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Dear friends,  

It is with a bittersweet heart, I am announcing my last day will be May 2nd.  I have accepted a teaching position out of state.  I am very excited about this new opportunity but sad to leave all of you. 

It is hard to leave my spiritual home of many years.... I was even baptized by Fr. Don Klein back in the old building as a baby.   Originally from Cedar Falls, I started here a student at UNI in 2006 and upon graduation became a community member, then Office Manager in February of 2018.  (Although I still get asked what year I am in school on occasion by visitors.) My years here hold many great memories. I am immensely  grateful for the mentorship and guidance provided by the many community leaders and former staff over the years. 

One of the greatest joys in this position has been the greater St. Stephen the Witness community. I have very much enjoyed working with the various groups like Y's Group, RCIA, Finance and Pastoral Councils.  It has been a blessing to work with the many students and to watch them grow and succeed.  To the students:  I am so very proud of each of you!  What a bright, hardworking, thoughtful, talented, and faithful group I have encountered as a staff member. 

Please reach out to me prior to May 2nd if you would like to stay in touch.  I also have snapchat, Facebook, and LinkedIn.   I hope to join you for Mass on occasion when I visit family in town.  I wish you all the very, very  best.  

Many Blessings,
Molly Scullin

 

Last week we thanked our peer ministers for this year.  This week I want to express our gratitude to our FOCUS missionaries for this year.  Team director Leanne Jarvis, Joe McCoy, Whitney Klym and Dan Sasala have continued our mission even in the midst of the pandemic.  SEEK 21 was a great success, and over 180 students are in small group Bible studies or discipleship mentoring.

We sadly say goodbye to Leanne and Joe as they shift to other ministries.  We are excited to have Dan and Whitney, our new team director, back with us in the fall.

This summer, twelve of our UNI students will be participating in a FOCUS mission trip, to do outreach to those who are materially or spiritually in need.  I would have guessed only three or four would do this.  This is outstanding.

It is also outstanding that three of our graduating seniors will serve as FOCUS missionaries on other campuses next year:  Anne Gradoville, Colin Flattery, and Katie Hopping.  They join the three UNI graduates who began service as FOCUS missionaries this year:  Kyle Skoumel, Sam Obert, and Noah Huber.  Wow!

Inviting FOCUS to join our mission here two years ago has produced much good fruit.  And we are just getting started.

All the best, 

Fr. Jon

2021 RCIA participants and sponsors

WEEKLY SCHEDULE
April 21- May 2

WEDNESDAY, 21:
7 PM RCIA 
8 pm Adoration
8:15 PM Reconciliation
9 pm Primetime Mass

THURSDAY, 22: 
2:30 pm - 4:30 PM Adoration
4:10 PM Rosary
4:30 PM Daily Mass
5:15 PM AA Meeting - Classroom
7 PM "How to Encounter" Night

FRIDAY, 23:
7 PM TGIS Talent Show

SATURDAY, 24:
9:00 AM AA Meeting - Social Hall/Classroom

SUNDAY, 25:
9:30 AM Reconciliation
​10:30 AM Mass- 
(In person service AND Livestreamed on YouTube)
7 PM Mass
8 PM Focus Recruitment event

MONDAY, 26:
4:10 PM Rosary
4:30 PM  Daily Mass
8:15 PM Reconciliation 
9:00 Pm Focus Rosary
TUESDAY, 27:
2:30 pm - 4:30 PM Adoration
4:10 PM Rosary
4:30 PM Daily Mass

WEDNESDAY, 28:
7 PM RCIA 
8 pm Adoration
8:15 PM Reconciliation
9 pm Primetime Mass

THURSDAY, 29: 
2:30 pm - 4:30 PM Adoration
4:10 PM Rosary
4:30 PM Daily Mass
5:15 PM AA Meeting - Classroom

7 PM Liturgy Lesson

FRIDAY, 30:


SATURDAY, 1:
9:00 AM AA Meeting - Social Hall/Classroom
2 PM Senior Brunch Set- Up

SUNDAY, 2:
9:30 AM Reconciliation
​10:30 AM Mass- 
(In person service AND Livestreamed on YouTube)
Senior brunch to follow
7 PM Mass
 

Attention
Graduating Seniors: 

You are cordially invited to a brunch to be held in your honor on May 2nd, 2021 following the 10:30 AM liturgy. You and your parents (or one guest) are welcome to join us for this meal and celebration.  Reservations are required.  If you would like to RSVP please do so in the gathering space on the sign-up sheet by Sunday, April 25th, 2021.  If you have questions please call Molly at 319-266-9863 or email dbq303sec@dbqarch.org.
Have you seen our new online giving program?  You can securely give from our website. You can even create an account to set up recurring donation. 
Follow this link to learn more:  www.ststephenuni.org/donate 
Thank you for your continued support!
TGIF:
On Friday April 23rd we will be holding a St. Stephen Talent Show! If you are interested please fill out the google form below by Wednesday April 21st.  
https://forms.gle/z62JxorKfkohfokE9 
 
Social Justice News:
On April 22nd at 7 p.m. we will be hosting a "How to Encounter" social justice evening. We will be discussing the power of encounter and how we as Catholics can love the poor as Christ did. We will create 100 "blessing bundles" of water bottles, granola bars, and prayer cards for participants to take home and hand out on their own. We also invite participants to bring socks, hats, gloves, or hand warmers to include in their bundles. 
For questions or concerns contact Madison Bebber at bebberm@uni.edu

Get ready to fill your plates and cut a rug on April 30th for the Women’s Appreciation Dinner and Dance. Doors will open at 7pm on the 30th with dinner starting at 7:30 and dancing starting 8:30. 

You may come to both the dinner and dance. Having a date is not required. Please invite friends. As we have limited space, if you do want to come to the dinner portion please fill out this Google form to RSVP by next Wednesday the 28th at 11:59pm. There is no need to RSVP for the dancing portion. If there are any gentlemen who wish to help set up, please reach out to one of the small group leaders. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdo7EXBe8AYBzRgQkj8o6BYvi0gzuwltWAJakK3rVxhGiCERw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Do you thirst for a more intimate relationship with God? Do you hunger for increased knowledge of the Catholic faith? Do you desire to make a greater IMPACT in your parish and community? If yes, consider joining the next IMPACT cohort! Through spiritual reading, dynamic presenters, engaging discussion, prayer experiences, and personal reflection, participants will be challenged to respond more fully to Jesus’ call to mission—to IMPACT our world! The next two-year cohort begins in September of 2021 and will meet monthly (on Saturdays) at St. Mark Parish in Iowa Falls. For more information and the application, please visit: www.DBQArch.org/IMPACT.
Religious Brothers Day is held annually on May 1, the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.  All religious brothers are recognized during this international event. For more information go to: http://religiousbrothers.org/ 

We are now live-streaming on YouTube and on our website!  Go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfk7E7BkghmKUCKRA7KG1kQ/featured for our YouTube Channel. 


UPDATE: While we are providing some music at Mass, we are asking the assembly to not sing along, because this is considered a high-risk activity for the spread of Covid-19. Music is integral to the liturgy, and I know it's hard to not sing along. But please, for everyone's safety, try to refrain. Thank you!

We also offer a Homebound ministry for those who prefer to watch the livestream here on Facebook. If interested please sign up here: 
https://forms.gle/GtnTaK1vVphzG1gVA

Mass Procedures: 
Please keep your mask on while you are in the building.

Children under 2 do not have to wear a mask. Please continue to social distance, as well. We will not be taking up the collection in the same form —there is a basket in the lobby that you may place any gifts in on your way out. For communion, Father will come to you to distribute. Please wait for him to move on to the next person before you remove your mask to consume the Body of Christ.
World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 25, 2021 also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday."  The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).  Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. Resources for promoting vocations can be found on the USCCB website.
Cluster CRE Position: Committed Catholic to fill the open position of Cluster CRE (Coordinator of Religious Education) for Prince of Peace Cluster. The position is 20 hours/week, August-May, with an annual agreement. Applicant must have good organizational and communications skills to oversee the cluster Faith Formation program. Cluster parishes consist of St. Paul, Traer, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel, Eagle Center and Sacred Heart, La Porte City. Contact the Cluster office for the job description and application form at 319-478-2222 or dbq199sec@dbqarch.org.
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