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.

Beginnings and Blessings

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

We thank God for the blessing of the rain we have received. Grass has begun to turn green again. May we be blessed with the gift of rain yet again.

On August 14, I hosted the Shelby County priests for card playing at the Rectory. It is good to keep those skills up on a regular basis. That evening, I attended the reception for Joan Bindel who has been the diocesan Development Director for the past several years. It has been a joy to work with her through the years.

On Tuesday, August 15, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven, Body and Soul, a joyous feast to celebrate. Wednesday, August 16, I was part of “The Deacon is In” booth at the State Fair. I helped make confessions available for a couple of hours. Later on, I shared some comments at one of the St. Luke’s Catholic School teacher’s meetings. Sharing our faith and Catholic Identity are the main purposes for our teaching. The Facilities Committee met that evening for their regular meeting.

Thursday, August 17, the Faith Formation Council met for its regular meeting. New Officers are Andrea Kjos, Chair person, Janet Fisher, Vice Chairperson, Melissa Teggatz recorder. They continued their meeting to plan the next steps for Alpha. The Finance Council met that evening as well. The regular finance reports were approved. Plans to interview Capital Campaign firms were discussed.

Friday, August 18, I attended the funeral for Joan Wilkinson at OLIH. Joan is Jean McPherson’s mother. Afterward, I was part of the monthly Tribunal meeting at the Diocesan offices.

After the Saturday evening mass, we had the joy of gathering with Nicole Lindsey for her reception as she makes final plans for joining the Dominican Sisters of Mary in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Tuesday morning, we held our regular staff meeting at 10:00 am. That evening, I went with Bob Lickteig to the Ankeny Planning and Zoning meeting. Plans for setting up our Mobile Classrooms were approved. We will be setting them up ASAP. Look for opportunities to help with the work involved.

Wednesday, August 23 was the first day of school across the metro area including at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School. What fun it was to welcome the new students and those who were here last year. The 5th graders have grown so much over the summer! May the Lord’s blessing come to all students from our parish and to their teachers as the new school year begins.

Pete Haack our new Faith Formation Director is still in need of Catechists to begin our Religious Education classes on Wednesday, September 13. It is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your own faith and a chance to share it with our young people. Contact him at the parish office.

Thursday 8/25 our Social Concerns Committee held its regular meeting. They concluded their study of the book “$2.00 a Day,” concerning the poor among us who sometimes have to survive on that amount. We talked as well about possible ways our parish could form a sister relationship for example with a parish on an Indian Reservation. More study will follow. Projects to help those in need locally will follow.

We thank Mr. Imad Quemsieh for making Olive wood Religious Goods available over the weekend. May his families in Bethlehem be blessed. Thanks as well to all the St. Luke’s School students at the 8:30 am Mass.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann