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 Beginnings and Colors

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I drive around and see the fields, I notice that the corn and soybeans are turning color fast. The warm and sunny days are drying the crops rapidly. Harvest will soon be at hand.

On Labor Day September 4, I attended the funeral for Sr. Barbara Marshal at St. Theresa’s. I worked there with her for a while. Her Franciscan simplicity was evident in her life and ministry. Following the funeral, I enjoyed golf with some other priests at the Legacy in Norwalk.

Tuesday we had our regular Staff meeting at 10:00 am. That evening, we held our first RCIA session for the year. Seven people joined us for the first stage of “Inquiry,” asking their questions as they begin exploring the Catholic faith.

I enjoyed having lunch with the area priests on Wednesday. We gather every few weeks to share food, what is happening and how we can help each other. After the evening supper club meal, I came back to the conclusion of Peter Haack’s catechist’s planning meeting in the Gym. They were getting their materials and plans for the coming season.

On Thursday after the 5:30 pm mass and Adoration, the Liturgy Committee met for its regular meeting in the Conference Room. Cari Higgins has agreed to chair the meeting. We explored various environment ideas. We began thinking about a central focus for the coming Liturgical year.

Friday morning, I attended a meeting to plan on getting our large olivewood crucifix hung in the gym. It will be a good added sign of the Lord’s presence with us always. I was at the Tribunal Panel for its regular meeting at noon. After a haircut, I attended the Dowling Catholic High School football game with Valley. It was a very good game.

Saturday, I had cleared my schedule enough so I could take in the Iowa State - Iowa game. I was very glad that both teams played well. But for one wrong pass, I think Iowa State would have won.

Sunday I enjoyed the baptism of Marie Olivia, daughter of Steve and Kayla Crann during the 8:30 am mass. Welcome Marie. Then I made my way to Sr. Susan Widdel, RSM’s 50th Anniversary of entrance into her religious order at OLIH. It was a nice reception to celebrate her many years of service to the Church, especially here in Ankeny.

Following the reception, the Stewardship Committee met for its regular meeting. Plans for the Ministry Fair, the Guidebook and the Time and Talent survey were finalized.

I encourage you to come to the St. Luke’s S’Mores and Bonfire Party after the 4:30 pm mass 9/16 in the SW parking lot. I will be part of the Green Par-Tee golf outing on Saturday September 23, 9:00 am at Woodland Hills. Come join us.

And speaking of “joining,” seriously consider becoming part of CFM (Christian Family Movement.) It is a monthly small group gathering of couples and families in homes that will begin in October. “Alpha in a Catholic Context” will also begin October 1, 4:30 pm in the Gym. A light meal will be served. Child Care will be provided. It is a simple but great way to take a step in growing in our faith. Sign up sheets are in the Narthex.

All of us are called to be disciples. As disciples, we need to grow in our faith so we have something to share. Look for some step that you can take this fall.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann