Beauty in Christ

Registration for the Women’s Conference, Beauty in Christ opened September 16, 2017. Check out the Beauty in Christ website for this year’s speakers, generous sponsor, Friday night Pre-Event, Beauty in Christ t-shirt order forms, and more:

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by December 10 for a discounted rate. Hotel reservations are due by December 24.

Beauty in Christ Offered in Collaboration with the Office of Catechetical Services.

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Catholics
This 3-minute online video clip celebrates many of the lesser-known facts of the Catholic Church. Have you ever thought about just how old the Catholic Church is? Do you know how many times John Paul II snuck out of the Vatican to go skiing? Do you know approximately how many babies are born in Catholic hospitals in a year? To explore the answers to these questions and more, view the video at the link above.


Msgr. Jim Miller is leading a 9-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 28 until June 5 of 2018.  The cost is $3,699. We will have a bus from Nativity Parish in Dubuque to Chicago. Contact Fr. Jim for more information at or call him at 641-430-8217. Registration ends in February.

Springtime in Poland and Eastern Europe from April 30 - May 11, 2018. Visit Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz, Budapest, Prague, Vienna hosted by veteran tour leader Fr. John Vakulskas. $3749 from Omaha or $3699 from Chicago. Price includes round trip air, First Class Hotels, most meals, daily Mass, tours, porterage and admission fees, transfers as well as all government taxes and fuel surcharges. First come, first served. For more information contact Fr. John at (712) 490-8047 or email 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.

Click to access it online.

WorldWide Marriage Encounter

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend has something in it for every married couple.  The Weekend has value for couples married one year on up to 50 years or more.  Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on Feb. 9-11 @ Ankeny, Mar. 9-11 @ La Crosse, Apr. 20-22 @ Dubuque. Early registration is highly recommended. For information and to register go to or call 563-608-3305 or email:

 "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.

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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

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).


Knights of Columbus of Iowa Retreat
November 3-5, 2017
(Begins 8:00 p.m. Friday and ends on Sunday with lunch)
Theme: The King; the King’s Knights; the Kingdom

The thrust of this retreat is to explore and meditate on the marvelous mystery of the reign of God as spoken of and acted upon by Jesus Christ.  Then, to touch upon how the Knights of Columbus can carry on and carry out what Jesus began 21 centuries ago.  A great deal of use will be made of the New Testament Scriptures.

Retreat Director: Fr. Richard Ament.  Fr. Richard Ament was ordained in 1966.  He spent he next 18 years as an associate pastor and High School Teacher in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids & Waterloo.  From 1984 -87 he worked in Campus Ministry at Iowa State University-St. Thomas Aquinas.  Then began assignments as pastor – 12 years in rural parishes, 11 years in urban settings (Cedar Rapids, Cresco).  He is an “active retiree” since 2010.

Fr. Ament has worked with Pre Cana, TEC’s, Marriage and Engaged Encounter weekends, CEW weekends through the decades. 

AMRH requests an offering of $135.00 per person for the weekend.  A $25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat.    For more information contact: American Martyrs Retreat House:  319-266-3543


Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center is holding a Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreat program the weekend of November 10-12 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.