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.

The Lenten Journey to Easter Begins

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

On Friday afternoon, I looked out my East window to see the very strong wind driving the snow in a blizzard fashion. What ever happened to the 70 degree weather? Fortunately for us, it was just an inch or so of snow, so much different than north and west of us. They did have real blizzards! It is Iowa in February!

Sunday evening 2/19, I had the privilege of blessing Ryan and Macala Eischeid’s home as they prepared to celebrate their son Rowen’s baptism.

Tuesday 2/21, after the morning mass, the study group met and discussed the sacraments of healing, Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick. We shared lots of good stories about both sacraments. Then I visited the 3rd grade school room where we talked about the sacrament of Holy Orders. In the evening, the RCIA session focused on God’s justice and a look at Lent. The St. Luke’s School Board also had its meeting reviewing and updating different portions of the Parent Handbook for next school year. The next draft of the budget was also forwarded to the Finance Council.

Wednesday morning, I worked on the materials for the weekend masses. In the afternoon, I made the journey to Omaha to be the guest of Creighton for an area priest appreciation dinner and then to the Creighton-Providence Basketball game. I left a little early and was sad to learn that Creighton did not pull out a win in that game.

Thursday 2/23, the Ankeny Ministerial Association had their regular meeting at Old Chicago. We heard more about the local YMCA and their community efforts. After the 5:30 pm mass, the Social Concerns Committee held its regular meeting. We focused on the plans for the upcoming Meals from the Heartland date that we have for St. Luke’s. It is to be held on Tuesday March 21 beginning at 2:00 pm. Discussion was held from the book “$2.00 a Day” by Edin and Shaffer. Tithe of the tithe for the month was determined.

On Friday 2/24, I met with my Priest Support Group at the Dowling Priest residence. It is good to have a group of priests that give you support and advice and then pray for you as well.

Saturday after 9:00 am Reconciliation, I worked on my presentation for the Catholic/Lutheran Gathering to be held next week Thursday at Hope Lutheran Church. I still have a ways to go.

After the 4:30 pm Mass, we celebrated the baptisms of Maggie Marie Enos, daughter of David and Kelli and Parker Cain Hora, son of Philip and Amy. Then I made a quick trip out to Dowling Catholic High School for their annual Dinner and Auction, titled “Bash on Buffalo.”

Sunday 2/26 at the 8:30 am mass, we celebrated the “Rite of Sending” with our eight Candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church. They were sent to the “Rite of Election” with Bishop Pates next Sunday at St. Ambrose. After the 10:30 am mass, we celebrated the baptisms of Adrian David Babbit, son of Adam and Kimberley, Rowen James Eischeid, son of Ryan and Macala and Elliott Jinks Mohrhauser, daughter of Luke and Megan. Welcome Adrian, Rowen and Elliott!

At 4:30 pm, we gathered for two sessions of “Alpha” in the Gym. It is hard to believe there will be only one session remaining! Keep us in your prayers.

May the Lord bless you all as you continue your journey into the season of Lent.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann