Service & Outreach

Parish Nurses
Parish Nursing is a prevention, screening, teaching and advocacy program. The nurses can answer some of your medical questions, present health information, facilitate access to community services, listen to your concerns, and pray with you   over those concerns. All contacts are confidential.
HealthParish Nursescare professionals can be reached by phone or email.   Email:  davolvnurse@diodav.org

Deacon John Wagner, RN,BSN, MA, MPTH Parish Nurse – Contact Parish Office 563-391-4245
Char McGovern, RDMS, Health Advocate – Contact Parish Office  563-391-4245
Julie Kilburg, Health Advocate – Contact Parish Office 563-391-4245
Bonnie Beyhl, OTR/L Health Advocate – Contact Parish Office 563-391-4245

Blood Pressure checks are offered on the first Sunday of the month after all Masses in the Wellness Room at church.

Odd Jobs Committee

Mission/Goals: This committee is responsible for the care, maintenance and improvement of parish properties.  Makes minor repairs and develops recommendations about future requirements.

Interested in flower gardening? A dedicated group plants the flowers each spring. They also take care of weeding and watering. If you have a green thumb, or would simply like to assist, just let us know. Contact the Parish office to get involved.

Professionals & Skilled Trades: Volunteers are sought to work on specific projects throughout the year. Professionals and individuals with skilled trades, who are willing to share their talent for the good of the parish, are invited to make themselves known. The committee will connect with you on an as-needed basis.

Use the link below to access a copy of the emergency response plan to address potential hazards that could interrupt worship or threaten our church facility.

Church Crisis Management Plan

Contact: Chuck Gerlach (Parish Office 563-391-4245)

Social Justice Committee

Who we are and what we do:

This committee of the Parish Pastoral Council meets regularly to plan, promote, and encourage the apostolic work of the Catholic Church. Helping others and being “of service” to the needs of others is part of what we, as followers of Christ, are asked to do. The committee has several projects each year. These include the Food Fellowship and Fun gathering for the over 55 crowd, the Adults with Disabilities Retreat, and support for men & women serving in the military.

Iowa Catholic Council of Bishops – https://iowacatholicconference.org/

Contact:  Char McGovern or Jean Simpson (Parish Office 563-391-4245).

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Who we are and what we do:

Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Whether called prayer shawls, lap blankets or mantels, they may be used for those undergoing medical procedures, as a comfort after a loss, during birthing or nursing a baby, during an illness and recovery, while ministering to others…the possibilities are endless. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl and offered when the gift is presented to the recipient. Those who have received shawls have been uplifted and affirmed by the ministry.

Shawls are available to parishioners upon request. When gifting a friend or loved one with a prayer shawl, we ask that you pray with the recipient and pass on the instruction booklet. Please contact Lisa at the Parish Office (391-4245) during regular hours, or call Bonnie at 563-391-4245.

Crochet and Knitters meet in the Gathering Space Meeting Room on the 2nd Saturday of the Month from 9am – 11am. Attendance at the meetings is not essential, but it does build community as members visit and share faith while they work. Beginners are always welcome. Experienced needleworkers are most happy to teach knitting and crocheting.

Contact: Char McGovern (Parish Office 563-391-4245).

Food Pantry

How we help:

The Christian Service Committee creates banners with food pantry items that can be selected and then parishioners purchase those items and bring them to the back of church. The commitee delivers the items to local Food Pantries.

Pantry Sunday is the third Sunday of each month.

Free Little Food Pantry
The Free Little Food Pantry has been operational since mid February 2022 and we are very thankful for all the donations that have been made to the pantry. It has been a blessing to see how much the pantry has been utilized. Our continued prayer is that it will continue to meet the needs of our parish and surrounding community.

The following items seem to be those most desired:
• Cereal          • Canned meats     • Peanut butter      • Canned fruit
• Shelf stable meals     • Pasta and pasta sauces

Other items that are also nice to stock in the pantry include:
coffee, dog treats, and baking mixes.

Donations can be dropped off in the marked box in the entrance of the church across from the elevator. If you know someone that needs some food, please feel free
to get some supplies from the free little food pantry to take to them. If you need food for you and/or your family please take what you need. We truly want to bless those of our community by being able to provide what they may need.

Birthright

How we help:

Each year around Mother’s Day, roses are distributed and donations accepted on behalf of Birthright.

Blood Drive

How we help:

The parish sponsors an annual blood drive typically held in the Spring. Watch the calendar and bulletin for more specific informaion on dates.