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Second of 'Six Dates for Catholic Couples' May 2nd!

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Marriage Enrichment Initiative

We are a marriage building cluster!

The second of 'Six Dates for Married Couples' is Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Walker.

After a short movie, couples will have the opportunity to have some quality one-on-one time with each other. FREE Childcare is available and ends at 8:30 pm.

The 'dates' do not build on each other and you did not have to attend either of the earlier events.

The Marriage Enrichment program will continue throughout the year with the 'Six Dates' series.

Remaining 'Six Dates' WHEN, WHERE & TIMES are:

Friday, May 30th: 6:30 pm @ St. Mary, Urbana Parish Hall. Childcare ends @ 8:30.

Friday, June 20th: 6:30 pm @ St. Mary, Vinton Parish Hall. Childcare ends @ 8:30.

Saturday, July 19th: After the Walker 5:15 Mass in the parish hall. A meal will be served to children in childcare. Childcare ends at 8:00 pm.

Friday, August 15th: 6:30 pm @ St. Mary, Urbana Parish Hall. Childcare ends @ 8:30.

Mark your calendar and come to as many of the dates as you can!

Comments from participants who attended the marriage workshop Sunday, March 23rd:

*We need to talk to each other about us. Going out and talking about family issues is a 'staff meeting.'

*We all need each other.

*Instead of saying, "I'm sorry, ask for forgiveness."

*The afternoon helped us remember/ focus on what is really important.

*The best example for our kids is to love each other.

*Marriages need continued support in a world driven by secular needs and wants.

*God gave us to each other to complete us. Not to compete.  The difference between the two words is the letter 'L' which means love.

*It helped us remember why we fell in love in the first place.

*A simple door hinge is a visual sign that God is at the center of marriage. We are bound together.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 21:00

Blessings to you this new year!

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Jan 1st, 2014Pope Francis reads a blessing from the Book of Numbers:


“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”


He then continues on saying, “There is no more meaningful time than the beginning of a new year to hear these words of blessing."

These "words of strength, courage and hope [will] accompany our journey through the year opening up before us."

May God's blessings shine upon each and every one of us this new year!


Last Updated on Saturday, 04 January 2014 00:13

Archbishop Michael O Jackel's Installation

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Following are details just confirmed for Television, website and radio coverage of Archbishop Michael O. Jackels' Installation Mass at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 30th.  You may want to include this in parish bulletins and parent newsletters.

Television/website coverage

The installation of Archbishop Michael O. Jackels from Nativity Church will be aired live on over the air Digital Channel 7.3 on Thursday, May 30.  This is not the regular Channel 7. Consult your cable guide for the correct channel number if you have cable.  In Dubuque it is Channel 106 but may be different on different cable systems.  The Mass will begin at 2 p.m. but there may be some "pre-Mass" coverage at 1:30 or 1:45.

Ron Steele and Msgr. James Barta will provide on-air commentary.

The Mass will also be streamed live on the KWWL-TV web site; A link to the live coverage will be posted.

Radio Coverage

KDTH radio, Dubuque, 1370 AM

Also on their website at

Coverage will begin with the choral prelude music at 1:30 p.m.

This will be broadcast without commentary.

KWKY Catholic radio, Des Moines

1150 AM   88.5 FM and  94.5 FM

Also on their website at

This will be broadcast without commentary.

Coverage will begin with the choral prelude music at 1:30 p.m.

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