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.

From Gala to Lent

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I am late in getting this letter to Sue and this Tuesday am, there is ICE covering things - school is cancelled and there are few meetings! Keep safe if and when the weather covers us again.

Saturday evening, I enjoyed the St. Luke’s School Green Gala. What a wonderful evening of food, music, auction items and even dancing for those staying later on. Congratulations to all who worked to make it unfold.

During Lent we do not do baptisms but the last Sunday before Lent we did. Nate and Alison Meier brought their twin daughters, Vera and Hazel at the 8:30 am 2/11 mass. Nicholas and Elizabeth Cline brought their daughter Lydia Rae as well. Congratulations, Vera, Hazel and Lydia. Welcome.

That evening I enjoyed time with part of the Confirmation class at Ryan and Meg Schon’s home. Keep the whole class in your prayers as they approach this sacrament.

Tuesday 2/13, the RCIA session focused on The Creed and the Stations of the Cross. We also spoke about the Rite of Election they would be celebrating at St. Ambrose Cathedral 2/18.

Ash Wednesday was celebrated 2/14 with the Mass at 8:30 am, Noon and 6:30 pm. The great numbers receiving ashes tell of our inner need to repent, to turn from the sin of our lives, to return to the Lord. May all open their hearts to God’s grace these Lenten days.

Thursday 2/15, the Ankeny Ministerial Association met at the Wig and Pen. We heard from an Ankeny Police representative about a variety of topics. Good discussion. They were able to find blood from me at the OLIH blood drive that afternoon. In the evening, the Faith Formation Council and the Finance Council held their meetings. An update on the St. Luke’s School budget was presented. Further work is anticipated.

Friday noon 2/16, Bishop Pates hosted lunch at his residence for a number of priests. He will host all the priests over several weeks telling of his time here in the diocese and his plans for retirement.

Saturday 2/17, I attended a birthday party for 2 year old Gianna Rafferty. Happy Birthday Gianna! Sunday 2/18, the Knights of Columbus hosted a 2nd and 3rd Degree ceremony for the area at St. Luke’s. While they were at that ceremony, I went with the RCIA Candidates for full communion in the Church to the Rite of Election at St. Ambrose. Those being welcomed by Bishop Pates included: Cole Collis, Abbey Hutzell, Ashley Kitzman, Anthony Losornio, Brandy Oberreuter and Audrey Pins. Please keep them in your prayers as they approach the Easter Vigil sacraments.

Last weekend, we encouraged you to pick up a “Mass Journal,” a small pocket journal. We ask that you bring it with you at each weekend mass. Take a moment at the mass and write down one thought that struck you during the mass. Date the entry. You will be surprised after a few weeks what God may be saying to you. It is a great way to focus your time with the Lord at our masses.

Fr. Adam has begun his series of masses on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm with a focus on one of the sacraments each week between now and Easter. You are encouraged to attend. Mark your calendars as well for the Healing mass with Fr. Ubald on Wednesday 3/14, 6:00 pm. Jon Leonetti will speak at St. Luke’s on Palm Sunday evening and Monday of Holy Week both at 7:00 pm.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann