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Illness Leads to Iowa Knights Leadership Transition

Iowa Knights of Columbus State Deputy Daniel J. Werner of West Des Moines announced his resignation on January 1, 2015 in order to address health issues. Werner had been serving as State Deputy since July 1, 2014. He is a member of Saint…

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Added by Jason Follett on January 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Christmas Message from Bishop Amos, Ordinary of Diocese of Davenport

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

In 1223, at a time when Italian cities were involved in on-again, off-again wars with each other, at a time when society was undergoing tremendous change from an agrarian to an urban economy, at a time when peoples’ faith had grown lukewarm, a Little Poor Man sought to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ birth.

So, in the little town of Greccio, this Poverello built a crèche . .…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 31, 2014 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Christmas Message from Bishop Pates, of the Diocese of Des Moines

Bishop Richard Pates shares the following Christmas message: I extend to all in our diocesan community heartfelt, best wishes for a Merry Christmas and abundant blessings in 2015. We are blessed to have a vital, vibrant Church in the Diocese of Des Moines. As we move forward, inspired especially by Pope Francis, may we continue to emphasize our call to be evangelizers. We are the Body of Christ and our attentive care to render mercy, extend warm welcome, and assure inclusion in our…

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Christmas Message from Bishop Pates, of the Diocese of Des Moines

Bishop Richard Pates shares the following Christmas message: I extend to all in our diocesan community heartfelt, best wishes for a Merry Christmas and abundant blessings in 2015. We are blessed to have a vital, vibrant Church in the Diocese of Des Moines. As we move forward, inspired especially by Pope Francis, may we continue to emphasize our call to be evangelizers. We are the Body of Christ and our attentive care to render mercy, extend warm welcome, and assure inclusion in our…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 31, 2014 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Christmas Message from Archbishop Jackels, of the Archdiocese of Dubuque



Christmas 2014



Mary and Joseph kneel at the crib of the infant Christ in this detail of an icon from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the Bible people describe their experience of God in terms of light, like that from a fire, lightning, sparks, flashes, or varied and brilliant colors, all as bright as the sun.

Others describe it as like a loud noise, such as a…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 31, 2014 at 6:09pm — No Comments

How Can You Have a Latin Mass?

Monsignor Richard J Shuler was pastor of St. Agnes Church in St. Paul, MN for 3 decades.  His expertise was in music and the liturgy.  The following was first published in 1976, but it holds as true today as it did almost 30 years ago.  The life of the Church is truly timeless.



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Some time ago I was at dinner in a clerical gathering after Confirmation in a parish church. About ten priests were present at table with the bishop. One pastor called down to me…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 30, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Knights of Columbus Resolutions for the New Year

Note: The following was shared by Don Hauser, Past Grand Knight and current Publicity Director for Saint Augustin Council 10558 in Des Moines.

For the Grand Knight: I hereby resolve to contact members of the Council I do not know in an effort to encourage their active participation; to encourage First Degree Knights…

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Added by Jason Follett on December 28, 2014 at 8:56pm — No Comments

I Am Third

Recently, I was watching a video series and I was challenged personally in that video to look at my life and see if I could live up to a saying, that saying is, I Am Third.  Do I live up to it?  Do I practice it?  Do I make it my mantra for how I live my Catholic life?  My answer, I do it.  I fail at doing it sometimes, but I do it.



What does the principle of I Am Third embody, quite simply put it is prioritizing my life into who and how I serve God.  First, before all else, as a…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Christmas Message from Bishop Nickless, Ordinary of Sioux City in Iowa

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the new birth in our midst of the gracious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ bring you peace and joy! This letter comes to you several days before our Lord's birth, but I anticipate already our…
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Added by Andy Milam on December 21, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

2015 Central Iowa Fourth Degree Winter Social Set -- RSVP Now

For a printable RSVP form, CLICK HERE!…

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Added by Jason Follett on December 20, 2014 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference newsletter - sign up for March for Life and Iowa Institute for Social Action

As we head toward Christmas, our staff is making preparations for several events in January: the start of the legislative session on Jan. 12, the Midwest March for Life on Jan. 17, and the Iowa Institute for Social Action on Jan. 18-19.

We are working with supporters in the legislature to prepare an Education Savings Accounts (ESA) proposal. ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their child in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings…

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Added by Tom Chapman on December 18, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

Gaudete Sunday

The following is the homily from the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday.  It was preached by Deacon Bill Black of St. Cecilia's parish, Algona, Iowa.  Please enjoy the read.

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The gospel today serves us as a reminder that the word of God is as just as real to us as Jesus was to his followers when he walked the…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 16, 2014 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Charity, Part V

Question 27: The principal act of charity:  love (dilectio)

  • 27,1:  Is being loved more proper to charity than loving?



Here St. Thomas asserts that loving belongs to charity as such, since loving is the principal act of charity, whereas being loved is not an act. Rather, being loved belongs to charity as something that is good, since it is good for a person that others love him out of charity. Again,…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 16, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Ankeny Knights Help Bring a Good Night’s Sleep to Those in Need

Since 1993 Slumberland has been helping kids get the restful sleep they require by giving new beds to families in need. Through their 40 Winks Foundation and Making Homes for the Holidays donation event, they have given more than 20,000 beds to families who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor.

For the 2014 Making Homes for the Holidays…

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Added by Jason Follett on December 15, 2014 at 9:55pm — No Comments

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Added by Shawn Still on December 11, 2014 at 12:12am — No Comments

Charity, Part IV

Question 26: The order of charity 

 

  • 26,1:  Is there an order in charity?



Why should there be an order of charity, when none of the other virtues, including faith, seem to have an ordering of what is prior to what is posterior among their objects?

St. Thomas replies that, as we have already seen, God is the principal object of charity, because he alone causes beatitude,…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 9, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Midwest March for Life 2015 to Start with Mass

Added by Jason Follett on December 8, 2014 at 9:21pm — 1 Comment

Active Participation

In 1987, my mentor Monsignor Richard Schuler wrote an article entitled Participation.  This was one of the very first principles that he would teach when speaking catechetically about the liturgical action and how man relates to it.  This was the very first principle that he taught me.  Over the next few months I will be exapanding this principle; writing and speaking about how we can enhance our participation in the liturgical action and how…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 8, 2014 at 7:50am — No Comments

What Clericalism Looks Like

This a reprint from First Things Magazine.  It is well worth the read.



For the past three months, parishioners and friends of the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan have been wondering…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 2, 2014 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Charity, Part III

Question 25: The object of charity

  • 25,1:  Does the love of charity stop with God or extend as well to one's neighbor?



The opening of the reply helps us to understand more precisely the sense in which acts and habits are specified by their objects: "A habit is diversified only insofar as it changes the species of the act. For every act of a single species pertains to the same habit. Now since the species of…

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Added by Andy Milam on December 2, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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