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  • Mask Mandate implemented in Diocese November 12, 2020, 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
  • CLICK HERE for a letter of clarification and context about the remarks cited a couple weeks ago by Pope Francis regarding civil unions.
  • Mass Schedule Changes:
  • Sunday 8:00 am Mass is instrumental only, no singing Mass. Masks required.
  • Weekday Masses offered at 8:00 am on Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the church.
  • School students only Mass with Covid-19 protocols Thursdays at 8:30 am
A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Kurt Heinrich
Thursday, November 12, 2020

 Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”
Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”
 
Dear Friends and Family,
Some days we are inundated with information via social media or even a news agency and we find ourselves weary from discerning what is a rumor, a half-truth or an actual bald faced lie. We live in a world where generations of young people are continually connected with others via the internet, yet may lack rich, satisfying, personal face to face relationships. Studies show that we often stay online for fear of missing out on something. Our God steps into this world of distraction and tension, making us a promise, when the Son of Man returns, we will know it. What are we called to do as we wait for Him and the Kingdom of God in its fullness?
Love God. Love your neighbor. Live the abundant life which God has bestowed upon us. Keep the faith and know the time honored religious truths remain intact. We can love those around us, not putting off our love to another day, but rather acting in the present moment. This day let us rise to build his Kingdom by putting our love into action.
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* A reminder, 10:00 am Mass has extra seating in the Parish Hall.
News: Mask Mandate Implemented in Diocese
November 12, 2020
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 November 8th BULLETIN HERE
including an invitation to join City of God small faith sharing groups, Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Campaign, Civilize It,
& lots of other great information!
Expanding the November opportunities for Plenary Indulgences which surround All Saints & All Soul’s Day. 
By the practice of Indulgences, the Church places at the charitable disposal of the faithful the inexhaustible treasure accumulated, from age to age, by the superabundant satisfactions of the saints, added to those of the martyrs, and united to those of our Blessed Lady and the infinite residue of our Lord’s sufferings.
 
Instruction which was issued for this year from the Apostolic Penitentiary on October 23rd expands the November opportunities for Plenary Indulgences which surround All Saint & All Soul’s Day.

Highlights of the decree include:
1.) The Plenary Indulgence applicable for visiting a cemetery & praying for the dead between November 1 -8 is extended through the entire month of November.
2.) The Plenary Indulgence applicable for visiting a Church on All Souls Day and praying for the dead by recitation of the Lord’s Prayer & Creed is extended through the entire month of November.
3.) The aged, the sick, and those who cannot leave their homes, or those who do not wish to visit these places due to social distancing, may, instead of visiting these places, obtain these indulgences by praying in front of a sacred image in their homes, with the intent to fulfill the usual obligation for an indulgence as soon as possible, and reciting a prayer of their choice, reading from scripture, or offering their present sufferings to God as a spiritual sacrifice.

Also, the Penitentiary reminds us of the March decree which extends the means and ways people may obtain indulgences at this time and that those means and ways remain in force.