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.

Fun in the Snow

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Last Friday and Saturday gave us a good notice that the change of seasons is upon us. The heavy wet snow kept me in that Friday. Fortunately, that was the evening that Lois White prepared and with Tom Carpenter, three couples and I enjoyed one of the Silent Auction dinners at my house. Great food! Great social time all the while the snow came down.

Last Tuesday 11/17 after our regular Staff meeting, I went to St. Anthony’s for our Priest’s support group. We enjoyed a very nice late lunch at Tuemea and Sons. That evening the RCIA session covered “The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.” It was a good and lively discussion. It gave all of us pause to reflect on what is of greatest importance and how often we are distracted from focus on the eternal life God has planned for us.

Wednesday the Ankeny Ministerial Association met at the United Methodist Church for lunch. We touched on the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service that will be held Tuesday 11/24. We also had a speaker who is the Chaplain for the Women’s Prison at Mitchellville. We were encouraged to find ways to mentor these women when they were released to find their place in our communities. That evening the RE classes continued their regular classes. The St. Luke’s Facilities held its regular meeting establishing subcommittees for the various needs of our new building and grounds.

On Thursday, I met with the 1st grade at St. Luke’s School. They shared their presentation on St. Bernadette and the founding of the grotto at Lourdes. Nice job 1st grade! That evening, the Faith Formation Council met at 6:00pm making plans for the coming year including the “Jubilee Year of Mercy.” After that meeting, the Finance Council held its regular meeting. We even set in motion the snow removal for the year - good timing! Financial activities and budget progress was reviewed. The status of the punch list items for our buildings was also discussed.

Friday morning, a meeting with Contractors and Architect was held to try to finalize what needed to be done to complete the punch list. Later that morning, I met with Adam Storey from the Family Life Ministry office from the diocese to talk about how St. Luke’s could benefit from his office and ministry.

Saturday morning, I joined almost everyone in Ankeny and beyond, getting snow moved! Fortunately, my neighbor has a large snow blower that took care of the heavy wet snow. That evening after mass, I had the privilege of baptizing Ruby Lynn Mackey, daughter of John and Lindsey. Welcome Ruby! Later that evening, there was a nice group of folks doing an Art Fundraiser in our gym. About 30 people were led in painting a nice cross on canvas. I have seen some nice pictures.

Sunday morning early, I enjoyed the Pancake breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus in our gym. Great Food! Sure beats making your own breakfast!

You are encouraged to take one of the “Little Blue Books” for daily Advent prayer and reflection. It is a great way to keep up a daily focus on the coming of Jesus. Mark your calendars for the St. Luke’s Advent Reconciliation Service that will be held next Sunday December 6, 3:00 pm. There will be three priests to help with confessions. It is a good way to let the forgiveness of the Lord prepare your heart these Advent days.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann