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 Sep 7-9 Cedar Falls, Oct 19-21 Marathon, WI, or 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).

3.  Marian Retreat for Men & Women
August 10-12, 2018
Theme:  The woman behind the stories.
Sometimes the power of Mary is lost in storybook images and overly familiar piety.  Together we will break open the stories of Mary found in Scripture to discover the real woman and the impact she can have in our lives if we truly get to know her story.

Reflections will include:
"Ancestory.com" The women in the genealogy of Jesus.
The girl who talked to an angel.
The compelling need to share Good News.
A homeless young family.
Strangers in a foreign land.
Son what have you done.

Retreat Director:  Fr. Dennis Juhl
Fr. Juhl is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.  He has been an educator having taught at Wahlert High School, Columbus High School and Loras College.  Over the years he has directed many retreats and has conducted a variety of workshops in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.  The themes of his presentations have centered around:  empowering the laity, illuminating the Spirit of Vatican II, and journeying with adults and youth in their growth as full alive followers of Christ.  In retirement Fr. Denny enjoys helping the pastors and faith formation leaders in and around Cedar Rapids.  If he doesn't answer the phone he is probably in his gardens.

The cost of the retreat is $135.00 ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).  You may register by emailing dbqamrhsec@dbqarch.org or calling #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 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.