Parish Bulletin

cover* October 26, 2014


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Lisa Paloma who serves on our parish staff as a pastoral minister has been working on an undergraduate degree in education. She has been granted a leave of absence by me to complete her “student teaching” requirements for her degree. Lisa will return to her regular responsibilities as a pastoral minister in mid-April. In the meantime, her work will be assumed by the rest of the staff. Lisa has worked to make for a smooth transition. In the meantime Pat Dixon, also a pastoral minister on our staff will be the primary contact for all our funerals. As needs arise, contact the parish office and they can be addressed. Best wishes to Lisa in her student teaching!

The last area of focus for the Pastoral Council is to more actively involve our youth in parish life. A most important step has been the hiring of an area-wide youth minister. Chelsea Stevens, our youth minister gives a personal point of contact with our youth and can greatly help in involving our youth more in parish life. This also requires our parish committees and groups to identify and work through specific ways of inviting youth to serve our parish as well. Our young people have much to offer. They are gifted with wonderful talents and abilities. We need to assist them in finding greater identity within our parish.

Parish News

ANOINTINT OF THE SICK will be celebrated at all weekend Masses - October 25 & 26.
This sacrament is available to all who are ill, anyone whose mental, physical or spiritual health is impaired by sickness or age; those about to undergo serious surgery and sick children mature enough to understand the sacrament. If you are participating in this sacrament PLEASE TAKE A NAME TAG when you enter the church.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS - "It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).”
As we give thanks with our families this year, please remember those in our community who go without. The need grows every year and we as a Catholic community can help some families in need. Armour-Eckrich has donated the hams to help with this community outreach. Hy-Vee West will provide all other items for our baskets. This year we plan on delivering 300 baskets in Cerro Gordo County. The cost of each basket will be $25, however all donations make a difference. Please be generous and send your donation in an envelope clearly marked “Thanksgiving Basket”. Designated donations may be dropped in the collection basket or mailed to the parish. Please note that we deliver in Clear Lake, Ventura, Rockwell, Rock Falls, Plymouth and Mason City.

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 boy’s clothes 18 months and 2T. 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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