Second Sunday of Advent

December 5, 2021

DRE paid position available for St. Mary Religious Education Program

The Director of Religious Education implements the youth religious educational program in cooperation with, and at the of direction of, the Faith Formation Committee and Pastor/PLC.  These programs contain catechetical, social, liturgical and service components, in accordance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Activities include managing program content, staff, budgeting, and coordination with other parish ministries and activities.  A copy of the job description is available on the web page.  Please contact Deacon Dan if you are interested in the position.

Christmas Cookie Walk/Bake Sale by Ladies of St. Mary is today after Mass, Sunday

Free Will offering fundraiser.  Parishioners are asked to bring 1 dozen goodies to donate.

Christmas Poinsettias

All order forms and payment must be turned in by 9:15 am next Sunday, December 12th.  Put your order form and payment in an envelope and put it in the Offertory basket.  Order forms are inserted in today’s bulletin.  Donating a poinsettia for Christmas is a beautiful way to remember a deceased loved one at Christmas.  The list of donors will be in the December 19th bulletin.

Decorating the Church for Christmas

The outside green wreath, the nativity in the Gathering Area and the candles on the window ledges will be put up next Sunday, December 12th.  The Church, Altar, and tree will be decorated after Mass on Sunday, December 19th.

 Christmas Angel Tree

The tree is located in the Gathering Area again this year to help make a Merry Christmas for families in the community.  Please pick an Angel from the tree, sign the list, and purchase a gift.  The gifts need to be wrapped with the information Angel taped to the outside and back to church by December 12th .  Help will be needed on December 18th 9:00-11:00 am at the Methodist church to distribute the gifts.  If you have questions please contact Cindy Gavin 563-299-2522.  Thank you!

Advent Presentation

Fr. Bud Grant will give an Advent presentation entitled “Stewardship of Creation”.  Sunday, December 5th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

St. Andrew Church at 333 W. Lotte St. Blue Grass, IA

We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation.  Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith.  This is a free presentation.

Reverend Robert "Bud" Grant teaches Environmental Theology, especially from a Thomistic perspective in the Roman Catholic tradition, but also philosophy (esp. Kant and Aristotle).  He also teaches Historical Theology, especially IV Century, west, with an emphasis of Saint Ambrose of Milan.  In 2014 he was inducted into the academy of Biblioteca Ambrosiana, in Milan, Italy.  Father Grant is also the director of the Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan and Sacramental Minister at St. Andrew Parish, Blue Grass, IA.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 14th at 6pm we will hold our Communal Penance Service.  Fathers Bud Grant, James Vrba, Thom Hennen, and Chris Weber will be with us.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 8th at 6pm is Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.

Day of Mercy - 12 Hours of Confession and Adoration Event

St. Mary & Mathias Church is sponsoring this event on Thursday, Dec. 16th from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. at 215 W. 8th St. in Muscatine.

Contribution Envelopes

Envelopes will be in the Gathering Area next Sunday, Dec. 12th.  Please pick your box up so it doesn’t have to be mailed to you.  Thank you!

Retirement Fund for Religious

Please be generous in giving to those who have given so much of themselves to serve us and our Church.  Use the Dec. 12th Contribution envelope included with your packet.


Catholic Relief Services

Join the Diocese of Davenport CRS Chapter for an Advent Journey with Migrants and Refugees Sunday 5 December 2021, 2 pm.  Please register for the Zoom Event by going to Event Giving Page:  CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.  This event combines prayer, discussion, and information about migrants and refugees.  It highlight the Holy Family's experience as migrants and refugees with their journey to Bethlehem, flight to and time in Egypt, and their return to Nazareth.  The fall giving event and fundraiser will run through the end of the year.  Learn more - or

Funeral Preparation

If you would like help in preparing the Mass and Worship service for your or a loved one’s funeral, please contact Deacon Dan.  There is a great booklet available to help with this.

Blessings Offered

If anyone would like a Home, Farm, Engagement, Pregnancy, or other blessing please contact Deacon Dan.  This can be done after Mass or during the week as scheduled.

Significant Dates for St. Mary Advent and the Holidays

  • Dec. 5th – 2nd Sunday of Advent, Mass at 8:30 am.  Cookie Walk by Ladies of St. Mary!

  • Dec. 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – Mass is at 6:00 pm.

  • Dec. 12th – 3rd Sunday of Advent.  Mass Ministries by RE Grades 5 & 6.

  • Dec. 14th – Communal Penance Service at 6:00 pm.

  • Dec. 19th – 4th Sunday of Advent - Decorate Church for Christmas after Mass & put out poinsettias

  • Dec. 24th Friday Christmas Eve – 6:00 pm Mass

  • Dec. 25th Saturday Christmas Day – no Mass

  • Dec. 26th Sunday after Christmas.  (Feast of the Holy Family).  No RE or Confirmation Classes

  • Dec. 31st Friday New Year’s Eve – No Mass.

  • Jan. 1st Saturday New Year’s Day – No Mass

  • Jan. 2nd Sunday Mass after New Year’s.  (Feast of the Epiphany).  No RE or Confirmation Classes

A Magical Afternoon with Santa on The Prairie

Celebrate the Christmas season at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145th Avenue, Wheatland, on Sunday, Dec. 12th from 1-4pm.  Visit with Santa Claus, decorate cookies, listen to your favorite Christmas stories and take a hayride.  These are just some of the activities that will take place that afternoon.  For those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas, you won’t want to miss this magical afternoon at The Prairie.  No RSVPs required.  Free will offering gladly accepted.  Call 563-374-1092 for more information or email

Wilton-Durant Ministerial Association Advent Worship Services–Tuesdays 12:10 –12:30 pm

  • December 7th - United Methodist of Wilton hosts with Pastor Lee preaching

  • December 14th - Gloria Dei Lutheran of Durant with Pastor Braudt preaching

  • December 21st - St. Paul's Episcopal of Durant with Pastor Jennings preaching


ADA Report as of 11/23/21

Please consider even a small contribution to our ADA as it benefits both our diocese and our parish!  Thank you to those who have pledged or have paid their pledge.  Envelopes are still available in the Gathering Area.  # of households - 164  # of Pledges - 55  Total paid is $14,567.00. Total Paid is 86%.

 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.  Father Bud will anoint after Mass.  We will find time to serve your needs for these important Sacraments just by asking.


Those requesting the Sacraments of Baptism or Marriage should contact Deacon Dan.

Prayer Chain

Please contact Colleen Nichols at 563-260-2212 or

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.



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.

St. Mary Website

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

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; or PO Box 232, Bettendorf, IA  52722

Collection                     November 28                      


Offertory                  $            980.00           

Envelopes                            1700.00

Cemetery                               125.00

        Total                   $        2805.00                                                                            



Building Fund           $             75.00          




Lay Mass Ministers                December 12                                                  


Announcer & 1st Reading       Stan Reuter                                                                 

2nd Reading                              Jeremy Lies                                                      

Eucharistic Ministers               Fr. Bud & Dc. Dan                                           

Ushers                                       Fred Grunder, Rick Janney                        

Servers                                       Jesse Lies, John Grotzky                          

Gift Bearers                               Lou Ann Paulsen                                          

Mass Intentions

December 12, Sunday - Gae Nichols

St. Mary’s Pastoral Leadership

Parish Life Coordinator                                   Office Manager                                      Rel. Ed. Director

Deacon Dan Freeman                                         Wanda Einfeldt                                        Sister Cheryl Demmer

563-320-2462                                                              563-299-6983

Sacramental Priest                                           Rel. Ed. Coordinator                

Rev. Robert "Bud" Grant                                     Lynette Fagner                                          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

Denise Timmerman, 563-349-3880

Parish Council                                                    Ladies of St. Mary’s                               Cemetery

Jeremiah Costello, Secretary                             Mary Iossi, President                               Scott Wolf

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

Denise Timmerman, Vice President                 Denise Timmerman, Treasurer         

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

Ross DeLong, 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