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Review of "Parish Priest"

"Parish Priest -- Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism," is a biography on the Order's founder. Written by best-selling author Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster, the book is a fascinating account of Father McGivney's world and the people who influenced him and came to know his greatness.

Review by St. Benedict's Council 4208 member Claude Mertzenich:

I have read Parish Priest to my children, and we were all fascinated by…

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Added by Decorah Knights on January 14, 2015 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Knight and Family of the Month for November 2014 Announced

I would like to congratulate the Knight of the Month and Family of the Month winners for  November for the state of Iowa. 

Rob Klocke  from Council 4132 in Hawadren, Iowa for being the November Knight of the Month. Rob will receive a personalized Knight of the Month shirt. 

The Dennis Harpenau Family from Council 3810 Granville, Iowa. Dennis and his family will receive a monogramed family bible.

A State, Knight of the Month and State Family of the Month are chosen each…

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Added by Joseph Pollpeter on January 14, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Council 4208 members lead weekend Rosaries

Some of the St. Benedict's Knights of Columbus are leading the Rosary on Saturdays and Sundays before Masses in St. Benedict's parish because of their devotion to Jesus and His blessed Mother.  If you wish to lead the Rosary, please feel free to contact Claude Mertzenich for information via email or by calling 563 382 5565.  The Rosary Center…

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Added by Decorah Knights on January 14, 2015 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Holy Hour for Vocations in Decorah

-->Archbishop Michael Jackels will lead a Holy Hour for Vocations in Saint Benedict's Church building (…

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Added by Decorah Knights on January 14, 2015 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Rose Drive 17 - 18 Jan 2015

The Knights of Columbus are taking a collection after Masses in Saint Benedict's parish the weekend of 17-18 January 2015.  $ collected support efforts by Birthright to protect unborn babies and their mothers. …

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Added by Decorah Knights on January 14, 2015 at 6:07pm — No Comments

St. Benedict's Council 4208 support seminarian

Saint Benedict's Knights of Columbus Council 4208 is spiritually and financially supporting seminarian Brian McGee via the RSVP.  Please pray for him.  All people, not just Knights, are asked to send Brian letters of support.  Home address:  3168 325th St., Cresco, Iowa 52136.  Seminary address:  Mundelein Seminary, 1000 East Maple Ave.…

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Added by Decorah Knights on January 14, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Church's Duty

I recently came across this blog post and was moved enough by it that I wish to share it.  Here it is, in it's entirety.

IN MY LAST BLOG, I talked about the phenomenon, quite common today, of those who would delay or oppose the correction of liturgical abuses or imperfections because they feel that people’s feelings will be hurt…
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Added by Andy Milam on January 13, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Three Men's Conferences to be held March 2015

Our modern secular society calls men to focus on careers, achievement, perhaps sports and entertainment. The Church calls men to become One in Christ through a spiritual path which leads to holiness. As Disciples of Christ, we should be proclaiming the Gospel message in many ways. To fill our need to grow in our spirituality and faith, the following men’s conferences are available:…

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Added by Jason Follett on January 12, 2015 at 12:26pm — 3 Comments

Supreme Offering Grand Knight and Fraternal Council Leadership Webinar 17 January 2015

This presentation, at 1 PM on 17 January 2015, will provide fraternal leaders with tips and techniques to build strong councils as well as provide helpful suggestions to make the Knights of Columbus the most effective charitable service organization in their parish and community.

In this one hour presentation, topic covered…

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Added by Jason Follett on January 9, 2015 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Legislative Session Preview - Iowa Catholic Conference 01-09-2015

The 86th General Assembly of the Iowa legislature begins this Monday, Jan. 12. Little legislative work typically gets done the first week other than the usual ceremonies and organizational meetings of committees. During the first day legislative leaders address the chambers to talk about their plans for the session. 

Also coming up next week is Governor Branstad’s “Condition of the State” speech to the legislature on Tuesday and Chief Justice Cady’s “State of the Judiciary” address on…

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Added by Tom Chapman on January 9, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Youth Protection/Safe Environment Training and Background Checks Mandatory

The Board of Directors has directed that all members in youth serving roles and certain officer positions be required to take online youth protection and safe environment training. Specifically, State Deputies, State Squires Chairmen, State Youth Directors, Grand Knights, Youth Directors, Columbian Squires Chairmen, Chief Counselors, Committee Counselors, and Faithful Navigators (if their assembly sponsors a Circle) are…

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Added by Jason Follett on January 7, 2015 at 11:25pm — 1 Comment

Listen to Catholic radio and sign up today for Midwest March for Life, Iowa Institute for Social Action

The staff of the Iowa Catholic Conference is looking forward to being a part of two events later this month to help Catholics inform their consciences and support the life and dignity of the human person. We hope you can join us!

For updates on the events, you can listen in to Iowa Catholic Radio at www.iowacatholicradio.com this Friday, Jan. 9 v. I’m scheduled to be part of the 7:15 a.m. news segment to discuss the upcoming Midwest March…

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Added by Tom Chapman on January 6, 2015 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

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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Added by Andy Milam on December 31, 2014 at 6:11pm — 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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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

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