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. Register at

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

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.


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.