Parish Happenings

Daily Reflections

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Weekday Reflection ~ June 24
Weekday Reflection ~ June 23
Weekday Reflection ~ June 22
Weekday Reflection ~ June 21
Weekday Reflection ~ June 18
Weekday Reflection ~ June 17
Weekday Reflection ~ June 16
Weekday Reflection ~ June 15
Weekday Reflection ~ June 14

Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time Mass ~ June 20, 2021 

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Archbishop Jackels “Together” Bulletin

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From Fr. Kopacek Desk:  June 22, 2021 

1.  Many of you will remember Fr. Ray Atwood, former pastor of Holy Rosary Cluster; I want to inform you of the sad news of the unexpected death of his sister Linette Tally (age 50) on June 15.  Her funeral will be at St. Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo on Tuesday, July 6.  If you would like to send a sympathy card or note to Fr. Atwood, his address is:  Sacred Heart Church, 600 First Ave. SW, Oelwein IA  50662.  May her soul rest forever in the peace of the risen Christ.

2.  I know Father’s Day was last Sunday, but I wanted to share this reflection with you.  If you have seen it before, it bears repeating!

“Dad Through The Years–When I was:

· 4 years old:  ‘My Daddy can do anything’

· 5 years old:  ‘My Daddy knows a whole lot.’

· 6 years old:  ‘My dad is smarter than your Dad.’

· 8 years old:  ‘My Dad doesn’t know exactly everything.’

· 10 years old:  ‘In the olden days, when my Dad grew up, things were sure different.’

· 12 years old:  ‘Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn’t know anything about that.  He’s too old to remember his childhood.’

· 13 years old:  ‘Don’t pay any attention to my Dad.  He’s so old-fashioned.’

· 21 years old:  ‘Him?  My goodness, he’s hopelessly out of date.’

· 25 years old:  ‘Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks.  After all, he’s had a lot of experience.’

· 35 years old:  ‘I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.’

· 40 years old:  ‘I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise.’

· 50 years old:  ‘I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him.  Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was.  I could have learned a lot from him.’

Actually, you could replace “Daddy/Dad” with “Mommy/Mom” and make the same points.  Isn’t it funny–the older we get, the more we realize just how wise our parents were!  May God bless all parents, living and deceased, with all needed grace, peace and joy.


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)