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RING THE BELL for the Salvation Army on Thursday, December 3rd, 1-9PM at Hy-Vee West. Call Helen Paulsen, 424-5543 if you can volunteer.

mittensDec 5, 8:30 am - Epiphany Parish Christmas Brunch - St. Joseph Social Hall. Come enjoy the warmth of parish friendships by attending a Christmas Brunch ($6.00). Paula Hanus will present a program titled Great Works of Art: Madonna of the Streets. Musical entertainment will be provided by Epiphany Parish high school students. Donations of children’s mittens/gloves, to be distributed among schools in Mason City, will be accepted. Schedule your reservations by contacting Margaret Lang, 424-5300 or Mary Mechem,

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING - The Advent candles will be lit before each Mass during Advent. If you, your family or friend are interested in lighting the candles before Mass please contact Karen at the parish office, 423-5001.

Starting on December 8, 2015 and concluding on November 20, 2016;
Pope Francis has called for a Holy Year of Mercy.
Please watch the parish bulletin and website for more details
and various activities throughout this holy time to be celebrated
by us as a parish and as a Diocese as well.
Looking forward to the Holy Year!
-Father Neil Manternach

Learn more about the Jubilee Year of Mercy - Link to the Vatican Web Site
Year of Mercy Resources - Link to the Archdiocese Web Site

PICTORIAL DIRECTORY - If you had your picture taken for the directory and did not place an order, your 8x10 picture is available to pick up in the Parish Office.

PARISH OFFERING MADE EASY! Lots of people pay all of their bills electronically, without writing a check. Now you can make your church donation electronically, too. This plan is a reliable, secure way to contribute to Holy Family Catholic Church. Your gifts are automatically withdrawn from your bank account at an amount and frequency you choose.
The Electronic (ACH) Giving Plan is very easy to set up. The ACH (Automated Clearing House) process is the electronic transfer of money from one account to another. Download and fill out THIS ACH FORM to get started today! Got Questions? Read MORE here!

Parish Contributions to Date: Watch for a letter from the Parish. We are sending out a statement of each household’s giving to date. This time of year, we start receiving calls asking about individual giving amounts. We send out these statements for your information and to make sure that records are correct. Your financial support is so impor-tant and it is much appreciated. Thank you!

coatBABY PANTRY - The Baby Pantry is in need of sizes 2T and 3T boys’ winter 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. Thank you for your support of the Baby Pantry.

SACRISTANS are needed at Holy Family on an as needed basis and on the first Sunday of every month at 11:00 am. The sacristan is responsible for opening and closing the church and arranging materials for Mass. Contact Karen Byrne at the parish office, if interested.

HOMEBOUND MINISTRY - Volunteers Needed! Ministers visit parishoners who are homebound and distribute Holy Communion. Would you prayerfully consider this ministry? Training will be provided and the commitment would be once a month. Contact Pat Dixon, 423-5001, for additional information.

SCRIP- One of the best things about raising money through our SCRIP program is that NO extra money comes out of the pockets of our families. SCRIP is a national fundraising program that is an easy and painless way to give money to our Newman schools and parishes. SCRIP is available for sale during the week at the Newman high school office, after hours at Newman daycare, at St. Joseph on the 1st weekend of the month, St. Patrick on the 2nd weekend, and at Holy Family on the 3rd weekend after mass. Most SCRIP cards (Hy-Vee, Fareway, Walmart, etc) are immediately available for purchase. SCRIP for other places is ordered on Mondays and available by that following Wednesday. If you are interested in becoming a SCRIP volunteer, or have additional questions, please call our SCRIP coordinator, Kim at 423-6638.

Are you an adult interested in baptism? Have you considered joining the Catholic Church? Do you know someone with these interests? Contact Karen at 423-5001 soon. The process begins in August.

GO TO THE CALENDAR PAGE to view Events & Upcoming Parish Activities!

Sacristans are needed to Holy Family and St Joseph churches. The sacristan arrives early, unlocks the doors, sets up for Mass, cleans and locks up following Mass. Training is provided Contact the office if you are interested in a once a month or occasional commitment.

Hospitalizations: If you or a family member is admitted to the hospital or a care facility, please contact the parish office 423-5001. Notification will allow our visitation staff the opportunity to visit the patient or resident.

ENGAGEMENTS & WEDDINGS: Contact the parish office to set up an appointment. Couples need to meet with the priest before a wedding date can be reserved.

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

"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.

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. Please contact the parish office if interested.

*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.

LOW GLUTEN HOSTS are available at both St. Joseph and Holy Family. 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. 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.

*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!

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.

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