World Marriage Day Mass 

World Marriage Day Mass on Sunday February 10, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Basilica in Dyersville. Whether newly married or married 100 years all are welcome to celebrate love, faith and their commitment to the sacrament of holy matrimony. Reception with refreshments will follow in Xavier hall.  Xavier Basilica Address:  104 3rd St SW, Dyersville, IA 52040  

Catholic Men's Fellowship

Men of high school age and older are invited to attend the Catholic Men’s Fellowship annual Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 16 at Xavier Catholic High School, Cedar Rapids. The keynote speaker will be Anthony Digmann ( The day also includes breakout sessions, lunch, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and more. Register by March 1st for a discounted rate. For more details and registration, visit

“Essential Elements of a Strong Catholic Marriage” Day

All married couples are invited to strengthen their marriage by attending the Archdiocese of Dubuque “Essential Elements for a Strong Catholic Marriage” renewal day led by Greg and Julie Alexander of the Alexander House marriage apostolate on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at St. Ludmila Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Learn more and register by visiting and clicking on the date. For questions, contact Matt Selby, Director of Marriage and Family Life, at 563-556-2580, ext. 233 or

WorldWide Marriage Encounter

Do you know that more than 1,500,000 couples in over 92 countries have experienced a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend? They found something worth passing on. Register for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend today!  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

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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CEW - Christian Experience Weekend

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

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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


11 Days Alpine Europe Pilgrimage including “The Passion Play of Oberammergau.”

Come along May 18-28, 2020, (Do note that the date is correct….2020….we need to schedule this one early!!) to take in a spiritual event that happens only every ten years, “The Passion Play of Oberammergau”.  This international event has been taking place for over 400 years in Germany!  This will all be part of a pilgrimage taking in three Alpine countries, Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  These are three of the most beautiful countries in all of Europe, and we’ll visit great sites such as Heidelberg, the Rhine Valley, Lucerne, Salzburg, Munich and so much more!  We will have Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way.  Cost is $4,499 with departure from Omaha.  For a brochure, more information or register by December 31, 2018, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, St. Mary’s Parish, 311 – 4th St. N., Humboldt, Iowa 50548 or call 712-899-6870 or email

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).

Franciscan Common Venture

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 work crews doing minor repairs and cleaning to helping hand harvest corn for use in Native American ceremonies. 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 for a full listing and a downloadable brochure:

2019 Service Opportunities - Give a gift of service this year!  Share your time and talents with others -- for a week (or longer). Your heart will never be the same!  Join Franciscan Sisters and others in community, service and prayer.  If interested, contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF:; or phone: 563- 583-9786. Visit our website for a listing and a downloadable


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.