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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!
Welcome to Holy Week 2021!


We continue to pray for our parishioners and an end to the COVID pandemic.
Entering Holy Week ... 

We enter into a week made “holy” forever by the self surrendering love of Jesus - for us all. 

 
All week, we remember how he loved us. Whatever we do, no matter how busy or “distracted” we might be, we can let the power of this week be in the background of our daily reflections. He entered into our life - with its profound joys and its punishing evils - that we might never experience those struggles alone. So no matter what we experience this week, we can let it become a “holy” week, letting it all be touched by the graces of this week offers. From the humble, yet triumphant, entry into Jerusalem, to our standing together at the foot of his cross, this can be a week which helps us bring all of the elements of our lives, all our experiences of sin and death, into the font of his redeeming, liberating death and resurrection.

Here's what's coming up for the remainder of this week:
Virtual Morning Prayer is posted each morning (Mon-Fri) at 6am on Facebook & YouTube and  the following final opportunities will be available in-person and virtually at Sacred Heart Church:
  • LAST ONE ~ TONIGHT! Holy Hour & Rosary at 5:30pm
  • LAST ONE! Friday evening Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm
  • Saturday afternoon Mass (Palm Sunday) at 4pm
See below for our Holy Week Schedule
Here are a few reminders regarding Holy Week at Holy Spirit Parish
  • First and foremost, all current safety procedures will be strictly enforced including social distancing and mask wearing in the church at all times. Communion will be distributed by the priest while you remain in your pew and will distributed in the HAND ONLY and not on the tongue. There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Palm Sunday ~ there will be no procession due to COVID & no distribution of palms.
  • Holy Thursday ~ Morning prayer will be both in-person and livestreamed from Sacred Heart Church. 
  • Good Friday ~ Morning prayer will be in-person only (no livestream) 
  • Holy Saturday ~ Morning prayer will be in-person only (no livestream)
  • BOOKLETS for morning prayer will be available in the church for your convenience. If you take a booklet, please keep it and take it with you for use at all morning prayers. Please DO NOT leave it in the pew.
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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 5th Sunday of Lent, almost to Holy Week and Easter 2021! Holy Week and Easter will provide us with many modifications; as we assemble more information in the coming days, we will keep you in the loop. 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! 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.
 
*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; I have added the Holy Week Masses to the MSP schedule- still ministries to be filled, 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 (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!! This does not mean that Covid-19 is over; we will have a modified approach of minimal singing, Cantor ONLY. All Easter Masses have musicians, thank you for all who reached out! 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. 
 
**Important -- A Quick breakdown of Ministry information for Holy Week-Easter:
Palm Sunday: no procession, no Palms, however, we will have the palms as decorations around the churches. Holy Thursday-Easter: please continue to check the website and Facebook page for ongoing changes (*we anticipate ongoing changes and thank you for your understanding); Holy Thursday, no procession, no feet washing, no benediction procession, however we will have a modified version of the adoration rite after Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Good Friday, no procession/ veneration of the cross—modified form of spoken rite; Easter Vigil-Sunday, No processions—modified spoken rites, no sprinkling rites across the church, again, modified version of spoken rites at front of the church. For the Environment people, set changes every day, we will be in ongoing communication. Many modifications, but what a gift to have in person Holy Week, think of last year.
 
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 blessing to you and yours, 

Patrick J. 
 

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner


Reflection | Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion | March 28, 2021

“Then Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken, 'Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.’”

Today’s Gospel traces two tales of betrayal and remorse. At the Last Supper, Peter pledges his fidelity to Jesus. He sincerely cannot imagine himself denying Jesus. Judas, on the other hand, is a liar who professes loyalty while knowing that he has already betrayed the Lord. Both men come to regret their actions. But the responses are different. Peter recognizes his failure, feels the bitterness of his actions, and weeps over them. Judas, however, does not weep. He tries to undo his action, and when he can’t do so, he gives up hope.

Although Peter felt the weight of his sins, he did not give up. He got up after he fell and moved forward, remaining a loyal disciple—albeit an imperfect one. He learned from his mistake and through his eventual martyrdom, fully fulfilled his promise to die for Jesus. Judas of course could have reconciled with the Lord as well. Even at the moment of betrayal, Jesus extended his mercy by calling Judas, “Friend”. And he does the same for us. Even when we declare, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” one day, and “I do not know the man!” the next—Jesus still forgives us. Although we may waver when the Gospel challenges us to change, when our Christian witness means social scrutiny, or when our faith is tested by trial and temptation, nonetheless Jesus’s offer of friendship never expires. During this Holy Week, let us pray for the grace to be good friends in return. May we be willing to accompany Christ on his path to Calvary, and remain steadfast with Him all the way to the foot of the cross.
 
I wish every a very blessed Holy Week!
 
Fr. Steve

 
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 the Week

As we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, we are reminded that Lent is coming to close and the Resurrection is nearing. In one week, we will celebrate Easter Sunday. Pray that the Lord allow you to accompany him serenely during these Easter mysteries and you may emerge from them renewed in faith, hope and charity.

Meet Me in the DesertWhen Is Palm Sunday 2020 - Palm Sunday Date and History

Lord of Lent, Lord of Easter, As you went into the desert
So do I follow Putting aside that which distracts me
Grabs at me
Falsely claims me.
To search inside
To confront myself
My best, my worst
My good works and my sins.
And each time, I find you there
To call to me again
With words of challenge and words of mercy.
And as I fall to my knees, in prayer, in fasting In sacrifice and penitence
Somehow, you have it in yourself to reach out and gently lift me
To renew me
To claim me as nothing of this world can claim me.
Meet me in the desert, Lord.
Claim me anew.
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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