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.

Praying for, Discovering and Following the Lord’s Way

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I write this letter today, the forecast is for rain every day this week. I think that for the moment, the drought is over for central Iowa. God blessed the fields last year when there was little rain yet a wonderful crop. Now the earth has been replenished. We pray that those who have yet to plant their fields will have that opportunity soon.

Last Monday, May 20, the joint committee of representatives from the Parish Council, Finance Council and the Strategic Planning Team met to review the recommendation of the Strategic Planning Team to engage Hansen Company as our Contractor. They will work closely with Neumann Monson architects to develop the details of our 1st Phase for St. Luke’s. Unanimous consensus was reached by those gathered to accept the recommendation. A contract is being developed for their work.

On Tuesday, May 21, the Des Moines Priests met for their quarterly meeting at 1:00 pm at St. Anthony’s. Concerns for the diocese and for the metro area were discussed. That afternoon, I met with Dr. Bruce Kimpston, the Superintendant for the Ankeny Community Schools. We talked about St. Luke’s School that will be opening in August of 2015. Dr. Kimpston shared about the demographics of the school district and the increasing number of students that will need to be provided for in the near future. More discussions about how St. Luke’s will relate to the Ankeny Community School district will be held soon.

On Wednesday, I had a meeting with Dr. Luvern Gubbels, Superintendant of the Diocese of Des Moines Schools along with Darcie Tallman, Marketing specialist for the diocese. We talked about steps we could take now to market and develop enthusiasm for St. Luke’s School. Catholic Identity efforts being made in all the Catholic Schools of the diocese and how they might be applied to St. Luke’s were discussed.

Thursday evening, the Social Concerns Team met for their monthly meeting. Getting word out to the whole parish about projects that are of ongoing concern to the Team were discussed. Recommendations for the “Tithe of the Tithe” were made including: Habitat for Humanity, Mosaic and Catholic Charities for the victims of Moore, Oklahoma.

On Saturday, I attended two Graduation parties and managed to find lunch and dinner. It was a great time to wish the graduates well in their next steps in life and to greet their friends and family. Keep all the graduates you know in your prayers that the Holy Spirit will guide them in their life decisions.

Our Capital Campaign, “Together We Build” is going very well. I know the advance gifts phase will take another step Tuesday, May 28th toward meeting our $2 Million goal. Thank you to all who have already made your pledge. We still need “Angel Gifts” - gifts of 1-10 % of our total goal to be successful. Consider being among those who have already made such gifts. Don’t forget to check with your employers to see if they make matching gifts. Most do not do so to church but will do so for schools. St. Luke’s School does have a foundation through which matching gifts can be made. Check with Jenifer at the parish office for more information.

God indeed has a plan for St. Luke’s parish. It will be a spiritual home for us in the very near future. It will become a place where we can grow in the love and life given to us by the Holy Trinity. It will become our home where the Body and Blood of the Lord can be celebrated, adored and shared.

In the meantime, may we work diligently, wait patiently, and pray with confidence because the Lord’s way is being discovered and followed at St. Luke’s.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann