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.

Fairs, Dreams and Celebrating Life

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Iowa State Fair goers have been blessed all the days of the fair - mild temperatures - low humidity - God is smiling on his people.

Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday, I had the privilege of being part of the Wake, Funeral and Burial of Fr. Bob Hoefler. I was one of several sharing some memories at the Sunday evening Wake. Because Fr. Bob was part of my priests’ support group, I was one of the main con-celebrants at this funeral Mass. For the same reason, I was the one who conducted his burial service at his home town of Granville, Iowa.

Fr. Bob was a very talented and dedicated priest. He was a capable pastor, teacher and musician - and he loved chocolate! While heaven is blessed by his presence, our hearts still grieve because his presence is no longer with us.

On Tuesday evening, August 13, I had the joy of blessing the home of Ben and Mandi Dunkin, along with their newborn Averi. After a nice supper, I returned for a Recruitment and Welcoming Team meeting. We reviewed the actions of the Team for the last year as we prepared for the Ministry Fair September 14-15. We are looking for new members for the team and inviting present members to continue.

Wednesday morning, I had a meeting with Bishop Pates and Jason Kurth, the diocesan vice-Chancellor, to give an update about the progress of St. Luke’s. I shared about all that happened with our Feasibility Study and our very successful Capital Campaign. We spoke about the progress with the Architects and Contractor along with our application for a zoning change with the City of Ankeny for our property. We spoke as well about St. Luke’s Catholic School and the information meetings coming up. The Bishop was very encouraging about the steps we have taken and the progress made so far.

On Thursday, August 15, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary body and soul into heaven at the 7:45 am and 5:30 pm Masses. Following the evening Mass, we held our regular monthly Finance Council meeting. In that meeting, we talked about the progress of the Capital Campaign and encouraged everyone to be current in their pledge payments. We saw the need to establish our own St. Luke’s Catholic School Foundation so that matching gifts could more easily be processed. The end of the fiscal year report to the parish is being prepared.

Friday evening, I joined one of the St. Luke’s supper clubs for grilled lamb and chicken thanks to Dick and Kathy Johnson along with other pot luck items. Great meal and beautiful evening!

Saturday evening after the 4:30 pm Mass, I attended the installation of 4th Degree Officers being held at Assumption Church in Granger. Of course, there was a nice meal following in their parish hall.

On Sunday, I had the privilege of using the “Rite for Blessing of a Child in the Womb” as several families came forward for the blessing. May all young about to be born children be delivered safely. After Mass, we held the first St. Luke’s Catholic School information meeting. A nice group of families heard sharing from a Catholic School parent, a Catholic School Student and a Catholic School teacher. It was a great time to ask questions and to dream about what will unfold with our new school as it opens August 2015.

Don’t forget the St. Monica Mass on Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 pm at OLIH. It will be a great time to continue praying for family and friends that no longer participate in our Catholic faith.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann