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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!
Welcome to the Fifth Week of Easter!

We continue to pray for our parishioners and an end to the COVID pandemic.

CONGRATULATIONS to our First Communicants and Confirmandi!

Let us come together in prayer and celebration for our young people receiving their First Holy Communion and the gift of the Holy Spirit through the sacrament of Confirmation here at Holy Spirit Parish!

Please keep these students in your prayers this week!

Confirmation: A Sacrament of Initiation - Saint Benedict the Moor Church -  Columbus, GA

O Jesus, You have loved us with such exceedingly great love as to give us the ineffable gifts of the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Spirit, inflame us with a burning zeal to promote Your glory by praying for our students who have prepared worthily to approach Your holy table for the first time and toBefore Communion « St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church invoke your Holy Spirit. Protect, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, these beautiful souls from the assaults of evil, strengthen their faith, increase their love and endow them with all the virtues that will make them worthy to receive Your marvelous gifts. Amen.

For your convenience, the Confirmation Rite (7pm, tonight) as well as both weekend Masses (4pm, Sat & 11am, Sun) at Sacred Heart will be livestreamed this weekend so the families of our First Communicants and our parish community can witness our young parish members receive these beautiful sacraments. 

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THANK YOU to all who have submitted your updates and changes! If you've not yet done so, please click the link below to send us your information!

The Parish office will be conducting a census update in a stepped out process.


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Simply click this link to give us your most up-to-date information!

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Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates

Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates

Religious Education
Thank you to all our families for an amazing year! We pray that everyone has a great summer and we will see you in the fall.

First Eucharist
Please pray for all of our young parishioners receiving their First Eucharist in these next couple weeks!

Religious Education Summer Activities
Encountering Christ Through the Corporal Works of Mercy
Cathedral of Saint Raphael, Holy Spirit and Saint Patrick’s Parishes
June 14 -25, 2021
Location: Cathedral of Saint Raphael 

This program is being offered June 14-25.  It is scheduled from 9 - noon every day with a possible afternoon/evening session Wed June 23 to help serve a sack dinner at Saint Patrick’s Church. 

This program will be geared toward grades 1 - 8, with high schoolers, college students, and adults working as small groups leaders. The theme for the two weeks is Encountering Christ through the Corporal Works of Mercy.  

The Corporal Works of Mercy that we will emphasize in two day cycles include:
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Give Drink to the Thirsty
  • Clothe the Naked
  • Shelter the Homeless, and
  • Visit the Sick.

Each day will consist of Scripture and prayer, speakers, activities on and off campus, group/individual reflection, and journaling. Sign up through:

$150 for one child
$250 for two children
$300 for three or more children
Scholarships will be available based on need

For more information, please contact Jan Thyne at or by phone at the Cathedral of Saint Raphael: 563.582.7646 or Holy Spirit: 563.583.1709

Our celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation is TONIGHT, April 29, 2021, at 6:30pm at Sacred Heart Church (<--- please note the location change!).

All parishioners are invited to watch it live here at this link: 
Confirmation Liturgy Live Stream. 

We ask that you keep these candidates in your prayers.
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 continuation of the Easter Season! Happy Easter, Alleluia! Due to many ministers 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! Moving through the Easter season there will be an ongoing number of changes to the ministries, exciting to have Cantor lead singing again! As I begin in our intro to Mass, “We will do our best to adhere to the guidelines from our Archdiocese as we celebrate our liturgy today maintaining with a heart of charity the changes caused by the corona virus pandemic.”
Musicians, Father Steve, Nicole, and I would like to host a mandatory in-service, training meeting for all piano/organ players and cantor/song leaders focusing on a modified singing approach, which therefore includes all music ministry. 
  • Meeting in person at Sacred Heart Thursday, May 6th, at 6 PM. Thank you to all who have responded. Blessings! 
  • For all ministries: we will host an in-service training for all ministries as well! As we assemble a plan in the near future, we will let you know.
The Easter Seasons schedules are posted and live! Please continue sending me any updates to your availability for the Easter Season, all the way to Corpus Christi (April 1-June 6th)! For those without computer access I will send snail mail copies, 1 per household. We will continue our modifications, additions, through the Easter season: one cantor/ singer, and depending on the Mass Extraordinary Ministers (*most Masses will still not have Ems, but on the busier Masses where no Deacon is present, we will reach out on a week-by-week basis!). So exciting!! Over the next few weeks all things are subject to change, additions or subtractions. This does not mean that Covid-19 is over; we will have a modified approach of minimal singing, Cantor ONLY (cantor will sing the hymns, Gloria, Psalm, and Alleluia). Also, important, we have added more pews in each of the churches to accommodate more people, and other factors; you will now see only 1 pew roped off in between sitting areas. Please know you are in my prayers.  Thank you all for your continued service to each of your churches and to Holy Spirit Parish!
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 | Fifth Sunday of Easter | May 2, 2021

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.”

What a lovely promise! Imagine how satisfying it would be to ask for whatever we wanted and then to see that wish granted. Truly, it would be difficult to think of anyone who would not love to see a promise like this fulfilled. But we know Jesus isn’t a genie in a magic lamp sent to indulge every selfish whim. So what’s the catch?
Well, as Jesus puts it in today’s Gospel, this promise is extended to those who “remain” in Him. He uses the beautiful analogy of the vine and the branches to explain what this means. “A branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine…I am the vine, you are the branches.” The idea here is that we are connected to Jesus so closely that our very life, our growth, our actions, indeed even our desires come from His as their source. When we are authentically rooted in Christ, and when His words remain in us, then that cannot help but transform us into people who want what Jesus wants. And when we want what He wants, why wouldn’t He give it to us.
This brings to mind a quote from St. Alphonsus Liguori. “In cold and heat, in rain and wind,” said this wise doctor of the church, “’the soul united to God says: ‘I want it to be warm, to be cold, to be windy, to rain, because God wills it.’” In a similar vein, another doctor of the Church, St. Therese of Lisieux, said that God has “always given me what I have desired, or rather, He’s made me desire what He wanted to give me.” This is the secret to constant contentment. No matter what life brings, when we truly desire to embrace God’s will, we are bound to be happy.

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 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. 


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 and Intention for the week

Let us pray with intention this week with St. Gianna Molla (link to Novena below)!

St. Gianna Beretta Molla is a powerful patron for pregnant and parenting mothers. As a physician, wife, and mother, she knew intimately what it was like to struggle with a challenging medical diagnosis during pregnancy. 

You can begin the St. Gianna Novena here:

Prayer for the Week:
O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.
Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.
Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be)

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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