News/Save the Dates/Reminders
  • New 2021 Classic Art Calendars are available from the ushers after Mass, or in the Parish Office.
  • If you participated in the photo directory, they're ready for pick up in the Parish Office next week.
  • Bishop Joensen Mask Mandate in the Diocese: READ MORE
  • Bishop Joensen has released a statement on Covid Vaccines READ HERE
  • Monday Men's Group canceled until further notice.
  • Confirmation will be celebrated at our Noon Mass on Sunday, February 7th. Due to social distancing, the Confirmation families will fill the mass with each of the 32 families given one pew to distance. The Parish Hall will offer live-streaming with communion, and mass will live-stream on Facebook and YouTube.
Francis by Patrick J. Marrin
A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Kevin Heim
Monday, January 11, 2021
The First Week of Ordinary Time

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they left their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

And so the ministry of Jesus begins. It would be easy to say that what he offered his disciples was better than what they had. Maybe it was, but the time they spent with Jesus was the best of times – the worst was so far in the future, or so they thought. Jesus was always with them and they were better for it.

I grew up in rural Iowa in the afternoon shadow of the Second World War, during a polio pandemic. Not what I would now consider the best of times. I remember the folks driving us to the county seat for our shots of the new Salk vaccine. Hundreds of children all waiting and dreading what would happen next – shots were not something we were given without reason, for they were awfully expensive, and we were part of a cash-based society. Could things get any worse? Not as far as we kids were concerned, but then, we had not seen or experienced the fate of those children afflicted by polio. We were among the blessed - twice.

Time has a funny way of bringing up memories where you see there were blessings to be found even as we appeared to be headed for the guillotine (A Tale of Two Cities reference. I know it is a bad pun, but I am punny that way. I hear the groans!) Some of those memories still have a lot of pain associated with them, yet I see blessings that outweigh it, and I can see where I have had extraordinary help in coping. Hopefully one day we can all look back on this past year and see the blessings we have received.
May God look kindly upon you in the coming months.


A few thoughts as we begin Ordinary Time:
You live your life day by day and find ways to get through it. You grow up through things that are challenging, and you find the joy. You realize there are so many people that have it much worse and remind yourself - I have been very blessed. Kelly Rutherford

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better. Malcolm Forbes

Be Not Afraid by Catholic Artists from Home at https://youtu.be/RF0DIpFOoBg
Father Bob Dufford’s story behind the hymn can be found in this article from America: https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2018/06/14/be-not-afraid-song-eases-biggest-transitions-and-out-life
Find our Sunday 10:00 am Masses online through
* A reminder, 10:00 am Mass has extra seating in the Parish Hall.
Mask Mandate Implemented in Diocese

In a letter to the faithful of the Des Moines Diocese, Bishop William Joensen announced he's implementing a mask mandate beginning this weekend. He's doing this to protect our ability to continue to publicly celebrate Mass and sacraments. READ MORE
Read our January 10th BULLETIN HERE
including Feast Day articles, sacraments received,
Knights of Columbus offer to deliver groceries or offer rides
in the new van to parishioners in need, & other great information!
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2021 Classic Art Calendar
Pick up your 2021 Catholic Classic Art Calendar, with Feast Days and Holy Days and more listed, from an usher after mass this weekend, or in the Parish Office.
POINSETTIA'S
We are taking down the Christmas decorations on Monday, January 11th, if you would like a poinsettia, pick one up in the Parish Hall beginning this afternoon
The Knights of Columbus and parish are coming together to offer two new services. One is a Thursday only food delivery from Price Chopper to your home. The other service will be to offer rides to appointments on an “as needed” basis. 

Please call the office at (515) 255-1175 for help with either. Also, watch our website and Facebook site for updates.
If you are homebound or in the hospital and would like a clergy visit, please contact the parish office with your contact information at (515) 255-1175 or info@staugustin.org.