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.

Growing in Faith

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

We have been most fortunate with the rains throughout the state. Ames, Waterloo, Charles City have not been so fortunate with flood level rains. May the Lord protect those down stream.

On Sunday 9/17, the Stewardship Committee had its regular meeting. Their study focused on the first parts of the book “Rebuilt.” Pictorial Directory and Guidebook reports were reviewed. Plans for a sheet of “Expectations” to be included in the Newcomer packet were also reviewed and revised.

Tuesday morning after mass, the study group continued their study of “Prayer: Our Deepest Longing,” The St. Luke’s Staff had their meeting at 10:00 am. That noon, I hosted the Shelby County priests for lunch and cards at the Rectory. It is great to gather for fun and support.

On Wednesday, I joined the St. Luke’s School staff for their “Journey of Faith” formation session at St. Joseph’s school with St. Joseph’s and Holy Family. We looked at the place of the 10 commandments and the Beatitudes in our faith development. That evening, the Facilities committee met for its regular meeting. Care for the Rectory, the grounds and the interior of St. Luke’s were discussed. Reports from the subcommittees were received.

Thursday morning, Dave Clarke and I went over to Terrace Hills Golf course for the St. Luke’s Longhorn Open. Once we arrived, so did the rain - a downpour and the event was rescheduled for Saturday, October 15. You can still get in to play. It did not rain at all in Ankeny! Later that afternoon, I made may regular trip to the OLIH Blood Drive.

That evening we had a wedding rehearsal for the wedding that took place the next day. After getting the rehearsal underway, I went over to St. Catherine’s near Drake University for the “Andrew Dinner.” It is a gathering of young men to hear some priests vocation stories and to enjoy a good meal at the same time. Good food and good sharing of stories. I came back for the conclusion of the Social Concerns committee meeting. Lots of plans for next year’s activities are being put into motion.

Friday morning, I enjoyed the 8:30 am mass with the school students. Then I helped visit with a man who is interested in our Janitorial position. Maybe we can get this set up for St. Luke’s. Then I enjoyed brunch with Ralph and Eileen Tremel as they were babysitting their granddaughter just a few blocks from church. That evening I helped Fr. Frank Lona from Storm Lake set up to celebrate the wedding of William Olmstead and Emily Wandling. Congratulations to William and Emily!

On Saturday after Reconciliation at St. Luke’s, I went down to the Christ Our Life Conference to help with confessions for a couple of hours. Then back to St. Luke’s for the evening mass. On Sunday, I enjoyed celebrating baptism for Rogue Paul Troyer, son of Beth and Jordan during mass and for Jameson Henry, son of Jeff and Julie Sander. Welcome Rogue and Jameson!

In the afternoon, I joined the celebration of the concluding mass of the Christ Our Life Conference. It is a great and large celebration. May all those who could attend take the blessing of Christ with them in the days and weeks ahead.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann