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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!
Welcome to the Third Week in Lent!

We continue to pray for our parishioners and an end to the COVID pandemic.
Are you taking advantage of all of the Lenten opportunities here at the parish?

Remember that you can find all of this information at the link below as well as on our website, Facebook page, by downloading the parish app, or visiting our YouTube Channel!

Here's what's coming up for this week:
Virtual Morning Prayer is posted each morning (Mon-Fri) at 6am
on Facebook & YouTube

the following are available in-person and virtually at Sacred Heart Church:
Thursday evening Holy Hour & Rosary at 5:30pm

Friday evening Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm
Saturday morning Faith Formation at 9am
Saturday afternoon Mass at 4pm
Sunday evening Holy Hour & Night Prayer at 7pm

There are so many ways to #stayconnectedwhilestayingapart!
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 PRAYER ~ Pope’s March intention: That we might taste God’s mercy in Confession

The Pope Video for March seeks to highlight the joy that the sacrament of reconciliation brings, and reminds us that it’s a loving and merciful encounter between God and ourselves.

The prayer intention that the Holy Father is entrusting to the entire Catholic Church is a message full of hope, in which he invites us to rediscover the power of personal renewal that the sacrament of confession has in our life. “Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the forgiveness and infinite mercy of God,” Francis asks.

This month’s video opens with the Pope himself going to confession, “in order to be healed, to heal my soul.”

“Jesus waits for us, listens to us and forgives us”

The Holy Father invites us to pass “From misery to mercy”:
 for the Pope, confession is about God’s infinite mercy
As a reminder, Holy Spirit Parish offers many opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the liturgical year.
  • Holy Ghost: Saturdays from 3:00-4:00pm
  • Sacred Heart: Saturdays from 3:15-3:45pm and Friday morning following 7:30am Mass 
  • Holy Trinity: Sundays from 7:15-7:45am
During Lent, reconciliation is offered on Friday evenings following Stations of the Cross and Saturdays following Lenten Faith Formation from 10am-Noon. All opportunities offered during Lent are held at Sacred Heart Church.
Make it YOUR March Challenge to celebrate this beautiful sacrament!
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Lenten Almsgiving Project ~ there is still time to GIVE

Each year, Holy Spirit Parish takes on a parish-wide almsgiving project. This year, we will be collecting donations to support People In Need and Project Rooted both local, community organizations. 

People In Need (PIN) is founded on the belief that the spiritual health of a whole community and of its individual members depends on care for one another. PIN accepts financial contributions from groups and individuals. It assists those temporarily in need by offering limited help in exceptional circumstances through direct payments to clients’ creditors, for rent, utilities, medical and other basic needs.

PIN is an organization run totally by volunteers. Free office space is provided by Westminster Presbyterian Church. Members of the Board of Directors fund all overhead costs. This enables us to live by the motto:
A dollar to PIN is a dollar to people in need.

PROJECT ROOTED Project Rooted – Imagine Dubuque

We believe real food has the power to change the world.
The mission of Project Rooted is to "Connect kids to real food from the ground up." Our goal is to fulfill this mission by creating a world where everyone has access to fresh local produce, connections to farmers and gardens and is living nourished lives in our schools, homes and community. 
To learn more visit:

Will you help us assist those in our community? 
Use the enclosed envelope to return your gift in the collection box at church or mail or drop off at the parish office. You can also donate online at
Our goal is to raise $5,000!

Annual Knights of Columbus Baby Shower
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The Knights of Columbus Councils #510,10069,5513 and 15813 will be hosting their 16th Annual Baby Shower. The Baby Shower will run from February 17 - April 4. All donations will be given to Birthright. Donations can be placed in the baby crib on display at Holy Spirit Parish church sites. A list of requested items (diapers, newborn outfits, blankets, etc.) will be available in the cribs. Please be generous.
Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates

Religious Education
Next Wednesday, March 10th is when the 2nd-8th students will have the opportunity for Confession. Instead of the communal celebration we usually have, students will head over to church for Confessions one class at a time. Parents should drop all students off at Holy Ghost school that night as usual. First grade will have regular class that evening. We will NOT have class the following week (March 17th) due to spring break. Please contact Cassie at if you have any questions.

First Eucharist Preparation
We are studying the student workbook for First Eucharist with Chapter 4 this week! You also should have received information about RSVPing for the Mass time at which your child will receive First Eucharist; contact Cassie if you did not. Please continue to pray for all of our parishioners preparing for this Sacrament! If you have any questions please contact Cassie at

Confirmation Session
Our next session is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 14th at 10:30am in the Holy Ghost church basement (in person). If you have any questions please contact Cassie at
A Note from Patrick, Director of Worship
Dear All,
I hope you and your families continue to be in good health! What a blessing to be able to come together to celebrate Mass for the 2nd Sunday of Lent! As we continue our 2021 Lenten Journey and we pray together, “again we keep this solemn fast.” Since many ministers are staying home for various legitimate health and safety reasons this means many of you are serving each week to help; please know how grateful I am for all of you who are serving every week! We are all in this together and will take it week by week.  We are staying the course with the same number of ministers through February and March. Lectors will continue to read through the first reading, psalm, and second reading. All volunteers, Especially Ushers/greeters, please wear your mask fully over your nose. It is of the utmost importance to set a good example of the safety protocols to ensure everyone’s health and well-being.
*Please start sending me any updates to your availability for Holy Week through Easter Season, all the way to Corpus Christi (April 1-June 6th)!  I will add the Holy Week Masses to the MSP schedule this week--please let me know if you are willing and able to serve Holy Thursday through Easter Vigil. We will start adding back certain ministries during Holy Week through the Easter season; one cantor, singer, and depending on the Mass Extraordinary Ministers. So exciting, but please keep this on the down low!! This does not mean that Covid-19 is over; we will have a modified approach of minimal singing, Cantor ONLY. Forgive me, my email last week was a little confusing; still no altar servers, sacristans, or Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Thank you all for your continued service to each of your churches and to Holy Spirit Parish! Please know you are in my prayers. 
The Lent 2021 is Live, (February 6th - March 28th), please let me know if you need to update your preferences or schedule, and I will update the schedules. As always, copies of the schedule can be found via MSP, the parish website, along with hard copies in the sacristy of each church and parish office. For those that have no computer access I will mail hard copies. Please let me know if you would like me to add you to my mailing list. Musicians, please review the Lent music guidelines I sent; solemn, silent exit, no recessional, please.
If you are unable to make your Mass time, please click on sub request and/or let me know at least 2 days in advance. For all ministers across the board please be at least 20-30 minutes early to Mass. Especially in these trying times, thank you for all your continued service to Holy Spirit Parish. As Father Steve and I do all that we can to maintain the guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese and Archbishop Michael, we thank you for your patience and understanding!
 Notes on MSP emails and App: I know there are issues with the new MSP emails; please double check all inboxes as these emails sometimes go to other inboxes. If an email is delivered to the Promotions tab, you can click and drag it to the primary inbox. Once you move one message, the others will no longer be marked as promotions so they will go to the primary inbox! The phone app has been updated! To access the updated app, volunteers should click Update for the MSP app in the App Store or Google Play and then click Open. Doing so will allow you to regain access to your account. If for any reason they do not get access, please simply close and reopen the app, or click the “reload” link if they experience an error code. 

Patrick J. 

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner

Reflection | Third Sunday of Lent | March 7, 2021

The First Scrutiny takes place this weekend for RCIA participants in the Church. In solidarity and prayer for these catechumens, we reflect a bit on our Cycle A readings whereby we recall the story of Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. During this encounter, the woman talks about the Messiah only to discover that she is actually speaking with the Messiah. “I am He, the one speaking with you” Jesus tells her. How does this woman, this non-disciple and non-Jew, this perfect stranger earn the right to such a direct revelation? Why does Jesus choose her?

Obviously, he chose this woman for the same reason he chooses each one of us—out of love. The Samaritan woman at the well did not earn her place at the side of Jesus. She did nothing to merit this life changing encounter. In fact, the reading implies that she was a sinful woman. Yet Jesus approached her first. He asked her for a drink, and looked for the opportunity to offer her the “living water” that would quench her deepest thirst.

This is what Jesus has done for us. As St. Paul says in his letter to the Romans, “God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). He offers us the gift of salvation, the “spring of water welling up to eternal life.” We don’t earn this gift; Jesus paid for it on the cross. In other words, we get to drink without having to dig the well. As Jesus tells His disciples, “others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

Of course we must be willing to “drink” by accepting the gift Christ offers, orienting our live around it. Like the Samaritan woman at the well who “left her water jar and went into town” to testify, we are called to leave behind our old life of sin and selfishness once we accept our new life in Christ. Indeed, Lent is the season that prepares us for such a dramatic rebirth. We pray and fast and give alms, not to earn the joy of Easter, but to be ready to drink it in.
I wish everyone a blessed week!

Together is a monthly bulletin from the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
Each month, Together  will feature messages from Archbishop Jackels as well as initiatives and happenings from around the archdiocese.
Click on the link above to read the January edition.

Prayer Resources

ONLINE MASS (Pre-recorded)
Opportunities for online Mass with the Archbishop will continue to be available. Click the button below for the broadcast schedule. 


Please visit these websites for resources for your daily prayer life or other prayer opportunities:

Please refer to the Archdiocesan webpage for family resources during COVID-19.

Archdiocese Live Broadcasts

Prayer and Intention for the Week

Let us pray with intention this week for our Pope!

In today’s first reading, we are reminded of the Ten Commandments. Which commandment do you struggle with the most? Aim for one small improvement this week.

A Prayer for Pope FrancisPope warns of danger in online Masses
On March 13th, we celebrate the eighth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election!
Say a prayer for the Holy Father.

O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, look favorably on your servant Francis, whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;
Grant, we pray, that by word and example
he may be of service to those over whom he presides
so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,
he may come to everlasting life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Copyright © 2021, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. 
Photo credits from top: Getty Images; CNS photo/PaulHaring. The Third Sunday of Lent, March 7, 2021, Catholic Current

Enjoy the latest edition of the Family Matters newsletter here!

Recent Updates & Reminders

REQUIRED for attending Mass at Holy Spirit

Masks are REQUIRED to attend Mass at Holy Spirit Parish. If you do not have a mask, there are some available at the church entrances. Also, as the number of Mass attendees increases there is a chance we may need to turn people away so as to maintain recommended social distancing guidelines. 

Parish Office Closure
Due to COVID-19, the Parish Office will remain closed to walk-ins for your health and the health of our staff. We will still keep reduced office hours (8am-noon, Monday-Friday) for the time being, so if you need to speak with someone, please call 563-583-1709 and we will be happy to help!  If you have something to turn in to the office, please place it inside the front storm door at the parish office in the locked depository box on the left under the shelf. We will retrieve items during business hours.

Guidelines for Attending Mass at Holy Spirit Parish

Please review the following guidelines implemented for the celebration of public Mass until further notice.

  • All (including children) must wear masks before, during, and following Mass (while in church/parking lot areas). The CDC recommends children under the age of two do not wear a mask; please refrain from bringing children under the age of two to Mass until restrictions have been lifted.
  • Seating will be limited; please sit only in open (untaped/unroped) pews minding social distancing guidelines; please do not disturb, change placement of or remove blue tape or rope on pews
  • Once pews are filled we will be at capacity and admittance will cease, pews may not be held or saved for others
  • Families or those living in the same household may sit together in a pew; if room permits, others may enter the same pew IF proper distance is available. Families living in different households must maintain proper social distancing guidelines.
  • Church pews, handrails, kneelers, door handles, high use areas, etc. will be sanitized after each Mass
  • Holy Water fonts and cisterns will be remain empty
  • Sanitizer will be available at all church entrances
  • Rest rooms (in churches) will be available and sanitized following Mass
  • Church halls (Kriebs, Terence, and Paraclete) will be CLOSED during Mass, including the rest rooms located in those halls
  • All printed materials (including the bulletins) will be removed from churches, please refer to the parish website to view the weekly bulletin
  • There will be no missalettes or music issues available for use in pews
  • Social distancing must be observed (at least six feet apart) in church and parking lot areas
  • Please refrain from singing during Mass
  • There will be no (or very limited) liturgical ministers
  • Please refrain from greeting or gathering before and/or after Mass in church and/or parking lot areas
  • There will be no collection during Mass, collection boxes will be placed at church entrances
  • There will be no offertory/gift procession
  • Please avoid physical contact during the Our Father and Sign of Peace
  • Only the Precious Body will be offered at Communion and placed only in the hand (not on the tongue)
  • There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood
  • Logistics are still being considered for each location concerning the distribution of Holy Communion. NOTE: Priests will begin by bringing Communion to the people in the pews and adjust if need be as we proceed.
Please keep in mind these other important points when considering attending Mass:
  1.  The coronavirus is still with us. Following social distancing guidelines in regard to gathering for a liturgy or a devotional in church will result in less space, reducing greatly the number of people who can attend. 
  2. Dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass and holy days will remain in effect until further notice, most likely until a vaccine is available.
  3. Please refrain from attending if you are sick, were recently sick (in the past 14 days), or have an underlying medical condition; or, if you are concerned about contracting COVID-19 or live with or care for someone who is at higher risk due to underlying medical conditions or advanced age, or is sick. Additionally, those who are frail due to advanced age, are under the age of two, and those who work in a high risk profession should abstain from attending Mass.
  4. Daily Mass will be offered each day (regular schedule) with the same restrictions.
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