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.

Funerals, Future Planning & Weekend Fun

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The Lord continues to bless our land with some showers. Some of the grass in lawns is making a great come back. The weeds are enjoying the blessing of moisture and rearing their at least green heads for mowing.

On Monday, August 27, I enjoyed playing in Bishop Pates’ Catholic Charities Golf Outing at Echo Valley. It was very warm but still a nice outing where we scrambled to make par and ended up two strokes under.

On Tuesday, I joined the St. Luke’s Supper Club at Dos Rios downtown Des Moines and then came back for the Social Concerns Team’s second meeting. We are getting the “Charter Document” of how to operate put together. We are beginning to look at things that St. Luke’s will undertake as projects as well.

Thursday, August 30, I had another opportunity to be on KWKY for a little while during their fund raising days. That evening, I spent some time with Nate and Michaela Carhoff at the wake for their infant son, Matthew. He only lived for one day after his birth. Keep them all in your prayers. The next day, Fr. Steve Eble from Knoxville, a family friend, conducted the funeral at OLIH and I concelebrated at that Mass.

It seems to be a time for funerals. I had the privilege of conducting the funeral for Steven Kelly at the Merle Hay Funeral Home. He was born in Canada and raised his 5 children there before moving to Ankeny where he was self employed in the printing business for years. Keep him, his wife Anita, and his family in your prayers.

After the Masses this weekend, I traveled to my mother’s home in Panama. It was great to have time to visit with her and other family members. Of course there was good food to eat and cards to play. On Labor Day itself, my mother and I visited my brother in Audubon who was recovering from a severe back bruise that has kept him from work. But there was still time for cards and good food!

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual St. Luke’s Feast Day and dinner to be held on Sunday, October 14, at OLIH Multipurpose Room. One of the legends about St. Luke is that he was an artist. How about if we had some craft item for the Silent Auction at our Celebration? By the next bulletin letter, our planning meeting will have been held and more information will be available.

Stop after Mass to sign up for the October 6, 9:30-11:30 pm Site Planning Workshop to be held in the meeting rooms at OLIH. You can also register on line by hitting the “Construction” button. This will be a great follow up to our earlier Facilities Planning Workshop. It is a wonderful opportunity to give your ideas, dreams and thoughts about our future facilities. Come and be part of our future planning.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann