Feast of the Ascension

May 24, 2020


Is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honoring women & men who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War. After WWI it was expanded to honor all those who have died in American wars. By an act of Congress in 1971, the day became an official federal holiday. Let us remember in our prayers all the women & men who
have died while serving in our country’s military.

                                                         FEAST OF THE ASCENSION
Formally known as “Ascension Thursday”, it is now transferred by the United States Bishops to a Sunday.  Jesus ascended into heaven and left our earthly dimension to return to heaven and be “at the right hand of the Father.” He has taken us up with him because we are members of his Body, the Church. We are left with the challenge of bearing witness to this mystery.

                                                             FEAST OF PENTECOST
Next Sunday, May 31st, is the Feast of Pentecost. This is the great celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Easter season officially ends at the conclusion of Pentecost Sunday.


Plans are being made here at St. Mary’s forwhen we are allowed to have public Masses in the Church. Dennis Sass and his grandsons have put pieces of masking tape in the pews where people can sit for Mass. Families can sit together(every other pew) in the north section of pews. Everyone will walk down the middle aisle and then enter a pew. Tables in the Parish Hall have been marked where people can sit for Mass.  Fulfilling the requirements of social distancing, we can get three people to each table. Because of their small size, the Day Chapel cannot be used for people to gather and the Eucharistic Chapel cannot be used. Most of the Gathering Area has been blocked off so people won’t stand too close to each other and visit. Bishop Zinkula will continue to offer directives for all parishes. Please watch our parish website (click on “Bulletins) for the latest
information.We hope parish Masses can begin sometime in June. The safety and health of our parishioners is our primary concern as well as the age and health of our priests/pastors.


Our Fiscal Year ends on June 30 and Father & Wanda will begin working on next year’s budget.  Father plans to present the new budget to the Finance and Parish Councils sometime in June.

VISION 20/20

Last week Father, Brenda Werner, and Ward & Gwen Thompson met to discuss how we can move forward with Vision 20/20 here at St. Mary’s. Ward & Gwen are from Iowa City and have been assigned as our mentors for this Evangelization process. We plan to have them meet with our parishioners sometime early this fall.


This past week’s rain made it difficult to grade the gravel on the parking lot by the Annex and to put grass around the edges of the parking lot and sidewalks as well as plant grass seed on the terrace which is on the north side of the parking lot by the Annex.  Let’s hope all of this will be finished by the time we begin having public Masses.


Our Rice Bowls have been sitting in our kitchens for a long time! Please bring your Rice Bowl when we start having public Masses again. The money is sent to Catholic Relief Services.


Just a reminder – when a funeral occurs and a luncheon is requested by the family, the funeral director will call Jean Semsch at 563-340-3327 and Jean will begin contacting people to help with the luncheon. We are so grateful that Jean is willing to do this for St. Mary’s.


Hopefully the Parish and Finance Councils and the Ladies Society will be able to meet after a Mass sometime in June. Please watch the bulletin/website for announcements.


Thank you! Thank you to those who are sending in their May contributions. Our parishioners always come through when asked. So far, all bills are paid and our cash flow is stable. We have one more Sunday in May and then we will be able to tell how the entire month of May did as compared to May in 2019. We ask that parishioners mail to the church the amount that they normally contribute every Sunday.



You are strongly encouraged to pray this Spiritual Communion prayer at home every Sunday.

My Jesus,

I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.

I love You above all things and I long for You in my soul.

Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen. 


Diocesan Volunteers in Latin America, Building Fund, and the Feast of the Ascension.  Thank you for being generous to these collections. 





Collection                         May 17, 2020    

                      (From last week's mailed in envelopes)

Envelopes                 $        3045.00

Cemetery                                 25.00

Diocesan Volun                       15.00                                                                                                                                                                                                         Total                     $       3085.00                                                                                      

Building Fund           $            175.00                                                                                            






Lay Ministers              May 31, 2020

(No Mass scheduled)  









Mass Intentions

(No Masses scheduled)


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