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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!

Welcome to the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time!

Please scroll to the bottom for our updated parish guidelines.
Mission Appeal!
A special THANK YOU to Fr. Denny Joseph from the Mission Society of the Rogationist Fathers for visiting this past weekend and sharing a bit about their ministry and mission during our weekend Masses. If you would like to contribute to this important ministry simply place your contribution in an envelope, mark it Mission Appeal and drop it in any of the collection boxes in church, by the parish office or pop it in the mail! If you missed Fr. Denny's message, you can listen to it here: Mission Appeal Homily. His message starts at 20:00. Likewise, if you'd like to read more about their community and mission visit their website at:

Growing our Pastoral Care Ministry Team!
As we look forward to the end of this pandemic and resuming our ministries we are excited to announce that we are growing our Pastoral Care Ministry Team! Although we do not yet have a date for when we will be functioning fully in this ministry we certainly want to be prepared when the time comes. 

Please consider becoming part of our team! Has God been calling you to step up or step out? Do you have some extra time to give? Have you been longing for fellowship? Are you interested in building new relationships and sharing your faith with others? This ministry is a loving commitment that makes a HUGE difference!

Please take some time to pray about whether or not volunteering your time in this capacity is something you would be interested in, good at, enjoy and/or feel would be a way for you to share your gifts of time and talent. We would love to have you as part of this important ministry team!

Would you like to learn what Pastoral Care means at Holy Spirit Parish? Read more about our Pastoral Care Ministries on our website at  
If you are interested in serving in this ministry, need more information or have any questions, please contact our Pastoral Associate, Raegan Reid at or 563-583-1709.

We're Hiring!
Holy Spirit Parish is seeking a full-time skilled Maintenance Person responsible for the maintenance, cleanliness, and repair of our parish facilities. This position provides routine maintenance for three parish campuses including semi-skilled carpentry, plumbing, electrical and other minor repair work. 

High school diploma or GED equivalent, plus two to three years work experience in a maintenance environment required.

Must have the ability to lift, carry, pull, and push items up to 50 pounds in weight and be able to tolerate extended periods of standing, walking, and noise. Qualified candidates must be able to work well independently and with others while following written and oral instructions. Interested individuals should send a resume to

Diaconate Ordination Mass ~ July 10, 2021

Please keep in prayer these faithful couples as they move toward diaconate ordination on July 10, 2021. This event is an invitation only event but will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. at

Holy Spirit Parish's very own Dave (and Karen) Roth will be ordained. Please support Dave, Karen and all these couples through prayer, asking for God's continued provision over their last few weeks of preparation and His wisdom, guidance and support as they journey into their assignments.

Photo: Deacon John Stierman/Archdiocese of Dubuque
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Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates


The Faith Formation Summer Program is collecting the following children’sClothe the naked 2019 – Sarah Fuller Art clothing for Saint John’s Open Closet:
  • unopened/new packages of children's’ underwear
  • jeans
  • t-shirts
  • sweat pants (any size-child or adult)
Items do not have to be new (with the exception of underwear) but must be clean and in good condition.  

Clothes may be dropped off in the collection boxes at Church or cash donations may be put in an envelope marked Clothe the Naked and placed in the collection box/basket at each parish site.

Deadline for contributing is June 20th!

A Note from Patrick, Director of Worship
Dear All,
I hope this email or letter finds you and your family in good health! 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 Ordinary Time. Happy June and summer! Since many ministers stay 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! Thank you all for your continued service! 
This Sunday is back to normal Ordinary Time, 12th Week in Ordinary Time. For Lectors and ministers who like to follow along here is the link for the readings: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Thank you to all who attended the meeting! To those unable to attend I will be sending you the notes and recording of the meeting this week via pdf and YouTube link. Exciting to see so many ministers recommissioned; to those who have not yet received your commissioning certificate, I will be mailing out copies. Please contact the office or me if you are not already on the list but are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion on the weekends!

**To clarify a note from the meeting…while we are not fully opening up the ministry we are asking for 1-2 EMs to help the priest distribute; this will include and depend on the deacons schedule and the position or need for musicians to receive as well. Due to all the special circumstances, I thank you for your flexibility and understanding, always best to be prepared!
I have posted the June-August Schedule ; moving through the summer, Ordinary Time, there will be an ongoing number of changes to the ministries and the Mass as a whole; we will always let you know if/when we make any updates.  As you have seen, we have started lifting some of the mask mandates; please see other parish blasts for more updates on modified guidelines.

Copies of the schedule may be found in the church sacristies, 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. Please send me your updates to availability via this email, the parish phone, (563) 583-1709 ext.313, or via email at Thank you to all who have already started sending me your schedule updates.  
Many prayers to you and yours, 

Patrick J. 

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner

Reflection | Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time June 20, 2021

“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

Incredible! Unbelievable! Miraculous! What a sight to behold! If only we had been there with those disciples, what a help that would be for us who sometimes wavering in our faith. Could we ever doubt again that He was the Lord of all creation after a moment like that?

Well…..maybe. These remarkable moments do have a way of losing their luster from a distance. In retrospect, we often will begin second-guessing such episodes of spiritual clarity with thoughts like, “Perhaps it was just a coincidence. Maybe the storm was about to end anyway. How can we know for sure?” In fact, it appears as though the disciples themselves were already struggling with forgetting the power of the signs that Jesus had performed up until this point. Jesus had cured countless people, cast out demons for all to see, and even had a divine voice announce at his baptism, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” The miracles were no in short supply. This is why Jesus reprimands the disciples in this weekend’s Gospel passage saying to them, “Do you not yet have faith?” The heart of the issue that Jesus addresses here is that of just simply believing. How many more miracles are needed and will it ever be enough?

Let’s not fall prey to the same problem, thirsting for other miracles than what has already been given to us. Those miracles we have heard about in Scripture, those miracles we have heard about in this present age, and those miracles we have experienced in our own lives—as great or subtle as they may have been. Let’s not make our faith dependent upon the appearance of the next sign from God. Rather, let us join the psalmist in this weekend’s responsorial psalm as we proclaim an attitude of belief—thanking the Lord for all of his wonderous deeds.
I wish you 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 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. 


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

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

Archdiocese Live Broadcasts

Prayer for the week

Let us pray with intention this week for all Fathers … Happy Father’s Day! 

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives.

St. Joseph and Resignation to the Will of God - Catholic Apostolate Centererhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail.
We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father's Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways--both big and small--they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families.

For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You. In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.

Credit: Rev. Chuck Currie

Enjoy the latest edition of the Family Matters newsletter here!

With the revised CDC recommendations presented on May 13th, the reporting of over 50% of adults having been vaccinated, and the lifting of mask mandates by the city and county, we are given some very encouraging signs that the worse of this COVID crud is behind us.

With the lifting of the dispensation to attend Mass on June 5, 2021 by Archbishop Jackels, we will likewise adjust some of our COVID protocols at Mass and other liturgies.

Facemasks are no longer required to be worn at liturgies by those who have been fully vaccinated. Those who have been fully vaccinated and wish to continue to wear facemask as a precaution may continue to do so.  

Those who have not been fully vaccinated (age 2 and above) are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a facemask at Mass and other liturgies.

At this time, the current seating pattern will continue with every other pew closed with seating so all feel comfortable attending Mass (although we may choose to adjust this protocol if attendance warrants it).

We will begin singing all of the Mass parts and songs but ask that singing be done minimally—meaning singing a bit more softly as opposed to loudly.

We will not have missals available in the pews at this time.

We will have bulletins available for pick up at the church entrances after Mass, but no other media materials or pamphlets will be available at this time.

Holy water and baptismal fonts will remain empty (if you would like to have some holy water for home use, please bring a bottle and ask Father to bless).

There will be no offertory procession with the presentation of the gifts and no collection (collection boxes will still be located at the entrances of the church for contributions).

Holy Communion will continue to be distributed only under the species of bread with ministers continuing to come to you in the pews. Receiving Communion in the hand will continue to be the norm for the safety of all. Ministers will be masked while distributing, sanitizing before and after communion.

Live-streaming will continue for the 4:00 pm Sacred Heart Saturday Mass.

Sanitizing the church following Mass will continue (A big thanks to all who have assisted over the last year in sanitizing our pews after Mass).

As conditions hopefully continue to improve, we will evaluate, and modify accordingly with charity and safety in mind. Our goal always has been and will continue to be a welcoming faith-filled community--while protecting the safety and well-being of all.
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