The Spires of Faith Catholic parishes have offered information about resources and ministry in the towns of Dyersville, Earlville, New Vienna, Petersburg, and Worthington. Leaders shared that there will be no public celebration of Masses in the Archdiocese of Dubuque on weekdays or weekends until further notice. All Catholics of the Archdiocese are dispensed from the obligation to worship at Sunday Mass. The scheduled intentions for the Masses will still be offered by the priests privately. Sunday Masses will be pre-recorded and can be viewed on local access cable TV in Dyersville. There is also a link to watch these Masses on the cluster website at spiresoffaith.com. Daily Masses will be live streamed and can be viewed at 8 am. Consult the cluster website for the link. This broadcast will be available afterward as well. Here is the link for daily Masses from Beckman Catholic at 8 am: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjB3gj0ZlWQTKStbcls5Q1g/featured
“Although the faithful will not receive Holy Communion at this time, being able to participate in Holy Mass via telecommunications will unite us,” said Fr. Dennis Quint, pastor. Fr. Tyler Raymond offered a talk via the cluster’s Facebook site encouraging the faithful to view these videos prayerfully and provided ways in which those who are at home could engage the liturgy by singing, responding, and treating the event as if they were in church.
During this time, the Archbishop also will live stream a celebration of Holy Mass each Sunday at 9 am and will lead the Rosary each week on Thursday. Visit www.DBQArch.org for more information about these live streamed events.
Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may be held, but limited to the immediate family, or at least no more than the current CDC guidelines. There have been two funeral Masses celebrated thus far and this week the funeral Mass of Fr. Herbert Tegeler, former pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Earlville, was offered according to CDC guidelines. When permissible, a Memorial Mass for the public will be celebrated for Fr. Tegeler at St. Joseph Parish.
“Sadly, we cannot allow many people to worship at these funeral Masses. Yet the prayers of the church provide solace and mourners at a critical time,” said Fr. Quint. “We look forward to celebrating Memorial Masses with these families again when it is safe.”
Appointments for individual confessions can be made through the cluster office at Dyersville 563 875 7325. “We haven’t gotten into ‘Toot ‘n Tell’ just yet,” said Fr. Goerend, in reference to a priest who put a chair in the parking lot of his parish and encouraged parishioners to simply drive by to confess sins and receive absolution.
Homebound Communion to the homebound has been suspended. If a parishioner is dying and wants Viaticum, they should contact the cluster office in Dyersville. “We realize the homebound are at particular risk of contracting illnesses,” said Cookie Scherrman, pastoral minister at the basilica parish.
People may still use codes to enter the chapel at Beckman Catholic and pray and may also pray at the basilica and our other cluster churches from sunrise to sunset. At Worthington, the east door of St. Paul church is on a timer. At Earlville, the west door of St. Joseph Church is on a timer. At Dyersville, the north and south doors are on a timer. At Petersburg and New Vienna, the front doors will be unlocked. Seminarian Ben Valentine noted that several parishioners came to make a visit to the church in Worthington while he was praying there this past Sunday. “Thankfully parishioners still desire to come to God’s house to pray,” he said.
Bulletins are available at all cluster churches and on the cluster website. Donations are being made through surface mail to all of our cluster churches and also being made electronically. Contact the parish/cluster office to learn about enrolling in EFT. “I am impressed by how parishioners have continued to offer contributions at this difficult time,” said Janet Francois, bookkeeper at the basilica parish.