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.


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: balekm@osfdbq.org;   OR visit our website: www.osfdbq.org/commonventure

Pilgrimage to Spain, Lourdes & Fatima:  Space is still available to come along Nov. 5-15, 2018, to some of the most sacred places in all of Europe!  We’ll visit both of the great shrines to Mary, Lourdes in southern France and Fatima in Portugal.  We will visit some great places in Spain as well.  Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way.  Cost is $3,249 with departure from Omaha.  For a brochure and more information, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, St. Mary’s Parish, 311 – 4th St. N., Humboldt, Iowa  50548 or call 712-899-6870 or email frdanguenther@gmail.com


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

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 Apr. 20-22 @ Dubuque, Sep 7-9 Cedar Falls, Oct 19-21 Marathon, WI, Nov 2-4 Coralville. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: to iowa-wwme.org or call 563-608- 3305 or email: JLJwwme08@Gmail.com

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

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
Email: DBQAMRHSec@dbqarch.org
Visit: http://americanmartyrsretreathouse.com

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).


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 bridgehavencr.org 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.

St. Stephen's Student Center

Tuesday, May 15 Pheasant Ridge Golf Course
4 Person Best Shot
Cost is $60/non-student, $40/student
Registration begins at 11:45am
Shotgun start at 1:00pm
Social at 5:30pm
Dinner & Program at 6:00pm.
Register online or 
download a form at
Sponsorship are  available!
Cabins for Rent on Beautiful Lake Kabekona!
June 16-23, 2018
Experience boating, fishing, swimming in clear sparkling water or relaxing on a pristine beach. We have four cabins for rent near Walker, Minnesota and every cent goes directly to support the ministry of St. Stephen the Witness Student Center.  Visit www.ststephenuni.org for more information and contact Molly Scullin at 319-266-9863 to make an offer.