5th Sunday of Easter 

May 15, 2022

 

Today’s Readings -

“Love one another,” Jesus tells his disciples.  No, Jesus commands his disciples.  This is how everyone will know that they are his disciples.  As we gather here today, we ask ourselves if we can be recognized by our love.  Do we show the love we have for one another in what we do and say?  Do we love one another as much as Jesus loves us?  May the God of love bless us in the challenge to love each other.  Question of the Week - How can I open the door of faith to someone else?

 

‘Upon This Rock’ Campaign picking up steam. 

You should have received your letter from the Diocesan Capital Campaign.  Our Upon This Rock Campaign is in high gear now.  Volunteers are making as many calls and visits as they can, and gifts are starting to come in.  If someone reaches out to you, please take a few minutes to meet with them and learn more about this Diocese of Davenport campaign.  The Upon This Rock Campaign has passed the $8 million mark toward its $28 million goal for the Diocese of Davenport as a whole.  With our parish campaign and rest of the Pilot Wave just underway, that’s excellent progress.  Please continue to learn about the campaign, pray about your participation and make whatever sacrificial gift you can. Remember, you can spread a gift over the next three years. For those who have made an early gift, thank you!

Our latest tally:  As of May 4th, we have gifts and pledges totaling $23,800 toward our goal.  That’s 13% toward our goal of $185919.  Please contact Deacon Dan if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Parish & Finance Council

Will meet today, after Mass, in the Day Chapel.

 

St. Mary Mass for graduating seniors –

Sunday, May 22nd at 8:30 am.  2022

 

Come join our Liturgy Committee! 

We will be meeting quarterly starting June 15th.

We will be reviewing the liturgical needs and life of our parish to enable the entire parish to grow into a deeper relationship with Christ and to learn more about the liturgical life of the Church.  To invite and form lay liturgical ministers.  Furnish, decorate, maintain, and recommend appropriate changes to the liturgical environment.  To help members of the community live out the connection between liturgy and life.  Prepare a budget reflecting the liturgical needs of the parish.  Those interested are asked to please contact Deacon Dan.

 

Volunteers needed – Signup Forms for Volunteers and for Food Items on table in Gathering Area.  2022 WMT Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade coming to St. Mary Tuesday, June 14th from 8am to 11am.  We expect 400 to 600 tractors and drivers to visit us in 6 different waves during the morning hours.  We will want to provide a variety of baked goods, breakfast casseroles, etc. with drinks to the drivers and guests.  We will also need many people to welcome and serve them that morning.  We will ask them for a Freewill offering.  We will also offer a blessing to all persons and their tractors.  Please contact Deacon Dan with questions.

 

Present & Future Teacher Volunteers –

Come join us for an Inservice & Brunch!

Today, May 15th from 9:30-11:30 am, immediately following mass, we will be having a thank you brunch meeting for the wonderful religious education teachers who have graciously given of their time and talents this year.  We also encourage any parishioner who has contemplated teaching, but has questions about the process, to attend this meeting and enjoy brunch on us!  Attendance is not a commitment to teach next year, rather an opportunity to get questions answered and to enjoy some great food in the process.  We look forward to new faces attend to learn more about what we do to educate our parish youth!

 

Graduates –

Next Sunday, May 22nd, we will recognize and celebrate the graduation of the following; Ryan Cerveny - Wilton High School, Ally Happ - Durant High School, Jenna Krause - Durant High School, Taylor Schult - Durant High School, Logan Wolf - Muscatine High School, and Julia Sass - University of Iowa.  We will also announce our Scholarship winners next Sunday.

 

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat – Wheatland. 

For details and to register go to the full calendar at www.theprairieretreat.org. Also register via email, olpretreat@gmail.com or call 563-374-1092.

  • “The Joy of Forgiveness”: May 20-22; Fri. 5:00pm – Sun. 2:00pm

  • “These Interesting Times: Surviving in the Quad Cities”: Wed. May 25; 6:00-8:00pm

 

 

Pro-Life News -

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  In God’s eyes, all human life is sacred. God has a plan for every person – every mother, and every pre-born child.  Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization gives the Supreme Court an opportunity to undo the grave injustice of 1973, when Roe v. Wade decided that a whole class of human beings, the preborn, are outside the protection of the law.  Since that decision, more than 60 million innocent lives have been taken.  If Roe is overturned, states will again be able to protect the lives of preborn children, and in doing so, also protect millions of women from the tragic consequences of abortion.  Of course, legal protection must be accompanied by more care for mothers and their children.  The Church is redoubling efforts to accompany women and couples who are facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies, offering them loving and compassionate care.  Through the years, the Church in the United States has developed many ministries to serve expectant mothers who face difficult pregnancies and those who find it difficult to care for their children after they are born. 

 

Project Rachel -

is a confidential, post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church offering hope and healing to women and men hurting from past abortions.  Project Rachel staff understand the emotional pain that follows an abortion.  Calls answered personally Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00am to3:00 pm.  Voice messaging available all other times.  All calls returned promptly and discreetly.  Local Helpline: 563-333-4107, National Helpline: 1-888-456-HOPE.  The email address is projectrachel@diodav.org

 

St. Mary has a Facebook Page! -

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 15, 2022 – Sue Quinn

 

Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, May 15, 2022

Announcer & 1st Reading          Logan Wolf                                          2nd Reading                  Judy Freeman

EOMHC           Henry Bentley & Steph Lilienthanl                    Ushers             Rick Janney & Andrew Koopmann

Servers             Jesse Lies & Ruby Timmerman                         Gift Bearers     Matt Barber & 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