Council Bluffs Catholic

Upcoming Events for Council Bluffs Parishes

REGISTER for Religious Education and Faith Formation - Registration information/forms have been mailed out for the 2014-2015 year. If you have not received one, please call LuAnn Baumker at the Parish Office Center, 712-323-1484.

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.

Brewing faith for young adults in their 20s and 30s will meet again on Thursday Sept. 4th at Pizza King at 6:30 PM. Our guest speaker is Fr. Pins. He will be speaking on "Vocations." Plan to join us and bring a friend. There is childcare available at St. Patrick's during the time of Brewing Faith. Questions? Call Crystal Fetter at 712-326-5152

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.

Summer book groups are forming!! Often times reading a book with a group of other people gets it done and many shared insights happen! Contact Deacon Bob ( or Peg McClellan ( or at 323-9524.

The Great Adventure Men's Bible Series will be starting up again in August. Any interest contact Nick Clark at 402-960-2099 or Burton Rausch at 712-310-9420

That Man is You This is a short faith-based program for men and has been highly successful in Omaha and is coming to St.Patrick Parish in the Fall. Men Get together for 1 hour over 13 weeks (30 minutes to watch a DVD and 30 minutes to discuss). The fall program emphasizes the development of the Scriptural vision of man, especially in his relationship to his family and society. The spring sessions emphasize the practical means of becomeing that man. Check out this opportunity to grow into the fullness of God's plan for you!! The first gathering will be Sunday, August 24th at 4 p.m. It is ok if you miss an occasional meeting.

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.

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. Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?" Consider spicing up your spiritual life.

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