Grandparent - Leaving a Legacy

a. Grandparents Pray and Play
Calling All Grandparents! Grandparent Pray and Play, Saturday morning, June 8, Dyersville. Bring your grandchildren (ideal for grade school children) and join us for a delightful morning of praying and playing together at the beautiful Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, Dyersville! To register visit and click on the June 8 event.

b. Grandparenting Conference
Grandparents are vital to the New Evangelization! Please mark your calendar to attend the second Grandparenting Conference: Leaving a Legacy of Faith: Saturday, August 24, 2019, St. Mary, Waverly. Registration to come.

The Witness

The Witness Publishing Co. is responsible for the production of the official Archdiocesan publication. It features local news and national and international news from Catholic News Service in Washington, D.C.

Established in 1920, the Witness is published weekly except Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, July 4, the last week in July and the first week in August. The publication is dated Sunday and is received by subscribers the previous Friday or Saturday.

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CEW - Christian Experience Weekend

CEW is a weekend retreat to help adults more deeply experience their relationship with God.

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Catholic Men's Fellowship

The main outreach is an annual men’s conference which began in 1996.  They also offer support to new and existing parish based fellowship groups through workshops, breakfasts, suppers and speaking to men throughout the archdiocese. For more information click on


11 Days Alpine Europe Pilgrimage including “The Passion Play of Oberammergau.”

Come along May 18-28, 2020, (Do note that the date is correct….2020….we need to schedule this one early!!) to take in a spiritual event that happens only every ten years, “The Passion Play of Oberammergau”.  This international event has been taking place for over 400 years in Germany!  This will all be part of a pilgrimage taking in three Alpine countries, Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  These are three of the most beautiful countries in all of Europe, and we’ll visit great sites such as Heidelberg, the Rhine Valley, Lucerne, Salzburg, Munich and so much more!  We will have Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way.  Cost is $4,499 with departure from Omaha.  For a brochure, more information or register by December 31, 2018, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, St. Mary’s Parish, 311 – 4th St. N., Humboldt, Iowa 50548 or call 712-899-6870 or email


Mexico & Our Lady of Guadalupe with option of Riviera Maya

Join Father Ivan Nienhaus, pastor of St. Patrick’s, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Father David Ambrosy, pastor of St. Marys, Waverly, Iowa on a pilgrimage to Mexico and Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine. January 30-February 4, 2020. Cost out of Cedar Rapids is $2,299.00.  There will be an optional post tour to Riviera Maya February 4-8 for $1,499.00.  The Riviera Maya is an all-inclusive resort plus Father Nienhaus will offer a three day spiritual retreat.  You can pass on the Mexico pilgrimage and meet us at the Maya Resort for $2,199.00. For a flyer or more information contact Mary Johnston at 319-560-5138 or email at

Join us in running the way of love! The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration invite single women ages 18 - 40 who are considering religious life for a Monastic Experience, July 8-12, 2019, or for a personal discernment retreat at our monastery in Clyde, Mo. It’s a chance to experience the daily rhythm of our life where you can join us in singing the divine office, attend daily Mass, spend time in personal prayer and open your heart to God's call by learning about discernment and prayer. There is no cost to attend, and more details can be found at To register, please contact Sr. Maria Victoria at (660) 944-2221 ex. 127 or e-mail

WorldWide Marriage Encounter

Married Couples: Would you like to re-live the excitement, romance and passion from your honeymoon? Rekindle that spark on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. For more information call 563-608-3305 or visit our website at or email

Shalom Retreat Center

Shalom Spirituality Center is owned and directed by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa and staffed by both Franciscan Sisters and laypersons. Shalom provides a variety of retreats and programs for persons of all ages, cultures, faith backgrounds, and religious affiliations wherever they are on their spiritual journey throughout the year.  These range from weeklong and weekend retreats to days or afternoons of reflection to workshops on various spiritual and educational topics. Click here to get started.

American Martyrs Retreat House

1.  Upcoming Events
A complete list of events scheduled at American Martyrs Retreat House can be viewed here. For more information or registration:
Call: 319-266-3543

2.  Hour of Adoration
Join us on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30, in the Retreat House Chapel (with the exception of the third Tuesday of the month)

Franciscan Common Venture

Franciscan Common Venture Service Opportunities

For more information and/or to apply to either of the following service experiences, please contact Sr. Shell at 563-583-9786 or

One Day Service Opportunity: Convivium Urban Farmstead in Dubuque, IA

2-6 Volunteers from the Dubuque area are needed on June 1st. Volunteers will learn about Convivium’s Mission of creating community around food — growing, preparing, preserving, and enjoying food, all while assisting with various garden tasks. Cost: Volunteers are asked to contribute $30 to help cover food and other costs. There will be some shared reflection after service is given. Please note: overnight accommodations are not provided; commuters only. This may be a great opportunity for a family to serve together for a day. Due Date to apply is May 3.

Rescue Mission & New Hope Catholic Worker Farm, Dubuque, IA

2-4 Volunteers are needed June 2-8. Volunteers will assist with gardening, service to the poor, creation care, justice, reflection and community building at the New Hope Catholic Worker Farm part of the day. The rest of the day at the Dubuque Rescue Mission service includes participating in positive solutions to homelessness. Cost: Volunteers are asked to contribute $115/person to help cover food, housing and other costs.  Due Date to apply is May 5.


Franciscan Common Venture – a volunteer program sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, provides the opportunity for persons age 20+ to contribute their time, commitment and talent in service among people who are poor. There are multiple service opportunities from work crews doing minor repairs and cleaning to helping hand harvest corn for use in Native American ceremonies. Long-term service is also available. If interested, contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF; 3390 Windsor Ave; Dubuque IA 52001; Phone:  563-583-9786; e-mail:;   OR visit our website for a full listing and a downloadable brochure:

2019 Service Opportunities - Give a gift of service this year!  Share your time and talents with others -- for a week (or longer). Your heart will never be the same!  Join Franciscan Sisters and others in community, service and prayer.  If interested, contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF:; or phone: 563- 583-9786. Visit our website for a listing and a downloadable


It is time to start up the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes in the Queen of Saints Cluster. The RCIA is intended for:

-Non-Catholics who are married or engaged to a Catholic and wish to convert or just learn more about the Catholic faith.
-Those who have never been baptized or have a church to call their own.
-Baptized Catholic adults who have not yet received Holy Communion or Confirmation.
-Catholics who have been inactive in the Church, but desire to reconnect.

Anyone who is interested in participating in this year’s RCIA process or would like to get an overview is encouraged to contact Fr. Craig or Dennis and Anita Kimm, Coordinators of RCIA. Click on their name to send an email or their contact information is on the front of the bulletin.  You can also click on the link below to complete a simple form.