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.

World Mission Sunday Letter from Bishop Pates

My Dear People,

Once again this year we observe World Mission Sunday on October 20. The work of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith is accomplished in 1150 dioceses scattered throughout the world. The theme for this year is “Do Good on Earth.” It highlights the outreach carried by dedicated missionaries among the poor and marginalized half a world away. Each day they live out these words as they reach out to those most vulnerable in our society, sharing God’s love by offering practical, emotional and spiritual care.

Those missionaries respond to the call of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to “give voice to those not able to make their cries of pain and oppression heard.” The World Mission 

Sunday collection is our opportunity to also respond to the Holy Father’s call and in doing so, “do good on earth.”

Please join me once again in a generous response to this call. Your contribution, large or small, to this collection will be a sign to our brothers and sisters throughout the world of our solidarity with them in their great need. May God bless you abundantly for your generosity!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, Bishop of Des Moines

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I do encourage you to be generous in the 2nd Collection on October 19-20 for World Missions. It is one way that we can help Pope Francis in his efforts to help missionaries throughout the world.

On Monday, September 30, I had the privilege of celebrating the funeral for Mary Lou Clemons from OLIH. Fr. Steve had to be out of town. It helped me renew St. Joseph’s and St. Anthony’s contacts from years ago. May she rest in peace. That evening, the St. Luke’s Supper club enjoyed dinner at Chuck’s.

And speaking of eating, I enjoyed the Catholic Tuition Organization lunch at the Catholic Pastoral center on October 1. That evening, the leadership couples of our Capital Campaign met to talk about next steps in contacting folks outside our parish.

Wednesday I enjoyed doing pet blessings between the RE classes at St. Anne’s. No animals were at odds during the blessings! That evening, the Strategic Planning Team met at the Rectory. We reviewed the latest floor plan revision that will enable us to be very close to estimated budget costs. It will work and look great.

I enjoyed Gary Tonhaus’s Photo exhibit at the Ankeny Art Center. He is from OLIH. They are fantastic photos of Prairie flowers. I recommend taking a few moments to enjoy. Our Liturgy committee met that evening. We will be looking at Advent Readings and plans for our next meeting.

On Friday, you may remember the two plus inches of rain that we received. Right after the rain, the seed corn company was harvesting the corn on our St. Luke’s site - in the mud! They want it out before there is any chance of frost.

Sunday evening through Thursday noon, the priests of the diocese gathered in Omaha for their Annual Priests’ Workshop.

If you have not already done so, please consider volunteering to help with the annual St. Luke’s Feast Day Pasta Dinner next Sunday October 20, 4-7:00 pm at OLIH. It promises to be great food and a fun community building experience. See you there.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann