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.

Celebrating the Feast of St. Luke - Thanking God for Color

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Driving from Altoona back to Ankeny, I could not help but enjoy the beautiful fall colored trees. I just love the various shades of gold, the often sharp contrast with the reds and greens making a sunburst of color.

Last Monday, I enjoyed doing some car shopping. I continue to look and consider many possible vehicles. It is hard to think of giving up my faithful Camry with its stick shift. They don’t even make them anymore.

Tuesday, October 14, the Recruitment and Welcome Team met for their regular meeting. They are making plans for the next Newcomers Welcome gathering after Mass on Saturday, November 15. Plan on stopping by to meet the families who have recently registered in St. Luke’s. They also talked about coordinating the efforts with Facebook, Twitter and our Website with our Publicity Committee, the St. Luke’s Marketing Committee and the Parish Pastoral Council. We hope to avoid duplication and finding a unified direction for social media.

On Wednesday, October 15, I went with Tonya Eaton, our School Administrative Consultant, to visit with Durham Transportation. We talked about the possible ways that transportation for St. Luke’s School students could be facilitated. We will also be talking with the Ankeny School Administration about how this can be accomplished. That evening, I enjoyed the evening meal at Pizza Ranch where the 8th, 9th and 10th grade RE were helping wait tables.

Thursday evening, the Finance Council had its monthly meeting. We reviewed the monthly financial reports and looked at the year-end report that was included in the bulletin. We welcomed Jeff Anderlik as a new member.

Friday, I took my car in to get the squeaky brake fixed and finally I think it is resolved with new rear brakes. That evening, the St. Luke’s 500 Card Club enjoyed the evening together at St. Anne’s. I even won a hand or two!

Saturday, October 18, I was at the Called and Gifted Workshop at SS. John and Paul parish in Altoona. Our Parish Pastoral Council chairperson Paul Moritz and Cindy Clefisch represented St. Luke’s at this daylong event. I was impressed with the clarity of the presentations and how “Charisms” were explained and shown to be gifts from God to his people. The Holy Spirit is instrumental in enabling each person to identify their Charism and to begin using it for the good of others in our church and world. We will be hearing more about this in the future. The Parish Council will use the book “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell, the same author who wrote the workbook we used at the workshop.

Saturday evening, we began our weekend long celebration of St. Luke the Evangelist whose feast was October 18. Juice and cookies were enjoyed after Mass. Sunday morning, we had a special focus on St. Luke with our environment and our children’s liturgy. Sunday afternoon, the St. Luke’s Feast Day Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction was held at OLIH.

I was up at the construction site on October 18. The floor of the worship space has been cleaned and sealed. Uprights for the walls of that worship space are beginning to be put into place with sheeting on the west end of the building. I saw several truckloads of gravel delivered what I assume will be used below the concrete for the two drives. Hopefully they will be poured in the next few days. Plans for the roof on the worship space and the windows for the facilities are to begin November 3rd. May the Lord continue to bless with beautiful fall weather for building.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann