Parish Bulletin

cover* March 29, 2015

* EARLY Bulletin Deadline for Easter Bulletin: Thursday, March 26 - noon
* BULLETIN DEADLINE: Mondays before 12 noon
- contact: Sue - 641-423-5001,

Parish News

- In May we will be voting for parishioners to fill the following elected positions in our parish:
* Two adult positions and one youth position on the Parish Pastoral Council
* One position representing Epiphany on the Newman Board of Education
* One position on the area Adult Faith Formation Commission
Deadline to express candidacy is April 20th by 4 pm.
Please consider running for one of these important roles. Your parish needs a slate of candidates for these roles. Talk with those already serving and/or plan to attend the Candidate Night meeting on Tuesday, April 7 to learn more about these positions.

"ALL ARE WELCOME" is the motto of the newly formed Parish Life Commission Welcoming Committee. Newly registered members of Epiphany Parish will receive a welcome visit from a member of this committee plus a plate of goodies. If you are new to the area and are considering Epiphany as your parish family, please contact the parish office to register.

Volunteer at the Good Shepherd on March 25th for Bingo at 1:00 pm - bake cookies and work bingo. This is a rewarding afternoon that is much appreciated by the residents. Support your parish. Phone Colleen at 423-6855.

LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES + HOLY WEEK & EASTER... see the calendar page

Mason City Young Adult Catholics - Are you, or someone you know, a young adult Catholic or non-Catholic interested in learning more about the faith? You're invited to join in study and fellowship with other young adults age 19-35. All young adults (single, engaged, and married) are encouraged to learn more about how to get involved. Young adults in surrounding communities are also welcome to participate. For more information, contact Rachel Beck, 952- 201-8236 or or join our Facebook group!

Catholic Lay Woman’s Study Club. To join, contact M. Rigdon 423-1944 or K. Carney 423-7578.

MINISTRY FAIR - Where is God calling YOU to serve?
* The Parish Guild invites all women to be involved in serving the parish through activities such as assisting at funeral dinners, working the salad luncheons, and hosting various receptions and social events. Joining a circle also provides the opportunity to become better acquainted with other parish members.
* The Parish Homebound & Nursing Home ministries need volunteers to bring Holy Communion to homebound parishioners, and to assist with services and bring Holy Communion to residents at Good Shepherd. Funeral sacristans are also needed.
Find out more about these volunteer opportunities at the Ministry Fair on April 26 and May 2/3.

BABY PANTRY is in need of size 2T and 4T girl’s clothing. Thank you for your support of the Baby pantry. Drop off donations at St. Joseph Parish Center during regular parish office hours. Contact: 641-423-1464.

Musicians and song leaders are needed at Epiphany Parish. Volunteers should be willing to make a commitment to accompany or as a song leader twice a month. Training provided. Please contact the parish office if interested.


LOW GLUTEN HOSTS will be available at both St. Joseph and Holy Family starting October 4, 2014. These low gluten hosts are made from wheat starch and water with a gluten content of less than .01%. If you will be receiving Communion with a low gluten host please let one of the ushers know when you arrive at Mass. There will be a Eucharistic Minister who will be distributing only the low gluten hosts. Questions? Contact the parish office.

HEARING ASSISTED DEVICES will be available at both St. Joseph and Holy Family for use during Mass starting October 4, 2014. If you will be using one of these devices please contact the usher at the north door at St. Joseph or the north/ handicapped door at Holy Family before Mass. You will be asked to leave your car keys with the usher when you "check out" the device. These hearing assisted devices are available to purchase. Contact the parish office for details and pricing.

*COMMUNITY KITCHEN - Volunteers are needed from Epiphany Parish to help serve the evening meal at the Community Kitchen the 2nd Monday of each month (4-6:30). This is a wonderful opportunity for families (children over 10), faith sharing or Confirmation groups, or any individual to put their faith into action and participate in a Social Justice Ministry. Four workers are needed each month. If you would like to volunteer for a month or for more information, contact Audrey Wolf, 423-9306. Thanks to all who already faithfully help with noon meals at the Community Kitchen.

*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:
* 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.

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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