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Mass Intentions

Friday, May 26th @ 8:30 am - Robert Ulrich
Sunday, May 28th @ 8:30 am - Arnold Brawner

Readings for the Week
Sunday: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17/Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20/1 Pt 3:15-18/Jn 14:15-21 or Acts 8:5-8, 14-17/Ps 66/1 Pt 4:13-16/Jn 17:1-11a
Monday: Acts 16:11-15/Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b/Jn 15:26--16:4a
Tuesday: Acts 16:22-34/Ps 138:1-3, 7c-8/Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22--18:1/Ps 148:1-2, 11-14/Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Acts 18:1-8/Ps 98:1-4/Jn 16:16-20
Friday: Acts 18:9-18/Ps 47:2-7/Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Acts 18:23-28/Ps 47:2-3, 8-10/Jn 16:23b-28

Next Sunday:
Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-9/Eph 1:17-23/Mt 28:16-20

Meetings & Activities of the Week

Monday, May 22nd
7:00 pm - Pastoral Council Mtg.

Anyone who wishes to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving with Bishop Zinkula are invited to celebrate with him on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral in Dubuque. His ordination on June 22nd is an invitation only so very few from the Archdiocese of Dubuque are invited.

Are you missing a pie dish, a bowl, a cake pan, or a container of any kind? If you have donated food for funerals here at St. John’s you might want to look in the hallway (across from the coat rack). There are several that have been here for awhile and we would like you to go through them to see if any of them are yours. Thank you!

2117 Social Justice Backpack/Afterschool Program Drive

What’s happened since last year’s drive? All food donations went to SE Linn to help fill backpacks and feed kids in the afterschool program. Monetary donations have been used to purchase fresh fruit each week. A piece of fruit goes in each of the “backpacks” of food for the kids to take home over the weekend. Fruit has also been delivered to SE Linn for the afterschool program. Even more fresh produce—healthy food options for the kids. How can YOU HELP? Prayerfully consider monetary donation or food items listed below.

Fruit Cups
Dried Fruit
Juice Boxes
Cereal (single serve)
Mac & Cheese (singles)
Mini Veggie Cans
Spaghetti O’s
Canned Soup
Fruit Bars
Popcorn (microwave)
Monetary Donations: Cash or check can be placed in the envelope that was provided in last weeks bulletin or any envelope marked “Backpack Program”. Checks should be made payable to St. John’s.

Collection Dates - Boxes will be on display in the gathering area May 28h and June 4th

We’ll also be collecting at Gary’s Foods and Brothers on Saturday, June 3rd from approx. 9:30 am to noon.
Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!

Vacation Bible School!
Summer is soon approaching, which means time to plan for Vacation Bible School! St. John's Maker Factory VBS will be held July 31-August 2nd, 6:00-8:30pm. Participants that have completed 4 year preschool through 4th grade are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers that have completed 5th grade, through 99 years Please use the following Google Forms link to register and volunteer. If you have any questions, please email Conni Swart at

Everyday Stewardship

My children could never succeed without their mother and me. That isn't me thinking too much of ourselves, it is just a fact. No one can find success in life in total isolation. I could never have become who I am today without my parents, various teachers and mentors, and my wife. Truth be told, I probably owe a lot of who I am to my children as well.

I can only imagine the fear and concern of the first disciples when it was apparent that Jesus was not going to be with them much longer. Some probably thought since Jesus had risen from the dead, he might just live with them in the same way forever. But Jesus tried to calm their fears by assuring them, "I will not leave you orphans." He said he would continue to come to them and that he would send the Spirit to be with them at all times. They would not have to continue what he had started and preach the good news to the ends of the earth on their own.

We may sometimes feel that we are alone. We may at times try to do too much or show others that we are independent and strong. However, without the help of others, without the help of God, true success will always elude us. Our actions and words can become empty. The gifts we have received can either be cultivated in secret and in the shadows, or we can welcome the help that God provides in his Spirit, his community, and the sacraments he gave us. By working together the world will truly know the power of the risen Lord.

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
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