The Bishop Wants To Hear From Us

 

Bishop William Joensen invites us to take part in a brief survey that will assist our visioning process for the Diocese of Des Moines. We want to hear of your joys and disappointments, your hopes and priorities for our diocesan future. Please go to https://forms.gle/1mp721t5b8TFcAid8 to complete the survey. The Bishop also invites us to pray that God will grace us with clear vision of His will for the way forward.

 

                                                                                                                Blood Drive


Last Chance to keep your New Year’s resolution to donate blood four times at our parish this year! Reserve your preferred time today in the vestibule at St. Mary or online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Appointments are required. We need new blood to help us set a record for blood collected at our parish in a year’s time. It only takes about 30 – 45 minutes and you get to enjoy beverages and homemade treats at our canteen to say nothing about the conversation with our wonderful volunteers.

 

People needing surgeries, child birth, anemia, blood disorders, cancer treatments, serious burns, etc. are counting on putting your blood to invaluable use. There’s no substitute for YOUR REAL human blood. We look forward to seeing you at our drive 3:00 – 7:00pm, January 27 at St. Mary.

 

Can’t donate, but want to help? We welcome homemade treats and those wonderful volunteers to tend the canteen. Contact Lisa and Tim at kautza@netins.net or 515-964-7687. 


                                                                                                                                                        Snack Packs!!


The Super Bowl just wouldn’t be the same without our S.T.O.R.M. Snack Packs! Order forms are available the weekends of January 29/30 and February 5/6. Snack packs will be distributed after Masses on February12/13. Thank you for supporting our youth! 


                                                                           Charitable Hearts General Disaster Relief

 

This newly established fund will help the Diocese of Des Moines, in partnership with Catholic Charities, respond  to the immediate needs in our community in the aftermath of any unfortunate disaster-related event. This fund strives to meet critical needs in our local and at times, global communities, regardless of religious, social or economic backgrounds. 

This second collection will be taken up at Masses January 29 & 30. Thank you for your support of this collection enabling us be ready to help when disasters strike.

 

                                                                                                                                   Take a Trip With Father Andrew!


Father is hosting a trip to Germany and Austria July 15-25, 2022.  Space is limited to 20 people.  Check out this flier for more information.

Looking For a Way to Become More Involved With Your Parish and Local Community? 

 

Snow Removal Assistance:  Equipment Provided - People Power Needed!  Could you help with snow removal of sidewalks, etc. at St. Mary? We have weekend and/or weekday time frames. Instructions/schedule of events provided. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094EA4A722A2FB6-sidewalk. Contact Bill Schmitt with questions, 515-291-8005. 


The Blessing Box Food Pantry is seeking volunteers to help box items to distribute to families on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Please contact Tammi McClain at 515-290-3904 if interested. 


Calling All Musicians! We would love to have you join our music ministry to participate during Mass! We are happy to provide training and have you sing or play with mentors. Teenagers welcome! If interested and would like more information, please contact Sue Schmidt, sschmidt@saintmaryhc.org / 515-689-9949.


Liturgical Ministers: We are looking for additional lectors, ushers and Host distributors for our Masses. Training provided. If you have questions about these ministries or are interested in serving, please contact Fr. Andrew at Fr.Andrew@saintmaryhc.org.


Wine & Cheese and Coffee & Donuts:  We would like to provide this once a month after each of our Masses and are looking for people to host them. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Barb Liske, bliske@saintmaryhc.org / 515-367-2685.


Thank you for considering these volunteer opportunities!


                                                                                                                                               Holding Tiny Hands 

This a nonprofit run by parishioners Bob and Susan Selby.  They are asking for volunteers to make masks for parents of preemies and other critically ill infants in the neonatal intensive care units of Blank and Mercy.  If you are able to help, please use these instructions with specificationsWhen you are finished please reach out to Susan Selby by phone or email to arrange for pickup, 515-441-0324 or susan@holdingtinyhands.orgSusan is also happy to answer any questions that you may have.   

     2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal

 

                                                                            Parish Goal              Payments              Unpaid Pledges            Refund

                                                                              $51,038                    $56,580                          $850                        $5,542

 

Sharing God’s Gifts Diocesan Campaign

Thank you for your continued support; we appreciate your timely payments for this Campaign.

 Pledged                       Payments                   Balance Due              SMHC Received   

                                                                 $440,234                     $426,919                        $13,315                           $207,460 


The following comes from the bishop's updated COVID-related protocols.  He writes:

The Diocese continues to strongly encourage masks at all indoor liturgies and other events, especially for those who are unvaccinated and without natural immunity, as a small sacrifice that can assist our health care professionals and help all members of our community feel comfortable worshiping together. "Additionally, masks will be required for all clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion during the distribution of communion."


We continue to have masks and hand sanitizer available.  If you wish to receive Communion on the tongue, please go to Fr. Andrew (he sanitizes after each). 

 

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, or have been exposed to the virus (considered 15 minutes within 6 feet of known or suspected COVID-19 case), or shown symptoms at any time in the previous 10 days are to stay home.

 

Diocesan updates be found on the diocesan website.