27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 2nd, 2022


Today’s Readings -

Often, we feel that our faith is weak, unable to overcome all our doubts or give us the confidence to face our trials.  Jesus’ closest friends, his apostles, may have felt the same way, as today we hear them ask him to increase their faith.  Jesus responds by issuing them a challenge, telling them that even a small amount of faith has the power to do great things.  Let us accept that challenge today, recognizing that our faith, however uncertain, has brought us here in the first place to worship the Lord and celebrate the Eucharist.  Question of the Week - What injustice, conflict, or problem does faith give me the power to address?  How can I put my faith into action?


Annual Diocesan Appeal – The ADA envelopes and pencils are in the pews.  Our kickoff will be October 9th   Our 2022-23 goal is $18,796.  The Annual Diocesan Appeal is the major source of funding for all the diocesan ministries and offices explained below.  It is only with the support given to the ADA that these ministries are able to exist and flourish.  It is important that everyone give at least something to our ADA fund so you can feel solidarity with other parishioners and those in our diocese.  Even $10 is not too little to help.  Please carefully reflect on the amount you can pledge and give.  Thank you for always being so generous!  Envelopes will be in the pews next Sunday.


Mass offered at St. Mary on Wednesday, Oct. 12th at 5:30pm.  Father Vrba will preside.  I hope that many of you can come.  Our Liturgy Committee would like to hold a Mass during the week at least once a month.  We’ll try out early evening to encourage those who work and our youth.

Youth Coordinator wanted!  We are looking for someone to help organize upcoming high school youth activities such as the WOW youth conference this November and NYCY (National Catholic Youth Conference next November.  We don’t expect you to do it all but just help coordinate.  This is a paid position that might take up to 10 hours per month.  Our high school youth need us, and we need them.  Please give Deacon Dan a call if you are interested or you know of someone who is.


Religious Ed. News from Deb Ortiz.  563-607-0276 or wiltonstmarydre@diodav.org.

We have 80 students in our Religious Education Program – great news!!

  • Sun. Oct 2                          RE Classes & Confirmation Class

  • Sun. Oct 9                          RE Classes & Confirmation Class

  • Sun. Oct 16                        RE Classes & Confirmation Class

  • Sun. Oct 23                        RE Classes & Confirmation Class

  • Sun. Oct 30                        NO RE Classes & Confirmation Class


Coffee & Donuts are here!!!  Along with the beginning of our Religious Education program also comes our coffee and donuts after Mass.  There is a sign-up board in the gathering area for preparation and cleanup.  Please sign up early and often.


Anointing the Sick - Anyone having surgery or experiencing illness may ask for the Rite of Anointing of the Sick.  Please contact Father Bud or Deacon Dan prior to the Mass.


WOW - Walking on Water.  November 12th & 13th, 2022 at Crooked Creek Christian Camp in Washington, Iowa. This is an in-person retreat for high school youth, youth ministers, clergy, religious, parents and chaperones hosted by the Iowa City Deanery.  Cost is $135 per person, parish assistance will be available.  Registration deadline is October 7. See flyer in Gathering Area for details. Contact Deacon Dan if interested in attending.


Parish & Finance Councils meet next Sunday, October 9th.

Faith Formation Committee will meet in the Parish Hall next Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 5:00 pm.


Blessings & Prayers Offered.  Please complete a form in the Gathering Area and give it to the Ushers or sent it to me and we will get it scheduled.


Father Bud will be available until 9:40 am after Mass each Sunday for Confession or for Questions.



Prayer Books – the new Living Faith prayer books have arrived and on the table in the Gathering Area.  Please feel free to take one home.  They are excellent personal devotionals.


Grow in your Faith!!!


Catholic Apps for our Faith on our Phone!

  • iBreviary - free for Apple & Android.  Contains; Liturgy of the Hours, the Order of the Mass, Daily Readings, Catholic Prayers, and a quick guide for the Rosary.

  • Catholic Mass Times – free - find Mass times and locations any where in the world.


Family Prayer for Vocations.  Lord, help us to know more clearly the work you have called us to do in life.  And grant us the graces we need to fulfill this call with courage, love, and a genuine dedication to your will.  If it is your will to choose someone from our family to be a priest, sister, or brother, we thank you and we rejoice.  Finally, we ask you to help us be a living example of your unselfish love.  Amen.


RCIA – (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Becoming Catholic/Joining the Catholic Church.  Now is the time to ask those who regularly visit us, or anyone interested in learning more about our faith, to join our RCIA process starting this fall.  Please contact Deacon Dan for more information.


Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is located south of Wheatland, Iowa, at 2664 145th Ave.

  • Wednesday, October 5, Fr. Rudy Juarez will be coming to Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat to celebrate Mass at 10:00 am.  Experience the autumn beauty of these sacred grounds.


Mass Intentions for Sunday, October 9, 2022 – Bob & Jim Heirigs


Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, October 9, 2022

Announcer & 1st Reading          Joe Kaufman                            2nd Reading – Ahren Gross

EOMHC           Amanda Rockow & Henry Bentley                    Ushers             Dennis Sass & Cindy Pedersen

Servers             Kaci Owens, Gabriel Costello, & Lucy Costello            

Gift Bearers – Don & Linda Kraklio


Protecting God’s Children - To report child abuse contact the Iowa Dept. of Human Services Child Abuse hotline:  800-362-2178 and if it involves clergy or church personnel also notify Alicia Owens, Victim Assistance Coordinator, 563-349-5002; vac@diodav.org or PO Box 232, Bettendorf, IA.


Parish Contacts:

Trustees:                                              Denise Timmerman      563-349-3880               denisetimmerman13@gmail.com

                                                                        Henry Bentley              563-340-3111               henrybentley1961@outlook.com

Parish Council:                         Ross DeLong               563-340-3991               rdelong76@icloud.com

Finance Council:                      Joe Kaufman                563-320-6436               kaufjmm@iowatelecom.net

Faith Formations:                            Jeremiah Costello         563-370-2065               Jeremiahecostello@gmail.com

Director, Rel. Ed.:                    Debbie Ortiz                563-607-0276               wiltonstmarydre@diodav.org

Liturgy Committee:                  Dennis Sass                              319-430-2063               dwsass51@gmail.com

Music Coordinator:                   Bev Reuter                               319-321-8524               bsreuter@netwtc.net

Funeral Dinner Coord:  Jean Semsch                 563-340-3327               fourjsem@netins.net

Ladies of St. Mary:                   Amada Rockow            563-349-0525               Amadarockow@gmail.com

Face Book Page:                       Kathy Williams            563-940-2844               williams2295@gmail.com

Prayer Chain:                           Colleen Nichols            563-260-2212               collienichols@yahoo.com

St. Mary Cemetery                   Scott Wolf                                563-370-3734               srwolf64@gmail.com


Sacraments - to schedule participation in any of these please contact Deacon Dan:

  • Confession - please email Father Bud to make an appointment before or after Mass.

  • Baptism – A preparation class is required for your first child.  Contact Deacon Dan.

  • Marriage – contact Deacon Dan a minimum of 12 months prior to the proposed event.

  • Anointing – Anyone having surgery or experiencing illness may ask for the Rite of Anointing of the Sick.  Father Bud will anoint immediately after Mass.  Contact Deacon Dan at least the day before Mass if possible.

  • Funeral Preparation for you or a loved one, please contact Deacon Dan.


St. Mary Cemetery has plots for sale.  Contact Scott Wolf for information at 563-370-3734.