Bible Study

Bible Study occurs each spring and fall. If you have an idea for a bible study, you can contact the cluster office and we will pass the information along to our coordinators.

Our next bible study is Symbolon. It will be held on Mondays at St. Michael, Norway beginning September 11 and Wednesdays at IC, Van Horne beginning September 13. To register, contact Tim, Sandy, Bonnie, Cathy or the cluster office.


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.

American Martyrs Retreat House

The American Martyrs Retreat House is sponsoring “Coming Home – A Healing Retreat Program for Military Veterans,” September 22-24, 2017.   For many soldiers, life, including their spiritual life, has been forever changed by the experience of military service, deployment, and mobilization.  The Veterans’ Retreat is a Christian-based program designed to help military men and women come to spiritual healing and reconciliation with God and one another.  It specifically addresses the issue of Post-Traumatic Spiritual Stress Disorder.

Coming Home is a two-night weekend retreat offered at no cost to veterans and their significant other (should they wish to attend) in a place of safety, respite, and support.  Retreat leader, Sr. Linda McClenahan, a veteran herself, served as a communications Sergeant in the III Corps area of Vietnam.  She is now a Dominican Sister and Licensed Professional Counselor and Therapist whose ministry involves helping veterans deal with trauma.  Sr. Linda is assisted by Augie Sisco, Major, USMC (Ret.).

To register for the retreat contact Mayslake Ministries at 630-852-9000.  If you would like to helps sponsor a veteran to attend please send your donation to:  American Martyrs Retreat House, 2209 N. Union Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.  Questions call 319-266-3543 or email

Please help us to give back to those who have given so much for all of us.

Veterans Retreat 2017 Flyer


Catholic Daughters/Women’s Retreat
October 6-8, 2017
American Martyrs Retreat House
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Theme: “Live Successfully with Faith, Hope and Charity.”

With these three virtues active in our life we will find that our life will be filled with a success that supersedes all that we might find in worldly goals and ambitions.

Fr. Dan Knipper was ordained in the Archdiocese of Dubuque by Archbishop James J. Byrne in June of 1967. Since then he has served the Archdiocese in a variety of ways including parishes, high schools and grade schools in St. Raphael Cathedral, Bellevue, Gilbertville, Holy Cross, North Buena Vista, Cresco, Plymouth Rock, director of American Martyrs Retreat House, University of Northern Iowa, Dike, Waterloo, Lansing, New Albin, Harpers Ferry, Cherry Mound & Wexford all within the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

He has also been very active in liturgy and especially liturgical music on a diocesan and national level. At present he is retired in Decorah and continues to carry on his priestly ministry through parish coverage in the North East Iowa area.

40 Days for Life

Please join us in front of Planned Parenthood in Cedar Rapids at 2 PM on Sept. 24th.  The Coalition for Life of Iowa is hosting the 40 Days for Life kick-off rally. We will pray in front of Planned Parenthood through Sunday, Nov. 5th!

The Coalition for Life of Iowa is looking for people to commit to pray in front of Planned Parenthood for 40 Days for Life campaign. Sign up for an hour any day or night! The campaign draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. For additional info:

Phone: Call Jim at 319-431-7814,

Marriage Enrichment

Marriage Enrichment Event…”Essential Elements for a strong Catholic Marriage”

Greg and Julie Alexander are coming to the Archdiocese of Dubuque to offer a workshop entitled “Essential Elements For a Strong Catholic Marriage.”  Topics include: Improve you communication, Experience Healing and Forgiveness, Explore the Role of Service and Prayer, Cherish the Marriage intended by God for you. The workshop will be held on October 14, 2017, 9AM to 4PM at St. Gabriel Parish Center, Reinbeck, IA. Contact the Archdiocese of Dubuque Family Life Office to register by clicking on the link: or call  (800) 876-3546, ext 233 or email
For information on the Alexander’s:

Strong Marriages build Strong Parishes!

Beauty Alive

Women's Ministry Gatherings

Beauty Alive! seeks input from women from all over the Archdiocese of Dubuque! Women in the parish (leaders of mom’s ministries, women’s organizations, lay apostolates, etc., plus any interested women) to attend one of the five remaining regional events to share their needs, desires, and ideas for women’s ministries. Learn more and find the dates at

Dates and locations:  6:30 - 8:00 pm
Sept 21 - St. Joseph, Mason City
Oct 3 - St. Joseph, Marion
Oct 5 - St. Benedict, Decorah
Oct 9 - Resurrection, Dubuque
Oct 10 - St. Mary, Manchester

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.


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land:  Come along April 16-25, 2018, to visit and walk some of the sacred grounds where Jesus walked!  We'll visit Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and so much more.  Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way, and we'll renew marriage vows in Cana and baptismal vows along the Jordan River!  Cost is $3,799 with departure from Omaha.  For a brochure and more information, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, Immaculate Conception Parish, P.O. Box 658, Cherokee, Iowa  51012 or call 712-225-4606 or email

The Newman Catholic Student Center at The University of Iowa is sponsoring a 12-day tour of England, Scotland and Wales March 9-20, 2018. Tour hosts will be Bishop Emeritus Martin Amos and Newman Center rep, April Rouner. The full tour itinerary can be viewed at Cost is $3699 per person from Chicago (other departure cities available). Price includes RT air, first class accommodations, most meals, professional tour director, sightseeing entrance fees, optional daily Mass, and more. Contact April Rouner at or 319-337-3106 Ext. 119 for more information or a registration brochure.

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima Public Veneration will be at St. Ludmila Catholic Church from 6:00-7:00 PM. Join us for an hour of veneration of Our Lady, including praying the rosary, information about the second apparition, and more. The last opportunity for veneration will be on Friday October 13. All are welcome.

Secrets of the Fatima Apparitions are Revealed at Our Lady of Fatima Conference
The 100th Anniversary | 1917-2017

One hundred years ago in a small town in Portugal, Our Lady Mary appeared to three young shepherd children. The Blessed Virgin Mary revealed a prophetic secret with three parts. On six occasions she appeared and instructed the children with messages of joy, warnings and hope. What were those messages? How do they affect us today?

Please join us for a day of prayer, reflection and answers. Secrets will be revealed.

There is no charge for this event and a free lunch will be provided.

Free-will offerings will be accepted.


  • Drew Mariani, Relevant Radio personality

  • David Carollo, Executive Director, World Apostolate of Fatima (Blue Army)

  • Dr. Peter Howard, Executive Director, World Apostolate of Fatima (Blue Army)

  • Rev. Monsignor Eugene Morris

  • Gary Dolphin, The Voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes


To register:

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

Help us to support the Church's Initiative on marriage! “Learn how to live your Marriage Sacrament as God intended”. Couples who attend Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy & romance in their relationships but also become more active in their parish.   Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger & healthier.

For information, dates and to register go to or call 563-608-3305.

Upcoming Dates: October 27-29 @Cedar Falls
                                      November 10-12 @Iowa City

Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to enrich the Sacrament of Marriage and Holy Orders.
Jeff & Janet Francois
563-608-3305 (Jeff) 563-608-6335 (Janet)
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Inviting Coordinators for Region 7 & Iowa-La Crosse
 "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.

For more information:

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.


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.