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January 22nd, 2023

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time


Today’s Readings -

Today we celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God, recognizing the centrality of God’s word in the life of the Church. Saint Jerome, who translated most of the Bible into Latin in the fourth century, wrote, “Ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” Every time we come to Mass we listen to the words of scripture, conscious that God’s word is a living word, speaking to us in our age as powerfully and relevantly as when it was written. Let us resolve to make God’s word a guiding force in our lives. Question of the Week - Can I commit myself to studying scripture daily in 2023, making it central in my life?


EPIC – Every Parishioners Involvement Counts! Volunteers needed: EPIC offers everyone an opportunity to volunteer and engage in our St. Mary Parish events. • Volunteers for Donuts & Coffee after Mass during Religious Ed. to sign up on white board. • Volunteers to plan and coordinate a Parish Breakfast in the near future – please sign up in the Gathering Area and / or contact Deacon Dan. •


Volunteers to help with Confirmation Retreat, Sat. Feb. 11th 9am – 1pm. See Jean Semsch.


Altar Server training is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26th, after Mass. Breakfast Pizza will be served after training. All Servers will be excused from their classes on this day.


Training - Eucharistic Ministers and Homebound Eucharistic Ministers is scheduled for Sunday, March 19th , after Mass. Sign up will continue until then. Please sign up again even if you have previously performed this ministry.


St. Mary Calendar:

• Sun. Jan. 29th Mass & RE Classes. Ministry training for Grades 3 & 4.

• Wed Feb 1st 1 st Wednesday of month Mass at 8:30 am. Cancelled.

• Sun. Feb. 5 th Mass & RE Classes. Blessing of throats. Mass Ministries by Grades 3 & 4.

• Sat. Feb. 11th Confirmation Retreat by Sister Cheryl. 9am-1pm. Reconciliation afterward

• Sun. Feb. 12th Mass & RE Classes.

• Sun. Feb. 19th Mass – No RE Classes.

• Wed. Feb. 22nd Ash Wednesday Mass at 7:30 pm. St. Andrew at Blue Grass at 5:30 pm.

• Sun. Feb. 26th Mass & RE Classes.


Confirmation Class Rosary before Mass. 2022 Contribution Statements have been mailed out. Let me know if you have questions.


2023 Iowa Catholic Youth Conference is a daylong event targeting those in Grades 6-8 and their parents. Sunday, March 26, 2023. 10 am to 4 pm. Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids. Cost - $39 by March 1st, or $49 afterwards.


Keep it Quiet! Vacation Bible School is coming to St. Mary this June 2023.


Eucharistic Retreat. Men and Women of all ages are invited to St. Mary of Solon, on February 4th for a Eucharistic Revival Retreat with Anthony Digmann! There is no cost and you can register now at This retreat is sponsored by our Knights of Columbus Council 12129. Breakfast will be served following the 6:30am Mass and childcare is available for those who register in advance. Please plan to join us!


Eucharistic Revival Presentation. This Sunday, January 22, afternoon 1:00-3:00 Dr. Micah Kiel from the St. Ambrose Theology Department, will explore the question of the Eucharist in the Scriptures. The session will be held in the 3 rd floor conference room of the Diocese Chancery at 780 W. Central Park in Davenport. In person or via Zoom. To register, go to: Heart of the Revival Newsletter - From the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis – National Eucharistic Revival. This newsletter is the best way for the faithful to keep connected with the Eucharistic Revival 3 - and it provides weekly formation and inspiration which is easily shared with family members and friends.


Sign Up for the Heart of the Revival Newsletter Francis at Ten: A Papacy of Possibilities – March 16-18, 2023, at St. Ambrose University. Join us for a conference and celebration to honor 10 years of the papacy of Pope Francis. The goal of the conference is for participants to gain a deeper understanding of Pope Francis, whose commitment to openness, visibility, and meeting the faithful across the world has transformed the Vatican and, in many ways, reenergized the Catholic Church and beyond. Speakers include Cardin Joseph, Archbishop of Newark Tobin and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio and Dr. Massimo Faggioli. Cost is $75 each. Visit for more information.


Franciscan Common Venture – a volunteer program sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, provides opportunity for persons age 20+ to contribute time, commitment and talent in service among people who are poor. There are multiple service opportunities this year. Contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF: 563-583-9786,, or visit our website for a listing of the 2023 opportunities and downloadable application materials:


Marriage is a journey! A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience can help you enrich your marriage and add some pizzazz to your journey. Whether you’ve been married 1 year or 50, a Marriage Encounter Experience may be just the thing you need to put a breath of fresh air into your relationship. Call (563)920-9419 for more information or sign up at


Catholic Messenger annual subscription drive begins this month. See Bishop Zinkula’s letter. The Messenger is a real value at $29 for 50 issues, print and/or e-edition. Subscription envelopes are in your January packet of envelopes. Make checks payable to St. Mary’s and returned in the Offertory basket. Thank you!


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.


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. Weekends begin at 7pm Friday through 4:30pm Sunday. 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 .


Mass Intentions for Sunday, January 29, 2023 – Richard Jones


Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, January 29, 2023

Announcer & 1st Reading – Renee Cooley 2 nd Reading – Joe Kaufman

EOMHC – Stan Reuter & Steve Grotzky Ushers – Rick Janney & Colleen Niochols

Gift Bearers – Austin Williams Family Servers – Gabriel Costello, Lucy Costello, & Amelia Costello


Marguerite Ritzinger Scholarship - Applications for the Marguerite Ritzinger Scholarship of the Diocese of Davenport are being accepted through Feb. 15, 2022. Catholic individuals who plan to attend a college or university next fall may apply for a $1,000 scholarship. Nontraditional students may apply for the scholarships. Applications must include an essay, copy of a high school or college transcript and two reference letters. All items must be sent together with the application form, which is available on the diocesan website at in the Quick Links section of the homepage. 4


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. 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. • Break-a-way: Day of Prayer and Quiet: (onsite). Wed. Feb. 1; 9 am- Opening Reflection (Optional); 3:30- Closing Prayer (Optional). Retreat Leaders: Benet House Staff. Fee: $15; Bring own lunch or purchase one for $12

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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