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.

Pasta, Plans, Pictures and Promises

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Indeed, we did have a wonderful celebration of the St. Luke the Evangelist Feast Day Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction. It was great to see the many folks preparing the pasta and sauce, setting up the tables and decorations, preparing the salad, bread sticks and many, many desserts. And then the many who provided the silent auction items watched them get their many bids. Good job, adults, young and older people to put together a wonderful celebration. Be looking for final numbers for the funds raised by both. The Knights of Columbus will be making an effort for matching funds.

Speaking of the Knights of Columbus, they did have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 21, at St. Anne’s. They agreed to offer Tootsie Rolls after Masses October 26-27. They also agreed to pursue being the sponsoring organization for a Boy Scout Troop here in Ankeny.

On Tuesday, October 22, I attended a funeral at St. Anthony’s for Francis Woodward and then went to the monthly Tribunal at noon. That evening, I attended the wake for my 1st cousin, Rosie Greiner, at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Panama, Iowa. It was a good time to visit with lots of other cousins as well.

Wednesday morning I attended the weekly meeting with the Architect and Contractors for our 1st Phase. It was great to see some of the detail about landscaping, electrical and structural elements of our 1st Phase being put in place. They are preparing everything for the Town Hall meeting October 27.

On Thursday, October 24 after Adoration, the Social Concerns Team had its regular meeting. A good discussion of the chapter on prayer from The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic was held. A good discussion followed about finding a social concerns project for the parish. Providing a monthly meal at the St. Joseph’s Family Shelter came to the top of the list of possibilities.

Saturday morning, October 26, new and present Altar Servers had a training session at St. Anne’s. Updates in instruction were given and opportunities to practice were provided. Good pizza followed!

As I write this letter, I am anticipating celebrating Mass at the Polk City Care Center. Following that celebration, we will gather again at the Ashland Ridge Cafeteria for our Town Hall meeting about our 1st Phase plans. More about this next week.

I encourage you to begin prayer to St. Joseph for St. Luke’s 1st Phase development, funding and construction. I will provide a prayer to St. Joseph that you can use soon. We need to ask his carpenter intercession as we begin this dimension of construction. May his foster Son Jesus be with us as we build the community of faith that will one day use these facilities.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann