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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!

Welcome to the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time.
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Please scroll to the bottom for our updated parish guidelines.
Mission Coop Speaker: On June 12th and 13th, we welcome Fr. Denny Joseph from the Mission Society of the Rogationist Fathers to share a bit about their ministry and mission during Mass and make an appeal for support of their work. Please prayerfully consider how you might best contribute to their efforts.

Congratulations: We wish to congratulate Fr. Jacob Dunne, Fr. Kyle Tietz, and Fr. Martin Coolidge on their ordination to the priesthood which took place on May 29th at the Cathedral. May their ministry and work bear much fruit as they carry on Christ’s mission in the Church. (Fr. Jacob Dunne will be offering a Mass of Thanksgiving here at Holy Spirit Parish sometime in early July—we will let you know of the date, time and location once that has been established).

Congratulations: We would like to congratulate Raina Fabricius and Kayden Mess who were received fully into the Church recently. Raina received her Sacraments of Initiation on May 4th and Kayden received his Sacraments of Initiation on May 5th. We joyfully welcome them to our parish family and let us keep them in our continued prayers.

Congratulations: We would like to congratulate Laken Sahm who received the Sacrament of Confirmation as an adult on May 19th at Holy Trinity Church. Let us assure her of our prayers and support as she goes forth utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit she received in this sacrament.

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

Pastoral Council Update

A special thank you to the following members who have completed their term and are coming off the Pastoral Council: Sue Hahlen, Helen Kelleher, Kara Schroeder, and Sebastian Yaklin.

We greatly appreciate their work, commitment, service and dedication during their terms on the council—may their reward be lifted up to heaven. 

We also want to thank Susan Dazey and Steve Jacobs who have completed their first term on the pastoral council and have agreed to run for a second term. We are very grateful for their work, commitment and continued service to Holy Spirit parish as well. 

Additionally, we have Todd Kelleher, Zach Gogel, and Kylie Schmidt who have accepted nomination to the council. As such, we will not need to hold elections as those nominated will fill the vacancies. We welcome Todd, Zach, and Kylie to the council and are grateful for their willingness to serve the parish in this capacity. 
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Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates

Religious Education Summer Program

The Summer Religious Education program, Encountering Christ Through the Corporal Works of Mercy, is being offered for grades 1 - 8 June 14-25 at the Cathedral. It is scheduled M-F from 9am-noon.

Participating in the summer program and a monthly meeting Sept through May will meet your child's requirements for Religious Education next year. Traditional Wednesday night class at Holy Ghost will also be offered.

Summer registration should be completed using the Holy Spirit Faith Formation Registration Website:

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

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 Most Holy Trinity Sunday! As we approach this weekend, Happy June and beginning of 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!

Next Sunday is Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Father Steve, Father Mark, the staff and I are discussing a modified plan to the Eucharistic procession at the end of Mass. As we make the plan we will let you know later in the week. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ | USCCB

Lectors and Musicians, I will send you all my normal private email chain with forms and instructions for this weekend, thank you. 
Father Steve and I would like for us to add back 1-2 Extraordinary Ministers for each Mass. Since it has been a while since we all served, we would like to host a mandatory in-service meeting for all EM's TONIGHT (Thursday) June 3rd, at 6 PM, @ the Sacred Heart main sanctuary. For those without access to technology, I will be sending out invitation letters in the mail. 
Please respond if you are willing and able to serve again, and if you are able to attend the meeting to the MSP blast I am sending. If you would still like to serve but are unable to attend, we will get you the information in another way. 
I am posting and sharing the June-August Schedule this week; 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. Please send me your updates to availability via the parish phone, (563) 583-1709 ext.313 or DBQ059S@dbqarch.orgThank you to all who have already started sending me your schedule updates. 

Many prayers and blessings to you and yours,

Patrick J. 

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner

Reflection | The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 6, 2021

“While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take it; this is my body.’”

Celebrating the Passover meal was nothing new for the disciples. They shared bread and wine with their families and friends at this special ritual meal every year as a part of their Jewish heritage. But when they were making preparations for this particular sacred supper, they did not know how different this meal was going to be.

On this night, Jesus changed the formula. Instead of hearing only the ancient words of the Passover prayers that his followers probably knew by heart, they heard these new, unexpected, and frankly, quite dramatic words: “This is my body…This is my blood.” Nobody had ever made such an unusual claim before. But this was more than a statement. It was a command. Not only did Jesus enlighten his disciples about the miracle taking place as the bread and wine became his body and blood, but he also ordered them to “take it.” Being passive observers was not enough. Jesus wanted his followers to be personally involved in accepting and receiving his body and blood.

The gift of the Eucharist that Jesus instituted for all believers at the Last Supper is not just a sign or a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice. It is something that we are called to participate in. He has given us the instruction to take the Eucharistic bread—His Precious Body—and make it part of ourselves. Through this great sacrament, which we celebrate on the Feast of Corpus Christi, we are able to be united, in a deeply mystical yet truly physical way, to our Lord and Savior. This union brings about the promise in today’s Alleluia from John’s Gospel; “Whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

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 for the week

Let us pray with intention this week asking our Lord for comfort, strength, and guidance.

The Anima Christi ...

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee,
That with all Thy saints,
I may praise thee
Forever and ever.

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 (weekend of June 5-6), 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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