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.

Skiing - Future Buildings and Faith Formation Council

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

God’s gift of January has many dimensions. Saturday, it was in the 50’s; Sunday morning, we woke to wet, slushy snow with drizzle and clouds all day. God is blessing us any time January 50’s are at hand.

On Monday, January 19, I met with the Knights of Columbus for their regular meeting. The Knights will be helping with several of the parish projects at our building site later this year. Volunteers from the parish will be welcome to help refinish our 100 kneelers, pull cable for the network, phone system and our security system. We will be putting together a planting of 185 trees when spring time comes. Let me know if you can help on any of these.

Registration for St. Luke’s Catholic School opened on Tuesday, January 20. We currently have 24 students enrolled. There are openings in all grades, so encourage interested families to contact Tonya Eaton in the office for more information about St. Luke’s Catholic School.

Wednesday, January 21, I met for the quarterly St. Joseph Education Center board meeting. We started a process that will help the staff establish core values and purpose for the board. We will be able to use their program skills as we begin the process of establishing our own Faith Formation Board. Earlier that morning, a number of subcommittee members met at the building site to recommend colors for the worship space. They were planning to begin painting there on Monday, January 26, and needed our selections for colors. We arrived at some earth tones that, in my opinion, go well together.

Thursday evening, the Social Concerns Team met for its regular meeting. We heard from Jan Brown from OLIH about their work with AMOS - A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy. Our team will look to find out more about how to work for justice through such an organization for St. Luke’s and Ankeny.

On Friday, I left early in the morning to go out to St. Patrick’s parish in Dunlap, Iowa, near my home town, for the funeral of my Aunt Dorothy Hoffmann. Her 9 children and many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered, along with many of the 57 1st cousins on my mother’s side of the family. After a wonderful Mass and prayer, we laid her to rest. It was a great time to reconnect with many of the extended family.

That evening I went to OLIH to help with the Women’s Christian Experience Weekend. It is a great privilege to be one of two men - Deacon Steve Udelhoefen being the other - on the weekend. Eva Moritz from St. Luke’s had assembled a wonderful team to welcome a full complement of 42 candidates for the weekend. Job well done, Eva, and all your helpers! Men of the parish, seriously consider attending the Men’s weekend February 7-8.

Saturday evening after our 4:30 pm Mass, I had the privilege of baptizing Aubrey Lou Ann and Burke Philip Selmecki, children of Mark and Tiffany. Sunday, after Mass I returned to OLIH to celebrate their closing Mass. It was indeed a joy filled and wonderful weekend.

By the time you read this, I will have been skiing for one or two days in Steamboat, Colorado. Keep us in your prayers for safe skiing and traveling.

I mentioned earlier about the Faith Formation Council for St. Luke’s. I will be inviting people to consider being part of our 1st Faith Formation Council to advise Cindy Clefisch as our Faith Formation Director for RE classes. They would also advise the parish for Adult Faith Formation, Youth Ministry and eventually our own RCIA. If you would be interested in being on such a Team, please let me know. I will sent you a letter with more information.

Fr. Larry Hoffman