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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!
Welcome to the Second Sunday in Ordinary time!

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

Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ.

9 Days for Life ~ Living Out Christmas in the New Year

How do we live out the message of Christmas in the New Year, rather than pack it away with the ornaments?

Each year, the Octave Day of Christmas falls on the first day of the New Year, on which we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

Her open heart and courageous “yes” to God show us how to live year-round—with hearts open to the Lord, following where He leads. We are called to place our trust in Him, to enter compassionately into the suffering of others, and to love one another as Christ loves us. Like Our Blessed Mother welcomed Jesus, we are called to cherish and protect the gift of human life, at every stage and in every circumstance.

One way to live out the message of Christmas and follow Our Lady’s example is to join 9 Days for Life, a novena for the protection of human life, taking place Thursday, January 21 - Friday, January 29. Each day's intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.

Join today at!
Continue your journey with The Search on Formed.Org!
Watch the next episode beginning Sunday,
January  17th!

Week of January 17: Episode 3 -- Why a God?

Today we seem to think we’ve moved beyond the idea of God, but this secular view of life is a very new and unusual idea to humanity. All through human history man has looked to something outside himself for the answers to life. Why have we given up on God? Do we think science has disproven Him? Do we think society is better off without him? We talk with astrophysicists, chemists, Harvard professors, and more to make the case that it’s not only reasonable to believe in God, it’s essential if you want to have a truly amazing life. Our souls seek their creator, and we’ll never be truly happy unless we seek Him out. As St. Augustine famously said, “You have made us for Yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless. until they rest in Thee.”

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FORMation Inspiration with formed

Each week we will spotlight programs, movies or devotions to help encourage your faith at home using our new subscription!

* Daily Inspiration
FORMED Now: Daily Reflections 
Everyday FORMED Now! features special guests and insider looks at special topics. New episodes are published each day at 1pm (CST).

* Self-guided Bible Scripture Study
Take time to dive into the bible and revel in the perfect love story God has written to us. 

Join scripture scholars Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber as they dive into the Gospel of Matthew. This Bible study is part of a weekly series hosted on FORMED Now! We hope you enjoy this lively and faith-filled study of the first Gospel.

* Celebrating the Sacraments
As we move back into Ordinary time and prepare for the start of Lent, let's take a deeper dive into the mystery of the Eucharist.

Although the Eucharist appears to be simple bread and wine, it is actually the "source and summit" of the Christian life. Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist explores the truth and beauty of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and her members. It is the crescendo of the entire story of salvation.

NOTE -- This is a wonderful study for those who are wanting to connect with this Sacrament on a deeper lever and also for parents and children who are preparing for First Holy Communion.

* Sunday MOVIE Night
Faith begins at home and what a better way to celebrate the faith together than with a movie night! Each Sunday evening set aside time to gather the family, grab your favorite snacks and check out the faith-filled movie options below.

This week enjoy a feel-good movie: God's Doorkeeper: St. André of Montreal

On January 6, 1937, the death of a humble doorkeeper for a boys' college drew over a million people to Montreal for his funeral. For forty years, Brother André Bessette of the Congregation of Holy Cross welcomed people at the door and became known as a miraculous healer. God's Doorkeeper looks at the heart and legacy of Brother André–as a man of prayer, of hospitality, and of compassion, a man who draws people in to experience a God who is love. Brother André also had a tremendous devotion to St. Joseph that he shared with all who came in contact with him. On October 17, 2010, Brother André became the first Canadian-born male saint and the first saint for the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is living proof that "it is with the smallest brushes that the divine artist paints the most beautiful pictures."

The film features interviews from Montreal, Rome, and the United States—with people who knew him and others who continue Brother André's work today. It also includes footage of the beatification and canonization ceremonies in Rome and the celebrations in Canada, with footage of the unforgettable events of Brother André's road to sainthood.

See below for a child friendly option!

For a more Kid-friendly option, consider the new comic-series: Finnian and the Seven Mountains // Issues #1-4

Seeking to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of Viking marauders, a young man named Finnian leaves his monastic school in Ireland to find a legendary sword rumored to have the extraordinary power to defeat evil.

Join writer Philip Kosloski, and artists Michael LaVoy, Jay David Ramos (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN) and Jim Fern (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN ANNUAL, and CROSSING MIDNIGHT) on an epic journey that begins on the mysterious island of Skellig Michael, where the sword was last seen.

Will Finnian find the mythical sword and lead the way to victory? Or will the Vikings continue to destroy innocent villagers?

Find out what happens in this epic adventure series!
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Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates

Religious Education
We have resumed our virtual classes as of Jan. 6th, 2021. We continue with our regularly scheduled classes on Zoom. Contact Cassie at if you have any questions.

First Eucharist Preparation
We are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Jan. 27th at 6:30pm in the Holy Ghost church basement. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, we may move this meeting to Zoom. Be watching your email for final details. If you have any questions please contact Cassie at 

Confirmation Session
Our next class will be Sunday, February 14th at 10:30am. Contact Cassie at with any questions or for more information.  
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 in this New Year 2021!

As we have come to the end of the Christmas season thank you to all who participated and served in making the season bright!  Since many ministers are 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! We are all in this together and will take it week by week. Thank you to all who helped with the take down process, Holy Ghost environment people, very helpful; Holy Trinity and Sacred Heart as well. The 11/29/2020-1/31/2020 schedule is live.  Please let me know if you need to update your preferences or schedule, I will update the schedules and share them via our weekly email blasts and the Parish website under the Ministers, Minister Scheduler Pro tab.  We are staying the course with the same amount of ministers through January and February. Lectors will continue to read through the first reading, psalm, and second reading. All volunteers, especially Ushers/greeters, please wear your mask fully over your nose. It is of the utmost importance to set a good example of the safety protocols to ensure everyone’s health and well-being.

While we have come to the end of the Christmas season this past Sunday, Baptism of the Lord, it is time to think of the next schedule for Lent 2021! (February 6th - March 28th); I have sent the request for updates by email, please let me know if you need to update your preferences or schedule, and I will update the schedules. As always, copies of the schedule can be found via MSP, the parish website, along with hard copies in the sacristy of each church and parish office. For those that have no computer access I will mail hard copies. Please let me know if you would like me to add you to my mailing list. 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! 

Many prayers and blessings to you and your families, 

Patrick J.

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner

Reflection | Second Sunday in Ordinary Time | January 17, 2021

In this weekend’s Gospel Jesus says, “What are you looking for?”

When Jesus asked the two disciples this question, they didn’t give an answer. Instead, they asked another question: “Where are you staying?” Obviously these men were interested in learning more about Jesus. They wanted to accompany him and be in his presence. They decided to spend the whole day with him. But they were not quite ready to reveal what they were really looking for.

Remember that at the time, these men were disciples of John the Baptist. They had heard John announce the coming of the Christ, but they didn’t know yet who he was. John’s followers were certainly looking for something: the Messiah. Most likely, these men were interested in seeing for themselves whether or not this Jesus was the one they had been waiting for.

Apparently, he was. Andrew was convinced by that daylong encounter with Jesus. In the verse that follows this weekend’s Gospel, we learn that, “He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah’” (Jn 1:41). What a joy this must have been for Andrew! He found what he was looking for. Indeed, the joy was so great that he couldn’t wait to share the good news.

When we, like Andrew, take time to “spend the day” with Jesus, getting to know who he really is through our daily prayer, then the happiness we experience will naturally overflow to others. The process may begin with questions about who Jesus is: that’s only natural. But once we find what we are looking for, we can do what Andrew did by sharing the joy of the discovery with our brothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends right here at home. 

I wish everyone a blessed week!

Join the Virtual Archdiocesan Women’s Conference, Beauty in Christ: ON FIRE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT! Saturday, January 30th, 2021, 9:00 am to 1:00 p.m. for a fabulous day designed to ignite you with the power of the Holy Spirit!!! You’ll experience dynamic speakers, Maria Vadia and Caroline Gambale-Dirkes, plus prayer, music, vendors, plus your friends of faith! Don't miss this incredible conference!

If you are interested in attending, contact Nicole via email at or call the parish office to be included in a parish group rate!

More details at

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:

Click HERE and enter your zip code to view where you can find televised Mass times and channels.

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

Archdiocese Live Broadcasts

Prayer and Intention for the Week

Please pray with intention this month of January for Life ...

Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual Respect Life novena, 9 Days for Life, Thursday, January 21 – Friday, January 29. Get daily intentions, brief reflections, and more. Sign up at

As we await the commencement of 9 Days for Life, we will pray on one intention each week. this week we pray:

For the legal protection of unborn children
and for loving support for their mothers
before and after their births;
We pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

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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