Inclusive Retreat Day for adults with diverse abilities

An Inclusive Retreat Day for adults with diverse abilities has been scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at Saint Matthew Church in Cedar Rapids. This is an archdiocesan sponsored retreat day for anyone wanting to deepen their faith in celebration with persons of diverse abilities. The day is filled with prayer, sharing, singing, activities, and social time. On behalf of the Archdiocesan Office of Disability Inclusion, we invite adult parish members with disabilities and families who may have an adult person with disabilities living in their home to participate in this retreat.
To request a registration form, please contact Jim Betzner at or (563) 556-2580 ext. 286.

Grandparent Pray and Play

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Please get the word out for the Grandparent Pray and Play. This day is designed to bring grandparents and grandchildren together at the Cathedral of St. Raphael in Dubuque to grow closer to one another and to Jesus through activities and prayer ~ treats too! Encourage your grandparents to attend this delightful morning, Saturday, November 3rd from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please share our Grandparent Pray and Play on your parish website, Facebook page, and bulletin. To learn more and to register online, click here. on your parish website, Facebook page, and bulletin. To learn more and to register online, click here.

50 Years of Teens Encountering Christ (TEC)

50th Anniversary Celebration - Sunday, November 18, 2018  
The TEC Council is inviting anyone who has ever attended a TEC, worked on a TEC, and especially those who have served as TEC Spiritual or Lay Directors to a celebration of the work we have done leading young people to Jesus through the TEC program. This event will take place from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Heartland Acres in Independence, Iowa. Cost will be $25 per person and will include speakers and dinner. Click here to register.

Behold: A Retreat Day for Young Adult Womem

Saturday, December 1, 2018
This event will take place from 9:00 am - 4:00 PM at American Martyrs Retreat House, Cedar Falls. This retreat day helps each woman to “recognize the gift she is, realize the gifts she’s been given, and give to the world the gifts that only she can give.” Please invite young adult women, ages 21-29, from your parish/cluster to attend this day. This is an offering you may want to take back to your parish, so please consider attending to learn more about it. Click here to register.

40 Days for Life

During these forty days let us pray for all who have participated in abortion and with love call them to healing and reconciliation.

The Coalition for Life of Iowa is looking for people to commit to pray in front of Planned Parenthood for 40 Days for Life campaign. Sign up for an hour any day or night! The campaign draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. For additional info:

Phone: Call Pat 319-721-9730


All are invited to attend a special day at the 58th Annual Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women convention, hosted by St. Gabriel Parish, Reinbeck, IA. Archbishop Michael Jackels will celebrate Mass along with guest priests. Special guest speakers Kim Hilby and Janine Idziak will enlighten us with their talks. Enjoy a continental breakfast and delicious lunch, silent auction, informational booths, fellowship, and much more. Attendees are invited to bring items for the silent auction.

The cost of the event is $20 early bird price by Oct. 1st. Hotel accommodations are available near the church. Send payment to: Mary Esther Pullin 2185 W Shaulis Road  Waterloo, IA 50701. For more information, check out the fliers at the entrances of your church, or go online to the events page at:

For questions call ACCW president, Sheila Rassman 563-569-8387. 563-419-1200.

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 to access it online.

WorldWide Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend to rediscover the spark that was there on your wedding day. Take time to rediscover the best friend you had when you were first married. Join the millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive by signing up today to attend one of the upcoming Weekends on Oct 19-21 Marathon, WI or Nov 2-4 Coralville. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: to or call 563-608- 3305 or email:

CEW - Christian Experience Weekend

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

For more information:

For the Cedar Rapids Area CEW:

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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


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 quilting to a food bank’s community garden. 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:


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).

3. Catholic Daughters/Women’s Retreat
October 12-14, 2018
American Martyrs Retreat House
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Title: Woman Full of Grace
Theme: How each of us as human beings is full of God’s grace and because of that grace we are transformed into the person of Jesus Christ.

Director:  Fr. Jim Starbuck
Fr. Jim was ordained a priest for the Oakland Diocese of California.  He served in the military as a surgical nurse and later, after his ordination and a time in parish work, as a Chaplain.  Fr. Jim lives in Cedar Falls.  He gives retreats, missions, renewal days, is a spiritual director, and he has a healing ministry.  He speaks from his heart sharing his own relationship with Jesus and the work of the Spirit.

Arrival is at 8:00 p.m. Friday and departure after lunch Sunday.

The cost of the retreat is $135.00.  A $25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat.

To register or for questions, contact AMRH at one of the following:
Phone: 319-266-3543


Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center is holding a Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreat program the weekend of November 2-4, 2018 at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha. This retreat offers healing to any woman, man or couple who is struggling with the emotional or spiritual pain that follows an abortion. Please contact Haley Brimmer at 319-364-8967 or visit for more information.


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.