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.

Father Larry's Letter

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

This last week with its rain, it is hard to think that Autumn begins this week. The golden color of the corn north and west of our facilities tells me that it really is at hand. May God bless us with abundant harvests.

On Monday 9/14, Bob Lickteig and I traveled to St. Patrick’s parish in Omaha, a recently closed church. We looked at their pews and agreed to purchase 8 of their used pews so we will not have to use chairs. They were brought to Ankeny on Thursday through the courtesy of Dave Baunberger’s trucking company and the help of several parishioners. Thank you gentlemen.

Tuesday we had our twice a month staff meeting in the morning. That afternoon, I went to St. Ambrose rectory for the open house for our new Diocesan Office of Worship Director, Kim Mandelkow. She comes highly qualified. That evening the 2nd Session of our RCIA was held in our School Media Center. Keep our candidates and team in your prayers.

Wednesday, I visited the 1st Grade at St. Luke’s School to help them prepare for mass on Friday. That evening, I enjoyed chicken soup at Dale and Reta Althaus’ residence and blessed their new home. On Thursday, representatives from Resurrection Lutheran Church came for a tour of our new facilities. Later that evening, the Finance Council had its regular meeting.

Friday lunch time, there was a meeting to tour the Christ the King Senior Housing center. A lunch meeting followed to discuss ways that other parishes might begin to plan Senior Housing as well. Some beginning ideas are being developed through the Diocesan Senior Housing Commission. Later that afternoon, I met with a couple beginning preparation for their wedding.

Saturday after Mass, the St. Luke’s Primetimers, a social and service group, met for their annual business meeting. New officers were elected and plans for future events were discussed.

During October, we will have a Right to Life focus at our weekend masses. This Sunday evening, come to the St. Luke’s Family S’Mores/Bon Fire 6-8:00 pm near the South Parking. Let’s celebrate! Keep all the priests in your prayers during their October 4-8 workshop in Ames.

Fr. Larry