7th Sunday of Easter
May 29, 2022
Today’s Readings -
Today we celebrate that day when Jesus Christ, having risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples with his gift of peace and his command to preach to all the nations, ascended to heaven to be with the Father forever. The portion of his mission which necessitated his physical presence here on earth had ended, but the mission was far from over. It was entrusted first to his disciples, then in turn to every baptized Christian. Let us pray today for the courage and wisdom to carry on Christ’s mission in our world today. Question of the Day - How do I sense the presence and the effects of the Holy Spirit on my life?
Tractorcade at St. Mary June 14th.
Co-Chairpersons are Colleen Nichols and Jean Semsch. Tractorcade Committee will meet this Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm in the Chapel to discuss plans. Signup Forms for Volunteers and Food Items are in the Gathering Area. We will need a lot of handheld breakfast food items for this many people, so everyone please sign up and bake your best! We expect 400 to 600 tractors and drivers to visit us in 6 different waves during the morning hours. Expectations of visitors may be 1000+ people. We will want to provide a variety of baked goods, breakfast bars, scones, muffins, etc. with drinks to the drivers and guests. We will also need many people to welcome and serve them that morning. We will ask them for a Freewill offering. We will also offer a blessing to all persons and their tractors. Please contact Deacon Dan with questions.
Thank you for your ‘Upon This Rock’ pledges!
Thank you to all those of you who have made a gift to the Upon This Rock Campaign! If you haven’t, please consider doing so – our success will be assured if every family makes whatever sacrificial gift it can. Keep in mind that your pledge can be extended over the next three years. Please continue to learn about the campaign and pray about your participation. As the bishop has said, this is our chance to do something that is positive, lasting and important. To find out more, go to davenportdiocese.org/campaign to view the campaign video, explore the Frequently Asked Questions and learn much more. You also can contact Deacon Dan for more information. Our latest tally: As of May 18th, we have gifts and pledges totaling $33,700 (18%) toward our goal of $185,919.
On June 19, the Solemnity the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ,
Catholic Church in the US will begin a multi-year Eucharistic Revival (https://www.davenportdiocese.org/liturgy/eucharistic-revival), hoping to “renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.” Our diocese will open this first year of the Revival with Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral followed by a Eucharist Procession to St. Anthony’s Church (0.8 mi). Mass will begin at 3pm. If you are interested in taking part please let the parish office know before June 1, since seating is limited. Also please know:
• We are asking that each individual or household bring a loaf of sliced sandwich bread (wheat or white) to donate to hunger ministries in the neighborhood. As the Catechism reminds us, “The Eucharist commits us to the poor” (#1397).
• Bring walking shoes and a water bottle. The sidewalks may be uneven, so please take extra care – especially if you have gait or balance issues. There will be rides back to the Cathedral.
Come join our Liturgy Committee!
We will be meeting quarterly starting Wednesday, June 15th at 6pm. There is a signup sheet in the Gathering Area.
New Lay Ministry Schedule for June & July
Is now available in the Gathering Area. If you can NOT serve on your scheduled date, please find a replacement.
ADA Payments –
Thank you to those who continue to honor their Annual Diocesan Appeal pledge. Our parishioners do very well with making their ADA payments
Memorial Day -
Is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honoring women & men who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War. After WWI it was expanded to honor all those who have died in American wars. By an act of Congress in 1971, the day became an official federal holiday. Let us remember in our prayers all the women & men who have died while serving in our country’s military.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Is a catholic faith-based marriage enrichment program for couples who want to keep their marriage vibrant and alive. Find out how by attending one of these upcoming experiences Sept 9-11th Dubuque; Nov 18-20th Holstein. For more information or to register go to iowa-wwme.org or call 563-608-3305.
Invitation from Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat -
On Wednesday, June 1st, Fr. Jim Vrba will be coming to Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat to celebrate Mass at 10:00 am. Come join us for Mass and enjoy the beauty of the Prairie! Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is located south of Wheatland, Iowa, at 2664 145th Ave. For details and to register go to the full calendar at www.theprairieretreat.org. Also register via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-374-1092.
Project Rachel -
Is a confidential, post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church offering hope and healing to women and men hurting from past abortions. Project Rachel staff understand the emotional pain that follows an abortion. Calls answered personally Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00am to3:00 pm. Voice messaging available all other times. All calls returned promptly and discreetly. Local Helpline: 563-333-4107, National Helpline: 1-888-456-HOPE. The email address is email@example.com
Funeral Luncheons -
Just a reminder when a funeral occurs and a luncheon is requested by the family, the funeral director will call Jean Semsch at 563-340-3327 and Jean will begin contacting people to help with the luncheon. We are so grateful that Jean is willing to do this for St. Mary’s
St. Mary has a Facebook Page! -
Please let Kathy and Deacon Dan know if you would like to promote St. Mary, our faith, or relevant activities.
Mass Intentions for Sunday, June 5, 2022 –
Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, June 5, 2022
Announcer & 1st Reading Nolan Williams 2nd Reading Stan Reuter
EOMHC Rick Janney & Mary Grotzky Ushers Dennis Sass & Joe Kaufman
Servers Hailey Lies, Gabriel & Lucy Costello Gift Bearers Colleen Nichols & Terry Martz
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; firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 232, Bettendorf, IA.
Gifting to St. Mary -
Impact the Church of tomorrow - naming St. Mary as a beneficiary of your retirement plan is an easy way to make a gift that costs you nothing now.
To schedule participation in any of these please contact Deacon Dan:
Confession - If you are in need of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please send an email to Father Bud. He can make time for appointments either prior to Mass or just afterwards.
Baptism – A preparation class is required for a family’s first child. Please contact Deacon Dan at least 1 month prior to the proposed event.
Marriage – contact Deacon Dan a minimum of 7 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.
Blessings offered –
Newly engagements couples, pregnancies, homes, farms, livestock, crops, and other creations of God. Contact Deacon Dan to schedule a blessing at your home.
Funeral Preparation –
If you would like help in preparing the Mass and Worship service for you or a loved one’s funeral, please contact Deacon Dan. There is a great booklet available to help also.
Prayer Chain Request -
Please contact Colleen at 563-260-2212 or email@example.com