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December 31, 2022


Today’s Readings -

How appropriate that on the first day of every year we honor Mary, the Holy Mother of God, for it was her willing obedience to God’s plan that enabled the Incarnation and therefore initiated what in time became Christianity.  Today is also the World Day of Peace and so we look to Mary, the Queen of Peace - who bore the Prince of Peace - as our model and inspiration for holding peace in our hearts, our communities, and in our world.  Question of the Week - What happened in my life in 2022 that I treasure in my heart?  How do I recognize God’s role in these blessings?


Eucharistic Ministers sign up will continue.  Please sign up again even if you have previously performed this ministry.  We will have training in January.


Homebound Eucharistic Ministers - those who do or are interested in taking Communion to the Homebound, Sick, or in Nursing Homes please sign up on the form indicated.  We will provide training for this ministry in January.


Parish Calendar:

  • Sat. Dec. 31st                      Mass – New Year Eve Service at 4:30 pm w/ Father Miclot.  No RE Classes

  • Wed Jan. 4th                       Mass – 1st Wed. Service at 8:30 am with Father Steinle.

  • Wed Jan. 4th                       Faith Formation Committee meets at 5:00 pm.

  • Sun. Jan. 8th                        Mass – Epiphany & RE Classes.  Father Steinle since Father Bud is gone.

  • Sun. Jan. 8th                        Parish & Finance Councils meeting after Mass

  • Wed Jan. 11th                     Liturgy Committee meets at 5:30 pm.

  • Sun. Jan. 15th                      Mass & RE Classes.  First Reconciliation for First Communion Class.

  • Sun. Jan. 22nd                    Mass & RE Classes. 


Parishioner Contact Update – Please complete this form as soon as possible if you have not yet as it will help us ensure that we have your proper address for your envelopes.  Contact Deacon Dan with any questions.  Thank you for your help.


2022 Contribution Statements will be mailed out within the first 2-3 weeks in January.  All contributions given and/or dated after December 31st will be counted on your 2023 Contribution Statement.  Please contact either Deacon Dan if you have any questions.  Thank you for your support of our St. Mary Parish in 2022.


Envelopes for 2023.  We have changed contribution envelope companies to Our Sunday Visitor (OSV).  They will mail your envelopes directly to your homes two months at a time, starting with January and February.  Please watch for your envelopes in the next couple of weeks.  OSV provides a great service that will also save us time and money.  This should also be a positive experience for each of you.  If you do not receive your envelopes, please contact Deacon Dan.


What is CEW? A Christian Experience Weekend offers a chance to retreat from everyday life and take a look at who you are and where you are going.  Throughout the weekend you will be given the time and the tools to rediscover yourself, your faith and your God.  The weekend includes time alone and time with others on the same journey.  As a member of Christ’s community, you deserve the benefits this weekend can give you.  Weekends begin at 7pm Friday through 4:30pm Sunday.  Contact Deacon Dan if interested.  This Iowa City Deanery event is held at St. Mary of Riverside, IA.  It is open to all denominations.  Cost is $50.  Registration form posted on bulletin board.

  • Women’s weekend dates Feb. 24th, 25th, & 26th.

  • Men’s weekend dates March 3rd. 4th, & 5th.



NEW - Grow your Faith - Please listen to, Fr Jim Blount’s 29-minute instruction on how God works when you ask and trust.  POWER OF THE HOLY WATER - JIM BLOUNT - YouTube.


Wilton-Durant Food Pantry/Clothes Closet Statistics Report

  • Clothes Closet – First Presbyterian is scheduled to provide 2+ volunteers in January 2023 on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday 9am to Noon.  Sept. volunteers – Gloria Dei Lutheran.

  • Food Pantry - Masks and gloves are required.  The Food Pantry provides them if the patrons do not have them.  No volunteers from churches are needed yet to help with Tuesdays distributions.

    • Numbers served for December – Households = ~ 47, Individuals served = ~103.

Food Pantry volunteers – regulars & Corteva employees and Wilton High School Special Ed Class.


Our Lady of the Prairie – Retreat at 2664 145th Avenue, Wheatland, Iowa 52777.  Details and register at, or email –, or call 563-374-1092.

  • Mon. Jan. 16th                    6-8pm.  Rabbi Linda Bertenthal.  Location: Beit Shalom, 2215 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport. Zoom option available.  Each month, explore the core and depth of one of the world's religions.  While we honor the differences among faiths, it is time to emphasize our similarities.  Fee: Free will offering

  • Mon. Feb. 20th                    6-8pm.  Bishop Thomas Zinkula.  Location: Sacred Heart Cathedral, 422 E.10th Street, Davenport. Zoom option available.  Each month, explore the core and depth of one of the world's religions.  While we honor the differences among faiths, it is time to emphasize our similarities.  Fee: Free will offering


Benedictine Retreats - For more information contact Sr. Jackie Walsh, OSB at 309-283-2108 or or Web:

  • Word Among Us (Onsite only):  Using Word Among US, participants are encouraged to read and reflect on a Scripture passage each day.  Facilitator: Sr. Mary Schmidt, OSB. 2nd & 4th Mondays: Sept. through May; Fee: $50/series.  Order own subscription to Word Among Us.


Mass Intentions for Sunday, January 8, 2023 – Sue & Steve Quinn


Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, January 8, 2023

Announcer & 1st Reading – Stan Reuter             2nd Reading – Kinley Boorn

EOMHC – Linda Lund & Judy Freeman            Ushers – Andrew Koopman & Cindy Pedersen

Gift Bearers – Jeremiah Costello Family           

Servers – Jacqueline Grotzky, Chloe Thornton & Conner Thornton.

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.


Parish Contacts:

Trustees:                                              Denise Timmerman      563-349-3880     

                                                                        Henry Bentley              563-340-3111     

Parish Council:                         Ross DeLong               563-340-3991     

Finance Council:                      Joe Kaufman                563-320-6436     

Faith Formations:                            Jeremiah Costello         563-370-2065     

Director, Rel. Ed.:                    Debbie Ortiz                563-607-0276     

Liturgy Committee:                  Dennis Sass                              319-430-2063     

Music Coordinator:                   Bev Reuter                               319-321-8524     

Funeral Dinner Coord:  Jean Semsch                 563-340-3327     

Welcoming                                          Renee Cooley               563-260-1715     

Face Book Page:                       Kathy Williams            563-940-2844     

Prayer Chain:                           Colleen Nichols            563-260-2212     

St. Mary Cemetery                   Scott Wolf                                563-370-3734     

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 anywhere in the world.


Gluten Intolerant?  We have low Gluten Host available.  If you can’t take any Gluten, please feel free to receive only the Blood of Christ.  Remember, receiving either the Body or Blood of Christ is the same as receiving both.  Contact Dennis Sass or Deacon Dan with any questions.


Benedictine Oblates are Christian lay women and men who seek to enrich their life with the ancient wisdom of St. Benedict.  Oblates associate themselves with a particular monastery and live the monastic values of prayer, lectio divina (reading scripture), work, hospitality, stewardship, simplicity and sacred leisure, insofar as their particular circumstances allow.  Oblates meet monthly from August through May to pray, study the Rule and discuss Benedictine spirituality.  For more information contact Sr. Ruth Ksycki, OSB (309) 283-2106 or or talk with Terry Martz, 563-732-3905 or email at

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