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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!

Welcome to the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time!

Please scroll to the bottom for our updated parish guidelines.
SCRIP orders will be accepted beginning July 12th! Contact the parish office to place an order or go online to 

Senior Cards is RESUMING!
Senior card playing will resume on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 1:00pm in Paraclete Hall at Holy Ghost Church. Contact Steve at 563.580.6130 with questions.

Growing our Pastoral Care Ministry Team!
As we look forward to the end of this pandemic and resuming our ministries we are excited to announce that we are growing our Pastoral Care Ministry Team! Although we do not yet have a date for when we will be functioning fully in this ministry we certainly want to be prepared when the time comes. 

Please consider becoming part of our team! Has God been calling you to step up or step out? Do you have some extra time to give? Have you been longing for fellowship? Are you interested in building new relationships and sharing your faith with others? This ministry is a loving commitment that makes a HUGE difference!

Please take some time to pray about whether or not volunteering your time in this capacity is something you would be interested in, good at, enjoy and/or feel would be a way for you to share your gifts of time and talent. We would love to have you as part of this important ministry team!

Would you like to learn what Pastoral Care means at Holy Spirit Parish? Read more about our Pastoral Care Ministries on our website at  
If you are interested in serving in this ministry, need more information or have any questions, please contact our Pastoral Associate, Raegan Reid at or 563-583-1709.
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A Note from Patrick, Director of Worship
Dear All, 

I hope all you Fathers had a blessed day and weekend. Happy 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! Thank you all for your continued service!
This Sunday we continue Ordinary Time, 13th Week in Ordinary Time. For Lectors and ministers who like to follow along here is the link for the readings: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time | USCCB.
Liturgical Minister Schedules
I have posted the June-August Schedule; 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 lifted the mask mandates for those who are fully vaccinated; please see other parish blasts for more updates on modified guidelines.
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. Please send me your updates to availability via this email, the parish phone, (563) 583-1709, ext.313, or by email at Thank you to all who have already started sending me your schedule updates. 
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Last week I sent you the notes and recording of the meeting this week via pdf and YouTube link. Please let me know if you still need more information.  For those who did not attend the meeting but are still willing to serve, Father Steve still has to give you all the commission blessing in person and have a quick conversation. This may be done before or after Mass on the weekend, or during the week. Please let us know what day/time option works best for you. After this blessing we will get you the official certificate. Thank you! Exciting to see so many ministers re-commissioned! Please contact the office or me if you are not already on the list but are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion on the weekends!
**To clarify a note from the meeting…while we are not fully opening up the ministry we are asking for 1-2 EMs to help the priest distribute; this will include and depend on the deacons schedule and the position or need for musicians to receive as well. Due to all the special circumstances, I thank you for your flexibility and understanding, always best to be prepared!
Last week I began to call people from the past Sacristan list. We are hoping to bring back Sacristans soon but do not have a specific return date. Please let me know if you are willing and able to resume your sacristan duties when the time comes. Thank you.
**A note on the Mass Parts, you may notice that Father Steve and Father Mark will say the Amen at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer; they would still like for us to sing the Great Amen even if they say it.
Please let me know if you ever need copies of music or have questions. 

Many prayers and blessings to you and yours,
Patrick J. 

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner

Reflection | Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time June 27, 2021

As we hear in this weekend’s Gospel concerning Jesus’s healing of Jairus’s daughter, “And they ridiculed Him.”

So what did Jesus do? Did he hang his head in shame and slunk gloomily out the back door? Did He plead and whine and call them all names? No. Instead, Jesus “put them all out” and went about his work, raising Jairus’s daughter from the dead. Jesus wasn’t concerned about what others thought in these circumstances. And lest we imagine that everyone around Him was constantly worshiping Jesus and adoring His divinity, this weekend’s Gospel reminds us that even in the presence of the Lord, skeptics were a dime a dozen. So should we be surprised if we must deal with a bit of ridicule ourselves?

As faithful Christians, we will at times be called to chart a course that doesn’t make sense in the eyes of the world. And yes. Some people will say that we’re crazy. We may be called to take a stand for the unborn or the elderly in a culture that considers life to be expendable. We may be faced with a decision at work that requires us to adhere to an ethical code that our boss or others think is laughable. Perhaps we will have to sacrifice a relationship because of pressures to ignore Christian morality. Or maybe the situation could be as simple as dealing with the smirks that arise when we say a prayer before eating at a restaurant.

Whether we face a snicker or blatant discrimination against our religious freedom, we should not flinch or waver when such opposition comes our way. Jesus faced it and so will we. The question is though, how will we respond?

In our Gospel, Jesus gives us an example of calm confidence as He marches forward with His mission. He knew that He was doing the right thing, and that was enough for Him. It should be enough for us too.
I wish you 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 most recent edition.

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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.

Archdiocese Live Broadcasts

Prayer for the week

Let us pray with intention this week for our religious freedom!

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Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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, 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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