Parish Happenings

Daily Reflections

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Weekday Reflection ~ September 27
Weekday Reflection ~ September 26
Weekday Reflection ~ September 25
Weekday Reflection ~ September 22
Weekday Reflection ~ September 21
Weekday Reflection ~ September 20
Weekday Reflection ~ September 19
Weekday Reflection ~ September 18


Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time Mass ~ September 24, 2023



From Father Kopacek Desk:  September 26, 2023

  1. I am very glad to share with you the good news that Jacob Francois, one of our second-year seminarians at Mundelein Seminary (near Chicago), will be doing his internship here at Holy Rosary Cluster from January 27 to May 12, 2024.  Jacob is from Cedar Rapids and comes from St. Patrick parish there.  I got to know Jacob when I was at the Vianney House and worked with our college seminarians (before I came up here to Holy Rosary Cluster in 2018).  He is a very fine young man with a deep, genuine faith and a strong desire to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

You may remember that Tim Weber was going to do this internship with us this past spring semester, but then decided to leave the seminary and so was not with us.  I recently visited with someone who talked with Tim recently, and it sounds like he is doing well.  Please continue to pray for Tim, and add Jacob to your prayer intentions as well–may God help them to know his will for them and their lives, and to do so in genuine faith and hope.

  1. “Don’t Forget to Laugh!”  More gems from Art Linkletter’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things!” (taken from his interviews with children on his “House Party” TV show):
  2. Is this your favorite dress?  A. No, it’s an old one. Q.  Then why did you wear it?  A.  Because my mother didn’t want me to wear any of my nice new dresses to your old program and get them dirty. 
  3. Who’s the prettiest woman in the world in your opinion?  A.  My teacher–right out there in the audience.  Q.  Well, that takes care of your grades for this year.  But what about your mother?   A.  Oh, she’s okay, I guess, except she runs around the house in her nightgown all day. 
  4. Is your mother with you today?  A.  Yes, she’s the lady in the front row there with the run in her stocking.

“The Darndest Things” indeed!

‘Together’ Monthly Bulletin

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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)