22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2022


Today’s Readings -

:  In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells guests at a feast to accept their invitations with humility, to be satisfied with the lowest place at the table.  We are guests at a feast today, invited by our Lord to this wonderful Eucharistic meal.  We come with humility, acknowledging our imperfections and sinfulness.  Jesus also tells the host to invite those who are not well-off, who cannot repay him in kind.  Our host today at this feast is Jesus, who offers his very Body and Blood for our redemption.  There is no way we can truly repay him for his generosity and mercy.  Let us give thanks for his constant invitation.  Question of the Week - Whom can I welcome into my life who is unlikely to be able to repay me and how can I do so?


Sunday, September 4th is the St. Joseph’s West Liberty parish festival from 1:30 pm to 6 pm, right in front of the church 107 W. 6th St.  Tacos vs Pupusas is the theme for this year, try both and make your pick.  We will have Maria Duran’s famous pupusas that bring people from far away.  We will also have authentic Mexican tacos made from an old friend of mine from Davenport, Alicia Nava.  Scheduled to Appear: Quad City Ballet Folkroico 2-2:30 pm.  Lulac Scholarship Recipients Presentation 3 pm, Danza Guadalupana (Guadalupe Dance Group) 4-4:30 pm.


September 11th, Sunday we will celebrate a Blue Mass.  This is our time to recognize, thank, pray for and bless those who serve us in our most vulnerable times.  Please extend an invitation to all Durant and Wilton Active and Retired Emergency Responders - Police, Fire Fighters, Ambulance Personnel, and local Sheriff Officers to attend our Sunday, 8:30 am Mass.  We ask that each person wear their uniform and come with their family.  We will provide Donuts and Drink after Mass for everyone.  Thank you for your dedication and service to our communities.


Religious Ed. News from Deb Ortiz.

  • Registration – Sundays after Mass, August 28th and Sept. 11th.

If your children were registered and attended classes last year, they will NOT need to register again.  You will only have to pay the registration cost after Mass.  The cost remains the same - $40 per child.  If 3 or more children are registering from the same family, then the cost is on $35 each.  Any child new to our program must complete a Registration Form and turn it in during Registration.  No costs for Teachers’ children.

  • Sunday, Sept. 18th - Blessing of Teachers & Students and Teacher meeting after Mass.

  • Sunday, Sept. 25th – first day of Rel. Ed. Classes, 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Coffee & Donuts coming Soon!!!  Please sign-up on the whiteboard in the gathering area.


Blessings & Special Prayers!  Contact Deacon Dan for more information.


Durant-Wilton Food Pantry for July.  Households Served – 80, Individuals Served – 186, New – 1.


Annual Diocesan Appeal - Our kickoff will be October 2nd.  Our 2022-23 goal is $18,796.  Please carefully reflect on the amount you can pledge and give.  Thank you for being so generous!


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.


Grief Coordinator.  We are looking for someone to coordinate a grief sharing program at St. Mary.  They would coordinate a program called GriefShare (https://www.griefshare.org) 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.


Our Lady of the Prairie at 2664 145th Avenue - Wheatland, Iowa 52777.  For full details and to register go to www.theprairieretreat.org. To register by email contact: olpretreat@chmiowa.org or call 563-374-1092.  For online retreats we will send an email with a zoom link.  July-August 2022.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 7th.  10-11am.  Mass on the Prairie with Father Denny Martin.

  • Saturday Sept. 24th.  1pm – 4pm.  PrairieFest.  Bring the whole family for a day of fun, live music, BBQ and more!  Free.


Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference 2022, located at Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St, Des Moines, IA 50309.  8am Saturday, September 24th through 1:30pm Sunday, Sept. 25th, 2022.  Attend the 7th life-changing Christ Our Life Conference.  World-class speakers will present topics of critical importance.  Join in celebrating Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation and to fill our spirits with music and prayer!  For tickets and information go to: https://christourlifeiowa.com/.


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.  All calls returned promptly and discreetly.  Local Helpline: 563-333-4107, National Helpline: 1-888-456-HOPE.  The email address is projectrachel@diodav.org


Mass Intentions for Sunday, September 4, 2022 – Leonard Gough


Lay Mass Ministers for Sunday, September 4, 2022

Announcer & 1st Reading                      Dennis Sass                  2nd Reading & Prayers of Faithful - Ahren Gross

EOMHC           Steph Lilienthal & Darcy Wolf              Ushers             Rick Janney & Joe Kaufman

Servers             John Grotzky, Myles Finck, & Jacqueline Grotzky        

Gift Bearers – Phil & Kathy Keese


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.