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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!

Welcome to the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time!

Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? 
You have the words of eternal life. 
We have come to believe and are convinced
that you are the Holy One of God.” 
John 6:68-69


As numbers continue to rise in our area, it is important that we remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and each other from this dreaded virus. As such, masks in the church sites and halls are now strongly encouraged by all those attending, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your continued support and response to these needs during this pandemic.


This weekend there will be a second collection taken to assist those suffering the effects of the devastating earthquake and tropical storms in Haiti and the surrounding areas.  Please be as generous as your means allow.
RCIA/RCIC Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children
We are accepting inquiries and registration for our RCIA program this year which will begin in September. RCIA is for:
  1. any adult or child (age 7 or above with the support of their parents) interested in seeking baptism into the Church
  2. for adults who are baptized but now wish to prepare for Confirmation, or
  3. for anyone wishing to learn more about their Catholic Faith.
If you are interested, please contact Fr. Steve at the parish office at 583-1709.

Holy Hour with the beautiful Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary will begin this evening at 7:30 PM in Sacred Heart Church. Please join us for this beautiful devotion and sacred time in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

This event will be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel, here:

Join Fr. Steve this Saturday morning (August 14th) as we begin another series of Faith Formation sessions at 9:30 AM in Sacred Heart Church. This week's topic is titled 'Who Am I to Judge?'.

This event will be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel, here:

Holy Hour with Night Prayer will begin this Sunday evening beginning at 7:00 PM in Sacred Heart Church. Come spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament as you wind down your weekend and start a new week.

This event will be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel, here:

Monday Night at the MOVIES! -- The CHOSEN
Thank you to all those who joined us for our Monday Night at the Movies! We can't wait to show the next episode (4) next Monday evening beginning at 7 PM in Kriebs Hall (Sacred Heart Church basement)! We hope you will join us -- but, first, here is the link to watch the previous episodes ---> before joining us next week!!
Join us TWICE a day as we pray the Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayer and Night Prayer!

Morning prayer will be posted beginning at 6 AM each Monday-Friday and night prayer will be posted beginning at 7:30 PM each Monday-Friday night. We hope you will consider joining us and adding these beautiful prayers to your day!
Religious Education & Sacramental Preparation Updates

REMINDER Formation Registration for 2021-2022

In collaboration again with St. Raphael's Cathedral and St. Patrick's Church, we will be offering formation program options for grades 1-8 in the 2021-2022 year:
  1. a classroom model (social distancing) during the school  year on Wednesday evenings at Holy Ghost, with online offerings as needed;
  2. a home school program through Loyola Press using the Finding God series. The program includes online tests after the completion of certain segments. In addition, there will be an occasional large group session during the year.
 👉 ACTION ITEM: In order for us to plan appropriately, please register your students for classes as soon as possible. You may register online at:, email, or call the parish office. 

Sacramental Preparation Registration
If you have an incoming 2nd grader (in either Holy Family or Dubuque Community Schools) or an incoming 9th grader, your student(s) may be eligible to receive their First Reconciliation/First Communion or Confirmation, respectively. Please register them today so we can prepare materials for their upcoming preparation!

 👉 ACTION ITEM:  Register your students for their sacraments at this link: If your student will not participate in Religious Education simply register for sacramental prep only. All families MUST register for sacramental preparation regardless of where they attend school.

Catechists Needed! Can you help?
The Religious Education program is in need of catechists for the upcoming year. Classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings at Holy Ghost School from 6:30- 7:45 PM.  The program runs from September 8th through April 27th. Compensation provided. If interested contact Jan Thyne at or Cassie Schetgen at
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A Note from Patrick, Director of Worship
Updated August Schedules are live; please check and let me know if you have any updates. Please continue sending me your updates to availability for the Fall, September-November; I will post the new schedule by 8/26. 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
We are in need of more volunteers for all the 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 Patrick Jekanowski, (563), 583-1709, ext.313. 
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Please note that masks are required to distribute Holy Communion. Please make sure to have one available when you are scheduled to serve. Also, 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 | 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

“As a result of this, many of His disciples returned to their former ways of life and no longer accompanied Him.”

As we hear in this weekend’s Gospel, these departing disciples followed Jesus to a point, but when they encountered a teaching, they did not like or found too hard to accept, they decided to leave. That was their free choice. And Jesus respected their freedom by letting them go. Shortly thereafter Jesus turned to His apostles and asked, “Do you also want to leave?” Thankfully for us and the entire history of Christianity, Peter replied, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

We have the same choice to make. Will we follow Jesus no matter what, or do we take a different route when things begin to become uncomfortable and end up taking the easy route that sort of sidesteps our faith? What we choose--how we live our lives, how we witness to the world around us, how we minister to our friends and neighbors, and how we raise our children—all make a difference. If our faith only goes as far as our comfort zone, then our witness will be a weak one. But if we stand firm, aligning ourselves with Christ even when being a Christian means being unpopular or countercultural, then we will make a difference. We just won’t be swept along in a stream of indifference or Lukewarmness with more interest in maintaining the status quo than in living a life that bears witness to the truth.
In this weekend’s Old Testament reading, Joshua speaks about choices to the Jewish people. He urges them, and us, “Decide today whom you will serve,” And then, he courageously declares, “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  As we go forward this week, may we have the courage of Joshua to make the right decisions and stay faithful to the Lord.
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 most recent edition.

Prayer for the week

Let us pray with intention this week to our Blessed Mother for the gift of life.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

RLPA-21-08-prayer-guide.pngThis month, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, marking her entrance into heavenly glory, both body and soul. Mary’s Assumption into heaven reminds us that life on earth is a pilgrimage to our ultimate destination. We prepare in hope for our own passage into eternal life by the choices we make today.

Throughout her life, the Blessed Mother continually chose to go deeper into her relationship with God. She modeled how to value and respect His precious gift of human life from the moment of conception to its natural end. In the Annunciation, through her “yes,” Mary bore witness to the humanity of unborn children as she conceived and carried the Christ child in her womb. After the Annunciation, having learned that her cousin Elizabeth was with child, she went in haste to her aid.

Our Blessed Mother shows us how the way we live today can prepare us, in hope, to also enter into heavenly glory at the end of our lives.

Are we open to God’s precious gift of new life? How do we support expectant mothers and parents of young children? Do we prioritize love and care for loved ones who are ill or aging?

Act (Choose one)

  • Offer Pope Francis’ “Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”​
  • Whom do you know who could use a little extra care and support right now? Make some time for them this week.
  • Offer some other sacrifice or prayer that you feel called to do for this month’s intention.
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