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.

Mission Sunday; Fall Activities

My dear people,

On October 19 we will once again celebrate World Mission Sunday. This is a time when Catholics throughout the world recommit ourselves to our vocation, through Baptism, to be missionaries. The Church’s missionary activity begins with the proclamation of faith: “Jesus is Lord!” He is our common hope --- a hope that saves.

We are called in a special way to be missionaries through prayer and participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the Mission Sunday collection. This provides an opportunity for us to support the life-giving presence of the Church among the poor and suffering throughout the world.

In the Diocese of Des Moines, the collection this year will help support the Catholic Home Missions as well as clinics, orphanages, education programs, seminaries and religious formation programs around the world.

Pope Francis has reminded us that “the Church is called to transmit the joy of the Lord to her children.” Let us continue the rich history of generosity in this Diocese as we respond to this collection. In doing so, we will be missionaries transmitting the joy of the Lord to our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

God bless your for your generous response.

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

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Please keep in mind the Mission Sunday 2nd Collection next weekend. It helps care for those in need throughout our world. See Bishop Pates’ letter above.

This last Sunday, September 28, the supper club enjoyed a late afternoon golf and early evening dinner at the Tournament Club in Polk City. Thanks Donna and Jim Townsend for arranging for us.

Tuesday evening, I went to the Diocesan Confirmation Workshop at St. Francis’s hall. It was good insight into how to incorporate Confirmation Liturgy readings and prayers into the program for the year.

Wednesday, October 1, I enjoyed blessing several cats, dogs and Guinea pigs at our evening pet blessing. All animals went home blessed without any damage from each other.

Thursday evening, the Liturgy Committee held its monthly meeting. After reviewing the various ministries and plans for the coming month, we studied the 5th segment on the Constitution on the Liturgy.

Friday I enjoyed celebrating the 9:15 am 1st Friday Mass at Vintage Hills. It is a joy to be with this group for our once a month Mass. That afternoon, I attended a wedding rehearsal at St. Ambrose for some friends from St. Anthony’s. The wedding the next day was beautiful and very well attended.

Thank you for your prayers as the priests of the diocese were at our annual workshop in Kansas City, Missouri. May all of you be blessed in these colorful Fall days.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann