Parish Bulletin

cover* July 27, 2014


* BULLETIN DEADLINE: Mondays before 12 noon
- contact: Sue - 641-423-5001,


Secretary of Faith Formation

The Faith Formation office is seeking a secretary beginning this fall. This is a part-time position of 20-22 hours per week. Ideal candidates must possess good written and oral communication skills. Candidates must also have good organizational skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job. Secretarial experience and understanding of the Catholic faith are an advantage. For more information, CLICK HERE. If interested please contact Business Manager, Rich Lorence, at the Parish Office (641-423-5001) or email


Scripture Readings and Reflection for July 27

17th sundayScripture Readings for 17th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sunday Connection - Loyola Press, Jesuit Ministry
Fr. Beck's Sunday's Word
St Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Center for Liturgy - St Louis University


Archdiocese of Dubuque Website

Witness - Prayer for Vocations

Parish Calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS - for additional events go to Parish Calendar
* July 31, 6:30 pm - Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at the Epiphany Parish Center.
* August 3, 11am - 3 pm - KC's annual Chicken BBQ, at the K of C Hall,Mason City.
* August 4, 6:30 pm - St. Roseanne Circle will meet at Hardees.
* August 24, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm - Epiphany Parish Fall Festival ~ CLICK HERE for details
FOR MORE INFORMATION & MORE EVENTS - go to Parish Calendar or Parish Bulletin

     † Weekly Mass Schedule - see far right column

Parish News

VOCATIONS: One of the most important decisions our young people make is discerning their vocation or their call from God. For many it is a call to be married. For some, it is to single life and for others their calling is to religious life or priesthood. It is so important for them to seriously discern their vocation. Happiness and fulfillment is found in living what God is asking of them. Encourage young people to practically and prayerfully discern their vocation. Discerning a vocation to marriage and choosing a good partner for a lifelong commitment in the sacrament of marriage is not easier than a call to priesthood or religious life. Please pray for young men who are discerning the vocation to serve God as a priest. On Saturday morning, August 16th Archbishop Jackels will be present at our parish as we hold a holy hour to pray for vocations to the priesthood. Archbishop has visited every area of the Archdiocese of Dubuque to participate in a holy hour to pray for vocations. Seminarians studying for our archdiocese will also join us for the holy hour. Please come to St. Joseph church at 9 a.m. on August 16th to join in this prayer. Bring others, especially your children and young adults to join in our prayer together. God calls each of us to a vocation so that we can serve God with our lives. Join together in prayer so that each can respond! Fr. Neil

HOSPITALIZATION: I am sure you know that it is a challenge for parish personnel to know who is in the hospital these days. In light of that, please let us know at the Parish Office, 423-5001, if you or someone in your family is going to be hospitalized. We are happy to visit with any parishioner, but cannot do that when we do not know of their hospitalization.

COUPLES MARRIED 50 YEARS OR MORE should have received an invitation to The Mass of Thanksgiving on August 24th. Remember to mail your RSVP before August 10th

IGNITE YOUR FAITH This Summer With New Catholic CDs!!! Use your summer travel and exercise routine to listen and learn more about your Catholic Faith. See THIS DOCUMENT for more information. The CDs are located in the kiosk in the back of St. Joseph’s Church. Don’t take a vacation from your Catholic Faith this summer!

BABY PANTRY NEEDS boys summer clothes sizes 12-18 months. Used is just fine. We also need 2T,3T,4T,5T, & 6T briefs for girls and boys. Thanks for all your wonderful response to our requests. So far this year we have helped 318 infants and toddlers.

* Prepare & serve the noon meal at the Community Kitchen on the 3rd Monday of each month. For more information or to volunteer contact Audrey at 423- 9306.

*Wash and iron altar linens used each week at St. Joseph Church, call parish office: 423-5001.

*Usher at weekend Masses. Contact parish office 423-5001.

*Contact the parish office at 423-5001. RCIA is the process of joining the Catholic Church.


CLICK HERE to read download the bulletin insert explaining our Parish Project!

Your Role in the Parish...

We need YOU! There are many opportunities to become involved in your parish community. Right now there is a need for:
* Lectors at the 4:00 Mass at Holy Family - Contact the Parish office at 423-5001.
* Volunteers to assist and lead Children's Liturgy - If interested in helping
     Contact Carol: 425-9159 (at SJ 9 am Sun), contact Lisa: 423-5001 (at HF 11 am Sun)
* Musicians - Organist, Pianist at weekend Masses - Contact the Parish office at 423-5001.
     Join the choir! Adult Choir practices Wed eve, 7 pm. Youth Choir meets 2nd Sun eve 6:30 pm.
* Baby Pantry Coordinator - Contact the Parish office at 423-5001.
* Donations to Baby Pantry - underwear size 2T-3T and socks for ages 3-5; monetary gifts, too!
     Donations may be brought to the Epiphany Parish Center during regular parish office hours.

Catholic Charities - Counselor

Val Tichy has her Masters degree in counseling and her bachelor's in Elementary Education. She is experienced in group, individual, adult, child, marital and family counseling. Services are on an income-based sliding fee scale. Counseling is available Monday - Wednesday, 8:30-4:30 and Thursdays, 8:30-7:00 pm. Please call 641-424-9683 for an appointment.

Justice for Immigrants

What, in a nutshell, is the U.S. bishops' position on immigration reform? Does the Catechism of the Catholic Church have anything to say about this issue? FIND OUT ANSWERS TO THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS HERE.

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