St. Mary’s Catholic Church Spirit Wear 2019

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Spirit Wear is now available online!

We are happy to be partnering with Swim’s Sports for a Spirit Wear fundraiser. $3 of every sale will go to support the youth attending NCYC, Nov. 21-24. Swim’s plans to have all items available for pickup on Tuesday, November 19th. The store is scheduled to close on Wednesday, November 13th at midnight. 

Order online here!

Don’t want to order online? You can also stop by or call Swim’s Sport to place your order! Swim Sports, (641) 673-6779

Get your Christmas shopping done early, with some St. Mary’s apparel! 

Annual Advent by Candlelight Dinner




Please join us on Tuesday, December 10 for our annual Advent-By-Candlelight dinner.  This is a time to gather socially with other women of the church and the community. 

                  We will have a fellowship time starting at 6:00 with dinner to be served at 6:30 pm. Please feel free to bring your favorite wine or beer.   

Please consider hosting a table.  Tables will be set for 8 people.  Hostesses will be responsible for the table decoration, which needs to include candles or some sort of lighting and may decorate tables on the evening of December 9 from    5:00 – 6:30 pm .  

You will be responsible to collect money ($13) from the guests at your table.   Table service will be provided.  Chargers may be used.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING OWN DISHES.  Please contact Debbie Blunt at (641) 660-1937 or by email at to reserve a table. 

  If you don’t want to host a table, but would like to attend, please contact Debbie and she will place you at a table.  A short program will follow the meal.


Faith Formation Registration

Faith Formation Registration August 18th and 25th!

All families are invited to register for our Faith Formation programs after the 8am and 5pm Mass in the Fellowship Center. Come sign up your child(ren), pick up a copy of the 2019-2020 Faith Formation Handbook, and learn more about all the activities going on this year!

We hope to see you on Sunday! 

The Church needs YOU!

Pope Francis once said, “The Church needs YOU. YOUR enthusiasm. YOUR creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of YOU.” Too often, I think people tend to overlook that call going right to the automatic response, ‘I’m just too busy for one more thing.’ God, however, blessed YOU with a set of unique talents and He wants YOU to share those with others. So before the automatic response kicks in, please prayerfully consider how God might be calling YOU to use the talents He gave YOU in some of the ministries at St. Mary’s that could use YOUR help.
Do you have a gift for sharing your faith and teaching young children? If so God might be calling you to help with our Sunday morning Faith Formation program or Children’s Liturgy at 8 am Mass. Has God blessed you with the ability to pray and encourage others? Maybe God is calling you to be a Secret Prayer Disciple!
He is calling YOU to use your gifts, but will you answer?
Children’s Liturgy – Those who volunteer with Children’s Liturgy help our young children pre-school – 1st-grade learn more about Jesus through the Sunday readings. These volunteers are with the children for about 15-20 minutes where they read and discuss the Gospel story. Volunteers can commit to helping once a month or as often as they would like. This is also a great ministry for parents of young children, as you can bring your children with you. Join us Monday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Center to learn more about this ministry!
Catechist for Faith Formation – Our Catechists are individuals who love their Catholic faith and want to share it with others. The most important quality a Catechist should have is love for God and joy in the Gospel. Our young people can tell when someone is in love with their Catholic faith and wants to share that love of God and understanding of the faith with others. There are a variety of resources available to help new and returning Catechist, including myself. I am here to help! We are currently in need of a 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade lead Catechist as well as assistant Catechist and substitutes. Please prayerfully consider answering this call to share your faith with our youth. Join us Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Center to learn more about this ministry!
Secret Prayer Disciples – Last year we started this new ministry, where adult parishioners would be partnered with an incoming freshman from our parish. The Secret Prayer Disciple would commit to praying for the student through the school year, ideally all four years of high school. In addition to praying for the student, they would send anonymous notes to the student 3-4 times a year encouraging the student and reminding them that someone was praying just for them! This ministry is not a big-time commitment and can be done from the comfort of your own home. We currently need, seven new Secret Prayer Disciples. If you are interested or want more information please contact Samantha at
How is God calling YOU? Please prayerfully consider answering the call to share your talents and help out in one of these meaningful ministries. Or if you know someone who has the gifts needed for any of these ministries, consider telling them that you think they would be great Catechist, Children’s Liturgy volunteer, or Secret Prayer Disciple!
God is calling us each to something special. I pray that YOU answer that call, and help build up His kingdom!
God Bless,
Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry


FAMILY PICNIC – August 28 at 5:30 pm

Family Picnic:  Pack up your picnic baskets and come join us for celebration of faith, fellowship and fun.  We will be at Edmundson Park at the Rotary Shelter next to the playground. The evening will start with mass  at 5:30 PM at the shelter. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, along with lemonade, ice tea,and water will be provided.

Bring plates, silverware and drink ware for your family.

Please bring a dish enough for 8 to be shared.

If your last name begins:

A- G = Side dish

H-O = Dessert

P-Z = Salads

Oh, and don’t forget your lawn chair.


Vision 20/20 Convocation

I am Steven Phillips and I would like to share with you about Vision 20/20 ‘from Pentecost to Pentecost’.  

Since the first Pentecost, our Church has been around and we are assured it will not go away.  So what does that mean to me?  Well, attending the 3 day Vision 20/20 Convocation at SAU in Davenport in early June, the Diocese gathered like the first Pentecost.  Our Bishop, Priests, Deacons, religious sisters, some parish staff and lay people from all age groups, gathered to discuss the Church in our time and place & what it means to be spirit-filled Evangelizers in the Diocese of Davenport.  We learned Evangelization is not so much a program but a giving of our time and walking with others and meeting them where they are.  We learned that through our baptism, all Catholics are called to share the joy of the Gospel.  Bishop Zinkula concluded the Convocation by sending those attending out in the closing prayer.

In the Vision 20/20 prayer notes the need to step out of our comfort zone.  It all starts with prayer so I encourage you to pray & ask God to help you to know how to evangelize in the way only you are equipped to accompany people in their faith journey. 

 I then invite you to learn more about Vision 20/20 by visiting the diocese website. (See link below) or reading the Messenger of June 13th)   All the talks were recorded during the Convocation and they are a great starting point for things to consider in the area of evangelization.  Then lastly, get less comfortable, give your first fruits to our Lord Jesus Christ & go out & share your faith or time with the poor or those spiritually poor and help make our beautiful Church even more beautiful.

Check out all the Convocation speakers on Youtube by clicking the link here: Vision 20/20 Convocation 

Stewardship – Time and Talent

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to look through our Stewardship Handbook and complete the Time and Talent form. As Pope Francis said, “The Church needs you. Your enthusiasm. Your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you.” We really do need you and there is a place for you and your special talents at St. Mary’s. If you haven’t already I encourage you to take a look at the Stewardship Handbook and prayerfully consider the many opportunities for stewardship in our parish.

You can find an online version of the Stewardship Handbook and the Time and Talent form on the Stewardship page of our website.

Thank you for the gift of your time and talent! 

Totus Tuus

Totally Thankful!

I  want to thank everyone who helped make Totus Tuus such a success this year! Thank you to the many parents who encouraged their children to try something new this summer. We had 19 youth attend the daytime program in Pella and 15 teens attend the evening program from Oskaloosa. I highly encourage you to ask a youth who attend what they thought about the week.

A special appreciation to Carol from Pella who helped bring Totus Tuus to our community and hosted the daytime program. Kudos to Jessie Phillips who helped carpool youth to and from Pella each day!

Thank you to Kate Hite, Aubree Kool, and Sarah Phillips who came out and helped each day.

 A big thank you to Matt and Shanna Smith who hosted the teens for a BBQ and shaving cream baseball. And thank you to the many others who help out during the week and those who prayed for us throughout the week.

It was a great week and I look forward to next year!

Thank you all! Samantha