5th Sunday of Easter 

May 15, 2022


Today’s Readings -

We continue to celebrate the Easter season today, this fifty-day celebration of the risen Lord’s victory over the grave.  It stretches from Easter Sunday itself to Pentecost Sunday, when we mark the day when the Holy Spirit came down upon the first apostles.  At the Last Supper Jesus told his disciples that he and the Father would make their dwelling with them and send the Holy Spirit to remind them of everything he taught them.  Let us rejoice this Easter season for God’s abiding presence with us.  Question of the Week - How can I extend the Lord’s peace in my community, in my parish, in my family?


Graduates –

Today, Sunday, May 22nd, we recognize and celebrate the graduation of the following: Ryan Cerveny - Wilton High School, son of Darren & Kristy Cerveny.  Ally Happ - Durant High School, daughter of Nick & Kristal Happ.  Jackson Hull – Wilton High School, son of Jamie & Holly Hull.  Jenna Krause - Durant High School, daughter of Laurie Kraklio.  Taylor Schult - Wilton High School, daughter of Kevin Schult.  Logan Wolf - Muscatine High School, son of Scott & Darcy Wolf. and Julia Sass - University of Iowa, daughter of Dennison & Kathleen Sass.


Scholarship Recipients -

Ally Happ and Logan Wolf have qualified for our 2021-22 Leland R. Smith / St. Mary Scholarship award.  Please congratulate all of our graduates.


Tractorcade at St. Mary June 14th. 

Co-Chairpersons are Colleen Nichols and Jean Semsch.  Tractorcade Committee will meet this Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm in the Chapel to discuss plans.  Signup Forms for Volunteers and Food Items are in the Gathering Area.  We will need a lot of handheld breakfast food items for this many people, so everyone please sign up and bake your best!  We expect 400 to 600 tractors and drivers to visit us in 6 different waves during the morning hours.  Expectations of visitors may be 1000+ people.  We will want to provide a variety of baked goods, breakfast bars, scones, muffins, 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.


Thank you for your ‘Upon This Rock’ pledges! 

We’re so grateful for those who have already made a gift to the Diocese of Davenport’s Upon This Rock Campaign!  Our parish volunteers are making as many calls and visits as they can.  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.  Did you know?  In addition to helping fund priests’ retirement costs, the campaign also helps pay for the health care costs of ALL diocesan priests.  I want to know more!  To find out more, go to davenportdiocese.org/campaign to view the campaign video, explore the Frequently Asked Questions and learn much more.  You also can contact Deacon Dan for more information.  Our latest tally:  As of May 11th, we have gifts and pledges totaling $27,400 (15%) toward our goal of $185,919.


Come join our Liturgy Committee! 

We will be meeting quarterly starting Wednesday, June 15th at 6pm.  There is a signup sheet in the Gathering Area.


New Lay Ministry Schedule

For June & July is now available in the Gathering Area.  If you can NOT serve on your scheduled date, please find a replacement.


May 22 - 29 is Laudato Si' Week,

Commemorating the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation.  You can watch the Pope begin the celebration at Sunday’s Angelus prayer from St. Peter’s Square in Rome.  You will find it live streaming at this website on May 22  at 5:00 am.  You can also watch it via this link.  For a full list of the week’s activities, look here.

ADA Payments –

Thank you to those who continue to honor their Annual Diocesan Appeal pledge.  Our parishioners do very well with making their ADA payments


House Sitting -

“Come to the Quiet“ - reflect, meditate and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation.  Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, near Wheatland, IA, has a unique opportunity for a qualified person or couple to be a temporary house-sitter, on-site almost 24/7.  You must be able to maintain the home, drive and do your own cooking.  If you are interested, please call Sister Marcia Eckerman, CHM, at 563-323-9466, Ext. 403, or email meckerman@chmiowa.org.


Invitation from Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat -

On Wednesday, June 1st, Fr. Jim Vrba will be coming to Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat to celebrate Mass at 10:00 am.  Come join us for Mass and enjoy the beauty of the Prairie!  Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is located south of Wheatland, Iowa, at 2664 145th Ave.  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.


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


Funeral Luncheons -

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


St. Mary Cemetery has plots for sale. 

Contact Scott Wolf for information at 563-370-3734


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 29, 2022 –

Phyllis Dolan


Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, May 29, 2022

Announcer & 1st Reading          Jacqueline Grotzky                   2nd Reading                  Lucy Costello

EOMHC           Mary Grotzky & Dennis Sass                            Ushers             Cindy Pedersen & Fred Grunder

Servers             Chloe Thornton & Connor Thorton                    Gift Bearers     Scott Wolf Family

                    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