Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center is a faith-based organization, so the best way for us to spread the word about our job and volunteer openings is in the church community. If your church has an outlet for sharing something like this, please consider doing so.

Employment Opportunities

Visit https://bridgehavencr.org/get-involved/career-opportunities/ for job descriptions and application information.

WorldWide Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a catholic faith based marriage enrichment program and has been providing couples with better communication skills and tools for over 50 years. Find out what you've been missing by attending one of these upcoming experiences. February 11 - 13th in Ankeny; April 23 - 24th in Epworth. For more information or to register go to iowa-wwme.org or call 563-608-3305.  

 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a catholic faith based marriage enrichment program and has been providing couples with better communication skills and tools for over 50 years. For more information or to register go to iowa-wwme.org or call 563-608-3305. Click here for a schedule.

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

Covenant of Love

 Marriage Mentors Now Available!

On April 27 and 28, Greg and Julie Alexander, founders of the Alexander House apostolate, trained twenty-three couples from the Archdiocese of Dubuque and nine couples from the Diocese of Davenport to serve as Covenant of Love Marriage Mentors. These trained couples are now ready to serve couples throughout eastern Iowa as marriage mentors. Covenant of Love Marriage Mentoring helps married couples achieve relationship goals with effective support, information, and guidance. This process is effective for restoring and strengthening marriages in which both spouses are open to following God’s plan for marriage and putting into place the practical tools provided. Whether newlyweds or married for fifty years, and whether on the brink of divorce or just wanting to grow deeper in a relatively good marriage, this mentoring process can provide couples with guidance for strengthening and sustaining their marriage. More information and registration for couples interested in being paired with a mentor couple is available at www.DBQArch.org/marriage-mentors.

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.

Shalom Retreat Center Programing

READING THAT MATTERS: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Monday, January 31, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Eileen Miller, OSF

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (originally published as A Cup of Friendship) by Deborah Rodriguez. With the influx of thousands of Afghan refugees into this country, it seems important to understand something of the culture from which they come and the issues they face there. In a departure from the usual true stories we have used in Reading That Matters discussions, this novel is a look into the everyday culture in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, and centers around an American ex-pat and the people she gets to know at her coffee shop. The author, who wrote this book about 10 years ago, also ran a coffee shop in Kabul for several years and based the story on her experiences there. She wrote the book as a novel rather than a memoir so that she could include more examples of the people and real issues she met in Kabul, as well as a desire to protect the people she knew there.

Everyone is welcome to join in these discussions of books that can impact how we view the world around us. Books are available for purchase at Riverlights Bookstore and the Shalom gift shop.

$6 per discussion, does not include the book. Register by the Monday before each discussion online at our website at shalomretreats.org or by calling 563.582.3592.

TAIZÉ PRAYER

First Thursday of the month, 7:00-7:45 pm 

Facilitators: Jim Brimeyer, Carol Hemesath, OSF, and other area musicians

  • February 3, Loving God with Whole Hearts
  • March 3, Loving God During Lent
  • April 7, Loving God and the Enemy
  • May 5, Loving God and Jesus’ Mother

Held in our beautiful and historic chapel, this contemplative prayer time includes a Scripture reading, sung repetition of short refrains, shared silence, and intercessions. Taizé prayer invites the participants to sing simple refrains repeatedly to reinforce the meditative quality of the prayer. This basic style can penetrate the marrow of our spirits and the silence of our hearts. Come and tune into the solitude of this holy place and praise of our God!

 

Freewill offering, no registration necessary.

MOVING TOWARD RACIAL EQUITY

Monday evenings, February 7, 21, March 14, 28 

6:30 - 7:45 p.m. (CST) via ZOOM

Sponsored by the following ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa: Canticle of Creation Center, Shalom Spirituality Center, and Social Justice Coordinator

Moving Toward Racial Equity is a 4-part series held via Zoom striving to address the injustices of racism.

  • Session One (February 7): How do we address our own prejudices? What do we do about ourselves? Presenter: Dr. Katrina Neeley Farren Eller, Assistant Professor of Public Relations at Loras College, Dubuque, IA
  • Session Two (February 21): How do we effectively communicate with others regarding racial injustice? A dialogue with Dave Heiar, Jackson County Economic Alliance Senior Advisor, and Anderson Sainci, Director of Shared Prosperity and Neighborhood Support, City of Dubuque.
  • Session Three (March 14): How does racism affect the quality of life in your neighborhood? Presenters: Dr. Mary Gitau, Associate Professor of Social Work at Clarke University, Dubuque, and Clara Lopez Ortiz, Equity Coordinator, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque.
  • Session Four (March 28): What can we do within our sphere of influence to effect necessary changes to impact systemic racism.
    Presenter: Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Member of US East-West Leadership Team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Cost: $20 per person includes all four sessions. Register online at shalomretreats.org or by calling 563.582.3592 by Friday, January 28, 2022.

ALL SHALL BE WELL: JULIAN OF NORWICH SERIES

Wednesdays evenings, February 2, 9, 16, & 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Facilitator: Michelle Watters

During times of crisis and chaos, the kind that a pandemic brings, we may call on our ancestors for their deep wisdom. Julian of Norwich, who lived her entire life during a pandemic, (1342–ca. 1429) is one of those ancestors we can look to today. Julian’s wisdom points to everyday practices, including soaking in the goodness found in nature, living in a posture of gratitude, and relating to God as a loving, compassionate mother. This is helpful as we seek to counter fear, depression, and grief caused by circumstances in which we feel powerless. Julian’s wisdom is a deep well for us as we seek to maintain spiritual and intellectual composure and an optimistic attitude that transcends circumstances.

These sessions glean insights gained from the book Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic – and Beyond, by Matthew Fox. Participants do not need to read the book to participate. Sessions will include prayer, sharing insights from Julian, contemplation, and discussion. Participants can attend individual sessions or all sessions.

Topics for each of the Wednesday Zoom sessions will include:

  • Feb. 2: Who is Julian? Julian’s time of the pandemic. Facing darkness.
  • Feb. 9: Goodness, joy & awe. Nature and God.
  • Feb. 16: The Divine feminine. Non-dualism.
  • Feb. 23: The importance of trust. The power of love.

Michelle Watters is the Director of Pastoral Care for the Sisters of St. Francis. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a yoga teacher, and a Franciscan Associate.

Cost: $20 per person, does not include book (optional). Register online at shalomretreats.org or by calling 563.582.3592 by Friday, January 28, 2022.

RETURN TO THE ROOT: REFLECTIONS ON THE INNER LIFE BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, February 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

Co-sponsored with the Benet House Retreat Center

Facilitator: Sr. Roberta Bussan, Director of Benet House, Certified Boundless Compassion facilitator

Sr. Roberta Bussan leads a discussion of Joyce Rupp’s newest book, Return to the Root: Reflections on the Inner Life. Rupp offers meditative, uplifting reflections—grown out of the seasons, the Church’s liturgical life, and the small moments that adorn our days—that escort us through the year. With each reflection, we shift beyond the immediate moment to see the timeless truths within, including choosing to hold on to hope, trusting how God speaks to us and how we experience the Divine, and recognizing that there is always something for which to be grateful. Whether we need to be reminded of important truths or to experience moments of tranquility in a life of nonstop distractions, Rupp’s Return to the Root offers us space to explore the beauty of the world and hold onto those things that sustain our beings and, as the apostle, Paul wrote, keep us “rooted and grounded in love.”

Cost: $10 per person. Register and prepay online at shalomretreats.org or by calling 563.582.3592 by Friday, February 22, 2022.

GPS: YOUR GUIDE TO PERSONAL STORMS

Saturday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. James Coyle

A Certified Grief Educator trained by world-renowned grief expert David Kessler, and author of GPS: Your Guide Through Personal Storms, Dr. James Coyle will be using tools and information that can assist those who are navigating difficult storms of life. Whether it is job loss, grief, or life transition, walk with a caring community guided by Dr. Coyle as you learn to navigate and manage the stressors of life that bring on anxiety, worry, tension, pressure, strain, and trauma.

Cost: $40 per person includes lunch, GPS book, and workbook. Register online at shalomretreats.org or by calling 563.582.3592 by Friday, February 18, 2022.

Telehealth Counseling Services in Cedar Rapids

Are you looking for affordable, accessible, and convenient counseling? Catholic Charities offers TeleHealth Counseling Services in the Cedar Rapids office at 420 Sixth Street, Suite 220.  TeleBehavioral Health is the delivery of healthcare services to patients using technology. This technology uses videoconferencing to conduct client visits by interactive video, with the provider and patient in different locations.  If you are from the Cedar Rapids area and are interested in scheduling an appointment for Telehealth Counseling, please call 800-772-2758 or 563-588-0558 to schedule an appointment.

Catholic Charities

Are you looking for affordable, accessible, and convenient counseling? Look no further than Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque’s Telebehavioral health counseling services located in Cedar Rapids.

Telebehavioral Health is changing the way communities and families approach mental health services. At a time when the need for mental health counseling is soaring, this option holds great promise for addressing gaps in care and providing individuals with critical resource for addressing their health and well-being.

TeleBehavioral Health is the delivery of healthcare services to patients using technology. These technologies can include videoconferencing to conduct client visits by interactive video, with the provider and patient in different locations. In practical language, this means that it doesn’t matter if there is a provider in your area, and it doesn’t matter if you can’t travel 60 miles to get there. TeleBehavioral Health can potentially be offered in a location that is convenient for you.

Need to schedule an appointment please call 800-772-2758 or 563-588-0558.

RCIA


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.
https://queenofsaints.dbqarch.org/become-catholic/