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.

Vacation Time Leads to Lent

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The roller coaster of what Iowa is in the winter continues. It is 40+ one day and then back in single digits and wind that makes our flag stand straight out.

On Tuesday January 23, I attended the funeral for Don McEntee at St. Theresa’s in the morning. That afternoon, the Capital Campaign Management Team gathered for its 2:00 pm meeting. Thorough plans were made for the evening meeting with volunteers from the parish. At 6:30 pm, nearly 50 people met in our Meeting Room #1 to hear about the campaign and to volunteer to be on one of 6 teams for the work of our capital campaign. The 6 teams with leaders and team members met to discuss their tasks and next steps. What a wonderful turn out of helpers. Thank you so much. At the same time, the RCIA met in our Conference Room.

Wednesday morning, the parish staff met at 10:00 am. At 6:30 pm, the Facilities Committee held its monthly meeting. They reviewed repairs, maintenance and plans for physical needs for our parish campus. They started plans for next year’s facilities budget.

On Thursday evening, the Social Concerns Committee held its regular meeting. They finished their study of the book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. They reviewed plans for the 2/27 meeting at St. Luke’s for the presentation of the Ankeny Needs Study compiled by the OLIH AMOS committee. Further investigation of the possible sister parish arrangement with Sacred Heart parish at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota were discussed.

Friday at 5:45 am, I left with 3 other friends to go for a week’s skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado! We had a safe trip out and arrived about 12 hours later. Friends of mine have a condo on the ski slopes. It is wonderful to go down to the end of the hall, put on your skis and go to the lift. Same thing coming home. We had 6 days of great skiing. The snow was OK with a few inches of new snow the day we arrived. We had a great time. It is so nice to have relaxing days in the mountains.

I returned at 7:00 pm Friday evening 2/2. Saturday 2/3 after mass, confessions and adoration, I met with a couple whose wedding will be at St. Luke’s in April. That evening after mass, I had the privilege of baptizing Roland Joseph, son of Curtis and Nicole Kallal. Welcome Roland!

Following the Baptism, I enjoyed attending the Phase I Capital Campaign Thank You dinner held in our Gym. It was tastefully decorated with a nice chicken/pork chop sit down dinner served. I had a chance to share some stories about the founding of St. Luke’s and to thank all for their generosity in our original campaign.

Sunday morning the Knights of Columbus served their Fellowship Breakfast of Caramel Rolls and breakfast tortillas. Great food! At the 10:30 am mass, we celebrated the baptism of Molly Ann Thein. Welcome to Molly Ann! After that mass, Deacon Fred Karpuk, uncle of Emily Haack, baptized Samuel Haack. Emily’s husband Pete is our Faith Formation Director. Welcome to Samuel!

Thank you to all who helped with the Phase I Capital Campaign Thank You dinner and for the wonderful Knights of Columbus Fellowship Breakfast. Your hard work enables us all to celebrate. May you be blessed for your generosity.

Get your plans for Ash Wednesday 2/14 and Lent underway. It is a great time to draw closer to Jesus.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann