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.

Mountains, Snow, Skiing, Relaxing

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Yes I did survive skiing in Colorado! The weather for driving out and back was excellent even if it was a bit breezy. The mountains were warm for this time of year as they were in Denver and as I understand also back in Ankeny. We had good new snow for two days and enjoyed making new tracks in the snow. The wind would blow the snow across the runs and give a new surface to ski on as well. It was wonderful!

Thank you very much for your prayers for our safe travel and skiing. I appreciate your concern and your spiritual support.

I appreciate your support of Fr. Ken Gross, my classmate and friend who covered the weekend masses and the weekday masses as well. It is great to have someone to rely on while you are taking some break time. He has lots of stories to share about our various adventures. And I have lots of stories to share about him as well!

On Saturday 2/4, I left for skiing at 5:30 am. Excitement about the trip enables me to get up and get ready even at that early hour. That same morning, the Baptism Preparation Class was held in Room 120. Thank you to Teresa Busch for facilitating this for us once again. This preparation class is to be facilitated by a couple from the parish. We would be open to have someone take over for Teresa who has been doing this work for several years. Please let me know if you would like more information about the materials, power points and well developed programs for Baptism Preparation.

On Sunday 2/5, the Alpha program met at 12:00 noon and covered two in the series of DVD’s. It was great for the participants to enjoy Super Bowl snacks before the big game began and to cover using the Bible and information about how to Pray.

I arrived back from vacation at 5:10 pm on Saturday 2/11. It was just enough time to put away the luggage, skis and so forth, change clothes and go to the 1st “Green Gala” at the Courtyard at the Marriott. What a wonderful dinner, silent and oral auction followed by dancing! The arrangements, food, atmosphere and advanced planning were wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the Dessert Auction. Try as I did to get a successful bid for one of the desserts, it did not work. But our table shared dessert that others bought two different times! Thanks for your generosity.

Sunday 2/12 there were two baptisms after the 10:30 am mass: Annalise Rose Abbas, daughter of Mark and Merron and Zariyah Misa Starke, daughter of Nicholas and Maria. Welcome Annalise and Zariyah! After the baptisms, the Stewardship Committee held its regular meeting in the Conference Room at 1:00 pm.

Later in the afternoon from 4:30-6:30 pm the Alpha Session was held in the gym. We enjoyed a potato bar with chili and other good things. The DVD focused on “How Does God Guide Us?” There was lots of good discussion about how to understand the unfolding of God’s plan for each of us in life.

Then it was time to unpack, do laundry and think about all the email that has piled up in a week! It will get sorted eventually. Thanks again for your prayers and your concern during my vacation time.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann