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Upcoming Events for Council Bluffs Parishes

For all High School Parish Teens 9th through 12th grade - Sunday, Jan. 25 is the next scheduled meeting for our 4th Sunday program. It will be an opportunity to volunteer and share an afternoon with the residents of Micah House, 1415 Ave. J. We'll meet at Micah House at 2 p.m. To have an accurate count of volunteers, please sign up ahead of time with Jill Foust, High school faith formation coordinator, at (402) 699-3919 or jrfaust1@cox.net

St. Patrick Women's Book Club Designed to grow spirituality, foster friendships and build community among the women in our parish. We will read, discuss and share ideas on current spiritual and Catholic literature in small groups, twice a month. The first selection is "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World", finding spirituality in the busyness of the world. Author, JoAnna Weaver. Since there are 12 groups, many meeting times are available throughout the week. Groups are forming now. Sessions will begin the week of January 11, 2015. Contact Jeanette Kenny, 712-328-8330 or email her at: stpatrickswomenbookclub@gmail.com Please leave your contact information including email and if you: **Prefer to meet in: Morning Afternoon Evening **Prefer a session on: Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday **Get my own copy of the book **Purchase my copy from the Book Club

SYMBOLON UPDATE What happens when we receive a sacrament? Why should I care? Learn more about the Catholic faith and how it applies to your life. Join Deacon Bob, Deacon Monty and a fun group of adult learners this Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:45 at the St. Albert Library to find out the answer. Symbolon: the Catholic Faith explained

Brewing faith for young adults BREWING FAITH is a spiritual group for those in their 20s & 30s to meet over dinner and discuss the faith. Fr. Pins, Vocation Director for the diocese, is the presenter at the next gathering on Thursday, Feb. 5 at Pizza King. There is childcare available at St. Patrick's during the time of Brewing Faith (6:15-8:30, call the office by noon the day before to let them know you need childcare). Questions? Call Crystal Fetter at 712-326-5152 with questions or to RSVP for childcare.

The Joy of Forgiveness Retreat will take place on Saturday, February 28 at St. Patrick's Hall 9AM-4:30PM. Sandy Hoenig, a counselor and conflict resolution facilitator with 30 years experience is conducting the re- treat to help individuals get rid of resentments and self-defeating habits. The retreat is about forgiving others and being healed by accepting forgiveness. The retreat is particularly good for those hurt by broken relationships, death, abuse, or depression. An offering of $40 is requested. Lunch is provided. Register by call the parish office at 323-1484.

That Man is You is starting the second session this month. We welcome both new and returning participants. We had such a positive response to the first session that we have set up two different times and men can attend either one. One will start on January 19th at 6 AM in the Parish Hall and the other on January 20th at 6 PM at 103 North Avenue Tower, Suite 7. Each session runs one hour and is intended for men of the parish to make a connection with other faith based men to view video instruction and discuss our common goal of becoming better in tune with God's Plan for Leadership in our modern world. For more information contact: Larry Kenny at 712-328-8330

ROMANS AND CHRISTIANS is a fun learning experience for the whole family in which you will experience and idea of what it means to defend the faith in the midst of persecution. Last year's event was a lot of fun and eye opening as well. Come and play a Roman soldier or citizen by bringing a bed sheet (your toga) on Sunday, February 8 to Saint Albert High School gym. Pizza will be provided. Please register on the parish website, after Sunday mass, or by calling St. Patrick's office by noon Wednesday, February 4 so proper arrangements can be made. Doors open at 5:30PM. The game runs from 6:00-8:30PM. Come and check it out! You'll be glad you did!!! - Fr. Glen

Revelation - The Kingdom Yet to Come Explore with Jeff Cavins the book of Revelation to see how the Kingdom establish by Christ in His Church is intimately connected with the Kingdom of Heaven, especially through the celebration of the Mass. We will learn what the mysterious figures and images of Revelation represent, as well as what will happen during the Second Coming of Christ, what has already happened, and what is happening now in salvation history. 10 sessions - will be held 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14th at 6:30 in Holy Family basement. Contact Peg McClellan at 712-323-9524 or mcclellanp@me.com for information or to request materials.

Looking for a way to grow your faith this New Year? Book Study groups are forming to read and discuss our parish's Christmas giveaway book, Jon Leonetti's "Mission of the Family." Eight groups are available, evening groups will be held Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; daytime groups are Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. There is a perfect group and time slot for you!! Check the back of the bookmark given with the book for dates and times and facilitator contact information OR contact Peg McClellan 712-323-9524 or e-mail her at mcclellanp@me.com to get connected with a book study group!

Come join the Thursday Morning Bible Study Group to study the book of Mark. We meet Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00 A.M. at Holy Family Church Hall. We plan on beginning January 22. Call Mary at 323-9910 or Peg at 323-9524

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