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April 22, 2022
 
Please refer to the parish bulletin for more parish and community news and information.
You can find printed bulletins at each church site; electronically by clicking the button below; or by calling the parish office at 563.583.1709.
PARISH BULLETIN
Second Sunday of Easter - Sunday of Divine Mercy

This week at Holy Spirit Parish, we continue to live in the Easter joy of Our Lord's resurrection.

After the collective sigh of relief that follows the ceremonies of Holy Week, Triduum, and Easter, we can take a moment to reflect upon the fullness of the Paschal Mystery that has been made present to us in these privileged days. The Church, in Her wisdom, gives us an "Octave," that is, eight-days of continual celebration, to observe this great Easter feast. This Sunday is the Octave Day, or conclusion, of our eight day celebration of Easter - and has been called the Sunday of Divine Mercy by St. Pope John Paul II.

Having heard last week of the blood and water which poured forth from the side of the Merciful Savior, this week we are reminded that he remains with us, treating us with tenderness and patience, even permitting Thomas to place his hand in that same open side. May we, who have not seen but have believed, be truly blessed!
 
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Every family needs the support of ALL its members to thrive - and our parish family is no different. To thrive as a parish family, we have many needs that must be fulfilled. It takes the dedication of the whole family working together to fill all of the needs of the parish. Check out the video on IGNITE, a program to support parish vitality by bringing awareness to these unmet needs. Then, take a minute after Mass to view the IGNITE boards at each church. Discern what needs of the parish you are able to help fulfill! If you take a flame, please expect follow-up calls from the parish office beginning in May!

Councils and Committees
Regular meetings will now resume. Please check your calendars and watch for e-mail reminders and additional information. Thank you for your service to our parish!

Mother's Day Roses
Our parish will be offering roses on Mother's Day weekend (May 7-8) for a free-will offering of $2 to benefit Dubuque County Right to Life. Please contact the parish office if you would like to volunteer to help distribute roses and collect donations after Mass.

Parish YouTube Channel
Please remember that if you are staying home from Mass due to illness or are otherwise looking to enrich your prayer life, make sure to check out our parish YouTube channel. There you can find live-streamed Masses as well as Morning Prayer, Night Prayer, and Adoration.
PARISH CALENDAR

Women of Worth
Please plan to join us for our 7th session, this Thursday April 28th, 6:30-8pm in Kriebs Hall at Sacred Heart. Our topic this week will be “Your Relationship within Relationships” featuring our very own parishioner Anita Sullivan. We hope to see you there!
PARISH YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation

Religious Education
We will have regular class next Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30pm at Cathedral. Please mark your calendars - since we did have a day that we canceled due to bad weather, April 27th will now be a makeup class. Our final citywide Mass for the year will be on Wednesday, May 4th at St. Joseph the Worker.

First Eucharist
We ask that all parishioners keep those receiving this sacrament in coming days in their prayers!

Confirmation Mass
Please keep our Confirmation candidates in your prayers! All are welcome to come to Confirmation Mass on Thursday, April 28th at 6:30pm at St. Patrick church. Please contact Cassie at dbq059ff@dbqarch.org if you have any questions.

Music & Liturgical Ministry

Happy Easter!
Thank you to all who served and helped make Holy Week and Easter beautiful! God Bless you and your families.

Archdiocesan News and Events
Click the links in each description for more information!

ArchdioceseOne
ArchdioceseOne is a special appeal for sacraficial giving from the Archdiocese to help the poor and to support the mission of the church.

Archdiocesan Synod Survey Update
Nearly 16,000 households participated in the Archdiocesan Synod Survey on parish vitality. This far surpassed our expectations.

Your honest and constructive input will help map the plan as we work to ensure strong parish vitality in the years to come. Thank you to all those who participated.

We are now working to analyze the wealth of information provided by all who participated. A report to the archdiocesan family will be sent to all households later this spring.

Please continue to pray for all involved in this important undertaking that the Holy Spirit will direct their work. 
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 April edition.
Enjoy the May edition of the Family Matters newsletter here!
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