Mass Times and Locations

Heart of Mary parishes offer Lenten Mission

The parishes of the Heart of Mary Cluster 
invite you to join us for our Lenten MissionKnowing Christ, March 31-April 2.  Through Scripture, prayer and reflection on our life experiences we will seek to increase our knowledge and understanding of Christ in his ministry, death and resurrection and become more aware of how God is active in us, in others and in the world today. 

Fr. Chris Manahan, S.J. will be our presenter.  Fr. Chris is in his fifth year as director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh, WI.  He entered the Jesuits in 1993 at the age of 37, following a 15 year career as a newspaper reporter and editor in Minnesota and Iowa, during which time he was a news editor at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids from 1982-1991.  He was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Cedar Rapids, attended St. Pius X Parish where he volunteered in its religious education program and joined St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish when it was established, helping in its RCIA program.

 The mission will consist of three separate but related talks with one at each of our parishes as follows:

                ·         Sunday, March 31 – St. Mary, Urbana – 402 Ash Ave

                ·         Monday, April 1 – Sacred Heart, Walker – 516 Rowley St

                ·         Tuesday, April 2 – St. Mary, Vinton – 2200 2nd Ave

 Each night a light meal will be served in the parish hall starting at 6:30 p.m. with the talks taking place in the church starting at 7:00 p.m.

 Questions may be directed to Marcia Reilly at or by calling 319-472-3368.

Meet Susan Thayer: 40 Days For Life

Former Planned Parenthood (PP) manager Sue Thayer is coming to Cedar Rapids Monday, March 18th as part of the national 40 Days for Life team.  Join her in prayer outside Planned Parenthood in Cedar Rapids from 4-4:30 pm. Then hear her talk at All Saints Parish Hall from 5-6 pm.

Pray for that people recognize and affirm the dignity of human life, and that God leads each of us to take steps to defend life.

The Coalition for Life of Iowa invites you to pray in front of Planned Parenthood during our 40 Days for Life campaign. This draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. For additional info:

Phone: Call Pat at 319-721-9730

Are you an Alum of IMPACT or Lay Formation?

Alumni of the Archdiocese Lay Formation and IMPACT programs are invited to this faith formation opportunity:

Experience God’s grace and explore its impact on your life during our next IMPACT/LF Alumni Retreat, “Grace: On the Journey to God.” The retreat will be held at New Melleray Abbey, just outside of Dubuque. We are excited for the opportunity to pray with and learn from the monks this Lenten season. Join us Saturday, March 30, 10 am to Sunday, March 31, 12 noon. For more information or to register, contact Theresa Alt, 319-447-1132,

Join us in running the way of love!

Waiting for a scheduled date? Wait no longer! Pick your own date! Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration invite single women, ages 18 – 40, who are considering religious life to visit for a weekend, for a weeklong Monastic Experience or for a personal discernment retreat at our monastery in Clyde, Missouri. It’s a chance to experience the daily rhythm of our life where you can join us in singing the divine office, attend daily Mass, spend time in personal prayer, and open your heart to God’s call by learning about discernment and prayer. There is no cost to attend and more details can be found at

To register, contact Sr. Maria Victoria at (660) 944-2221 ex. 127 or e-mail”

Just a quick note:  The Benedictines Sisters have made St. John’s Altar Bread for over 30 years!

Alive in Christ Retreat, November 3

“Alive in Christ – An Inclusive Retreat Day” for anyone wanting to deepen their faith in celebration with persons of diverse abilities is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd at Saint Matthew’s Church in Cedar Rapids. This is an archdiocesan sponsored retreat for adults with disabilities. The day is filled with prayer, sharing, singing, activities, and social time. To request a registration form or for additional information, please contact Jim Betzner at or (563) 556-2580 ext. 286.

Pray for the Legal Protection of Human Life

Message from Archbishop Jackels

Archbishop Jackels invites us to join others nationwide to pray every Friday through September 28th for the intention of the legal protection of human life.  Every Friday during that time period we are encouraged to pray one “Our Father”, one “Hail Mary”, and one “Glory Be” at a time of our convenience.