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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!

Welcome to the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time!

Please read the following information carefully this week as we have a great deal of information to share!

The moment we've ALL been waiting for … effective the weekend of July 31/August 1st, we will officially open the parish sites, including gathering spaces and halls, completely!

This includes the following:
  • All Mass ministries will return including Sacristans, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Cantors/Musicians, Ushers, and Greeters
  • Holy Water fonts will be filled and usable
  • The entrance procession will resume
  • Missals will be placed back into pews
  • Offertory collections will resume by Ushers
  • Communion procession will resume (species of bread only)
  • Cleaning protocols will cease
  • Bulletins will be distributed by Ushers
  • Calendar events and parish meetings will begin to resume including faith sharing groups, That Man is You (resumes in September), Donut Sunday -- please refer to the link to the Parish Calendar below for all of the updates on meetings and events.
The staff will use the next few weeks to prepare our sites and communicate our need for ministers at Masses. This means we need YOU! Mass ministries are an integral part of our liturgies and we simply cannot offer all of our Masses without these very important roles. 

As a worshiping community, we are all called to actively participate in our liturgies through song, prayer, silence, and action. Service in one of our Liturgical (mass) ministries is an excellent way to fulfill our baptismal call of service to one another. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning, or through a public role of service within the Mass, your contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please come back to the ministries you served in prior to the pandemic or prayerfully consider joining one of our many ministries (listed above)! 

Join us for a delicious treat following each of our parish Masses the weekend of July 31st and August 1st to celebrate community and fellowship! Find us in the gathering spaces or outside (weather permitting!).

As we seek and find normalcy again in our parish we will begin to offer a plethora of ways to enrich your faith beginning in the month of August! Mark your calendars now for these wonderful faith-filled opportunities:
  • Virtual Morning Prayer, every Monday through Friday, via our YouTube channel. Available beginning at 6:00 am.
  • Sunday Holy Hour and Night Prayer, 7:00 pm, Sacred Heart Church*, August 8, 15, 22 & 29.
  • Monday Movie Night, The CHOSEN Series (Season One), 7:00 pm, SH Kriebs Hall, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Popcorn and refreshments will be offered.
  • Thursday Evening Holy Hour & Rosary, 7:30 pm, Sacred Heart Church*, August 5, 12, 19.
  • Saturday Morning Faith Formation Sessions, 9:30 am, Sacred Heart Church*, four sessions, August 7, 14, 21 & 28. Details on sessions below.
  • Married Couples Enrichment Meal & Session, 6:00 pm, Holy Ghost Paraclete Hall, August 6 & 20. Includes meal and refreshments, no cost. Details on sessions below.
*Event will be live-streamed for our homebound and nursing home members
THIS WEEKEND! FLEA MARKET Call for Volunteers and Bake Sale Items!
The Flea Market is quickly approaching and the volunteers are working hard setting up, organizing, and pricing all of the amazing finds we have been collecting over the last two years. With the overabundance of items, the team could use some help on July 17th & 18th as cashiers, floor workers, or with carry-outs. If you could spare some time to help the team to make this event successful, please contact Dave at 563.583.2642.

Also, if you would like to donate baked goods to our Bake Sale, please deliver them to Holy Trinity Church - Terence Hall between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm on Friday, July 16th! Thank you!

Our Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021. We are currently accepting donations of NEW items (USED items will not be accepted) or TALENTS to be auctioned off. Please drop items off at the parish office or contact us at 563.583.1709 if you have a talent to share.
You may purchase SCRIP by calling the parish office during office hours or click here for an order form. Simply print the form, complete your order, and bring it to the parish office on Monday morning. SCRIP can also be purchased online or via the app RaiseRight by ShopwithScrip; for online orders please send an email to to set up an online account.
Congratulations to Deacon David Roth (and Karen!) on your ordination into the permanent diaconate!

May your ministry here at Holy Spirit Parish be blessed!
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A Note from Patrick, Director of Worship
Dear All,
I hope this email or letter finds you and your family in good health! What a blessing to be able to come together to celebrate Mass for the continuation of Ordinary Time! 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! Thank you all for your continued service!
This Sunday we continue Ordinary Time, 16th Week in Ordinary Time. For Lectors and ministers who like to follow along here is the link for the readings: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB
**August 1st Weekend**
Church opens fully the weekend of July 31-August 1st!! Please see the parish website, blasts, and Facebook for more information. I will reach out to individual ministries for more
specifics. Please see the above notes for more information! Thank you.  
**Growing our Liturgical Ministries**
As we look forward to the end of our pandemic restrictions and re-summing our ministries, beginning the weekend of August 1st, we are excited to announce that we are opening the church to full seating and the return of full ministries. We are in need of more volunteers for the following ministries: sacristans, servers, along with ongoing ministries. Please take some time to pray about whether or not volunteering your time for any ministry would be of interest to you or a way for you to share your gifts of time and talent.
If interested, need more information, or if you have any questions, please contact our Director of Worship, Patrick Jekanowski, (563), 583-1709, ext.313. 
Copies of the schedule may be found in the church sacristies and the parish website under the Ministry-MSP-Schedules. To those without access to the internet I will be mailing out hard copies; everyone please let me know if you ever want a hard copy and I will send them to you.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Please let me know if you still need to be recommissioned by Father Steve. This may be done before or after Mass on the weekend, or during the week. After this blessing, we will get you the official certificate. Thank you! 
Many prayers and blessings to you and yours,
Patrick J.

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner

Reflection | Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

”His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.”

In our Gospel this weekend, Jesus felt pity….and so he taught--out of love and concern. Jesus did not teach in order to control, manipulate, brainwash, or coerce his followers or us. He did not teach in order to show his wisdom or prove his superiority. Jesus gave us his teachings as a way of guiding us, protecting us, and walking alongside us—like a good shepherd.

Therefore, it is important for us to welcome the teachings of Christ--and that of his body, the Church. Too often people misconstrue church teachings as something restrictive or controlling instead of understanding that Jesus handed down these teachings to us through his Church (in order that we might find happiness and fulfillment). When we live according to church teaching, we are doing more than just being “good.” We are also staying close to the shepherd of whom this weekend’s psalm speaks: “In verdant pastures, he gives me repose; beside restful waters, he leads me; he refreshes my soul.” These benefits are ours when we follow the voice of the One who loves us.

Sometimes we may not like what the voice is saying. Sometimes we may be drawn towards a different path—or think the grass is greener elsewhere. But by humbly acknowledging that Jesus, the Great Shepherd, and his Church (which he instituted) have great wisdom and a unique perspective to share, we will be always led in the right direction. Though it may feel like a sacrifice at first, ultimately this loyalty to the Lord’s flock will enable us to enjoy the contentment of those who declare, “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”

I wish you a blessed week!

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Prayer for the week

Let us pray with intention this week to St. Joseph. Recite this Litany to St. Joseph on the 19th of each month during 2021.

Litany to St. Joseph

Lord, have mercy.St. Joseph Prayers & Litany - Shrine of St. Joseph - Santa Cruz, CA
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

God our Father in heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us.
Noble son of the House of David, pray for us.
Light of the Patriarchs, pray for us.
Husband of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Faithful guardian of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph, chaste and just, pray for us.
Joseph, prudent and brave, pray for us.
Joseph, obedient and loyal, pray for us.
Pattern of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of workers, pray for us.
Example to parents, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of family life, pray for us.
Comfort of the troubled, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of evil spirits, pray for us.
Protector of the Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

God made him master of his household, and put him in charge of all that he owned.

Let us pray. O God, who in your inexpressible providence were pleased to choose Saint Joseph as spouse of the most holy Mother of your Son, grant, we pray, that we, who revere him as our protector on earth, may be worthy of his heavenly intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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