Join Fr. Ivan Nienhaus, Pastor of St. Patrick Church, Cedar Rapids on pilgrimage to GREECE, October 13-23, 2017last official sign-up date is August 13th. $4,594.00. On this pilgrimage you will come to truly know the life of St. Paul as we visit many places he traveled. By being in the places where he preached, Philippe, Thessaloniki, Delphi, Athens, Ephesus, (Marys House) and other places where he changed the world, we to, will be changed , by walking in his footsteps.  Informational meetings, 3 PM, June 25th in Ames, Iowa at St. Cecilia's Church, 2900 Hoover Ave., or1 PM on July 9th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at St. Patrick Church, 120 5th St. NW.. to obtain a flyer with complete information visit www.pilgrimages.com/johnston or contact Mary Johnston at 319-560-5138 or at blessu45@gmail.com

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land:  Come along April 16-25, 2018, to visit and walk some of the sacred grounds where Jesus walked!  We'll visit Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and so much more.  Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way, and we'll renew marriage vows in Cana and baptismal vows along the Jordan River!  Cost is $3,799 with departure from Omaha.  For a brochure and more information, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, Immaculate Conception Parish, P.O. Box 658, Cherokee, Iowa  51012 or call 712-225-4606 or email frdanguenther@gmail.com

The Newman Catholic Student Center at The University of Iowa is sponsoring a 12-day tour of England, Scotland and Wales March 9-20, 2018. Tour hosts will be Bishop Emeritus Martin Amos and Newman Center rep, April Rouner. The full tour itinerary can be viewed at www.iowacatholic.org. Cost is $3699 per person from Chicago (other departure cities available). Price includes RT air, first class accommodations, most meals, professional tour director, sightseeing entrance fees, optional daily Mass, and more. Contact April Rouner at april@newman-ic.org or 319-337-3106 Ext. 119 for more information or a registration brochure.

American Martyrs Retreat House

The DREAM Project at AMRH celebrates it’s 10-year anniversary July 28 and 29 Ten years ago Dan Rigel attended a New Years Eve retreat and fell in love with American Martyrs Retreat House.  Together with Sr. Jeanine Kuhn, PVBM, the Director at the time, they began the Dream Project to help with revitalizing the building and grounds. This year, once again volunteers from across the Archdiocese will gather to share prayer, food, and fellowship while working on renewal projects.  There is no charge to volunteers for overnight stay, meals, or retreat, but pre-registration is requested.  Monetary donations may be sent to the retreat house designated for the Dream Project.  To register or donate or for questions, call 319-266-3543 or email dbqamrhsec@dbqarch.org Join the Dream Team at AMRH!

American Martyrs Retreat House - Retreat

American Martyrs Retreat House
2209 North Union Road
Cedar Falls, IA  50613

Marian Retreat for Men & Women
August 11-13, 2017

Theme: "Our Lady of Fatima-100 Years Later"

In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three young children in Fatima, Portugal.  She gave them a number of messages and urged them to pray for the conversion of sinners.  During this retreat we will review the story of Fatima and what Mary showed the children and what she told them.  We will also see how the message of Fatima is still very timely and relevant for us 100 years later.

Retreat Director: Fr. Jerry Kopacek

Fr. Kopacek grew up on a farm near Britt in north-central Iowa and graduated from Britt High School in 1973.  He graduated from Iowa State University in 1977 with a B.A. in political science and history, and then graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1980.  He worked for four years in Des Moines, mostly as a law clerk for the Iowa Court of Appeals. While working in Des Moines he began thinking more and more about the priesthood and began theological studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore MD in 1984 and was ordained as a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Dubuque in May of 1988.

Fr. Kopacek has served as an associate pastor in Dyersville, Mason City, Marion and Springville.  He also served as principal of Newman High School in Mason City.

He has served as pastor in three Catholic parishes in Winnebago County, in Marshalltown, Waterloo, Dyersville, Worthington. He currently is the spiritual director for St. Pius X Seminary, for the young men at Loras College in Dubuque who are in college-level discernment and formation for priesthood.

This retreat begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday and concludes after lunch on Sunday.  For further information or registration please contact American Martyrs Retreat House at DBQAMRHsec@DBQarch.org or  #319-266-3543.

Bible Study

Bible Study occurs each spring and fall. Bible Study coordinators are Bonnie Brockschink and Cathy Maile. If you have an idea for a bible study, you can contact the cluster office and we will pass the information along.

Our Lady of Fatima Public Veneration

Our Lady of Fatima Public Veneration will be at St. Ludmila Catholic Church from 6:00-7:00 PM. Join us for an hour of veneration of Our Lady, including praying the rosary, information about the second apparition, and more. Dates for opportunities for veneration will be on Sunday, August 13, Wednesday, September 13, and on Friday October 13. All are welcome.

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.

Click https://www.thewitnessonline.org/ to access it online.

WorldWide Marriage Encounter

Help us to support the Church's Initiative on marriage! “Learn how to live your Marriage Sacrament as God intended”. Couples who attend Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy & romance in their relationships but also become more active in their parish.   Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger & healthier.

For information, dates and to register go to iowa-wwme.org or call 563-608-3305.

Upcoming Dates: October 27-29 @Cedar Falls
                                      November 10-12 @Iowa City

Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to enrich the Sacrament of Marriage and Holy Orders.
Jeff & Janet Francois
563-608-3305 (Jeff) 563-608-6335 (Janet)
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Inviting Coordinators for Region 7 & Iowa-La Crosse
 "Love One Another As I Have Loved You" John 15:12

CEW - Christian Experience Weekend

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

For more information: https://www.dbqarch.org/offices/adult-faith/cew-christian-experience-weekend/

For the Cedar Rapids Area CEW: http://www.crcew.org/

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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 https://catholicmenonline.com

Impact - Adult Lay Formation

Are you hungry for more? Are you ready for the next step? IMPACT may be right for you! The next cohort of IMPACT, the Archdiocese of Dubuque's two-year adult lay formation program, will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hiawatha beginning September 2017.  This is a great opportunity to grow in your faith and become more active in your church!  If you are interested, contact Mary Pedersen, director of IMPACT, at (563) 556-2580 ext. 298.  For more information about IMPACT please click here

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.