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Greetings Holy Spirit Parish!

Welcome to the Seventh Week of Easter and
the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord!

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

In recognition of how the spiritual and emotional needs of the Catholic faithful are met in great part by the parish community gathering for Sunday Mass in church…

And in view of the ever-increasing number of parishioners who are vaccinated, and who have a holy desire to worship at Sunday Mass with others in church… But aware that social distancing in church greatly reduces the number of parishioners that can be accommodated…

Therefore, starting on 5-6 June 2021, the proverbial buck will stop with the Pastor/PLC about which COVID safety measures to practice, in consultation with staff and pastoral council, and in keeping with local ordinances.

The pandemic isn’t over. 
The Pastor/PLC should proceed cautiously when relaxing the recommendations of the CDC and local public health officials, who still advise…

Social distancing, wearing a mask (especially if distancing is difficult), avoiding crowds and the hand-to-hand contact of sharing or passing things, like hymnals and the Cup.

The Pastor/PLC should publish which safety measures will be practiced after the June date, so that parishioners can make their decision about whether or not to attend.

Also on 5-6 June 2021, the dispensation will expire that excused Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dubuque from participating at Sunday Mass in church.

As the pandemic isn’t over, even without a dispensation, Catholics can still legitimately excuse themselves from Sunday Mass if they’re afraid of getting COVID, or if…

They’re frail from age or illness, or caring for someone sick, homebound, or an infant, or weather makes driving hazardous, or work and Mass schedules conflict.

In short, there is no sin in missing the Sunday obligation if you would go if you could go, but you can’t for reasons outside your control. A lot of people use the term Sunday obligation to refer to going to Mass and avoiding work, but maybe it’d be better to call it the Sunday opportunity to…

Gather together, hear the word proclaimed and explained, receive the Bread of Life, re-create ourselves by relaxing, and grow in holiness by helping the poor.

Michael O. Jackels Archbishop of Dubuque
Stay tuned for details on how Holy Spirit Parish will proceed with updated
restrictions in light of the Archbishop's message!
Pope Francis is encouraging all Catholics to pray in a special way during the month of May for an end to the pandemic. Vatican News will be livestreaming the Rosary throughout the month at 6pm Rome time, which is Noon EST.

The full list of shrines that will be included and the prayer guide are available here:
Use the button below to access your nomination form or pick one up this weekend in the back of any of our churches. Please submit your form online or return your printed form to the parish office by Monday, May 17th. 

THANK YOU to all who have submitted your updates and changes! If you've not yet done so, please click the link below to send us your information!

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


If you have moved and changed your HOME address, please let us know!

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

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Religious Education & Sacramental Prep Updates

Religious Education Summer Program

The Summer Religious Education program, Encountering Christ Through the Corporal Works of Mercy, is being offered for grades 1 - 8 June 14-25 at the Cathedral. It is scheduled M-F from 9am-noon.

Participating in the summer program and a monthly meeting Sept through May will meet your child's requirements for Religious Education next year. Traditional Wednesday night class at Holy Ghost will also be offered.

Summer registration should be completed using the Holy Spirit Faith Formation Registration Website:

Scholarships will be available based on need.

For more information, please contact Jan Thyne at or by phone at the Cathedral of Saint Raphael: 563.582.7646 or Holy Spirit: 563.583.1709

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! This coming weekend, May 15-16th, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord!  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!
It is that time again to start thinking of the Summer schedule, June-August 29th 2021 (In the request email I believe I made a mistake in asking for through August 22 and/or 29th; I am confirming through the 29th, end of August). Please send me your updates to availability via this email, the parish phone, (563) 583-1709 ext.313, or my Arch-gmail, 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.  Thank you to all who have already started sending me your schedule updates.
Musicians, thank you all who participated in the music in service meeting this past week!
Lectors (*and all), we will use the readings for Ascension, see link here: 2nd reading, we will do option 1, Eph: 1:17-23. Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord | USCCB
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. 

Peace in Christ, 

Patrick J. 

Sunday Reflection from Father Steve Garner

Reflection | Seventh Sunday of Easter | May 16, 2021

In our Gospel this weekend we hear of the ascension of the Lord, “So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up to heaven…But they went forth and preached everywhere.”

What a roller coaster of emotions the disciples must have experienced. First, they had come to know Jesus and had changed their lives to follow Him. Then they had watched Him die a tragic death on the cross. Following that, they were astonished to experience the glory of His resurrection, and then they enjoyed His company for a while longer. But now, they had to bid farewell again and watch as Jesus ascended into heaven: leaving them with the instruction to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

It is inspiring to see how the disciples handled all that took place during this event. Even though they must have been struggling with a kind of sadness or disappointment when Jesus left them, they did not dwell on His departure. Instead, they went out and did what they had been called to do. They “preached everyone” and shared with others the good news. Focusing on the joy they had come to know through their relationship with Jesus, they were able to share that joy with the people around them.

Like the first disciples, we are also called to share the Gospel with others. Certainly through our lived example we should reveal to others the joy that Jesus brings. Even though He is not physically walking around amongst us as He did with the apostles, the lives of Christian believers reveal an ongoing relationship with Him. There may be times and situations however that requires more of us than just being witnesses. Sometimes God calls us to share more directly and more courageously the message of faith. May we follow the example of the disciples who really embraced this call.

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. 


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

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

Archdiocese Live Broadcasts

Prayer and Intention for the week

Let us pray with intention this week for ALL Mothers!

Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers! May God bless you abundantly!

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment

to her children,
so you watch over your Church.
Bless our mother.
Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, her family,
may honor her always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

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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