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.

Rain, Adjustments and Plans - the Future is at Hand

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The last days of July were days of lots of rain - the grass has not even thought of getting dry yet! It is great for getting grass and trees at St. Luke’s campus off to a good start. We would be happy to share the rain with California where it is very much needed.

This last Monday 7/27, I enjoyed a wonderful delayed birthday dinner with several priests at Mary Ann’s apartment. She makes wonderful chocolate pie!

On Tuesday 7/28, we were still dealing with adjusting the Fire Alarm system. I am almost getting to know the Ankeny firemen on a first name basis. Hopefully, with the technician making some further adjustments, our difficulty may be resolved. Later that evening during the down pour of rain, the St. Luke’s School Board had their regular meeting. Many details were covered that will lead up to opening school 8/26.

Wednesday 7/29, I met with Bishop Pates and other members of the Priests Personnel Board to interview a priest who may be coming to work in the diocese. He brings a wonderful resume and appears to have good potential to be a real asset to the diocese. That evening at 6:30 pm the Capital Campaign leadership couples met with Tim Voss from Walsh Associates who did our “Together We Build” capital campaign. We are getting ready to conduct the annual renewal for the campaign. It will be an outreach to new members, those who have completed their pledges and those who were unable to make a pledge originally. We hope to give everyone a chance to join those already very generous families who have pledged support of St. Luke’s parish facilities.

On Thursday 7/30, Sue Fitzpatrick, our parish and school secretary and I were part of a phone conference trying to detail the facility rental policy and forms we will be using. Thanks to all who are helping to get this ready for use. That evening after mass, I enjoyed the parish and school staff with the St. Luke’s School Board in a party at Jim and Donna Townsend’s home in Polk City. Thank you Donna and Jim for a wonderful gathering and great food.

Friday morning 7/31, I was part of a meeting to discuss the possible design of the stained glass window that will go behind the tabernacle. We came up with some good ideas and colors for that space. That afternoon, I joined 8 others in nine holes of golf at Briarwood Country Club. It was part of one of our supper club gatherings. This was the third time playing golf this year and so I had some good shots and some other shots. We did have fun and a nice dinner at the Clubhouse afterward.

Saturday morning, Bob Lickteig and his volunteers finished installing the kneelers except for the kneelers on the north side of the font. When floor brackets arrive, they will be installed as well. I want to thank in particular Rick Geneser who built the many additional kneeler end pieces and rebuilt the shorter kneelers with them. Thanks to all who have worked on the kneelers. They will enable us to worship in a fitting way.

Sunday 8/2 we were able to use the gym sports floor for coffee and donuts for the first time. It looks good and will serve us well into the future. That afternoon, the Stewardship Committee met for its regular meeting. We are beginning to study “Stewardship: a Disciples Response.”

We have two people who will lead the Silent Auction for our October 18th Feast of St. Luke Dinner. We need some leaders to follow the detailed dinner preparation planning book. It you can do so, please let me know.

Enjoy the blessings of these August Summer days with family and friends.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann