot of things! Later that day, I went to Council Bluffs to play cards and have dinner with some of the Shelby County priests. In one game, I did manage to score the most points but as you Pitch Players know, you have to bid to go out! Oh well!

On Tuesday, I met with the Presbyteral Council of Priests at All Saints in Stuart along with Bishop Pates. That evening, I enjoyed the potluck with the RCIA class and their families at OLIH.

On Wednesday, I met with the Lippold Family from St. Theresa’s to plan the funeral for Dennis Lippold. Fr. Mark Neal, the pastor, is out of town. The Ankeny Ministerial Association gathered at Resurrection Lutheran Church for our monthly meeting. Representative Kevin Koester was our guest speaker. The Strategic Planning Team met at 7:00 pm at St. Anne’s. A RFQ (Request for Qualifications) letter was reviewed that will be sent to select architect firms after review with the Diocesan Building Commission. Norm Bormann from the Diocese will attend our next meeting to advise us about the process the Building Commission has for master plans. We studied the first chapter of Built of Living Stones, a highly recommended work from the US Bishops for those planning new church structures.

On Thursday, those who were conducting the Blood Drive at OLIH managed successfully to get blood from me! Their treats are always great! That evening, I met with the Environment committee after the 5:30 pm Mass. Lots of help will be needed over the summer to set up for the Sunday Masses. Please consider signing up for one or more Sundays, or just come early and help out.

On Friday, we had the wedding rehearsal for Travis Funseth and Katie Shannon. On Saturday at 10:30 am, we had a wonderful celebration of their exchange of vows in the sacrament of matrimony. May the Lord bless them as they begin their life together.

On Sunday, we had a special blessing for the St. Luke’s Graduates from High School and other institutions. Then some of our graduates and their families enjoyed a nice brunch at Noodle Zoo. At the same time, the families of our Religious Education classes gathered for a prayer service to conclude the year.

I want to take a moment to thank Cindy Clefisch for all the work she has done during this last Religious Education year. She has put together a wonderful program for our K-8th grade students. Thanks as well to the Catechists and her assistants who provided the students with their chance to grow in understanding their faith and the sacraments. I enjoyed stopping in to visit the various classes from time to time. They always had something interesting going on.

Keep all those who were anointed this weekend in your prayers. May the healing power of the Lord touch their lives through this wonderful sacrament.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann