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.

Fall Colors and Celebrations

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Several of the little trees at St. Luke’s have turned to beautiful golden array. I love to drive around these days especially in the early morning sun, to see the light coming through the red, gold, yellow and brown of the fall colors. God sure is a great artist and decorator!

A big thank you is in order to all who worked at our St. Luke the Evangelist Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction on October 15. It was a great success. Thanks in particular for those who donated items for the auction and the bake sale. It was great to see lots of parish members helping in various ways all day. Our Community is blessed by your participation.

From Monday to Thursday, Fr. Adam was at the National Canon Law Convention in Indianapolis. He said it was a very good convention with quality speakers.

On Monday afternoon 10/6, I was invited to be with a group of those interested in what Mercy Hospital and the Diocese could do with the land that Fern Ringenberger gave to them. It is the rest of the field where St. Luke’s has its campus. It was one of several meetings that will be discussing the possibilities for new neighbors in the future.

Tuesday 10/17, we gathered to package Meals from the Heartland once again. The school students worked beginning at about 1:30 pm until the end of the school day. Parish members worked the 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 pm shifts. A lot of boxes of meals were packaged for those in need. That evening, the regular RCIA class was held with its focus on Jesus in the scripture and in our tradition.

Wednesday I enjoyed lunch with the other area priests at Applebees. It is always good to be together and to share current things happening in our parishes. That evening, the Facilities Committee held its regular meeting. The report on our facility safety inspection was given. There were a few items that will be attended to through the course of the coming year.

Thursday 10/19, St. Luke’s hosted the Ankeny Ministerial Association for Lunch. They enjoyed the School lunch of the day - thank you Camha and Dave Grebasch for preparing such a nice meal. That afternoon, members of the Finance Council interviewed four different Capital Campaign Companies to help us determine what funds could be raised for our Phase II project. A selection will be made in a few days. Following the interviews, the regular Finance Council meeting was held. The financial statements for September were reviewed. We discussed the November Financial presentations that will be made the first three weeks of that month. Other ongoing items were also discussed.

At the same time as the Finance Council was interviewing, our Faith Formation Council held its meeting in the Media Center. Thanks for that good work helping us look to the future.

Friday morning, I enjoyed the 8:30 am mass with the School Students. The Kindergarten helped us celebrate with a special song with motions. Well done Kindergarten. Following the mass, the congregation went into the gym to have a blessing of the new large olivewood crucifix that has been put in place. That evening, I met with a couple to complete their marriage papers and to plan their wedding celebration.

You are encouraged to write the names of your loved ones who have died during this last year in our Book of Memory in the Narthex.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann