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.

Lots of Parties - School’s Out!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Iowa continues to be a state of constant contrasts. Yesterday, May 27, it poured buckets of rain and by evening, it was clear leading to today’s glorious and blue sky day. Thank you Lord.

Last Sunday May 21, we held the Bike/Walk/Run from OLIH to St. Luke’s. There was a strong northwest wind and about 55 degrees - making the day challenging for all the participants. But there was a good turnout of hardy souls. Thanks to all who participated. A great time was had afterward with food and games in the gym.

Monday was a relaxing day for me - I took the bicycle in for a tune up and new tires. That evening, the Knights of Columbus held their regular meeting in the gym.

Tuesday after mass, I enjoyed breakfast at the “Original Pancake House” across from the south Hy-Vee. We all had Swedish pancakes. What a delight! Nice place. In the afternoon, I went for my monthly Spiritual Direction at the Emmaus House. That evening, the St. Luke’s School Board held its regular meeting. It was a time to do some brainstorming for what kinds of things can happen in the future with middle school coming very soon to St. Luke’s. We also reviewed committee reports and portions of the Parent Handbook.

On Wednesday, we had the privilege of taking Patsy Carlson out to lunch at District 36. It was a wonderful way to say thank you to her for all of her service to St. Luke’s in the last year and a half. Thanks Patsy. That evening, I was invited to read the gospel from John at the Ankeny Baccalaureate held at OLIH. It was a very spirited prayer and celebration.

Early Thursday morning, Bob Lickteig and I went down to rural Winterset to look at some mobile classrooms. We are in the process of securing four mobile classrooms for St. Luke’s. These looked pretty good. At lunch time that day, the Ankeny Ministerial Association held its monthly meeting at the Wig and Pen. We discussed how Ankeny could be more involved in the AMOS process. We agreed on hosting different months for the coming year.

On Thursday evening, the Social Concerns Committee held its regular meeting. Our study was the 4th Chapter of the book “$2.00 a day.” It describes what the very poor try to survive on right here in the USA. We also discussed possible Sister Parish relationships including Pine Ridge in South Dakota, St. Vincent de Paul in Des Moines.

Friday was the last day for School at St. Luke’s. The final school mass included recognition of the classes, perfect attendance and other recognitions. It is hard to believe that the school year is over already. Thank you Tonya Eaton and all the school staff for a wonderful second year of our school. After school was concluded the staff enjoyed a lunch from Smokey D’s. Great food!

Saturday included some graduation parties and then a baptism after the 4:30 pm Mass. We welcomed Colton Thomas Pope into our Catholic community and I enjoyed a nice dinner at his parent’s home.

At the 10:30 am Sunday mass, we baptized Catherina Rose Dvorjak, daughter of Daniel and Daniela. After mass, we celebrated the baptism of Victoria Therese Edson, daughter of Ryan and Maureen. Welcome Colton, Catherina and Victoria. Then more parties!

Fr. Larry Hoffmann