Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

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– St. Matthew’s Pastoral Care Team – 

If you or a loved one would like to schedule a visit or receive communion in your home, contact Kate Tyler at 319-363-5238 or      Kate will coordinate a member from St. Matthew’s Pastoral Care Team to stop by for a visit and/or bring communion.

Tasks and Goals for the Pastoral Care Team – Click Here to Learn More!

If you would like to join the St. Matthew’s Pastoral Care Team and assist with reaching out to all parishioners or take communion to those in their home, contact Kate.  Training is provided.


– Prayer Shawl Ministry – 

Do you like to knit or crochet? Would you be interested in using your crafting talents to join the church in blessing others with prayers of affection? Join our Prayer Shawl group. Meetings are optional. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM in the Rosary Room. At the meeting, ideas are shared and/or time is spent working on a shawl. Yarn is provided for the shawls. The reasons are endless: illness, a traffic event, going through tough times and in need of extra prayers and support. The crafters pray as they work, believing that God will infuse His love into every stitch. When completed, the shawls are blessed before a Mass. They are ready to present to a friend in need. If you are interested in joining the Prayer Shawl Ministry group, contact Betty Mallie at or 364-2572.


– Funerals – 

It is never to early to plan the details of yours or a loved ones’ funeral.  You can do pre-planning of all the Church details including the Vigil Service, Mass and Lunch with Kate.  This can be done in your home or at the parish office.  Contact Kate at 319-363-5238 or

PDF copy of the Scriptures readings for a Funeral Liturgy

PDF copy of the Music for a Funeral Liturgy

If you would like to volunteers for funeral liturgies or the funeral lunches that typically follow the Mass, contact Kate.


Go to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website for more information about End of Life issues and how to support human dignity from conception to natural death:


More information will be added soon about Bereavement Ministry and End of Life Issues.