August 1, 2021


Graduates Blessing offered

All High School Graduates that are attending college or trade school this fall; and those joining the work force please join us Sunday, August 15th for a special blessing as you each start a new phase in your life.  Please note that your parish family is praying for your success in faith and life!

Otto's 90th Birthday Party

An open house be held to celebrate Otto Geering’s 90th birthday on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Wilton Community Center.  Come and enjoy!  No gifts please.

St. Serra Club Invitation to meet our Seminarians

All are invited to a Summer Picnic to meet our seminarians and visit with our priests, deacons & religious.  Please join us on August 8th, 4:00-6:00pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Grand Hall.  All clergy & religious gratis. $15 donation per person. Come meet, greet and support our dedicated leaders of the Catholic Faith.  Please RSVP by July 30th to Deb McAfoos, deborah.l.mcafoos@gmail.com or to Colleen Darland, 563-888-4378.

Installation of Parish Life Coordinator

Bishop Zinkula will be here for Mass on Sunday, August 8 to install Deacon Dan as Parish Life Coordinator.  All Parish and Finance Council members, Lay Directors, and Parish Staff should be in attendance at the August 8th Mass to be introduced.  There will be coffee and donuts served in the Parish Hall afterwards to meet with Bishop Zinkula.  The Parish and Finance Councils meet after Mass on August 1st instead of August 8th to accommodate The Bishop.

Regina School of Iowa City - Fun Fest

Join the 41st annual Iowa City Family Fun Festival on August 20th and 21st. Open to the public, live bands, games, petting zoo, food and beverage tent, bingo, carnival and so much more! All proceeds benefit Regina Catholic Education Center. Visit: regina.org/familyfunfest.

Deacon Formation Inquiry

A new Diaconate Formation Class will start August of 2022.  Inquiry sessions will be held this fall through out the diocese.  Anyone considering the Diaconate, or if you know of someone who would make a good Deacon, please contact Deacon Dan.

Fall Dinner

I have already received a couple of calls wondering if we are going to have the traditional Fall Dinner fund raiser.  The Parish Council will be discussing this important topic in August.  Please let your representatives know how you feel about this activity and if any of you will volunteer to help coordinate it.

Lay Mass Ministers August-Sept Schedule & Sign up for future scheduling

The August-September Lay Ministry Schedule copies are located on the table with the bulletins and in the rack as normal.  We will be having Lay Mass Ministry Sign up starting next weekend.  Please contact me if you would like to be considered for future Mass Ministries.


The Newman Catholic Student Center at The University of Iowa is sponsoring a 10-day tour of the Holy Land March 10-19, 2022.  Tour hosts will be Fr. Jeff Belger and Newman Center rep, April Rouner. The full tour itinerary can be viewed at www.iowacatholic.org.  Cost is $4059 per person from Chicago.  A charter bus will take travelers to/from O’Hare from Iowa City.   Price includes RT air, first class accommodations, most meals, professional tour director, sightseeing entrance fees, optional daily Mass and more.   Contact April Rouner at april@newman-ic.org or 319-337-3106 Ext. 119 for more information/registration brochure.

Planning study testing support for diocesan needs

                You may be aware that we are conducting a comprehensive survey of the entire diocese as part of a planning study. (This is separate from the “Rediscovering Sunday” survey that is being conducted through July 31.) The purpose of the planning study survey is to help gauge support for the following projects and priorities:

  • Funding for priests’ medical and retirement costs

  • Funding for seminarian formation and vocations awareness

  • Individual parish needs

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the early weeks of the study. Others will be receiving surveys in the mail, and all who do so are encouraged to complete the survey and return it. Your thoughts are extremely valuable during this planning process. 

                We hope to have all surveys completed by Sept. 3. You may return your survey to the office or place it in the offertory basket at any of the Masses. Also, the diocese will hold a number of listening sessions at parishes across the diocese to gather feedback. The first of those sessions is Monday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish in Ottumwa.

Diocesan study includes listening sessions, online survey

                Bishop Thomas Zinkula is working to address challenges facing our diocese, and he is asking every parishioner to complete a planning study survey to gather feedback on proposed diocesan goals. (This is separate from the “Rediscovering Sunday” survey that you may have recently completed.) You are invited to visit davenportdiocese.org to learn more about the proposed diocesan goals. You may also complete the survey online at that website: Go to “Diocese of Davenport Fundraising Feasibility Study” on the home page, click on “Take the survey” and enter the password: DAVDIOCESE. 

               You’re also invited to learn more by attending one of these listening sessions and then providing your feedback:

  • Tue., Aug. 17, 7 p.m.: St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 916 E. Rusholme St., Davenport

  • Wed., Aug. 18, 7 p.m.: St. Patrick Parish, 4330 St. Patrick Dr., Iowa City


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.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a place to ask questions and seek understanding.  Weekly “no obligation” inquiry sessions will be starting this fall!  Please contact Deacon Dan if you would like to attend or if you know of someone that should be asked.

Update on Paving our Church Parking Lot - North & West sides

 We still need $4,077 to reach goal of $126,000.

Collection                         July 25                      


Offertory                  $           105.00           

Envelopes                           1435.00

Cemetery                                70.00

       Total                   $       1610.00                                                                                  


Building Fund           $                 ---              




Lay Mass Ministers                August 8 


Commentator                            Brenda Werner                                            

1st Reading                                Brenda Werner                                  

2nd Reading                              Brenda Werner                     

Eucharistic Mininisters            Fr. Bud & Deacon Dan                

Ushers                                        Joe Kaufman, Nathan Werner        

Servers                                       Not needed yet, but soon                                     

Gift Bearers                               Jamie Hull Family                                     

Greeters                                     Not needed yet, but soon

Mass Intentions

August 8, Sunday - Sue Quinn

Durant-Wilton Clothes Closet and Food Pantry:

            Clothes Closet:  St. Mary Catholic Church is scheduled to provide 2+ volunteers in August on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday 9:00-12:00 pm.

            Food Pantry:  Our food pantry is now open for our clients to come inside to shop.  Due to the size of our building, we are allowing 2 clients         inside at a time and require they wear masks.  For now, we are not asking for volunteers from our churches to help at the Food Pantry.

            Thank you to our July volunteers:  Food Pantry - Ken, Cookie, Judy, Jon, Irene, Becky, Shannon, Julie.  Clothes Closet - St. David’s Anglican Church


Durant-Wilton Food Pantry Statistics Report

Month                                                 Households Served            Individuals Served                             New

July 2020                                                              96                                            218                                              2

August 2020                                                      101                                            246                                             2

September 2020                                               103                                            262                                             3

October 2020                                                      91                                            231                                             3

November 2020                                                  94                                            227                                             2

December 2020                                                100                                            254                                             4

January 2021                                                       87                                            220                                             1

February 2021                                                    60                                            150                                             0

March 2021                                                         67                                            151                                             0

April 2021                                                            44                                              90                                             0

May 2021                                                             62                                            127                                             0

June 2021                                                             65                                           137                                             2

St. Mary’s Pastoral Leadership

Parish Life Coordinator                                   Office Manager                                      Rel. Ed. Director

Deacon Dan Freeman                                         Wanda Einfeldt                                        Sister Cheryl Demmer

563-320-2462                                                        wiltonstmary@gmail.com                     563-299-6983

Sacramental Priest                                           Rel. Ed. Coordinator                

Rev. Robert "Bud" Grant                                     Lynette Fagner

grantrobert@sau.edu                                          641-715-4004

Finance Council                                                 Directors/Trustees                                Liturgy Committee

Joe Kaufman, 563-785-6545                               Jim Gavin, 563-506-5112                        Jill Brooks

Phil Keese, 563-785-4448                                   Dennis Sass, 563-732-3737                    563-260-5770   

Doug Wilson, 563-785-6388

Parish Council                                                    Ladies of St. Mary’s                               Cemetery

Jeremiah Costello                                                Mary Iossi, President                               Scott Wolf

563-370-2065                                                       563-349-0537                                           563-370-3734

Denise Timmerman, Secretary                         Denise Timmerman, Treasurer         

563-349-3880                                                       563-349-3880                                           Music Coordinator

Ross DeLong, Vice President                             Amanda Rockow, Secretary                   Bev Reuter        

563-340-3991                                                       563-349-0525                                           319-321-8524

Chad Rockow                                                       

515-290-9251                                                       Funeral Dinner Coordinator               Prayer Chain

Kathy Keese                                                          Jean Semsch                                             Colleen Nichols

563-260-4904                                                       563-340-3327                                           563-260-2212

Scott Wolf, President                                                                                                              collienichols@yahoo.com