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Ladies Lenten Luncheons Update
Due to the concern of the coronavirus, the remaining Ladies Lenten Luncheons have been cancelled.
Message from Archbishop Jackels, to the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, regarding the coronavirus
After consultation and considerable prayer, it has been decided – out of an abundance of caution and with devotion to the common good – to take steps aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, to flatten the curve, as they say, so as not to overburden the healthcare system.
Therefore, beginning on 19 March 2020 and until further notice, the following provisions have been taken:
· All public celebrations of Holy Mass are cancelled. All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
· The Chrism Mass will be celebrated, but with only the liturgical ministers present. The oils will be blessed, bottled, and distributed in some way to the parishes.
· During this time, the Archbishop will live stream a celebration of Holy Mass each Sunday, as well as the Chrism Mass (and the Triduum, if the situation has not changed by then), and will lead the Rosary each week on Thursday. Visit www.DBQArch.org for more information about these live streamed events.
· The existing schedule for Confirmation is cancelled (the Archbishop’s office will contact the parishes to reschedule).
· Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may be held, but limited to the immediate family, or at least no more than 50 people present, according to the current CDC guidelines.
· Communal penance services should not be held. The present circumstances do not constitute the grave necessity required for use of general absolution. Private, one-on-one confession can be scheduled by appointment.
· All archdiocesan-sponsored events where 50+ people are gathered are cancelled.
Pray to God for speedy deliverance from the evil of the coronavirus, for those who are sick or who live in fear of infection, for those who care for the sick and elderly, for those whose lives and livelihood are adversely affected by the spread of the virus, and that we might all remain calm and confident in God’s wisdom, power, and goodness.
Conscious of our great need, and confident of God’s loving care, with the above intentions in mind, all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque are invited to join in a day of fast, abstinence, and prayer on Wednesday, 25 March 2020; this is voluntary, not obligatory.
On that day, people ordinarily bound on Ash Wednesday to fast (only one full meal, taking less at the other meals) and abstain from meat are invited to make those same sacrifices. And as far as prayer is concerned, the Rosary is recommended as a powerful prayer, prayed alone or with others.
God, come to our assistance. Lord, make haste to help us. Mary, health of the sick, pray for us. St. Raphael, patron of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and patron of healing, pray for us.
St. Thomas Aquinas
Monday Friday 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. OPEN during lunch.
By appointment. Call Father at the STA Church Office or the rectory to make an appointment.
Please call the parish office if you would like Fr. Meyer to visit you during a hospital stay, or you are in need of pastoral care or prayer support. With the privacy laws, health care facilities can only call us if specified by the patient. Call 832-1190. Also, if you or a loved one are home-bound, please call the parish office to make arrangements for a minister to visit and bring communion.
Our Lenten Project for 2020 is Sister Water Project
A person can live a month without food, but only a week without water. Did you know that, worldwide, one out of every five deaths for children under the age of five is from water-related diseases? In several countries, less than half the population has access to clean drinking water. The Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, Iowa have been providing villages in Honduras and Tanzania with wells that allow the locals to have access to safe, drinkable water. St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Mary are joining forces this Lenten season to raise funds that support this amazing project. Please prayerfully consider how you can help this Lent.
Development Director Update
The Project Committee continues to work with RMH Architects on the facility assessment and projects to include in our upcoming capital campaign. Our campaign consultants have been onsite twice to prepare the campaign schedule and to work on campaign materials. We continue to invite you to express your thoughts and ideas related to the projects that have been identified and point out any others we may need to be looking at. We will also be reaching out and asking for volunteers to help with the campaign. There are many areas of need for the campaign that you might consider sharing your talents for. From prayer to hospitality to communications. We look forward to sharing more information with you as we move forward. Exciting times ahead!
SAVE the DATE: Sat, May 2, 2020-Friends of St. Thomas Ball.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the first Friday of every month from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. We are in need of someone to take the 11am to noon hour. Please contact the office to volunteer. Some have asked if that is just for people who are scheduled because it is necessary for someone to always be present during those hours. The answer is that Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is for everyone. Come for any length of time that works with your schedule throughout that day.
There are greeting cards available for purchase in the parish office for Father Meyer’s 40th Ordination to the priesthood and Dan Hurt’s ordination to the Diaconate. They are $2.50 each. There are varied choices of cards.
Knights of Columbus Can Drive for Seminarians
The Knights of Columbus are collecting cans for Archdiocese of Dubuque Seminarians. You can call for pick-up: Dennis 297-1602, John 712-249-3060 or Kyle 515-293-0026. These Knights would stop and pick them up for you, or you can take them directly to the redemption center and designate to KC’s. Thank you.
The church has a Facebook page!
For those of you on Facebook, look us up and “like” our page and “follow” us. https://www.facebook.com/stthomaswc/
We will continue to use email to communicate reminders and send the bulletin but you are now able to contact us through Facebook as well.
The school ALSO has a Facebook page!
If you are on Facebook and haven’t seen our page yet, please look for it and “like” our page and “follow” us. https://www.facebook.com/stthomasaquinaswc/
The bulletin deadline is Monday at noon for any notices, announcements, etc. you wish to have included in the bulletin. Please call, email or drop off the notice to the office.
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ICC (Iowa Catholic Conference)– Please click on this link to view the latest legislative concerns.