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.

Black Earth, Green Grass, White Season of Easter

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

God has been blessing us! We had beautiful and much needed rain last week even though it made for a muddy construction site. Saturday and today, May 4, the sun has returned in force and green is strong evidence along with flowering trees everywhere. May we continue to be blessed with May flowers!

Sunday, April 27, there were lots of happy young 2nd graders who had just made their 1st communion. I saw many of those same faces today, May 4, making their 2nd Communion. May they all be blessed as they delight in receiving Jesus into their hearts.

On Tuesday, April 29, I celebrated a funeral for Mildred Harvey, a friend from the south side of Des Moines. Her family have been long time friends. Later that day, the Bishop convened a Personnel Board Meeting over a conference call. I have been on that board for about 3 months.

Wednesday late morning, the Ankeny Ministerial Association had its regular meeting at the Hope Lutheran Church facilities on South 3rd Street. We heard a presentation about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the campus of both Ankeny High Schools. We also shared other current activities in the various churches. That evening, the St. Luke’s Publicity Committee met at the Rectory. Various ways to use current media of all kinds were discussed. Check our Facebook and maybe even twitter sometime in the future.

Thursday evening, the Liturgy committee had its regular meeting followed by the Finance Council meetings for April and May. Review of the financial statements, the change of banking institutions, the development of loan and bond steps that will need to be taken now that the documents have been signed - all were discussed.

On Friday morning, I celebrated 1st Friday Mass at Vintage Hills. It is a delightful way to meet and pray with some of our seniors now in our area. Later that weekend, I was in attendance at the Knights of Columbus State Convention down town at the Marriott. I was given the privilege of being the Honoree at the 4th Degree Exemplification on Friday. I had the opportunity to speak about Patriotism at the evening banquet.

Sunday, May 4 at Ashland Ridge was a time of celebration. The RE students led us in a living Rosary before Mass began followed by several students processing in for May Crowning. Thank you students for how well you did to lead the people in prayer and devotion. Then we had the baptisms of Kylie and Quinn McKillip as well as Callen Lillwitz. It is great to present three new members of St. Luke’s at one Mass - and they all smiled and did not cry when I presented them to the community.

If you have not already done so, drive by the building site and see all the grading work that has been done since the rain. It has a very different look already.

Take time today to honor your mothers. Pray for them if they are already with the Lord in heaven. Pray for them if they are still with us. Pray for them if they are still doing their best to parent you. Take time to tell them how much you love and appreciate them. Truly they are God’s gifts to us.

Thank you to all who have served as Catechists this last year in our Religious Education classes. Sharing your faith and helping our children grow in their faith is a gift to St. Luke’s community. May they all be blessed during these coming May and summer days.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann