26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 25th, 2022


Today’s Readings -

Too late!  While he was alive, the rich man in today’s Gospel ignored the beggar Lazarus at his gate.  Now he suffers in torment. In death a great chasm separates him from paradise, an expanse he can never cross.  It is too late for this man who spent his life taking care of himself and ignoring those in need.  But it is not too late for us.  No matter our age, we can change our attitudes and behavior.  As the seasons change around us, let us consider the possibility of change within us.  Question of the Week - Who is the “Lazarus” at my gate?  What can I do for them this week?


Annual Diocesan Appeal - Our kickoff will be October 2nd.  Our 2022-23 goal is $18,796.  It is important that everyone give at least something to our ADA fund so you can feel solidarity with other parishioners and those in our diocese.  Even $10 is not little to help.  Please carefully reflect on the amount you can pledge and give.  Thank you for always being so generous!  Envelopes will be in the pews next Sunday.


Mass offered at St. Mary on Wednesday, Oct. 12th at 5:30pm.  Father Vrba will preside.  I hope that many of you can come.  Our Liturgy Committee would like to hold a Mass during the week at least once a month.  We’ll try out early evening to encourage those who work and our youth.


Religious Ed. News from Deb Ortiz.  563-607-0276 or wiltonstmarydre@diodav.org.

  • Sun. Sept. 25th                    First day of Rel. Ed. Classes, 9:30 to 10:30 am.

  • Sun. Sept 25                       RE Classes & Confirmation Class.  Confirmation Class Parent meeting.

  • Sun. Oct 2                          RE Classes & Confirmation Class

  • Sun. Oct 9                          RE Classes & Confirmation Class

  • Sun. Oct 16                        RE Classes & Confirmation Class

  • Sun. Oct 23                        RE Classes & Confirmation Class

  • Sun. Oct 30                        NO RE Classes & Confirmation Class


Coffee & Donuts coming Soon!!!  Along with the beginning of our Religious Education program also comes our coffee and donuts after Mass.  There is a sign-up board in the gathering area for preparation and cleanup.  Please sign up early and often.


WOW - Walking on Water.  November 12th & 13th, 2022 at Crooked Creek Christian Camp in Washington, Iowa. This is an in-person retreat for high school youth, youth ministers, clergy, religious, parents and chaperones hosted by the Iowa City Deanery.  Cost is $135 per person, parish assistance will be available.  Registration deadline is October 7. See flyer in Gathering Area for details. Contact Deacon Dan if interested in attending.


Father Bud will be available until 9:40 am after Mass each Sunday for Confession or for Questions.


Please welcome new parishioners – Caitlin and Curtis McKinley and their three children; Will, Emmett, and Hazel.  Also, please welcome Megan & Darren Keppy and Kyla Ann.


Blessings & Prayers Offered.  Please complete a form in the Gathering Area and give it to the Ushers or sent it to me and we will get it scheduled.


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.


Family Prayer for Vocations.  Lord, help us to know more clearly the work you have called us to do in life.  And grant us the graces we need to fulfill this call with courage, love, and a genuine dedication to your will.  If it is your will to choose someone from our family to be a priest, sister, or brother, we thank you and we rejoice.  Finally, we ask you to help us be a living example of your unselfish love.  Amen.


Eucharistic Revival Virtual Conference - Becoming Eucharistic People.  As a grassroots initiative in support of the National Eucharistic Revival, a free annual Virtual Catholic Conference will be offered to help excite people, build momentum, and promote the National Eucharistic Revival.  By registering for the free virtual conference, you discover...

  • How you and your family might make the most out of this season of Eucharistic Revival,

  • What it means to be a truly Eucharistic people,

  • The intention behind the larger revival in the Universal Church, and what you might do, and how to discern your part,

  • How to be Eucharistic in your school, parish, homes, and family,

  • Ways you can become a catalyst for inspiring a hunger for the Eucharist in those closest to you,

  • How becoming Eucharistic People can transform the way we evangelize in today’s Church.

Diocesan resources can be found at; https://www.davenportdiocese.org/eucharistic-revival.


Our Grief Coordinator is Terry Martz.  Her contact information is on the back.  GriefShare (https://www.griefshare.org) is to help those individuals that have lost loved ones and would like help in working with their grief.


RCIA – (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Becoming Catholic/Joining the Catholic Church.  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 starting this fall.  Please contact Deacon Dan for more information.


Invitation from Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is located south of Wheatland, Iowa, at 2664 145th Ave.

  • Wednesday, October 5, Fr. Rudy Juarez will be coming to Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat to celebrate Mass at 10:00 am.  Experience the autumn beauty of these sacred grounds.

  • Where is Human Dignity in Racism?  Thurs., Oct. 6th 3:00-7:00 p.m. Note location: St. Anthony

  • Parish Center, Davenport

  • Group Spiritual Direction (online only): Thursday, Oct. 13 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Mass Intentions for Sunday, October 2, 2022 – Richard & Linda Jones


Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, October 2, 2022

Announcer & 1st Reading                      Nolan Williams            2nd Reading – Lucy Costello

EOMHC           Rick Janney & Denise Timmerman                   Ushers             Dennis Sass & Cindy Pedersen

Servers             Gabriel Costello, Jacqueline Grotzky & John Grotzky                Gift Bearers – Steve Grotzky & 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.


Parish Contacts:

Trustees:                                              Denise Timmerman      563-349-3880               denisetimmerman13@gmail.com

                                                                        Henry Bentley              563-340-3111               henrybentley1961@outlook.com

Parish Council:                         Ross DeLong               563-340-3991               rdelong76@icloud.com

Finance Council:                      Joe Kaufman                563-320-6436               kaufjmm@iowatelecom.net

Faith Formations:                            Jeremiah Costello         563-370-2065               Jeremiahecostello@gmail.com

Director, Rel. Ed.:                    Debbie Ortiz                563-607-0276               wiltonstmarydre@diodav.org

Liturgy Committee:                  Dennis Sass                              319-430-2063               dwsass51@gmail.com

Music Coordinator:                   Bev Reuter                               319-321-8524               bsreuter@netwtc.net

Funeral Dinner Coord:  Jean Semsch                 563-340-3327               fourjsem@netins.net

Ladies of St. Mary:                   Amada Rockow            563-349-0525               Amadarockow@gmail.com

Face Book Page:                       Kathy Williams            563-940-2844               williams2295@gmail.com

Prayer Chain:                           Colleen Nichols            563-260-2212               collienichols@yahoo.com

St. Mary Cemetery                   Scott Wolf                                563-370-3734               srwolf64@gmail.com


Sacraments - to schedule participation in any of these please contact Deacon Dan:

  • Confession - please email Father Bud to make an appointment before or after Mass.

  • Baptism – A preparation class is required for your first child.  Contact Deacon Dan.

  • Marriage – contact Deacon Dan a minimum of 12 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.

  • Funeral Preparation for you or a loved one, please contact Deacon Dan.


St. Mary Cemetery has plots for sale.  Contact Scott Wolf for information at 563-370-3734.