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.

God's Blessings of Time and Talent

Dear St. Luke's Parishioners,

We have been on the edge of very heavy rain and now we anticipate returning to the summer like temperatures. Just when we get the feel for another season, then the Lord smiles. Thank you to all who were representatives at the various tables for our Ministry Fair on Sunday,

August 23rd. Lots of folks visited about all the things happening at St. Luke's.

On Monday 8/24, Jenny Bell, our school Nutritionist, was working to get ready to prepare the meals for our school children. That meant trips to Sam's Club for supplies for me until the proper cards are readied. That evening, School parents and stu-dents brought school supplies and met the teachers in the new classrooms. The Knights of Columbus held their regular monthly meeting in the Gym welcoming four new members.

Tuesday the School teachers met in the morning to do last minute preparations for Wednesday's beginning of classes. That day, I went out to Panama, Iowa to meet with one of my brothers and two sisters to work on preparing my mother's house for sale. We also did some estate business at the local bank.

Wednesday 8/26, the first day of St. Luke's Catholic School began. Bishop Pates was here to help welcome students to their 1st day of classes. Thank you Bishop Pates for helping get this first day of class underway. The bishop then had a tour of the facilities. I attended the fall Ankeny Ministerial Association meeting at St. Anne's Episcopal Church for lunch. That evening, the new RCIA team met to review the outline we have developed for our RCIA sessions that will begin on Tuesday, September 8, at 7:00 pm. If you know anyone interested in these sessions, please let me know.

On Thursday 8/27, I joined many who have worked at the Tribunal for a lunch at the Catholic Pastoral Center honoring Msgr. Larry Beeson for his 50 years of work at the Tribunal. We appreciate his many years of service. Our parish staff had a meeting that afternoon to pray, to review schedules, events and other ongoing items. That evening, we joined a very nice crowd of people from the wider area in the 6:30 pm St. Monica's Mass. It was a special time of prayer for loved ones who are away from the Church.

At our Saturday and Sunday masses, we had an opportunity to fill out the time and talent survey. Thank you to those volunteering for the different ways to help our parish. Saturday evening, I enjoyed the baptism of Braelyn Jo Gannon, daughter of Ben and Kelli, at our 4:30 pm mass. On Sunday we welcomed Chase Anthony Coleman, son of Tim and Jenna, in baptism at the 9:00 am mass. Welcome Braelyn and Chase!

May all of you be blessed as we enter into September and the fall draws close.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann