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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WorldWide Marriage Encounter

The holidays are coming! Give your spouse the perfect gift, the gift of quality time with you for an entire weekend. Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends allow couples private time to focus on their relationship and rediscover the one they fell in love with. Sign up for upcoming weekends to ensure your spot. Gift certificates are available by calling the phone number below.  Upcoming dates: Mar 8-10 LaCrosse, WI; Apr 12-14 Ankeny, IA; May 3-5 Dubuque, IA  For more information visit our website at: 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.

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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.  New Year’s Eve Retreat

December 31, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Join us, December 31-January 1 at the AMRH to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a sacred way.  People of all ages, single, dating and couples are invited.

Retreat Director: Deacon Len Froyen

Theme: Making Gratitude an Intention of the Heart

The fee for the retreat is $65.00 per person. As a “thank you” to the DREAMERS, they may deduct $5.00 if they worked on the DREAM weekend!  Arrival is at 5:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve and departure at 11:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

To register or with further questions, contact the American Martyrs Retreat House 319-266-3543 or email

March for Life

Please join us for the Cedar Rapids March for Life. A rosary for Life will be prayed at 12:00 at St. Matthew's Church (2310 First Ave NE) in Cedar Rapids. Fr. Steve Garner will be the celebrant at the Mass which will include prayers for the legal protection of the unborn on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 12:30 . The St. Matthew Sanctity of Life Committee will be serving as hosts for this event.After the Mass, meet in Kearn Hall, (lower level) for a 2:00 March for Life to Planned Parenthood (3425 First Ave. SE) where we will witness, pray, and visit. Signs will be available for your use. At 3:00 we will return to St, Matthew's Church in  Kearn Hall  for some free hot chili and fellowship. Those who want to join in but will not be able to march can drive the route and participate in the events.  The St. Matthew Sanctity of Life Committee and The Coalition For Life of Iowa will be serving as hosts for this event. All are welcome to attend all or part of this activity.  For more information contact


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.