Parish Bulletin

cover* December 14, 2014

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

          Attention: Early Bulletin deadlines!!
December 28: December 18 at noon.                January 4: December 22 at noon

Epiphany Parish Business Manager - Position

Epiphany Parish is accepting applications for a full-time Business Manager. Duties include the management of facilities and staff as well as the general office, business and financial activities of Epiphany (Mason City) and Sacred Heart (Manly) Parishes. The successful candidate will have 5 or more years of experience in business management, excellent computer skills including Microsoft and database experience, strong interpersonal communication skills, detail-oriented organizational skills, demonstrated exemplary record-keeping skills and previous supervisory experience. A bachelor’s degree in business related field with knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Church and its mission are preferred.



Qualified candidates should send a completed employment application, cover letter and resume by January 5, 2015 to:
Epiphany Parish
Attn: Search Committee
302 5th Street S.E.
Mason City, IA 50401

From the Pastor

Advent is a good time for change to benefit our life as disciples!

Change in Friday Mass Schedule
The Friday morning Mass will now begin at 7:00 a.m. on Fridays. This is a change from the 6:30 time that has been in place for some time. I visited with those who regularly attend Mass on Friday, a couple weeks ago and most were highly supportive of the later change of time. The change most affects those who are working who like to participate in Mass before going to work. A 7:00 a.m. time still allows most to come to Mass whereas a later time would not. The later time of 7:00 a.m. allows for more daylight as people are coming to Mass in the winter. It is also a way for me to make Fridays less full. It’s a small change, but appropriate. Some parish meetings do occur as early as 7:00 a.m.. That’s early enough for the parish daily schedule to begin. Others have expressed an interest in Friday morning Mass, but find 6:30 a.m. to be too early. Please join us for Friday Mass at 7:00 a.m. beginning December 19th. A morning coffee social follows Friday morning Mass every week except for 1st Friday and during Lent. All are also welcome.
Monthly Eucharistic Adoration
Each month, 1st Friday Mass is followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the side chapel at St. Joseph church until Saturday morning. With the change in Friday morning’s Mass time, there will also be a slight change in the time for benediction that concludes the overnight exposition time. Benediction will now be at 8 a.m. Thanks for accommodating this change. You can also participate in exposition and adoration each 3rd Wednesday following 8 a.m. Mass at Holy Family church. Exposition (without benediction) concludes at 4:30 p.m. Consider including monthly adoration in your schedule!
Evening Parish Meetings
Our parish is a busy place. Lots of groups meet throughout the day. Evenings are often scheduled with meetings as well. I just want to urge groups and committees to consider concluding meetings by 8PM. Consider starting a little earlier if that’s too hard to do. A lot can be accomplished in a shorter time when meetings start on time and keep on task. Your spouse and your family will appreciate having time with you. Life can be full. We all need to work to keep it reasonable and not hectic. Thanks to all who labor for the benefit of our parish and our members! Your time and efforts are deeply appreciated by me!

Parish News

Dec. 13 -10:00 AM - Sacred Heart, Rockwell
Dec. 16 - 7:00 PM - Holy Family Church
Dec. 20 - 10:00 AM - St. Patrick, Clear Lake
Dec. 21 - 1:00 PM - St. Joseph Church
Dec. 21 - 4:00 PM - St. Patrick, Britt

December 24, 2014
4:00 pm - St. Joseph Church
4:00 pm - Holy Family Church
4:00 pm - St. Patrick, Clear Lake
5:30 pm - Sacred Heart, Manly
6:00 pm - St. Joseph Church
7:00 pm - Sacred Heart, Rockwell
7:00 pm - St. Patrick, Clear Lake
9:00 pm - Holy Family Church

December 25, 2014
9:00 am - Holy Family Church
9:00 am - St. Patrick, Clear Lake
9:00 am - Sacred Heart, Rockwell

Contribute to the Christmas Flower Fund in memory of loved ones. Special envelopes are available at all the church entrances and may be returned to the collection baskets or the parish office. Please print the names of your loved ones clearly so they can be written correctly in the bulletin. We will list the "in memory" names in the December 28 bulletin. Names need to be in the office by noon, December 18th.

Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 21, after the communal penance service at St. Joseph Church, until 4PM. All parishioners are invited to come.

Retirement Fund for Religious - Share your gratitude for the senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who made a positive difference in so many lives. A special envelope is in your packet of envelopes you receive in the mail each month. If you do not receive envelopes you can use the envelope handed out last week at church or any envelope and clearly mark it as for “Religious Retirement”.

Engagements and Weddings – Holidays are a time for engagements. If you are newly engaged, call the office to set up an appointment with me. The first step is for the engaged couple to meet with me. After that meeting, we can talk about possible wedding dates. Everyone, of course wants to get a date set…just remember that we need to meet with you first. Dates can’t be reserved until you get started with a meeting. Engaged couples living out of town who may wish to celebrate their wedding here, need to contact me as well to get started. I’ll be happy to steer you in the right direction so that we can set dates for you as well. Congratulations!

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.

LIVING WITH CHRIST 2014-2015 Sunday Missal, is a resource that helps prepare for and celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday and major feast days of the year. This pocket size missal contains all Sunday readings, complete Order of Mass and a treasury of prayers. It also contains thoughtful Sunday meditations on the Scripture readings,with questions for reflection, discussion and prayer. Cost $5.00 Limited copies available. Call the parish office at 423-5001 to purchase a copy.


BABY PANTRY is in need of winter clothes for girls, size 5T. Drop off donations at St. Joseph Parish Center during regular parish office hours. Contact: 641-423-1464.

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.

* 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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