Coronavirus Updates

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March 13, 2020 -- Parish-related cancellations and postponements:

  • Men's CEW - postponed
  • Holy Spirit COF Matching Funds Fish Fry (March 20) - cancelled until further notice
  • Friday evening Stations of the Cross/Soup Suppers - cancelled until further notice
  • Sunday evening Adoration, Social and Night Prayer - cancelled until further notice
  • Cinnamon Bread sales - cancelled
  • Daily and weekend Masses - cancelled beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Religious Education programming - cancelled (until further notice)
  • Choir rehearsal - cancelled until further notice
  • BINGO at HG - cancelled until further notice
  • TMIY (That Man is You) - cancelled until further notice
  • All parish-related committee/council meeting - cancelled until further notice
  • All group events such as card clubs and prayer groups - cancelled until further notice
  • Confirmation Mass scheduled for May 10 at the Cathedral - cancelled but will be rescheduled at a later date

March 16, 2020 -- Message from Archbishop Jackels: https://dbqarch.org/archbishops-march-16-message


March 18, 2020 -- IMPORTANT PARISH/OPERATIONS UPDATE


March 20, 2020 -- LETTER FROM Fr. Steve


March 22, 2020 --  LINKS to Livestreaming:

Here are some links to virtual Masses for you and your family to attend on this beautiful Laetare Sunday (this Sunday the Church expresses hope and joy in the midst of our Lenten fasts and penances just before we enter the somber days of Passiontide).
YouTube/Facebook Channels for local diocesan priest (streaming Masses, Rosaries, Stations of the Cross and reflections:

NEW >>>>>>>> March 23, 2020 - A Message from Archbishop Jackels:

23 March 2020, 1:00pm

Here is something I wanted to share with you:

Abstaining from Meat

The Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, 27 March 2020 and on Friday, 3 April 2020

This dispensation does not apply to Good Friday, 10 April 2020.

This dispensation is granted in view of the difficulty people might have in finding meal alternatives to meat, or to go out for grocery shopping.

The Fridays of Lent remain days of prayer and penance. Those who are able to abstain from meat, should do so. Those who aren’t able to abstain, should perform some other act of penance.

An example of an alternative penance might to bear up silently and with calm under the extra-ordinary strains and burdens of being cooped up at home.

Solemnity of the Annunciation

Just a reminder: All of the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque are invited to join in a day of fast, abstinence, and prayer on Wednesday, 25 March 2020; this is voluntary, not obligatory.

On that day, people ordinarily bound on Ash Wednesday to fast (only one full meal, taking less at the other meals) and abstain from meat are invited to make those same sacrifices. And as far as prayer is concerned, the Rosary is recommended as a powerful prayer, prayed alone or with others.

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has asked that, on that day, everyone who glories in the name Christian pray the Our Father to beg God: for speedy deliverance from the evil of the coronavirus; for those who are sick or who live in fear of infection; for those who care for the sick and elderly; for those who live in fear for their lives and livelihood: and that we might all remain calm and confident in God’s wisdom, power, and goodness.

Friday, 27 March 2020

This coming Friday, at 12 Noon local time, everyone is invited to participate spiritually via livestream (at vaticannews.va) in a special moment of prayer presided over by our Holy Father Pope Francis.

The Pope will be on the sagrato (front steps) of St. Peter’s Basilica. There will be readings from Sacred Scripture, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

At the conclusion, the Holy Father will give a special urbi et orbi (to the city of Rome and to the world) blessing. Those who participate in the livestream can gain the plenary indulgence attached to the Pope’s blessing.

To gain the plenary indulgence, in addition to participating in the prayer service via livestream, it is required – as soon as possible – to go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, and pray (Our Father and Hail Mary) for the Holy Father’s intentions.


NEW >>>>>>>> March 31, 2020 - A Message from Archbishop Jackels:
In light of the President's announcement to extend social distancing requirements, Archbishop Jackels has a new message for our Faithful in the diocese posted just moments ago. You can read that announcement here: https://dbqarch.org/archbishops-covid19-messages
 

NEW >>>>>>>> March 31, 2020 - Parish update:
 
We hope you are continuing to stay connected to your faith during these times of isolation. There are many, many resources available to engage in prayer and formation virtually and we hope you are plugging in to these opportunities. For a listing of online programming, visit our website: www.holyspiritdbq.org/corona-updates. As a reminder, our priests are more than willing to connect with you for the sacrament of reconciliation. If you would like to schedule a confession with Father Steve or Father Mark, please contact the parish office at 563-583-1709.
 
Some of you may have received a phone call from the parish, we are just checking in! Is there something you need? We have volunteers who are ready and willing to assist you with shopping, prayers or other needs as requested. Please keep in mind our efforts to maintain safe environments for our volunteers who will practice social distancing and proper hygiene. If you or someone you know has a need that we can assist with please contact the parish office at 563-583-1709 or send an email to [email protected].
 
UPDATE: In light of the President's announcement to extend social distancing requirements, Archbishop Jackels has a new message for our Faithful in the diocese posted just moments ago. You can read that announcement here: https://dbqarch.org/archbishops-covid19-messages
 
As previously announced, we have a new Director of Worship here at the parish. Patrick Jekanowski started just over a week ago and is acclimating well to his position, albeit difficult, in light of the circumstances. Patrick has put together a letter and video as a way to e-introduce himself to our parish! Please see his letter attached to this email, and his introduction video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/2Omas6o-j5E or on our Facebook page.
 
Finally, attached is Father Steve's reflection for this Sunday, April 5th, Palm Sunday.  As a reminder, you can attend Mass virtually with Archbishop Jackels each Sunday morning at 9AM. He is also offering a virtual rosary each Thursday afternoon at 2PM. Those live broadcasts can be found here: https://dbqarch.org/live-broadcasts. Please note this information will be updated as we move into Holy Week and Easter and we will keep you updated and informed!
 
Reminder: If you would like to drop off your tithing envelope, please feel free to do so during parish office hours, there is a basket inside the door; otherwise, please consider signing up for EFT or online giving! Information for online giving is available on our parish website.
 

NEW >>>>>>>> April 9, 2020 - Parish update:
 
Greetings Holy Spirit Parish and welcome to the blessed Triduum!
 
We certainly hope you are continuing to find ways to actively encourage and participate in your faith during this Holy Week at home. There are many, many opportunities to 'plug in' to your faith over the next few days. 
 
Here are the updates for Triduum and Easter Masses and Services:
 
Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020
Live stream:
  • 6:00 pm -- Holy Thursday Mass with Archbishop Jackels from the Vianney House: https://dbqarch.org/live-broadcasts | Espanol a las 7:00 pm
  • Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament: The livestream will continue after the Spanish Mass with an opportunity to pray before the blessed sacrament until midnight. Thank you to our archdiocesan seminarians for making this possible.
Good Friday, April 10, 2020 
Live stream:
Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020
Live stream:
EASTER SUNDAY, April 12, 2020
Live stream:
  • 9:00 am -- Mass with Archbishop Jackels from the Vianney House: https://dbqarch.org/live-broadcasts | | Espanol a las 10:00 am
  • 10:00 am -- Mass with Fr. Steve Garner/Fr. Mark Kwenin from Holy Spirit Parish/Holy Ghost Church: LIVE (link will be posted on Facebook and our parish website on Friday, April 10th)
Sunday Reflection from Father Steve: Please read the reflection for Sunday, April 12th from Father Steve (attached to this email).
 
Televised Mass Times:
Other information:
Parish Office Hours: The parish office will be closed on Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th. We will resume operations at 8:00 am on Tuesday, April 14th. You may drop off your tithing envelope during open business hours next week or mail it to the parish office. THANK YOU for your continued support of our parish!

NEW****
 
From the Bishops of Iowa
April 28, 2020

Our Dear People:

Since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics in Iowa have been obliged by civil, scientific, and church authorities to sacrifice the opportunity to receive sacraments and worship in common.

With the lifting of restrictions against certain public gatherings, including religious assemblies, by Governor Kim Reynolds, members of the faithful are understandably renewed in their hope that they might safely return to church and resume some form of regular parish life. Yet the spread of the COVID-19 disease remains a real and present danger. In particular, the health and survival of the elderly and other vulnerable populations is still a grave concern. Many parishioners and priests fall within these groups.
In light of the expectation that positive cases of COVID-19 will peak in Iowa in the next few weeks, we have decided it would be most prudent for now to continue to follow the liturgical restrictions we have in place, including the suspension of public Masses. Without an effective vaccine or widespread testing and contact data that justifies a change in course, we simply are not at a place where we can resume our previous prayer practices.

The suspension of the Sunday Mass obligation remains in effect statewide, and all vulnerable persons, the sick, and those may who have been exposed to the virus are asked to look after their own welfare with the support of those who care for them. We ask parish, school and diocesan staff to continue to minister to the faithful, and the faithful to each other, in ways other than meeting in groups during this difficult time of the pandemic. We strongly encourage parishioners to visit the website and social media outlets of the parishes and schools to stay in touch as we look forward to gathering in person.

We will continue to closely monitor the statewide and respective regional situations through the weeks of May and beyond. When the time comes that we can gather in greater numbers while observing social distance, safe hygienic practices and other precautions without placing one another at serious risk, public Masses and other sacramental celebrations will be allowed to resume.
These days are not easy. We understand that many of you are frustrated with this situation; so are we. We want to celebrate Mass with our parishioners and get back to “normal.” However, we take the advice of Paul: “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

Take comfort in knowing that Jesus is with us and with you, our faithful.

Your Brothers in Christ,
Most Rev. Michael Jackels Archbishop of Dubuque
Most Rev. Thomas Zinkula Bishop of Davenport
Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless Bishop of Sioux City
Most Rev. William Joensen Bishop of Des Moines