Thank you Stephanie Geraghty and helpers for creating such a beautiful St. Mary’s in which to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!
St. Patrick’s, Walnut
The Vatican, the US Bishops, and Iowa Bishops all say it is okay to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available to you. See more details here:
- Vatican: Here is the statement from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
- US Bishops: Here is their full statement.
- Iowa Bishops: A statement by the National Catholic Bioethics Center here.
In the spring, public worship was suspended, though churches remained open for private prayer. The faithful have regathered in stages, each one structured with specific safety measures based on community spread of COVID-19. The Diocese of Des Moines is in stage 3 of regathering. Here is a description of each phase of regathering, with guidelines in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Due to the rising COVID-19 cases throughout the Diocese of Des Moines, the increased hospitalizations and the anticipated difficulties that the winter season will bring, Bishop William Joensen is requiring that a mask be worn for all worship, sacrament celebration and other activities in Catholic churches throughout the Diocese of Des Moines from now through Feb. 2, 2021 (The Feast of the Presentation), when it will be reviewed. Bishop Joensen said: “I have taken this critical step so we may responsibly continue to gather around the Eucharistic altar – the source and summit of our faith – and worship together.” See flyer below as to how to receive the Eucharist while wearing a mask. And read more here.
In 1872, Father B.P. McMenomy, who was pastor at St. Francis Xavier in Council Bluffs, said the first Masses in Walnut and Avoca. At that time Mass was being offered in various locations in both towns. The first St. Patrick’s Church was built in 1874 and St. Mary’s followed in 1875.
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Avoca, Iowa 51521