November 29, 2020



The Lay Ministry schedule for the months of December and January is available in the Gathering Area.  It is also on our Web site.  The schedule  includes the Holy Day Mass, Christmas Masses, and New Year’s Mass. The name of assigned Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, & Ushers are on the schedule. 


The first Sunday of Advent (today) begins a new liturgical year in the Church.  Readings will be from Cycle B.  All Readers (Lectors) may pick up a new pronunciation and Mass Readings book for Cycle B from Dennis Sass.



Donating a poinsettia for the church is a beautiful way to remember your deceased loved ones at Christmas.  Cost is $13.  Order forms and payment must be submitted by 9:15 am on Sunday, December 13 (2 weeks).  Please return your marked envelope in the Offertory basket.  This list of donors will be in the Dec. 20 bulletin.  Order forms are inserted in today’s bulletin.



Tuesday, December 8.  It is a Holy Day for all Catholics.  Our Mass will be on December 8 at 5 pm.  This Feast celebrates the Church’s teaching that Mary herself, because she is the Mother of God, was immaculately conceived. 


Nov. 29 – First Sunday of Advent, Mass at 8:30 am.

Dec. 6  -  Second Sunday of Advent, Mass at 8:30 am.  (No Cookie Walk this year)

Dec. 8 -   (Tuesday) Feast of the Immaculate Conception Holy Day, Mass on Tuesday at 5:00 pm.

Dec. 13 – Third Sunday of Advent, Mass at 8:30 am.

Dec. 20 – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Mass at 8:30 am.

                 Decorate Church for Christmas after Mass & put out poinsettias

Dec. 24(Thursday)  Christmas Eve

                 3:30 pm Mass in Church (over flow in Parish Hall) for last names A-K

                 5:15 pm Mass in Church (over flow in Parish Hall) for last names L-Z

Dec. 25(Friday)  Christmas Day – no Mass

Dec. 27 – Sunday after Christmas, Mass at 8:30 am  (Feast of the Holy Family)

Dec. 31(Thursday)  New Year’s Eve Holy Day Vigil Mass at 4:30 pm.

Jan. 1(Friday)  New Year’s Day – no Mass

Jan. 3 – Sunday after New Year’s, Mass at 8:30 am  (Feast of the Epiphany)

Jan. 10 – Sunday Mass at 8:30 am.  (Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord)

                Take down all Christmas decorations.  End of Christmas liturgical season.


A camera is being installed in the Church to visually and audibly broadcast the Mass on a 55 inch screen in the Parish Hall.  Chairs will be set up following all social distancing requirements.  Those in the Parish Hall will walk into the Church and down the main aisle to receive Holy Communion and then return to the Parish Hall.  For this year only, the Bishop has granted permission saying that Christmas Eve Masses can begin at 3 pm if necessary.  Face masks must be worn.



Cash donations are due in the collection box on the card table in the back of Church by the end of Mass next Sunday, December 6.  If necessary, you can mail your check to St. Mary’s, 701 E. Third Street, Wilton, Iowa 52778.  If you have any questions, contact Cindy Gavin. 


Will be available for parishioners to pick up on Sunday, December 13.


Kathy Keese has agreed to become a representative on our Parish Council.  Kathy replaces Steve Voss whose term recently ended.  Kathy and her husband, Phil, have been members of St. Mary’s for twenty years.  They are the parents of three adult sons. Kathy is Deputy Clerk for the City of Durant.  Welcome, Kathy. We are glad to have you as a member on the Parish Council.



            Today – Thanksgiving weekend.  No online classes & 2nd grade & Confirmation do not meet.

            Dec. 6 -  Kindergarten does Lesson 21 & Grades 1,3,4,5,6,7 are to complete Chapter 9.

                           Grades 2 & Confirmation – meet in classrooms. 

            Dec. 13 – Kindergarten does Lesson 22 & Grades 1,3,4,5,6,7 are to complete Chapter 10.

                             Grades 2 & Confirmation – meet in classrooms.



Do you use it to view the current bulletin if you are unable to attend Mass?  Do you use it for the Lay Ministry Schedule?   Our website address is always on the front cover of the bulletin.  It is    


The Wilton-Durant Ministerial Association  sponsors Advent Prayer Services which start at 12:10 pm each Tuesday.  This year, the Prayer Services will be broadcast online and all ministers in Durant and Wilton will participate.  Each Service will be held online through the following Zoom meeting link.  The Zoom meeting link is for all four Advent Prayer Services.  It is:

            December 1 – Mother Alice Haugen, preaching

            December 8 – Pastor Steve Braudt, preaching

            December 15 – Pastor Patrick Slessor, preaching

            December 22 – Pastor Jennifer Jennings


St. Mary’s Cemetery, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Retirement Fund for Religious, Church Building Fund and Christmas.  Please be generous to these important collections.




Collection                    November 22, 2020    

Offertory                  $            40.00

Envelopes                          9090.00

Hum Devel                             10.00

      Total                     $       9140.00                                                                                      

Building Fund           $        2200.00                                                                                           






Lay Ministers              November 29, 2020

Comm                             Jean Semsch

RDR1                               Jean Semsch

RDR2                               Jean Semsch

Euch Min                        Steve Grotzky

                                        Mary Grotzky

Ushers                            J. Kaufman

                                        B. Belitz

Servers                           NOT NEEDED

Gift Bearers                   NOT NEEDED

Greeters                         NOT NEEDED









Mass Intentions

December 6, Sunday - Margaret Gough


701 E. Third St.

Wilton, IA  52778


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; or PO Box 232, Bettendorf, IA  52722