Pilgrimage to Greece & the Greek Isles:  "In the Footsteps of St. Paul".  Come along Oct. 24 to Nov. 3, 2023, to some truly beautiful and holy places!  We'll visit many of the great sites where St. Paul wrote his Epistles, including Athens, Corinth, Crete, Santorini, Ephesus, Thessaloniki and more.  We'll also take a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles.  Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way.  Cost is $4,399 with departure from Omaha.  For a brochure and more information, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, St. Mary's Parish, 307 - 4th St. N., Humboldt, Iowa 50548 or call 712-899-6870 or email frdanguenther@gmail.com

As the parish phase of the ArchdioceseOne special appeal has concluded in your parish, we thank you for your consideration of a sacrificial gift. Watch the video from Archbishop Jackels offering his gratitude, as well as an update on the continued progress of the appeal.
If you would still like to make a gift to support the special appeal, you can do so by visiting the ArchdioceseOne website here.

Thank you from Archbishop Jackels:

"Holy Moments" by Matthew Kelly from the Dynamic Catholic Institute

Matthew Kelly has been asked how do we get people to come back to church? His answer, "To do that, a shift from spiritual decay to spiritual flourishing has to take place. Many have suggested that a shift of that magnitude is impossible. It's easy to see why. More and more people believe that the Church is irrelevant. And it's tempting to lose hope. But I refuse to underestimate God and I refuse to underestimate the power of the priesthood.  I believe that the people will return to church. That a Holy Shift toward spiritual flouring is possible. And I believe it is about to take place in unimaginable ways."

To hear the words from Matthew himself, click on the link Holy Moments video from Matthew Kelly

Interview about the book: Matthew Kelly Interview - https://youtu.be/fkk-HYiq1CY

Book Read by Matthew Kelly:
Prologue - "Treat every person you ever meet like the second coming of Jesus in disguise." Live as if the Messiah is among you.

Rediscover the Saints

This is not just another book about the saints. Both personal and practical, this book proves the saints are not long gone, but alive and well--and ready to join you on your journey! Discover how inviting the saints into your everyday life will open your eyes to the amazing possibilities God has in store for you!

Looking for a way to enhance the free cluster book "Rediscover the Saints"? Look no further! Click on the link below to open a document for you to deepen the messages in the book.

Rediscover the Saints Study Guide


WorldWide Marriage Encounter

MARRIED COUPLES.  Give your marriage a well-deserved vacation.  Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of energy!  Upcoming dates: April 22-23, 2023 in Epworth, IA and September 22-24, 2023 in Dubuque, IA.  For more information call Greg and Denise at (563) 920-9419 or drubner9419@gmail.com.

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.

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 this year. If interested, contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF: 563-583-9786, balekm@osfdbq.org, or visit our website for a listing of the 2023 opportunities and downloadable application materials:  www.osfdbq.org/commonventure

Franciscan Common Venture - 2023 Service Opportunities
Give a gift of service this year!  Share your time and talents with others -- for a day, a week (or longer). Your heart will never be the same!  Join others in community, service and prayer.  If interested, contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF:  balekm@osfdbq.org or 563- 583-9786. Visit our website for a listing of opportunities and downloadable application materials: www.osfdbq.org/commonventure Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, IA.



“BUZZ-by” Quilting Bee/House-Tidying Franciscan Common Venture Service Trip to the Wild Rose Center in Busby, MT April 23-29, 2023. Open to men and women 20+ years of age.  Cost: $125 plus bring $50 for food purchase on site. Be part of a quilting bee to create quilts used in the Native American ritual of “Give Away” and learn about Native culture as you engage in the ministry of presence – listening and sharing stories. If quilting isn’t your thing, there are many housekeeping tasks that could use your help! Due date to apply is March 27th.  For more information contact Sr. Shell at balekm@osfdbq.org or visit www.osfdbq.org/commonventure for application materials and more service opportunities.

DC BOUND with FRANCISCANS: An Intergenerational Immersion-Service Experience: May 28-June 3, 2023.  This service offering is a collaboration between Franciscan Common Venture and the Franciscan Mission Service. This small team will have the opportunity to see and experience Washington, DC and many organizations with the lens of the Franciscan Tradition. Current DC Service Corps members will assist with the daily experiences. This is open to men and women, 21 years of age and older. We are hoping to have an intergenerational mix.  If you or someone you know might be interested in this service trip, contact Sr. Shell balekm@osfdbq.org or 563-583-9786. Due date to apply is April 21.

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.

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


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.


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.