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March 4, 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 First Sunday of Lent

This week at Holy Spirit Parish, we began that annual solemn fast of Lent which can be for us a profound time of 'returning to the Lord with our whole hearts.' There are two temptations during this season - one, which is to stake our whole spirituality on having a good and rigorous Lent; the other, to be hopeless or apathetic in the face of this annual call to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. In either case we are denying our hearts the chance to burn with the fire of Divine Love; either because as little as one fault or failure will be enough to quench the flames, or because we don't care enough to become enkindled in the first place.

The middle way, the real 'itinerary of conversion' which the Church offers us, is rigorous enough to spark the flames within us but docile enough to allow them to blow with the winds of failure, set-backs, and human weakness, rather than be snuffed out by them.

May we use this first full week of Lent to orient ourselves along the right path in our Lenten itinerary. If we have been tepid in our willingness to embrace the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, perhaps this week is our opportunity to take one very small step. And, if we have been trying in these first few days to do EVERYTHING Lent has to offer, we have the chance to take a step backwards and simplify our routine.
Click the image below to view all of the Lenten opportunities for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving at the parish.
33-Day Preparation and Consecration to St. Joseph
May 1 is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and an excellent day to consecrate yourself to Joseph as a spiritual father. Beginning on March 30, those who are interested will begin preparing for consecration using the 33-day preparation guided by the Litany of St. Joseph from the popular text by Fr. Donald Calloway.

This can be done individually or in a small group - please contact Brandon - - by March 15 if you would like to participate.

Consecrate yourself to St. Joseph - open to anyone and everyone!

SCRIP Update
Beginning in March, Scrip will only be processed on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.  Please have your orders in by 8:30 am on Monday morning.  For example: March 7th & 21st; April 4th & 18th and in May 2nd & 16th. Any questions, please call the parish office.

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 pray for the women who are attending this weekend's CEW and continue to invite and prayerfully consider participation in the men's CEW next weekend.
Religious Education & Sacramental Preparation

Religious Education
Regular class will be held next Wednesday, Mar. 9th at 6:30pm in the Cathedral Center.

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 next class will be next Sunday, March 13th at 9:15am in the Sacred Heart church basement. Confirmation sponsors are encouraged to attend with the candidate. Please contact Cassie at if you have any questions.

Music & Liturgical Ministry

HS Parish Chorale
We return with rehearsals at 6:30 pm @ SH, Wednesday March 9th.
February-April 10th, Lent 2022
The schedule for February Ordinary Time, Lent through Palm Sunday is now live. Please continue to send in your ongoing edits.
Easter Schedule
Please start 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 February edition.
Enjoy the March edition of the Family Matters newsletter here!
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