A Special Presentation from Archbishop Zinkula at St. Jude Church
All are welcome to attend a special Leap Day presentation on Thursday, February 29 at 6:30 PM as Archbishop Zinkula shares his personal journey of "My Road to Being a Bishop: What's God Saying to You?" Please gather in the church for the presentation and enjoy a reception immediately following in the Community Center. For more information, or to have questions addressed, contact the St. Jude parish office at 319-390-3520.

Disciple Experience Weekend (DEW)

Join us for a meaningful weekend to study and reflect on the Catholic Social Justice Teachings.  An opportunity to enrich one’s spiritual life will be held March 15-17, 2024. The location is Prairiewoods Retreat Center at 120 Boyson Road in Hiawatha, Iowa  52233.  The retreat begins Friday evening at 5:30 pm  through at 1 pm on Sunday.  Cost is $180 for the weekend (includes lodging, speakers and meals).  Daily commuter rate: $50 per person per day.  Retreat includes 7 speakers, meals, Mass and Reconciliation.

This is a co-ed event.  All race, creed and sexual orientation persons are welcome to attend.   A team of lay people will conduct the weekend. For more information and for a registration form, please contact: Deanna Pietryga or Ted Pietryga at (319) 541-6303 or email us at: deannaollendick@gmail.com.

Join us on FACEBOOK at:  DEW: Discipleship Experience Weekend.  Hope to see you there!

Dubeucharistic Revival Limited Series Podcast

Welcome to our podcast! This limited series run is intended to participate in the worldwide and national Eucharistic Revival by drawing attention to various local activities, ministries, and experts here in our beloved Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Official Archdiocesan Eucharistic Pilgrimage Site - Blessed Sacrament Church in Waterloo

Archbishop Zinkula has granted Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Waterloo to be an official Eucharistic Pilgrimage Site for the Archdiocese of Dubuque for a six month period from Monday, December 4, 2023 (1st Monday of Advent) through Sunday, June 2, 2024 (Corpus Christi). This is the only church in the archdiocese named for the Blessed Sacrament. More details to come, but the church will be open for all pilgrims to visit from Monday through Friday 8:30am - 9:00pm and Saturday from 8:30am - 4:00pm (just before Mass). Church will be closed outside of Mass on Sunday, unless there are groups who wish to visit and can schedule with the Parish Business Office.  Groups can also schedule their own Mass during these times and are welcome to do so. The Eucharist will be exposed during these times for pilgrims to spend in adoration and prayer. Every Thursday, there will be extra opportunities for confession at various times, a Marian prayer group in the afternoon, and healing prayer ministry during the evening. Finally, pilgrims will have an opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence related to the Eucharist for coming to Blessed Sacrament. There are certain conditions that must be fulfilled in order to obtain the indulgence, and more info will be forthcoming. Thank you!   

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal Weekend 2024: Be the Light

The Catholic Charities Annual Appeal will kick off on February 10-11, 2024. This appeal provides over 50% of Catholic Charities' annual operating budget and has impacted the lives of over 79,000 vulnerable people in the past 5 years alone! Parishioners will receive more information the weekend before the appeal with a bulletin insert.

Please Note:  It is very important that parishioners return their contributions directly to Catholic Charities by mail, including the completed donor information from the bulletin insert. We are deeply appreciative of your support of our 2024 Annual Appeal! 


Come along Nov. 4-14, 2024, to some of the most beautiful sites in all of France.  We'll visit the holy Shrine of Lourdes, the home of St. Martin in Tours, the grand Chartres Cathedral, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, Normandy Beach along with both an American Cemetery and a German Cemetery, the home of St. Therese the Little Flower in Lisieux and the wonderful city of Paris!  Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way.  Cost is $4,299 with departure from Omaha.  For a brochure and more information, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, 307 - 4th St. N., Humboldt, Iowa 50548 or call 712-899-6870 or email frdanguenther@gmail.com   Fr. Guenther has been leading these pilgrimages for over 25 years!

Sister Water Project Seeks Volunteers for Service Trip to Honduras

The Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque are seeking volunteers for a service trip to Honduras with the Sister Water Project Service Trip July 22-August 1, 2024. The Sister Water Project Service Team will help make potable water accessible to people in the rural village of Lavatorio, Yarula, La Paz.  Team members must be 21 years old (or 16 and older if traveling with a parent/guardian); capable of physical work at high altitudes; and be willing to participate fully in the work, prayer, and team building of the daily schedule.  Team members will also need to have a passport that will still be valid at least six months after the end of the trip. Travel insurance and the appropriate vaccines are highly recommended.  The cost is expected to be $1,500—which may vary depending on the number of participants. The service trip fee includes round trip travel (ground and air from Dubuque to Honduras), food, and lodging in Honduras. For more information about the trip, contact Sister Maureen Leach at (210) 621-5755. or leach@osfbq.orgTo apply for the Sister Water Project service trip to Honduras, email Stacy Francois at francoiss@osfdbq.org for an application. Applications are due by Friday, March 22, 2024.

"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! 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

Single Catholic Women 20-35: Franciscan Sisters invite you.....

to in-person and on-line Discernment Events designed for you. Discover your calling and purpose. The world needs you. God calls you. We invite you…with other Catholic Young Women to our Vocation Discernment Retreats or invite us to meet you where you are.

Contact information:
Sister Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
2409 South Alverno Road
Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220
Cell: 920-323-9632
Facebook: (20+) Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity | Facebook
Linkedin: (99+) Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity: Company Page Admin | LinkedIn
Twitter: (17) calledtobefscc (@calledtobefscc) / Twitter
Instagram: FSCC Called To Be (@franciscansisters) • Instagram photos and videos

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.


Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center is hosting their next Take Courage Abortion Recovery Retreat April 5-7 in Robins. 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 haley@bridgehavencr.org. You can visit bridgehavencr.org/take-courage/ for more 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.

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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. Jake 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.

Discover the Catechism: Retransforming the letter into a living voice for the modern world.


Humans are physical beings and spiritual beings. We seem to need physical things, signs, to be imbued with spiritual significance to help us on our journey. The Church has instituted sacramentals — through which God showers us with grace and prepares us to receive the sacraments. There are three main “types'' of sacramentals: blessings, consecrations and dedications, and exorcisms.

Why are mementos so important to us?

Humans are physical beings and spiritual beings. We seem to need physical things, signs, to be imbued with spiritual significance to help us on our journey.

Learn more about Sacramentals and how to use them in these videos from Real+True, covering CCC 1667-1679!