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Archdiocesan Administration

Vicar General - Msgr. Thomas Toale

1. A Call to Compassion in the Heartland
Margaret Regan, an award winning journalist will share the tragic stories of people caught in the current chaos of the US immigration system in a talk at Loras College on March 30, 2017.  Her presentation, Immigrant Families under Fire, a Call to Compassion in the Heartland will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Campus Center’s Marie Graber Ballroom.
A longtime reporter in Tucson, AZ, Regan is the author of two prize winning books: Detained and Deported: Immigrant Families Under Fire and the Death of Joseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands.
Regan’s appearance is an initiative of Crossing Borders-Dubuque, a faith based organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for immigration reform and to raise awareness about current issues affecting  immigrants and refugees. Additional institutions and organizations are serving as sponsors. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Admission is free.

Respect Life and Social Justice - Mark Schmidt

1. Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Action Alerts
The Iowa Catholic Conference has two new legislative action alerts on their website regarding gun control and the death penalty

The first is to oppose certain deregulation of firearms in Iowa as well as opposing "stand your ground" legislation. Catholic moral teaching requires that use of deadly force must be a last resort and that one must attempt escape prior to using deadly force. "Stand your ground" laws do not require attempt of escape or other less than lethal means but allows deadly force if one feels "threatened". More information can be found at the action alert link that follows. Please share this action alert, especially through social media:

Legislators in the Iowa Senate also recently introduced a bill to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa. The Iowa Catholic Conference has an action alert to oppose such legislation. While the Catholic Church does not declare that the death penalty is intrinsically evil, the US Catholic Bishops, as well as the previous popes, and the Catechism have repeatedly stated that in our modern society the death penalty is unnecessary since we have non-lethal means to protect society from those who commit serious violent crimes. Please share this action alert, especially through social media.
2. Formation for All
During the Season of Lent the Formation for All session will focus on end of life care. The season of Lent prepares us for Christ's sacrifice upon the cross. It reminds us that without Good Friday, there is no Easter. This time of year is an opportunity for us to reflect upon Christ's suffering and death for our sake and unite our own suffering with that of his; just as Christ prepared himself for death in those 40 days in the desert, we can prepare ourselves for our own eventual death so that whenever it comes, we are not found asleep.
Social Media Tiles are provided below to share on your website, Facebook, Twitter, or in your bulletin. 

Grades K-6

Grades 7-12, Parish Leadership, Committees, Parishioners and Faith Sharing Groups

Sample Bulletin Announcement:
"Formation for All" is an online program designed to help Catholics of all ages to learn and pray about Respect Life and Social Justice issues. The current session addresses the topics of End of Life Care and planning. This session coincides with the season of Lent as Christ prepared for his death while in the desert, we too are invited to begin preparation for our own eventual death and the hope that comes in the Resurrection. Sessions are designed for all ages and various settings. To access these sessions go to:

Communications Division

Communications - John Robbins

1. Change in the delivery of Official Bulletins

As mentioned in the February 15th edition, Official Bulletins are now sent directly to user inboxes. This change is necessary as we make our transition to Gmail.

Past volumes of the Official Bulletin will be available via Gmail once users transition.  The upcoming training sessions will teach users how to access the Official Bulletin through their Gmail accounts.

To access past volumes:

  • dated before 2017, continue using FirstClass

  • dated between January 1 and July 1, 2017, visit is a temporary location for 2017 volumes and mimics the display Gmail users will see once they make the transition. A complete archive of past volumes will be available via Gmail by the time all users transition.

Gmail Transition - Jeremy Jones

Archdiocesan trainers will travel to seven locations throughout the archdiocese in April and May to provide Gmail training sessions. Training will be led by Jeremy Jones, the IT Administrator of Email, Software and Websites. The sessions will be all day (9:00AM - 3:30PM) with breakfast, lunch and snacks provided.  Users with laptops are encouraged to bring them.

These sessions are free to attend.  Parishes are asked to send one or two representatives to serve as the "Parish Contact(s)" helping to implement the email transition at their site.

Designated Parish Contacts should register by going to and clicking on the “Register for a training session” button at the top of the page. Please register by Friday, March 31st.

List of training locations

  • April 25th - St. Isidore, Springville

  • April 28th - Resurrection, Dubuque

  • May 4th - Trinity Cluster, Monona

  • May 8th - St. Patrick, Hampton

  • May 9th - Holy Family, New Hampton

  • May 18th - St. Cecilia, Ames

  • May 19th - Holy Family, Reinbeck

General Services Division


American Martyrs Retreat House - Deacon Al Weber

1.  Upcoming Events
A complete list of events scheduled at American Martyrs Retreat House can be viewed here or download the Microsoft Word document here. For more information or registration:
Call: 319-266-3543

2.  Hour of Adoration
Join us on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30, in the Retreat House Chapel (with the exception of the third Tuesday of the month).

Human Resources - Lynn Osterhaus

1. Employment Opportunities
Please click here for more detail on openings listed below.
  • Director of Evangelization, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Ames, email ffsearch@staparish
  • Lead Catechist/Youth Minister  & Confirmation Coordinator, St. Paul School of Religion, Manchester, email Kathy Oberreuter at
  • Faith Formation Leader - Sacred Heart Parish, Oelwein, email Deacon Jim Patera at,
  • Technology and Communication Person - St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Dubuque, email Kerry Rogers  at 
  • Director, Faith Formation - St. Ludmila Parish, Cedar Rapids, email Noreen Bush at 
  • Administrator, Bosco School System, Gilbertville, email Fr. Henry Huber,
  • Administrator, St. Francis DeSales School, Ossian, apply online at
  • Parish Secretary, St. Joseph, Key West, email Fr. Rodney Allers at
  • Faith Formation Leader, St. Athanasius, Jesup, email Fr. Lyle Wilgenbusch at
  • Front Desk Associate, St Patrick Parish, Cedar Falls, email Regena Huffman at
  • Director of Family Life Office, Pastoral Center, email Lynn Osterhaus at [ ]
  • Administrator, Notre Dame Catholic School, Cresco, mail Search Committee, 221 2nd Ave E, Cresco, IA  52136
  • Counselor, Catholic Charities, Mason City office, email Lynn Osterhaus at

Faith Formation Division

Adult Faith Formation - Mary Pedersen

1. Ten Ways to Grow Closer to Christ, Lent, 2017:
Visit or use the following links to download
3. “Come and See” Meetings for 2017-19 IMPACT!
Please encourage interested members of your parish/cluster to attend one of the following “Come and See” open houses with director, Mary Pedersen. Please place the following announcement in your parish bulletin and newsletters.
Bulletin Announcement:
Are you hungry for more? Are you ready for the next step? IMPACT may be right for you! The next cohort of IMPACT, the Archdiocese of Dubuque's two-year adult lay formation program, will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hiawatha, beginning September 2017. If you are interested, please come to ask questions and receive more information at one of our “COME and SEE” open houses (listed below), hosted by Mary Pedersen, director of IMPACT. Come and see if IMPACT is right for you!  For more information about IMPACT please click here.
COME and SEE Open Houses
  • Waterloo, St. Edward, Church Basement: Thursday, March 2: 5:30 to 7:00
  • Hiawatha, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Parish Center: Monday, March 6: 5:30 to 7:00
  • Dubuque, Resurrection, Social Hall: Tuesday, March 7: 5:30 to 7:00

4. Beauty In Christ
A huge thanks to everyone who supported the Archdiocesan Women’s Conference, Beauty in Christ! Your efforts, whether placing an announcement in your bulletin, hanging a poster in your church, or personally inviting women to attend, led to a great day for over 600 women in our archdiocese. A sincere thanks to each of you, including our incredible committee!

Please place your bulletin: Thanks to the more than 600 women who participated in the first Archdiocesan Women’s Conference, Beauty in Christ!  It was a great day for women from all around the archdiocese to be inspired, to pray together, and to enjoy one another’s company.

This Conference was offered by the offices of Adult Faith and Catechetical Services

Family Life - Linda Manternach

1. Upcoming Marriage Programs 

PreCana Marriage Preparation Program:
  • April 1 at Clarke University Catherine Byrne Hall, Dubuque
  • April 22 at St. Ludmila, Cedar Rapids
  • April 28-29 at St. Thomas Aquinas, Ames
  • April 29 at Newman High School Chapel, Mason City
  • May 6 at Clarke University Catherine Byrne Hall, Dubuque
Online registration:

Engaged Encounter Weekend:
  • March 10-12 at AMRH, Cedar Falls
  • PLEASE NOTE: April 21-23 EE Weekend has been cancelled
  • June 9-11 at AMRH, Cedar Falls
Online registration:
Two Become One: Remarriage:
  • September 30, 2017 at AMRH, Cedar Falls
Online registration:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend:
  • April 7-9 at Shalom, Dubuque
  • October 27-29 at AMRH, Cedar Falls
Online Registration:
2. Marriage Building Packets
The March 2017 packet is now available by clicking here for a Microsoft Word document and by clicking here for a PDF document. It can also be found in the Family Life FirstClass Conference folder. The packet provides parishes/clusters with weekly bulletin items and Prayers of the Faithful, all of which are pertinent to the liturgical year and special events.  Please check out these monthly packets and support the marriage initiative.
The Art of Accompaniment: Radical Listening3. Registration Is Still Open! Encourage your Pastoral Ministers to sign up for The Art of Accompaniment: Radical Listening
Mark your calendars for The Art of Accompaniment: Radical Listening workshop to be held at American Martyrs Retreat House on March 9-10, 2017. This workshop is being offered for all pastoral ministers of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Facilitator will be Barb Schwery, Executive Director of BeFriender Ministry. Participants will have the opportunity to increase awareness of the impact they have on their ministry, enhance listening skills, and receive facilitator training for Making Meaning Workshop. For additional information click here.

Natural Family Planning4.  Natural Family Planning
NFP Videos Now Available! NFP videos for marriage preparation programs are now available on USB flashdrive at $15 per copy. If your parish Sponsor Couples, etc. would like a copy, or if you have questions, please contact Linda Manternach at
Eben and Lindsey Krapfl will be offering two new sets of NFP classes for the Couple to Couple League. The first will start on March 27, 2017, and the second will start on August 21. They will host both classes from their home. For more information, contact the Krapfls at (563) 599-3661 or by email at Or register at
If you haven’t already done so, please remember to attach the promotional NFP brochures your parish received to your Sunday bulletins. If your parish would like additional brochures, please contact John Robbins at
Check out the new NFP website: An updated list of NFP instructors in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, as well as other valuable information is now available on the new website.
Thank you for sharing the truth and beauty of NFP.
Family Matters Newsletter5. Family Matters Newsletter
Family Matters has a new look! The March / April 2017 issue of Family Matters e-newsletter is available for viewing here: If you or someone you know would like to receive this free e-newsletter, please contact Lynne Chapman at We welcome any suggestions for topics of special interest related to Marriage and Family Life.

6. Spanish Marriage Prep offering:
Fr. Patrick Behm will be offering Spanish Marriage Preparation, available for couples, particularly in Central Iowa and the western portion of our Archdiocese.

This Marriage Program highlights “God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage” (Ascension Press), and consists of 6 parts, taking place during two sessions.

Dates: April 22 and 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Place: Fort Dodge
Cost: $50/couple (Covers both sessions, materials, and lunch)

If interested, contact your own parish, and have your parish contact Fr. Patrick or Rhonda at 515-955- 8336 or e-mail Fr. Patrick at

Ministry to Persons With Disabilities - Mindy Hart

1. March Newsletter
The March edition of the Persons with Disabilities e-Newsletter is now available on the Archdiocese website at The newsletter can also be downloaded by clicking here.

Ministry and Worship Division

Leadership Development & Pastoral Planning - Dan Rohner

1.Pastoral Leadership Study Day - April 20, 2017
Hopefully you have already reserved April 20 for the next Pastoral Leadership Study Day at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.  We are excited to welcome Fr. Michael White and Mr. Tom Corcoran, co-authors of Rebuilt.  They will describe how they transformed the culture of the Church of the Nativity and moved parishioners from consumers to contributors.  In addition to presenting key principles, Fr. White and Mr. Corcoran will facilitate a panel that will discuss how their experience can be applied in the Archdiocese of Dubuque.  Registration will open on March 15.

Vocations - Rev. David Schatz

1.  Discerning God's Call Day
This is designed for young men who are discerning God's call to the priesthood.  This day would be appropriate for those who have attended previous events or coming for the first time.  Please contact me at 563-513-7333.
  • Saturday, March 25, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM, St. Stephen the Witness, Cedar Falls
2. PITA Dinner
The last PITA Dinner for the 2016/2017  is coming up soon.  We urge you to consider contacting young men at your location who may have an interest in learning more about the priesthood and invite them to attend this event.  If you would like more information or how to invite, please contact me at 563-513-7333.
  • Wednesday, March 22, Resurrection parish in Dubuque 5:00-8:30 PM

3.  Tools to Recognize God's Call
Please join us for one of the upcoming Tools to Recognize God's Call.  Do you have questions about figuring out your life?  Come hear a presentation given by Father David Schatz, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Dubuque, that will give you some practical tools to experience God's call and create helpful conversations.  Then, Archbishop Jackels will celebrate a Holy Hour for Vocations that will provide an opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration, to hear the witness of a seminarian's experience of God's call, and to encourage all attending to discern God's call for them.  This presentation is open to teens preparing for confirmation and other young adults.  It is open to men, women and the parents of those attending.
  • Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 7:00-9:00 PM St. Thomas Aquinas, Ames
  • Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 6:45-8:45 PM Immaculate Conception, Charles City
4. Ordinations
Deacons Dennis Conway, Ralph Davis, Kevin Earleywine, Andrew Marr, and Austin Wilker will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Raphael Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, Dubuque.

Jacob Rouse and Andrew Upah will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:00pm, also at St. Raphael Cathedral.

Please keep our seminarians in your prayers in their final steps before ordination.
5. "Dubuque's Got Sisters!" 
Join Catholic Sisters for an inside look at religious life. "Dubuque's Got Sisters!" is a unique experience for those interested in exploring a call to become a religious Sister. Dubuque-area Sisters will accompany participants and share experiences through praying, dining, and storytelling. There is no fee to attend.  
The "Dubuque's Got Sisters!" event begins at Sinsinawa Mound Friday, March 17 at 5 p.m., and ends Saturday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Explore the following questions with a group of peers: What is my purpose in life? How can I share my gifts with others? Participants will also volunteer at Opening Doors’ Teresa Shelter in Dubuque on Saturday. Join us in this opportunity for service, reflection, and sharing. To register or for more details, contact Michelle Horton at or call her at (608) 695-6060. "Dubuque's Got Sisters!" is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dubuque Franciscan Sisters, Cistercian Nuns, and Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters (Wis).

Social Services


Catholic Charities - Tracy Morrison

1. Know Your Rights Presentations

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services staff will be providing free "Know Your Rights" workshops across the Archdiocese to help immigrant families learn to create a safety plan for their families in the event of a crisis, complete power of attorney form and increase awareness of how to exercise their rights. Click here to view or download the flyer.

  • March 4th: YMCA, Postville, 1:00-3:00
  • March 6th: St Patrick's Church, Dubuque 5:30-7:30
  • March 14th: First Bank, Hampton, 6:30-8:30
  • March 16: YMCA, Marshalltown, 3:30-6:30
  • March 23: St. Joseph Church, New Hampton, 5:00-7:00
  • March 26: Immaculate Conception Scotus Hall, Cedar Rapids, 1:30-3:30

Iowa Catholic Conference - Tom Chapman

1. Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) e-Newsletter Highlights
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