Council Bluffs Catholic

Upcoming Events for Council Bluffs Parishes

REGISTER for Religious Education and Faith Formation - Classes begin Sept. 24!!! Registration information/forms have been mailed out for the 2014-2015 year. If you have not received one, please call Julie Achenbaugh at 712-323-1163 or LuAnn Baumker 712-323-1484 or cell, 402-618-8497. Deadline is September 12th. Also, if your child attends St. Albert but is in 2nd Grade (First Eucharist) or a Freshman/Sophomore (Confirmation), please call LuAnn so that you can be mail sacramental prep information. All parents, especially those with First Communicants and Confirmandi, are highly encouraged to attend the faith sessions for adults called Symbolon. It is the same time as Wednesday night Religious Education. Catechists (teachers & teachers' assistants) are still needed for our Faith Formation sessions on Wednesday evenings. PLEASE volunteer to help us out with this very important ministry.

For all High School Parish Teens 9th through 12th grade - September kicks off the series of 4th Sunday parish youth events held every 4th Sunday of the month. Our Kick-Off Event will be Sunday, Sept. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at Pioneer Trail Orchard and Pumpkin Patch with lots of activities planned including a hot dog roast, hayrack rides, and Frisbee Golf in the Orchard. Admission will be two canned items. Questions? Contact Jill Faust, High School Faith Formation Coordinator, (402)699-3919,

The Masterpiece of the Mass Jeff Cavins presents the "Mass: The Center of Our Faith" by explaining its Biblical roots and teh elements of the Mass, and showing how the Mass can transform our lives. Share listening to Cavin's CD with other parishoners ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tuesday evening Sept. 23rd, Holy Family Hall at 6:30. Contact Peg McClellan with questions

GATHER WITH THE BEST Over 25 of the nations's top experts clearly and comprehensively explain the Catholic Faith in a way that helps us kno it, live it, and articlate it to others. Symbolon presenters include Patrick Coffin, Jason and Crystalina Evert, Tim Gray, Dr. Edward Sri, Johnnette Benkovic, Curtis Martin Leah Darrow, Chris Stefanick, Teresa Tomeo and many more. Symbolon begins WEnesday evening, Oct. 1st. Contact Deacon Monty or Deacon Bob or Peg McClellan with questions.

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) has started, but it is not too late to join. If you are interested or know of anyone who wishes to learn more about our Catholic Faith please call John Pfenning, 712-322-2887 or the Parish Office Center, 712-323-1484 for more information.

Christ Our Life Conference is fast approaching!! September 20th-21st, 2014. Listen to Father Larry Richards, Angela Parez Baraquio Frey, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and many more great speakers who will move your and make a difference in your life. The Parish Office Center has tickets for purchase - Adults-$25, Youth-$15. This is a great conference for middle-school age students to adults. It doesn't happen every year, so take advantage of this opportunity! There will be a bus going to this Conference. Cost: Dbl-$129 Single-$175 Triple-$112 Prices quoted are per person. The package includes deluxe motor coach transportation, lodging at the recently opened Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Saturday morning continental breakfast, and Sunday breakfast at the hotel. To sign up for a package, contact Ward Kenney at: hm-712-366-9596, cell-402-630-3640 or You can also call Ruth Ann at 712-256-2699 or Claire at 402-679-6016. Options include the ticket to the Conference (see above for prices) and Saturday noon lunch away from the Conference Center by bus ($18). Depart: St. Patrick's at 6 AM, Saturday, September 20th.

A new book study is starting Please join us to read "Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves" by Jason Evert. We will meet three times, the first Tuesdays of October, November, and December. Our first meeting is October 7th at 7 PM. Please call Beth Wilson, (713) 323-3717 for information.

That Man is You starts this week, Monday, September 8th 6 - 7 AM or Tuesday, September 9th 6 - 7 PM. If you're still wondering about this men's faith group, check it out these coming weeks and see if it is for you. You, and your family, will be glad you did! Fr

IWCC Students: St. Ptrick Parish is attempting to establish a student-led Reiver Catholic Club at IWCC this coming Fall. In order to make that happen, parents with a son or daughter that is attending or is planning to attend Iowa Western is asked to please inform Fr. Glen with contact information (student's name, email, cell #). We will need as many students' names as possible to get this off the ground. Dave Craven, a parishioner and track coach at IWCC, will be the faculty sponsor (402-525-1083) and Shari Cortney will direct the gatherings.

Attention: families with college-bound children; It is after high school that most young adults turn away from the Church either for a period of time or permanently. In order to fight that trend Catholic ministry is available on most campuses. As a parent (or as a student), you can make that initial contact by going to and register your child before college classes start in the Fall. The local Catholic ministry will then contact him/her. (Like registering in a parish, include name, mailing address, cell #, and email.) Once college begins make sure to follow-up with your child and campus ministry itself. Statistically speaking, the connections that a student makes those first months will be the groups the student attends throughout the year. August & September are key months. Make sure your child makes a connection with Catholic ministry on campus or at the local Catholic church. Thank you.

Put this on your "Back to School List" I want to learn more about my Catholic faith so when people ask me questions, I don't feel so stupid. Come to the "SYMBOLON" video series which begins Wed. evening, Oct. 1st. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia says, "Symbolon" is not just a great adult tool for teaching and learningthe Catholic Faith, but a joy to experience. More details forthcoming.

Come join Bishop Pates for our Diocesan Year of Marriage and Family kicooff event! The event will begin with Mass at 2PM on Sun., Oct. 19th at St. Ambrose Cathedral, located at 607 High Street, Des Moines, IA. The Mass will include a renewal of vows for married couples and a special blessing for milestone anniversaries (5-year increments and 50+). Following Mass, there will be a family carnival which will include games and prizes for children of all ages, free food, and information about marriage and family ministries present in our diocese! To register for a certificat of blessing, call Adam Storey at 515-237-5056 or emial him at

St. Pius X Catholic Church is hosting a healing retreat for any couple who has experienced any type of pregnancy or infant loss. The retreat is Sat., Oct. 4th at 9 am until 4 pm (lunch and snacks are provided), and is located at 3663 66th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322, There is not cost. Register by contacting RyAnne Carr at

Christ Renews His Parish Retreat St. Patrick's: Men's retreat is scheduled for Sept. 13-14 and women's for Sept. 27-28 Chorpus Christi:Women's retreat is scheduled for Oct. 4-5 and Men's for Oct. 18-19. Ecclesiastes 3:1 "For everything there is a season, and a time for eery matter under heaven." Consider spicing up your spiritual life. Contact either rectory for more information

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