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.