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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



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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 — 1 Comment

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

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