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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!

Welcome to the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time!

Please note the following: 
There will be NO weekly email blast on Thursday, July 29th. 
There will be NO live-streamed Mass on Saturday, July 31st.

The moment we've ALL been waiting for … effective the weekend of July 31/August 1st, we will officially open the parish sites, including gathering spaces and halls, completely!

This includes the following:
  • All Mass ministries will return including Sacristans, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Cantors/Musicians, Ushers, and Greeters
  • Holy Water fonts will be filled and usable
  • The entrance procession will resume
  • Missals will be placed back into pews
  • Offertory collections will resume by Ushers
  • Communion procession will resume (species of bread only)
  • Cleaning protocols will cease
  • Bulletins will be distributed by Ushers
  • Calendar events and parish meetings will begin to resume including faith sharing groups, That Man is You (resumes in September), Donut Sunday -- please refer to the link to the Parish Calendar below for all of the updates on meetings and events.
The staff will use the next few weeks to prepare our sites and communicate our need for ministers at Masses. This means we need YOU! Mass ministries are an integral part of our liturgies and we simply cannot offer all of our Masses without these very important roles. 

As a worshiping community, we are all called to actively participate in our liturgies through song, prayer, silence, and action. Service in one of our Liturgical (mass) ministries is an excellent way to fulfill our baptismal call of service to one another. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning, or through a public role of service within the Mass, your contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please come back to the ministries you served in prior to the pandemic or prayerfully consider joining one of our many ministries (listed above)! 

Join us for a delicious treat following each of our parish Masses the weekend of July 31st and August 1st to celebrate community and fellowship! Find us in the gathering spaces or outside (weather permitting!).

As we seek and find normalcy again in our parish we will begin to offer a plethora of ways to enrich your faith beginning in the month of August! Mark your calendars now for these wonderful faith-filled opportunities:
  • Virtual Morning Prayer, every Monday through Friday, via our YouTube channel. Available beginning at 6:00 am (resuming August 9th!).
  • Sunday Holy Hour and Night Prayer, 7:00 pm, Sacred Heart Church*, August 8, 15, 22 & 29.
  • Monday Movie Night, The CHOSEN Series (Season One), 7:00 pm, SH Kriebs Hall, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Popcorn and refreshments will be offered.
  • Thursday Evening Holy Hour & Rosary, 7:30 pm, Sacred Heart Church*, August 5, 12, 19.
  • Saturday Morning Faith Formation Sessions, 9:30 am, Sacred Heart Church*, four sessions, August 7, 14, 21 & 28. 
  • Married Couples Enrichment Meal & Session, 6:00 pm, Holy Ghost Paraclete Hall, August 6 & 20. Includes meal and refreshments, no cost. Details and registration link below!
*Event will be live-streamed for our homebound and nursing home members
NEW!! ---> PARISH FESTIVAL SILENT AUCTION -- Accepting donations NOW!
Our Parish Festival will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021. We are currently accepting donations of NEW items (USED items will not be accepted) or TALENTS to be auctioned off. Please drop items off at the parish office or contact us at 563.583.1709 if you have a talent to share.
We will be taking a break from virtual morning prayer beginning Monday, July 26th but will resume on Monday, August 9th!
Thank you!
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A Note from Patrick, Director of Worship
Dear All,

I hope this email or letter finds you and your family in good health! Thank you all for your continued service! Lots of information, thank you for your time, patience, and understanding. 

**August 1st Weekend**
Church opens fully the weekend of July 31-August 1st!! Please see the parish website, weekly email blast, and Facebook page for more information. Father Steve and I may reach out one on one with more specifics. Please see the notes below that affect Ministries here:
  1. All ministries will return including the return of sacristans and servers.
  2. Missals will be placed back in pews, hymn number board returns.
  3. Entrance procession resumes.
  4. Two lectors return. For those Masses where we are short on numbers, we may still use one, we will do what we can! Normal duties resume.
  5. Ushers: Offertory collection will resume as will bulletin distribution.
  6. Eucharistic Ministers (Extraordinary Ministers): Communion procession will resume (species of bread only).
  7. Cleaning protocols will cease.
I am working on updating the August schedule this week; I will then send you all an email copy, snail mail copies, and will post them in the normal office and church areas. Please start sending me your updates to availability for the Fall, September-November. Copies of the schedule may be found in the church sacristies, parish office, and the parish website under the Ministry-MSP-Schedules. To those without access to the internet I will be mailing out hard copies; everyone please let me know if you ever want a hard copy and I will send them to you.
**Growing our Liturgical Ministries**
As we look forward to the end of our pandemic restrictions and re-summing our ministries, beginning the weekend of August 1st, we are excited to announce that we are opening the church to full seating and the return of full ministries. We are in need of more volunteers for the following ministries: sacristans, servers, along with ongoing ministries. Please take some time to pray about whether or not volunteering your time for any ministry would be of interest to you or a way for you to share your gifts of time and talent.

If interested, need more information, or if you have any questions, please contact our Director of Worship, Patrick Jekanowski at or (563) 583-1709, ext.313. 
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Please let me know if you still need to be recommissioned by Father Steve. This may be done before or after Mass on the weekend, or during the week. After this blessing, we will get you the official certificate. Thank you! 
Many prayers and blessings to you and yours,
Patrick J.

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner

Reflection | Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

“A large crowd followed Him because they saw the signs He was performing on the sick.”

Jesus was always attracting attention because of the miracles He had been working. Word spread quickly and people wanted to see all of this for themselves.

In this weekend’s Gospel, a huge crowd (five thousand men—not counting women and children) gathered to see if Jesus was really a miracle worker. And he didn’t let them down. This time though, instead of performing miraculous healing for someone who was sick, Jesus performed a miracle that helped everyone who was present. He fed them all out of the tiniest bit of food (five barley loaves and two fish) --and with twelve baskets of leftovers to boot. In case any of them had been in doubt before, this sign made it clear. Jesus was the Messiah! Afterward, the people proclaimed, “This is truly the Prophet; the one who is to come into this world.”

Each person in attendance on that eventful day had a personal experience of the power and providence of the Lord when they ate their fill. Jesus not only met their needs, but He went beyond by multiplying the loaves and fish in such abundance. It was as if He was saying through His actions, “I want you to have what you need and more—and I have the power to provide it for you.”

This miracle-working, food-producing, need-meeting Jesus is the same Jesus that we believe in and encounter today. This is the same person that we call our Savior. This is the Lord we pray to and the one to whom we entrust our lives. This ancient Gospel story is not irrelevant to our lives because it is a part of our story today. Jesus can also provide for us. He has the power (and the desire) to give us all that we need and even more. He wants to feed us too—with a satisfying and abundant life; a life of lasting fulfillment!   

I wish you a blessed week!

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Each month, TOGETHER will feature messages from Archbishop Jackels as well as initiatives and happenings from around the archdiocese.

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Prayer for the week

Let us pray with intention this week to Sts. Joachim & Anne. Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne & Joachim on July 26th. They are powerful intercessors for all married couples, expectant mothers, and married couples who are having difficulty conceiving, as well as all who have grown old.

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You who trusted in God’s will,
help us to respect God’s gift of fertility.
You who gave birth to the Blessed Mother,
inspire couples to be co-creators with God.
You who taught the Mother of God,
teach us to nurture children in holy instruction.
You whose hearts trusted in God,
hear our prayers for . . .
(mention your requests here)
Pray with us for the ministry of Catholic family life.
Pray with us for the ministry of Natural Family Planning.
Pray with us for all who give their time,
talent and treasure to this good work.

Hail Mary. . . Our Father. . . Glory to the Father. . .

God of our fathers,
you gave Saints Anne and Joachim
the privilege of being the parents of Mary,
the mother of your incarnate Son.
May their prayers help us to attain
the salvation you have promised to your people.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
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