Council Bluffs Catholic

Upcoming Events for Council Bluffs Parishes

REGISTER for Religious Education and Faith Formation - Classes began Sept. 24!!! If you have not registered, IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!! 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. 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.

SYMBOLON UPDATE Sometimes we have a fragmented understanding of our faith. Symbolon shows long-time Catholics and prospective Catholics not just Church teachings but the Catholic way of life - not just the "what" but the "how" of the faith. Participants see how doctrines and practices fit together and how they are meant to be lived out in their own lives. Come any Wed. evening to St. Albert School Elementary Library from 6:30-7:45 to share in teh DVE and discussion session. The topic on Oct. 15th is "The Bible."

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.

Spiritual Intimacy Couples Retreat at St. Benedict Center. On October 1819, 2014, John Gresham, Ph.D., and his wife Mary Jane, will present a Retreat for married couples at St. Benedict Center, four miles north of Schuyler, titled Spiritual Intimacy (SPIN) Marriage Retreat. The program starts on Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday after lunch. The program fee is $70 per couple. If you bring a friend couple with you, i.e., both register together, you get a discount of $10! Room & board charges are additional. For more information call St. Benedict Center at 402-352-8819 or visit their website:

Faithful Citizenship In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops urge Catholics to form their consciences through being open to truth, studying Scripture and Church teaching, examining facts and background information, and prayerful reflection (no. 18) Visit to learn about the steps you can take to form your conscience and to watch videos, download podcasts, and access other great resources on conscience formation for faithful citizens.

IWCC Students: St. Patrick 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. Make sure your child makes a connection with Catholic ministry on campus or at the local Catholic church. Thank you.

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 thgough the celebration of the Mass. We will learn what the mysterious figures and images of Relevation represent, as well as what will happen during the Second Coming of Chrit, 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 basemenet. Contact Peg McClellan at 712-323-9524 or for information or to request materials.

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

Bus to the Marriage and Family Kickoff event! The Co. Bluffs region has reserved a bus to bring families to the event mentioned above. $20 per family and scholarships available. Reservations required by contacting Ward or Kathy Kinney, 712-366-9596 or via e-mail at and provide him with the names of all family members traveling.

Christ Renews His Parish Retreat Corpus Christi: Men's retreat is scheduled 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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