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.

Our Plans; God’s Smiles and Snow

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Well the big blizzard for last Thursday turned out to be the “little” blizzard. I am amazed at what we humans think is going to happen and what God thinks is going to happen do not always match. As I write this letter, there is talk of some snow for Monday. May we always rejoice in God’s plans for us.

Monday morning I had the privilege of celebrating the funeral for Lourdes Bernadette Funseth, born several months premature. Please hold Katie and Travis, her parents, in your prayers in the days ahead. Thank you to those who helped with the food and the serving of the lunch that followed.

Later that day, I met with my priests’ support group for our regular monthly meeting at Christ the King. Keep Msgr. Joe McDonnell and Fr. Bob Hoefler in your prayers in their struggle with cancer. That evening the St. Luke’s Knights of Columbus had their regular meeting.

Tuesday evening, the Parish Pastoral Council met for its monthly meeting. We reviewed the progress of the Strategic Planning Team and their anticipated Town Hall meeting set for Sunday, March 10, 1:00 pm at the Ashland Ridge Elementary Cafeteria. Invite your friends and neighbors.

I am very grateful to OLIH for their generosity in letting me live in their Rectory over the last two years. It is a privilege to live with Fr. Steve. However, the time has come for St. Luke’s to get its own place for their priest. In that light, several parishioners are helping me look for a house close to the church property. We are in the process of making an offer and hope to secure a place soon. With this effort, St. Luke’s is taking another step in permanently establishing itself in western Ankeny.

Wednesday, I enjoyed lunch with area Catholic pastors at Talley’s in Beaverdale. I visited with the 2nd grade in the evening and helped review what they would do when making their 1st Reconciliation. Later that evening, the Strategic Planning Team met with the Architects again. They presented an updated master plan with some possible views of what the campus could look like. It was very exciting to see how St. Luke’s could be distinctive in appearance and yet fulfill our needs. Be looking for the flyer in the mail that will show one view and announce the Town Hall meeting for March 10.

On Thursday, we waited all day for the snow! Finally it came after we had already begun the Eucharistic Adoration which continued until 5:30 pm. Then the rest of the activities for the evening were cancelled. As it turned out, they could have been held because the storm did not really come until late in the night.

Saturday morning, we held the postponed Finance Council meeting. Plans for quarterly reports on the web site were made. The current status of our finances was reviewed. A report on the interviews of Capital Campaign companies was given. The financing of a house for St. Luke’s was reviewed as well. Later in the day, an offer for a house was made. We are still waiting for a response.

Sunday afternoon, I helped with the Lenten Penance service at All Saints. Remember, our service is on Monday, March 11, at 7:00 pm at St. Anne’s.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann