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.

Living Stones in God’s Building

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I write this letter, the predictions of highs in the 30s are here for a good part of the week. Fall heading for winter is at hand. My prayer is that there will be an Indian summer to benefit those at our construction site. They are in the midst of trying to get the building enclosed - lots to do.

At the end of October, I met with two families who are planning weddings next fall at St. Luke’s! Congratulations to these couples. Our future is coming to meet us rapidly!

The St. Luke’s School Board had its regular meeting. Reports from committees were received. Tonya Eaton, our School Administrative Consultant, gave an extensive report on her work so far. She shared the packet that she will use when she visits families. Home visits have started. If you would like her to visit you, you can call the office to make arrangements.

The Building Committee met on October 29 at the rectory. Updates on the progress of the construction were given. Special focus was given to the Electronics sub-committee. Purchase orders are being arranged for the phone system, the network and computers and the security system. There will be opportunities for the Knights of Columbus and parishioners to help with the wiring and installation of this equipment come spring.

Friday through Monday, October 31 - November 3, I was with my family for my sister, Carol’s, wedding in Omaha at her parish, St. Wenceslaus. It was great fun to celebrate with her and my new brother-in-law, Norris, as they took this next step in their lives.

That Monday evening, I was back for the Andrew Dinner with Bishop Pates, several area priests and young men who came to hear the vocation stories of several of the priests. It is a great way to let interested young men get a glimpse of what God’s call could be.

Tuesday, November 4 evening, the St. Luke’s School Marketing Committee had its regular meeting. They discussed the many ways that we could help get the word out about our school. Wednesday, over the noon hour, I met with the St. Joseph’s Education Center board for its quarterly meeting. Check out their website, it has lots of Adult Faith Formation materials and opportunities. That evening, I helped with Reconciliation for the RE students at St. Mary’s of Nazareth.

Thursday morning, Tonya Eaton and I met with Scott Litchfield from Ankeny Community Schools to talk about the possibility of St. Luke’s School contracting with them to prepare our school lunches. It was great to explore the possibilities with them. The Liturgy Committee had its regular meeting that evening. Following that meeting, the Electronics subcommittee had an information meeting about possibly working with Iowa Network Services for phone, network and computer services.

Friday, November 7, we celebrated 1st Friday Mass and the Anointing of the Sick at Vintage Hills. At noon, I enjoyed having lunch with area priests at Tally’s in Beaverdale. It is good to share what is happening in parishes close by.

The celebration of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica was a good chance to focus on how each of us and all of us as a parish are “God’s building,” that we are “temples of God” built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. The whole point of having parish facilities is so that we can grow in our faith and celebrate that faith. Let’s remember to say each day: “Jesus, I open my heart to you today. Come to be within me.”

Fr. Larry Hoffman