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


We continue to pray for our parishioners and an end to the COVID pandemic.
We hope you are enjoying and participating in our 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

and 
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!
Lenten Flyer
FORMation Inspiration with FORMED.org

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  3. Enter your name and email.




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
We have regular class next Wednesday, March 3rd. The following 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. Please contact Cassie at dbq059ff@dbqarch.org if you have any questions.

First Eucharist Preparation
We are studying the student workbook for First Eucharist with Chapter 3 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 pray for all of our parishioners preparing for this Sacrament! If you have any questions please contact Cassie at dbq059ff@dbqarch.org.

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 dbq059ff@dbqarch.org.
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 1st 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 year--please let me know if you are willing and able to serve Holy Thursday through Easter Vigil. While I cannot officially confirm this, there is a strong possibility that we will start adding back certain ministries during Holy Week through the Easter season. 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. We have assembled a Lent 2021 Flyer with all in important parish information—many opportunities in person and virtually for faith formation and devotions including: Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, Adoration Holy Hours, and more! A copy will be mailed to each household and will be shared digitally (*we realize that the Triduum and Easter dates were wrong, we are working on fixing this error). 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. 

Many prayers and blessings to you and yours, 

Patrick J. 

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner


Reflection | Second Sunday of Lent | February 28, 2021

In our Gospel this weekend we are given the account of the Transfiguration as experienced by three of Jesus’s apostles. At one point, the three disciples see the beautiful radiance of Jesus in all his glory along with the special appearance of both Elijah and Moses, and then suddenly it is over. Peter, James and John must have been in a bit of spiritual shock after the ordeal was over. They had witnessed Jesus, their teacher and friend, start glowing in His “dazzling white” clothes while engaging in conversation with two holy dead men. Then there is the voice from the sky declaring that Jesus was God’s son. This was not a natural occurrence. It was a supernatural occurrence!
These three chosen apostles were given a glimpse into the divine nature of their leader. They were shown something that no one else had a chance to see until after the Resurrection: Jesus in all His glory. But this vision was short lived. It suddenly disappeared and then Jesus instructed His friends to keep quiet until “the Son of Man had risen from the dead.”

Perhaps we can relate in some small way to this Transfiguration experience. Perhaps there has been a time or two in our lives when we have had a spiritual experience, when encountered God’s healing, felt His mercy, or knew His presence was real. But then, maybe it went away as fast as the experience took hold of us. For most of us, we spend much time “on the mountaintop” with these “dazzling” insights into who God is. Rather, we tend to walk a journey that is shrouded by mystery and dependent upon faith. At times, we may even second-guess the spiritual experience of our past once they have “disappeared.” Possibly Peter, James, and John wondered if it had all been a crazy illusion. But when the Resurrection happened, they certainly knew then it was for real. As we await the celebration of Resurrection during this Lent, may we have the faith to believe that Jesus really has touched our lives and that He can lead us to eternal life—where we too will be “radiant” and dressed in “dazzling white”.

I wish everyone a blessed weekend!

 
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

Let us pray with intention this week for our own Lenten journey!

As we continue on our Lenten journey, let us pray for God's provision and assistance to stay faithful to the pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 

Prayer:
Lord of the Fast,Pray, Fast & Give - Missionaries of the Holy Family
I have wandered far from you
And now I seek to return.
Show me the path.
If I must refrain from food
To remind myself of my hunger for the bread of life,
Then help me do so with grace.
Let it too remind me of the hungry Christ
That is present in each day in His people.
If I must refrain from companionship
To remind myself of my longing for my father’s embrace,
Then help me do so with grace.
Let it too remind me of the lonely Christ
That is present in each day in His people.
If I must refrain from the gifts of this world
To remind myself of the giver of the great gift
That is our salvation,
Then help me do so with grace.
Let it too remind me of the homeless Christ
That is present each day in His people.
Help me look beyond the comforts of my table, my society,
and my possessions
For without your grace and mercy,
I indeed have nothing
And all is little more than dust.
I thank you, Lord,
For as far as I have wandered,
Here in the wilderness
A path home is revealed
In the faces of the least of your people.
In the faces of the least of your people. If I must refrain. Amen


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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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