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It is with great sadness we announce the Archbishop has instructed us to cease all Masses and all in-person activities Bible Study, Faith Form, meetings everything. This action will be financially devastating to some of our parishes we strongly urge you to consider giving online or mailing your envelopes in. God's Blessings Archangels Catholic Cluster. Watch here and the website for updates. See below Archbishop's message.
When I was growing up in rural eastern Iowa in the 1950’s, TV sitcoms like “Father Knows Best” and Westerns like “Gunsmoke” displayed our cultural values by telling stories. Today TV reality shows like “Survivor” convey today’s culture and values by using “real” situations. I think God sees this change and wants to meet us where we are. So this year God has given us a “real” Lent with the Covid-19 crisis.
Our Lent is real. We are being sent into our own “deserts” with stay at home orders. We are being deprived of the “Bread of Life” like Jesus was bread in the desert. We are being exiled out of our Church buildings and services, like the Jews during their exile in Babylon.
This is a time to practice our Lenten penitential acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The Archangels Cluster Council wants all members to give alms to their parishes by sending in the budget envelopes to Garner, donating online at the Cluster website, or dropping off envelopes at the Business Office door slot on 7th Street in Garner.
There is a great prayer opportunity on April 1 by saying a special rosary for the intentions of Cardinal Burke from Wisconsin. This is a worldwide campaign to storm heaven with prayers, especially rosaries, to end the crisis.
The greatest prayer is the holy sacrifice of the Mass. As a priest, I still do a private Mass every day (no public ones are allowed). I pray for everyone in the Cluster, but if you have any “special intentions” just email them to me and I will include them in my daily Masses. I’m certain Fr. Paul and other priests would do the same.
In these extraordinary times, when we are unable to receive the Eucharist in Holy Communion, the Church invites us to make a spiritual communion, uniting ourselves to Jesus through prayer. This version of the prayer was composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Please pray along:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
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St. Wenceslaus, Duncan, 4:00 pm
St. Patrick, Buffalo Center, 6:15 pm
St. Patrick, Britt, 8:00 am
St. Patrick, Lake Mills, 8:30 am
St. Boniface, Garner, 10:00 am
St. James, Forest City, 10:30 am
(Mass times are subject to change when only one priest is available. Check weekly bulletin.)
Monday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Tues-Wed-Thurs 10:00 am to 4:00 pm