Parish Happenings

Daily Reflections

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Weekday Reflection ~ September 17
Weekday Reflection ~ September 16
Weekday Reflection ~ September 15
Weekday Reflection ~ September 14
Weekday Reflection ~ September 13
Weekday Reflection ~ September 10
Weekday Reflection ~ September 9
Weekday Reflection ~ September 8
Weekday Reflection ~ September 7
Weekday Reflection ~ September 6

Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ September 19, 2021 

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Archbishop Jackels “Together” Bulletin – September

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From Fr. Kopacek Desk:  September 14, 2021 

  1. In last weekend’s homily about Jesus’ question to his disciples “who do you say that I am??”, I mentioned a very interesting book I recently read by Trent Horn titled “Counterfeit Christs:  Finding the Real Jesus Among the Impostors” published by Catholic Answers Press in 2019.  The author addresses a wide variety of responses that have been proposed over the years to the question of who and what Jesus is–responses from atheists, non-Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and many others.  He then considers those responses in the light of the gospels and other biblical testimony and history in general and demonstrates convincingly the truth of the Church’s teaching about Jesus.  I highly recommend this book.
  2. I also mentioned last weekend a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians that expresses so well who we as Christians say Jesus is; we might even call this passage a sort of ‘mini-Creed’:

“Though he [Jesus] was in the form of God, he did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at.  Rather, he emptied himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men.  He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that he humbled himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!  Because of this, God highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name above every other name.  So that at Jesus’ name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father:  JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!”  (Phil. 2:6-11)

This is one of those Bible passages that we would do well to become especially familiar with because it summarizes so powerfully who Jesus truly is and why we gladly and gratefully place our faith in him.

  1. I am very muchlooking forward to our public showing of “The Chosen” that begins this Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Elma church hall.  I’ll begin with a brief introduction of this series and how it came about, as well as a few pointers on who and what to look for.  After each viewing there will be an opportunity for questions/answers and discussion.  We will finish up somewhere around 4 p.m. Popcorn and other refreshments will be available.

I also learned last Sunday that the Watts Theater in Osage will be showing the eight episodes of Season One of “The Chosen” during the month of October–check the poster in the church entrance for times and dates.  Admission is free.  The more opportunities there are to see this excellent presentation of the life of Jesus, the better!



Immaculate Conception (Riceville) Fall Festival

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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)