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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!
Welcome to the Third Week of Easter!


We continue to pray for our parishioners and an end to the COVID pandemic.
PARISH BULLETIN

Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day! As Catholics, we are called to:earth day - Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy

  • uphold life and the dignity of each human person
  • support families and future generations
  • love the poor and vulnerable
  • advocate for basic rights and a just economy
  • be in solidarity with all, as one human family
  • care for all of God’s creation

Grounded in our Catholic Tradition, now is the time to protect the earth for our children and grandchildren. 

PRAY to hear God’s call to live our faith for the common good, knowing that everything is interconnected. 

LEARN how the climate crisis is a profound moral issue greatly affecting the poor and vulnerable. 

TELL your local and national leaders to protect creation. Praise be to you, our Lord, God of all Creation!

Learn more!
usccb.org/environment
wearesaltandlight.org/cst101
catholicclimatecovenant.org

MORNING PRAYER
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Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates

Here you go! :)

Religious Education
We have regular class on April 21st. Our final night for the year will be April 28th. We will celebrate the end of the year with Mass that evening at 6:30pm at Holy Ghost. Family members are encouraged to attend with their student. Please contact Cassie at dbq059ff@dbqarch.org if you have any questions.

First Eucharist Preparation
Please pray for all of our young parishioners preparing for First Eucharist in the beginning of May!

Confirmation Session
Our celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation is April 29, 2021, at 6:30pm at Holy Ghost. Candidates and their sponsors are asked to arrive by 6:00pm that evening. If you have any questions please contact Cassie at dbq059ff@dbqarch.org. We ask that all parishioners keep these candidates in your prayers in these final days!
Please note:
Mt. Calvary and Mt. Olivet cemeteries Spring Clean-up will be Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23. Please remove all items and decorations you wish to save no later than Sunday, April 18th. Decorations and plantings on grave sites may be resumed on Saturday, April 24.
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 continuation of the Easter Season, especially Divine Mercy Sunday!!! Happy Easter, Alleluia! Due to many ministers 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! Moving through the Easter season there will be an ongoing amount of changes to the ministries, exciting to have Cantor lead singing again! Father Steve and I will be making some big changes over the upcoming weeks to ministries, more specifics to come soon with private meetings and conversations. As I begin in our intro to Mass, “We will do our best to adhere to the guidelines from our Archdiocese as we celebrate our liturgy today maintaining with a heart of charity the changes caused by the corona virus pandemic.” 
 
*The Easter Seasons schedules are posted and live! Please continue sending me any updates to your availability for Holy Week through Easter Season, all the way to Corpus Christi (April 1-June 6th)! For those without computer access I will send snail mail copies, 1 per household. We started adding back certain ministries through the Easter season (but not all); one cantor/ singer, and depending on the Mass Extraordinary Ministers (*most Masses will still not have Ems, but on the busier Masses where no Deacon is present, we will reach out on a week-by-week basis!). So exciting!! Over the next few weeks all things are subject to change, additions or subtractions. This does not mean that Covid-19 is over; we will have a modified approach of minimal singing, Cantor ONLY. Also, important, we have added more pews in each of the churches to accommodate more people, and other factors; you will now see only 1 pew roped off in between sitting areas. Please know you are in my prayers.  Thank you all for your continued service to each of your churches and to Holy Spirit Parish!
 
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. 

Many prayers and blessings to you and yours,  

Patrick J. 

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner


Reflection | Third Sunday of Easter | April 18, 2021

In this weekend’s Gospel, we hear of Jesus appearing to His disciples after His resurrection. As He stood in their midst, He said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified. What was so terrifying about being wished peace? How ironic that the disciples were so scared right at the moment that Jesus was offering them peace.
The fact is that they didn’t understand what was going on. They were already aware at this point that Jesus had risen from the dead, and two of them had just had a powerful encounter with Him on the road to Emmaus. But now, He suddenly appeared before them, in a manner physically impossible. This is why they thought they were seeing a ghost. It just didn’t make sense.

Jesus reassured them with concrete actions. He told them to look at Him and to touch Him. He wanted His disciples to be comforted by His real physical presence among them. He wanted them to come into contact with His entire being, not just the abstract idea of His presence. Once they did this, they were “incredulous for joy and were amazed.” The peace that Jesus wished for them was now complimented by great joy. It just took a while to sink in.

This may be the case for us at times too. We may not understand the mysterious ways in which Jesus is present in our lives. Sometimes he is hidden in what Mother Teresa called “the distressing disguise.” His Spirit may be present, wishing to bring us peace right in the midst of stress, sickness, anguish, or pain, but we may not recognize Him at first. But just because he may not “show up” in the way we expect doesn’t mean he isn’t with us. The risen Christ is always with us and want to give us His gift of peace. We just need to be acknowledging, embracing, and accepting of His peace.

These next few weeks we wish to welcome those who will be receiving their First Communion. What a joy it is to have them join us at the table of the Lord to receive Christ’s Body and Blood. May the peace of the Lord be upon them each and every day.

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. 

DAILY PRAYER RESOURCES

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

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

Archdiocese Live Broadcasts

Prayer and Intention for April

Let us continue to pray with intention this month for our Children!

Every April, Catholic parishes and schools across the United States participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join us throughout the month as we continue to pray for the healing of victims of abuse

A PRAYER FOR HEALING

Victims of Abuse
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by his blood on the cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters
who have been gravely harmed,
and the cries of those who love them.
Soothe their restless hearts with hope,
steady their shaken spirits with faith.
Grant them justice for their cause,
enlightened by your truth.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform brokenness into wholeness.
Grant us the courage and wisdom,
humility and grace, to act with justice.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.
Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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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