2nd Sunday of Easter

April 24, 2022


Today’s Readings -

Divine mercy is like the wind: invisible, but with effects that can be sensed.  We may feel the lifting of a burden off our shoulders as a fresh breeze on a new day and a new chance to do good.  Today on Divine Mercy Sunday we hear John’s account of the coming of the Holy Spirit.  John speaks of the breath of Christ bringing the Spirit upon the disciples.  May we realize God’s divine mercy in the cleansing, comforting, renewing breath of new life.  Question of the Week - What wounds in my community can I help make whole?  How will I do this?


Alleluia! Alleluia!

Christ our Lord is risen!  We are in the Easter season until Pentecost Sunday, June 5th.  The Easter candle is a symbol of Christ who is the light of the world and it will remain lit during Masses throughout the Easter season.  Many thanks to all who participated, decorated, and assisted in our liturgies during Lent, Holy Week and Easter Sunday.  Our Church and Liturgies were truly beautiful.  Thank you all!


Leland Smith Scholarship -

Contact Deacon Dan for an application.  Return completed form to Deacon Dan by Sunday, May 8th.


Please welcome our newly Confirmed –

Terry Martz with Sponsor Silvia Spenser.  Beth Budelier with Sponsor Grace Budelier.


CRS Rice Bowl –

Please deposit your Rice Bowls on the table in the Gathering Area.  75% of your contribution provides hunger relief for those in Guatemala, Bangladesh, and Rwanda.  25% of the funds stay in our diocese to fund local programs that fight hunger.


Divine Mercy Sunday

At Sacred Heart Cathedral Sunday on April 24th from 2pm-4pm to celebrate Adoration, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Rosary, Prayer, Confessions, etc.


First Eucharist Rehearsal is today after Mass. 

Congratulations to our 2nd grade students who receive Our Lord in Holy Communion for the first-time next Sunday.  They are Ayla Barber, Kensington Boorn, Amelia Costello, Stella Durant, Tillie Marolf, Colin Thornton, Savannah Tucker, and Claire Young.  Please keep these young people in your prayers. 


2022 Graduates

Of College, Trade Schools & High Schools are asked to contact Deacon Dan by email with your future plans so you can be recognized at our Sunday Mass on May 22nd.


St. Mary Upcoming Dates:

  • Sun Apr 24th - RE Classes & Confirmation Class – Capital Campaign Kickoff Event

  • Sun May 1st – Last RE Classes & Confirmation Class & First Communion Sunday

  • Sun May 8th – Leland Smith & St. Mary Scholarship form due to Deacon.

  • Sun May 22nd - 2022 Graduation for Wilton & Durant High School


Kickoff Weekend is here for ‘Upon This Rock’ Campaign!  

The Diocese of Davenport is conducting this campaign to raise $28 million for 1) health care and retirement needs of our priests, 2) to cover seminarians’ education costs and 3) benefit every parish in the diocese.  St. Mary’s goal is $185,919.  Our parish is in the first wave of parishes participating in the campaign, and you’ll soon be receiving a packet of information in the mail.  Once you have read over the information, we ask you to prayerfully consider making a gift to the effort.  In the meantime, here are a few Frequently Asked Questions. A compilation of all the FAQs, the campaign video and other information are available throughout the campaign at davenportdiocese.org/campaign.


How can I make a gift or pledge to the campaign? 

There will be a number of ways to make a gift or make payments on your pledge to the campaign, including: Setting up a pre-authorized gift (automatic withdrawal) from a checking account, Setting up a recurring credit card payment, Paying by cash or with a check through the mail, or Making a stock or securities transfer.

Can I give online? 

Yes! Go to davenportdiocese.org/campaign and click on the “Give” button.


How do you determine the pledge amounts that families are asked to consider? 

Request amounts are based on a number of factors: planning study results, families’ history of parish support, input from church leadership, and the understanding that for this to be successful it will require sacrificial gifts.  In other words, if the amount you are asked for is more than you anticipated, it generally means that you have been a generous supporter of your parish and/or the diocese, and it is an indication of the challenge we face in reaching our goal.  Through this campaign, we are asking everyone to consider supporting their parish and the diocese in a meaningful and sacrificial way and in a manner that works well for each family.  It is not our intention to offend or embarrass anyone.  The amount requested is NOT an expectation.  It is an invitation to participate in this project at whatever level that is sacrificial and meaningful to you and your family.  We will be grateful for any support you offer.  Please contact Deacon Dan for any questions concerning our Capital Campaign.


Invitation from Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat -

On Wednesday, May 4, Fr. Denny Martin will be coming to Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat for Mass at 10:00 am.  Come join us for Mass and enjoy the beauty of the Prairie in the spring!  Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is located south of Wheatland, Iowa, at 2664 145th Ave.


Faith of the Irish pilgrimage tour of Ireland

Bishop Thomas Zinkula is leading the Faith of the Irish pilgrimage tour of Ireland August 31, 2022, to Sept 9th, 2022.  The link for more information is:  https://bit.ly/3AgJ66R.  “Ireland has a very strong Catholic heritage, and many people from Ireland immigrated to the United States and contributed a great deal to the Church in the U.S.,” Bishop Zinkula said.  “I am hoping to gain a better understanding of the nature and dynamics of Irish Catholic culture.”



We need more Ushers –

Please contact Deacon Dan to sign up for this important ministry.


Bulletin insert information

Should be sent to Deacon Dan not later than the Tuesday before.


St. Mary has a Facebook Page! -

Thank you, Kathy Williams, for agreeing to keep it up to date?  Please let Kathy and Deacon Dan know if you would like to promote St. Mary, our faith, or relevant activities.


Mass Intentions for Sunday, May 1, 2022 –

Richard Budelier


Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, May 1, 2022

Announcer & 1st Reading          Joe Kaufman                2nd Reading                  Jacqueline Grotzky

EOMHC                       Henry Bentley & Rick Janney   Ushers             Dennis Sass & Cindy Pedersen

Servers                         Oliver Hewitt & Jesse Lies                    Gift Bearers     Damon Boom & family

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; vac@diodav.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.


Sacraments -

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 collienichols@yahoo.com