Parish Bulletin

cover* March 1, 2015
EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINE for March 15 is Thurs. March 5
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- contact: Sue - 641-423-5001,

Daylight Savings Time - Set your clocks ahead - March 8, 2015

Parish News

Meals on Wheels Volunteers are needed for the week of March 2-6. Call Leah O’Neill, 423-0148.

Young Adult Community Group: Looking to meet other Catholic young adults in the area? The group will be meeting weekly to grow in faith through study and community. Young adults age 19- 35 are invited to participate! For more information, contact Rachel Beck at 952- 201-8236 or

New Parish Business Manager - We welcome Carol Bruns to our business manager position. She begins her new role on Monday, March 2nd. Carol has worked as office manager for Hospice of North Iowa for a number of years. A few years ago, she served on Pastoral Council for Epiphany parish as we were transitioning and merging. We welcome Carol to her new position!

Kitchen Renovation at Holy Family church - Demolition work is complete as well as plumbing and electrical work. Cabinets are ordered. There is still more to do, but the project is coming along nicely. It will be a benefit to our parish.

Staff Retreat - Our parish staff took a day of retreat together on Thursday after Ash Wednesday in Nashua along with staff people from eight other parishes. It focused on servant leadership, stewardship and our parish role of shepherding others in there needs. The Archdiocesan Office of Pastoral Planning and Leadership Development put on the day.

First Reconciliation - Our young children made their First Reconciliation this past week. I am proud of them and particularly their parents for preparing together. Forgiveness is a wonderful gift from God. I hope many of you will have the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation during Lent. It may be one of the best things you do during this Lent!

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.

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years and older on Ash Wednesday, and on all Fridays of Lent.
Fasting is to observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid food between meals is not permitted.
Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed penitential practices.
The Stations of the Cross and Soup Suppers
5:30 pm - Wednesdays, at St. Joseph Church (beginning February 25) Stations & Soup*
5:30 pm - Fridays, at Holy Family Church - Stations only, starting this Friday.
*Donations received from the supper will be sent to CRS Rice Bowl campaign.

Pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession:

Join our Parish and more than 13,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a life changing Lenten journey with the CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family's rice bowl at the entrances to church. Remember your Lenten sacrifices change lives!

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.


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.

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:
* 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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