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March 18, 2022
Please refer to the parish bulletin for more parish and community news and information.
You can find printed bulletins at each church site; electronically by clicking the button below; or by calling the parish office at 563.583.1709.
The Third Sunday of Lent

This week at Holy Spirit Parish, we have to deal with 'coming down from the mountain.' When we have 'mountaintop' experiences like Peter, James, and John in last week's account of the Transfiguration - whether that be a powerful retreat experience, a men's or women's conference, or just a consoling time of personal prayer - it can be a challenge to descend from that mountaintop and return to the labors of daily life.

At this point in our Lenten itinerary, we start to realize the length of this holy season - and we can begin to struggle to stay in the fight. Our readings this weekend speak in some ways to the 'long game' God has played in the history of salvation and the patient endurance we will need to successfully navigate our own itinerary of repentance.

Even when we have lost sight of the splendor we saw in our own mountaintop experiences, we can draw the strength we need to continue in the way of conversion from the routine of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving offered in the many Lenten opportunities at our parish. Challenge yourself to take advantage of one or two of these opportunities and prepare your hearts to be ignited with Divine Love!
Click the image below to view all of the Lenten opportunities for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving at the parish.
Holy Spirit Parish Fish Fry
Join us for our parish fish fry TONIGHT, March 18, 2022, serving from 4:30pm until 7:00pm in Paraclete Hall at Holy Ghost Church.

Adults: $12
Kids 5-12: $6
Preschoolers: FREE
Serving deep fried or baked fish; tater tots or baked potato; salad bar; macaroni & cheese; rolls; desserts; and beverages.

Parish YouTube Channel
Please remember that if you are staying home from Mass due to illness or are otherwise looking to enrich your prayer life, make sure to check out our parish YouTube channel. There you can find live-streamed Masses as well as Morning Prayer, Night Prayer, and Adoration.
Please plan to join us for our 2nd session, “Your Relationship with your Aging Self,” Thursday March 24th, 6:30-8pm in Kriebs Hall at Sacred Heart. We can’t wait to see you!
Religious Education & Sacramental Preparation

Religious Education
We will have regular classes this Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Cathedral Center. We will have communal Reconciliation the following Wednesday at 6:30pm.

First Eucharist Preparation
A reminder that the First Eucharist retreat is coming up on Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30pm in the Cathedral Center. Parent(s) and student should attend. We ask that all parishioners keep those preparing for this sacrament in their prayers! If you have any questions, contact Cassie at

Confirmation Preparation
Our final session will be on Sunday, April 10th at 9:15am in the Sacred Heart church basement. Confirmation sponsors are encouraged to attend with the candidate. We will do a walk through of the Sacrament of Confirmation that morning. Please contact Cassie at if you have any questions.

Music & Liturgical Ministry

Easter Schedule
Please continue sending in your updates for the Easter Season schedule, April 17th-June 19th. We will use sign-up sheets for Easter Sunday Masses and then add these to the MSP schedule.

Thank you for your continued service.

Archdiocesan News and Events
Click the links in each description for more information!

ArchdioceseOne is a special appeal for sacraficial giving from the Archdiocese to help the poor and to support the mission of the church.

Archdiocese of Dubuque Men's Conference
The 2022 Men's Conference will feature Mark Hartfiel and Devin Schadt, as well as Archbishop Jackels as the celebrant at Mass. The conference will take place on Saturday, March 19th from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM at Xavier Catholic High School (6300 42nd St NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411) with virtual participation available via live-stream. This is the Feast of St. Joseph and the day will be focused on reflecting on St. Joseph's role in our lives.

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 March edition.
Enjoy the April edition of the Family Matters newsletter here!
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