DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS I was visiting with Father Ross Parker and he told me this statistic. He said that in ten years over half of the active priests in the United States will be eli-gible to retire. This is a rather frightening statistic. In our diocese three priests are retiring this year: Father Ed Hurley, Father Wayne Gubbels and Father Mike Hess. These three priests have served our diocese for a total over 120 years. That is an amazing number of years. What I have been told is that there are over half of our priests who will be able to retire in the next few years. I am very pleased that we have a young man studying for priesthood, who attended St. Albert, Dillon Crawley. This is the first young man that we have had who is studying for the priesthood in many years. Please remember him in a special way. It would be wonderful to have a priest from our school. What I ask you to do is pray for vocations. The vocation prayer for our diocese is as follows:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Give to the people of the Diocese hearts open to the call of your Holy Spirit. Help us work together with Richard our Bishop to cultivate a culture of vocation. Inspire our young people to give generously of themselves and the courage to follow their vocation in life. In the spirit of faith, love and sacrifice help our parents re-joice when their children are called in service of your church. May the parishes of southwest Iowa support those called to priesthood, deaconate, lay ministry and consecrated life. Sustain our faith which call us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth, Patroness of our Des Moines Diocese, pray for us.
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
This is a reminder that we will return to the regular schedule for daily masses. The daily mass schedule is as follows: Monday: Communion Service at the Worship Center. Tuesday and Friday daily mass at the church at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday daily mass at the Worship Center at 8:00 a.m.
This is just a reminder that we have a prayer board in the front of the church. If you have a need or someone you wish to be prayed for please put a note on the board so that our parish community can pray for your intention.
Men’s Prayer Group
The men’s prayer group meets every first and third Thursday of the month. The meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the rectory. These meetings are open to all men of the parish. These meetings always are insightful and wonderful way to grow in faith and meet some great men of faith.
Women’s Prayer Group
The women’s prayer group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your faith and to meet some great ladies of faith.
Saturday: 4 pm
Sunday: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon
Weekday: Monday 8 am Communion Service @ St. Francis
Tuesday and Friday: 8 am Mass @ St. Peter
Wednesday and Thursday: 8 am Mass @ St. Francis
Holy Day & Vigil: 6 pm vigil, 8 am, 6 pm
Confessions: Saturday: 3:00 to 3:45 pm or by appointment
Pastor: Father Charles Kottas
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Dennis Kirlin
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Stephen Rallis
Parish Secretary / DRE: Dolores Kral
Bookkeeper / CYO Director: Jean Thomas
1 Bluff Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503