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.

Saints Now; Jubilee Year of Mercy to Come

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I am looking at a clear, blue sky as I write this letter. God continues his blessing to us these beautiful days.

On Monday evening 11/2, we gathered for our All Souls day mass. It is a great reminder that all of us will need the prayers of our family, friends and neighbors one day when we die. May we remember our deceased loved ones in our ongoing prayers.

Tuesday morning, our small staff had our regular meeting. We look at schedules and up-coming events and our part in them. Tuesday evening, we had the next RCIA session with a lively discussion and look at “The Communion of Saints.” It fit right in with the All Saints and All Souls celebrations.

Wednesday afternoon, the priests of the Des Moines area gathered at St. Theresa’s for their quarterly Regional Meeting. Supervisor Angela Connolly presented the “Hunger Free Polk County” project. It is an effort to raise ten million dollars to work in partnership for a Hunger Free Polk County. It was reported that 55,000 in Polk County experience hunger need. We also looked at representation on the St. Joseph Education Center. Regional Reconciliation Services were addressed. We also discussed the Catholics Come Home program.

That evening at 5:05 pm, another altar server session was held. Welcome to our newly trained 4th graders who will be included in the regular schedule. Later in the evening, I visited the middle school class where they listened to a very good Old Testament presentation. They were challenged to read the Beauty Pageant story in the Book of Ester.

Thursday 11/5, the priests had a Study Day at All Saints in Stuart. The Focus there was on the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy and what could be done during that year in the parish. We also looked in detail at the Catholics Come Home program that will be aired in TV commercials during Lent. Thanks for your generosity for this program in last week’s 2nd collection. That evening the Liturgy Committee held its regular meeting. The new liturgy books have arrived for the beginning of the Liturgical Year after Thanksgiving. We had an extended discussion about possible ways we can plan for the “Jubilee Year of Mercy.” More plans to come.

Friday morning, I enjoyed celebrating mass with the St. Luke’s Students, their families and other parishioners. Then we held the monthly mass at Vintage Hills. From there I went to Sacred Heart in West Des Moines to con-celebrate the funeral for Tom Ludwig, older brother of Fr. John Ludwig.

Saturday morning, St. Luke’s held its Baptismal Preparation class for four of our families. At the same time, I was with several of our parishioners at the Diocesan Summit on Administration at St. Pius X Church in Urbandale. Break-out sessions were held for Parish Pastoral Councils, Finance Councils, School Boards, Trustees and Pastors. It was good to look at guidelines for each of these leadership groups and some best practices.

Saturday evening, we celebrated Baptism at the 4:30 pm mass for Olivia Lynn Mohr, daughter of Ryan and Susan and for Logan Charles Andreesen, son of David and Amy. Welcome Olivia and Logan! Following the mass, families who have recently registered were welcomed in the gym with great snacks and time to visit. Over 80 families have registered since we moved in mid-June. Welcome to all! Blessings on you all!

Fr. Larry Hoffmann