Parish Happenings

From Fr. Telesphore Desk:  June 14, 2024

Happy Father’s Day to all who are fathers or grandfathers or stepfathers! Five weeks ago, we celebrated the Mother’s Day and offered Mass for our Mothers. Today, on this Father’s Day, we are doing the same – offering our Fathers on the altar of God during our Holy Masses and asking our Heavenly Father’s to bless them.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches us that the vital importance of the father’s role comes from the fact that, with his wife, he cooperates with God the Creator in bringing a new human life into the World. The role of the parents (Fathers and Mothers) is very important and significant in their children’s education for their brilliant future, for the Church in particular, and for the society in general. The father’s presence is a significant positive factor in the children’s getting a college education, finding a satisfying job, and making a lasting marriage (I am not ignoring the role of the Mothers, I am only focusing on the role of the Fathers because we are celebrating their day). A girl’s choice of partner and satisfaction in marriage is often directly related to the relationship she has had with her father.

The Fathers’ day is also a day to remember our Heavenly Father and our spiritual Fathers. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the faithfulness of our Heavenly as well as recognizing the work of our spiritual Fathers who dedicate their lives to the proclamation of the Gospel, for the Glory of God and the Salvation of the world. As we celebrate this Fathers’ day, let us remember to always have a room for our Heavenly Father from whom every good things and blessings come, and as a result He will give us good spiritual Fathers.

All of us or many pray the “Our Father” (the Prayer of Jesus) day after day. As we pray, let us pay attention to the love and providence of our Heavenly Father. When we pray the Our Father during the Holy Mass, may we be able to realize the meaning and the significance of each clause and experience the love of our Heavenly Father for us. May all the fathers in our families draw strength from our Heavenly Father!

On this Father’s Day, as we pray and ask God to bless our Fathers, let us also pray for our spiritual Fathers, those men who are called to be Fathers of an immensely large Parish family through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

God bless our Fathers now and forever!


From Fr. Telesphore Desk:  June 11, 2024

There is hope in salvation, despite all that pushes us away from the grace of God. The

readings of this 10th Sunday of ordinary time remind us of the importance of the Word of God in

building our families and our society in general. From the first reading to the gospel, we read

how the Word of God shapes our history and how sticking to it and meditating on it is the only

way that can build our unity.

We are always reminded that our vocation is to be holy, as our Heavenly Father is Holy.

How do we remain in our vocation? Love calls us to correspond to it with the same love, and that

is manifested in the way we attach importance to what we hear from the One who loved us

before the creation of the universe. In our daily relationships, we fail every single time we lose

our point to listen attentively to our brothers or sisters (remember, they hold the image of God

within their lives). The first fall of our foreparents was possible because they went to listen to the

word of the devil, forgetting that their hearts were to be drawn only and only to the One whose

Word made all that exist. This is what happens every time we give our attentive ear to another

one different from our Maker, our Lord.

Consequently, we experience divisions in our families and society because, by enthroning

the devil, we push away God, whose essence is unity (God is One in Three persons); therefore,

we lose our own unity. Look at what happened between Eve and Adam. None of them wants to

be responsible; they are accusing one another, and that is one of the eloquent signs that the devil

is ruling… and we know very well that we have only one ruler, our God.

However, we are not hopeless people. The coming of Jesus and his presence among us is

itself hope for Divine Mercy. His answer in the Gospel of this 10th Sunday of ordinary time is an

invitation to all of us to know where our strength is and if we want to remain united to God and

keep the same unity among us. “Who is my brother? Who is my sister? Who is my mother?” The

answer to this question depends on the way we give our ear to God and reject the noise of the

devil around us. Remember, that was our oath from the time we were baptized: choosing God

and rejecting the devil.

If I listen attentively to the Word of God and if you do the same, we will not accuse one

another, but rather we will protect each other from the snares of the devil and the Holy Spirit will

always defend us. Let us always welcome Jesus into our homes, and we will never be


Jesus unites people and welcomes sinners. His work is about collaboration and building God’s kingdom, not division.

Eleventh Sunday In Ordinary Time Mass ~ June 16, 2024

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Rev. Telesphore Dusabe


‘Together’ Monthly Bulletin

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Riceville Knights of Columbus Travel Gavel-Sunday, April 21, 2024

Seminarian, Jacob Francois will do a program at 6:15 pm on the topic of “Being a man in the Catholic Church”.

Click on this link to view Jacob’s Speech and Program




Funeral Mass For Rev. Jerry Kopacek

Friday, March 8, 2024
10:30 a.m.
St. Wenceslaus Church – Duncan, IA

Click on this link to view Father Jerry Kopacek Funeral Mass

Christian Vigil of the Deceased for Rev. Jerry F. Kopacek

Thursday March 7, 2024
Rosary 6:00 p.m.
Vigil Service 6:30 p.m.

Click on this link to join ‘Father Jerry Kopacek Vigil Service’





Ministry to the Sick and Hospitalized

If you would like to receive the sacrament Anointing of the Sick or would like Fr. Kopacek to visit you while sick or hospitalized, please call the cluster office and let him know. He will be more than happy to see you!

Music Ministers Needed

A strong music ministry is necessary for a vibrant parish.  All our parishes are in need of music ministers to help lead us in prayer.  If God has given you a gift of singing or playing an instrument, or even if you still need to develop that gift, contact the Cluster Office at


Online Giving

We appreciate your contributions  to the church community and would especially like to recognize those who are now using our ConnectNow Giving link.  Our online giving site is safe, secure and most of all convenient.  You will always control the amount and can change or stop it at any time.  If you would like to donate using our online giving system and have not yet had a chance to do so, click on the Online Giving tab on this website and then your parish name.  If you have any questions please contact Nancy Theis at the cluster office (641-393-2520).


Befriender Ministry

Volunteers are needed from each parish to:

  • Drive people to medical appointments
  • Drive people to Mass
  • Make daily calls to people who live along (make sure they are okay)
  • Actively participate in a prayer chain

Please call the cluster office (641-393-2520) or Teresa Klobassa (641-393-2598) if you are interested in volunteering or would like more information.

* The Holy Rosary Cluster has assembled a group of 15 parishioners representing each of our parishes who are prepared to visit people in difficult and transitional situations such as illness, loneliness or loss of a loved one.  If you, or someone you know, would like a visit from one of our outreach ministers, please call: Alta Vista – Philomena Boehmer (641-364-6962) Lourdes – Marge Ludwig ((641-393-2568) Elma – Teresa Klobassa (641-393-2598) Riceville – Jeanne Watts (641-985-2031) New Haven – Nancy Theis (641-985-4145)