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


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

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Prayer Card - Jesus Prayer for VocationsWorld Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed on Sunday, April 25, 2021 also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).

Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.

MORNING PRAYER
CENSUS UPDATE!UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO | St. Charles

Hey Holy Spirit! We need your help!

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

First up -- EMAIL ADDRESSES & PHONE NUMBERS!

If you have added, updated or changed your email address, AND/OR if you have disconnected your landline, added a cell phone or changed any of your contact numbers, please let us know!

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

Thank you for taking a moment to ensure we can connect with our most important asset -- YOU!
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Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates

Religious Education
Our final night for the year will be next Wednesday, April 28th. We will celebrate the end of the year with Mass that evening at 6:30pm at Holy Ghost . Family members are encouraged to attend with their student. Please contact Cassie at dbq059ff@dbqarch.org if you have any questions. Thank you to all our families for an amazing year!

First Eucharist Preparation
Please pray for all of our young parishioners preparing for First Eucharist in the beginning of May!

Confirmation Session
Our celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation is April 29, 2021, at 6:30pm at Sacred Heart Church (<--- please note the location change!). Candidates and their sponsors are asked to arrive by 6:00pm that evening. If you have any questions please contact Cassie at dbq059ff@dbqarch.org. We ask that all parishioners keep these candidates in your prayers in these final days! See below for livestream information.

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 will be through Holy Spirit Online Registration.  More information to follow.
Please keep our Confirmandi in prayer as they prepare
to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit!

This rite service will be available via livestream from Sacred Heart Church.
Click here to access the livestream
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. Meeting will be held in person at Sacred Heart. 
We kindly ask that you please work with us and our modifications moving forward. 
 
For all ministries: we will host an in-service training for all ministries as well! As we assemble a plan, 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 | Fourth Sunday of Easter | April 25, 2021

One of our favorite images of Jesus in the Church is that of being the Good Shepherd. We find great consolation in the Lord Jesus as our shepherd. “Come to me…and I will refresh you.” It is a comfort for us to know that our Good Shepherd is personally concerned about our welfare. It is a comfort for us to know that our Good Shepherd knows each of us by name (and can count the number of hairs on our head). It is a comfort for us to know that our Good Shepherd leads us to the green pastures of salvation. But most of all Jesus as the Good Shepherd is the one who laid down his life for us. “Greater love than this no one has than to lay down his life.” We know how impressed we are when we see people risk their lives to help others. Are we not moved when we read about a father who dives into raging waters to save his son, only to lose his own life? The same amazement flows in our appreciation of Jesus who has laid down His life for His sheep. 

The Church chooses as a sort of a commentary on this passage the image of the rejected stone spoken about in the sermon given by Peter in the Acts of the Apostles. The stone rejected by the builders becomes the cornerstone or the keystone. The keystone was a wedge shaped stone at the top of an arch which locked the other stones in place. Jesus the rejected cornerstone locks in place the living stones of the church because there is, as Peter preached, no other name by which we are saved. Jesus is the one Shepherd and there is one flock.

Our response to this wonderful gift of the Good Shepherd is to listen to His because the voice of Jesus is the voice of God. The shepherd calls the sheep and in calling them directs them to where He is leading them. Every word of Jesus, every teaching of the gospel, can be interpreted as the call: COME, FOLLOW ME. Thus, every word of the Good Shepherd is a call to discipleship. Being a Catholic is not just a matter of belonging to some kind of an association or congregation of people who believe in Jesus. Membership in the Church through baptism demands internal commitment, a conviction of heart and mind. Fidelity to Christ is not just one hour a week given to God. Religious conviction and practice of the faith is a twenty-four hour, seven day a week reality.

The fundamental call of Christ the Good Shepherd is to faithfully follow Him. All other vocations in the Church flow from this call. Before one is called to ministry in the Church, before a man and woman are married, before one pursues a career, before all other callings or vocations, we are called through our baptism to follow the Good Shepherd. Being a disciple of Christ is not isolated nor compartmentalized from our other vocations in life. If you are a store clerk, if you are a doctor, if you are a student, if you are a stay-at-home mom, if you are an auto mechanic, if you are an administrative assistant, you are one who believes in Christ and are conformed to Christ in whatever you do. We pray this weekend for the strength and courage to respond to the voice of our Good Shepherd and to follow Him in the calling of our vocation.  As we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations this Sunday, let us lift up in prayer as well those who are called by God to the priesthood and religious life. 

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. 

DAILY PRAYER RESOURCES

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

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

Archdiocese Live Broadcasts

Prayer and Intention for April ~ Keep Praying!

Let us continue to pray with intention this month for our Children!

Every April, Catholic parishes and schools across the United States participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join us throughout the month as we continue to pray for the healing of victims of abuse

A PRAYER FOR HEALING

Victims of Abuse
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by his blood on the cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters
who have been gravely harmed,
and the cries of those who love them.
Soothe their restless hearts with hope,
steady their shaken spirits with faith.
Grant them justice for their cause,
enlightened by your truth.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform brokenness into wholeness.
Grant us the courage and wisdom,
humility and grace, to act with justice.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.
Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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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