Change of 6th-12th Grade Director of Religious Ed
Our 6th – 12th Grade DRE, Abbie Budan, has a accepted a position at the Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Her last day was this past Friday (Aug. 28th). We have hired Kate Reidel to replace her. Kate is currently the DRE in Marcus. We are looking forward to having Kate as part of the team.
Friday Adoration is Moving to IC
Our Friday adoration for the Pray for Our Country Campaign is moving to IC. Adoration will begin after the 8 am Mass (or 9 am when the school children return). This move is to free up Nativity Church for music practices and the like. At IC there you can practice music in the parish center. With the school locked down due to the virus, there is nowhere for the musicians to practice at Nativity.
This fall we will be taking a census of the parish. We will be looking to verify your information concentrating on emails, texting and the like. You will be receiving information in the mail soon. Thanks for your cooperation.
Derecho Relief Donations
If you would like to donate to relief efforts for the Derecho that hit Iowa in August, you may send a check to: Catholic Charities, c/ o Derecho Relief Fund, 1229 Mt. Loretta Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52003
Confessions are Back
The Sacrament of Confession is back at both Churches. We have moved the times back so that it is closer to the Mass times.
The new times are as follows:
Nativity – Saturdays from 3:00 – 3:50 pm
IC – Saturday from 4:00 – 4:50 pm
Confession at Nativity will be in the Cry Room/Bride’s Room and at IC the Adoration Chapel will be used with the penitents waiting in the day chapel. There will be a barrier in the room between the penitent and the priest. There will be no chair for the penitent. The penitent is to stand for Confession. This will eliminate the spreading of germs from touching objects. Thus, we will not have to sanitize after each penitent.
Interested in Becoming Catholic Or Receiving 1st Communion and/or Confirmation?
It is time for The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). If you know someone who is interested in the Catholic Faith or never received their 1st Communion and/or Confirmation, this will be a great opportunity for them. Please consider asking someone to join the church, even if you have asked them before. The RCIA classes will be starting on Thursday, September 17th at 7 pm. The classes will last between 1-1.5 hours. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Church Donations – Please!!!
Please continue to financially support the Church. The collections have dropped during the past month. However, our expenses continue to stay at the same level. Thanks for all that you do for the parish and please continue to pray for the parish. The Lord knows that we can always use more prayers, especially during these difficult days.
The Search - Finding the meaning of life - Coming Soon To Mater Dei Parish
COME JOIN US! PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY!
As a Parish, we are asking you to join us as we PRAY
throughout the rest of 2020 for our Country and it's spiritual health!
*Pray just a few minutes every day for our country. *Simple FAST on FRIDAYS. (no Fb, no coffee, go to daily mass, kind words only, read scripture, online prayers, etc.)
SPREAD THE WORD! Ask others to join us!
We as a country need to unite in prayer in asking Our Lord to bless our country, our families, and their children, and their children........Amen (We have yard signs of the below graphic available at the church front office entrance and at the back of both churches)
Live Streaming of Weekend Masses
Even though we are now that we are back in church for weekend Masses, we realize that not everyone will attend as there is still no obligation to attend. Thus, we are live streaming one Mass from each church during the weekend. This will be viewable on our website and hopefully Facebook. We have purchased some new equipment to make this possible. Hopefully it will go as planned. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Weekly Parish Updates on Facebook
I will be giving weekly updates (Fireside Chats) on our parish Facebook page (Mater Dei Parish Facebook). I will be discussing what is new in the parish and how things are moving along. If you are not already following our Facebook page, now is a good time to start.
Year End Video
Tom Schoening from Siouxland Videos has created a video summarizing our yearly activities. It can be seen at https://youtu.be/OaYqoi5lnh4 Enjoy and thanks Tom!!!
Mater Dei Personal Products Pantry
Advent is a special time for making gifts to the pantry. During this season as we await the birth of Jesus Christ, you may bring your gifts to the altarbefore or after Mass. There will also be a basket at the altar marked for the pantry for monetary gifts. Thank you for sharing your gifts with those in need in our community.
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