During this Year of Marriage & Family we have an opportunity for you to grow closer in your marriage. Join us at St. Mary of Nazareth for a three-part series entitled “Three Become One: Growing in unity through prayer!” In this series, Dr. Matt Halbach and Adam Storey will help couples see the importance of prayer in their marriage and find simple and accessible ways to grow in prayer as a couple. The series will be held on Jan 15 and 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. at St Mary of Nazareth, with a date night the week of Jan 18-24. The cost is $20 per couple and scholarships are available. Snacks and childcare will be provided at no cost. To register contact Bridget Brass at 515-276-7589.
The annual Mass for Life is kicking off a weekend in January of events addressing a number of different life and dignity issues. The 2015 Mass for Life will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral with Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels and Bishop Richard Pates. After Mass, the group is invited to join others at the west steps of the state Capitol for the third annual Midwest March for Life, sponsored by Iowa Right to Life. A luncheon follows the march at the Iowa Events Center, where there will be a number of speakers/breakout sessions and a youth track. On Sunday, Jan. 18, the Iowa Institute for Social Action begins its two-day conference. The keynote speaker Sunday is Catholic Relief Services President Dr. Carolyn Woo. Monday's keynote speaker is Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich, who will talk about the political landscape in Iowa and Washington, D.C. The social action gathering has added a youth track featuring poet and author Julia Dinsmore. The conference is sponsored by the Iowa Catholic Conference and the four dioceses of Iowa.
It's that time of year when we star to think about tax benefits available to us through charitable gifts. Opportunities abound for gifts to parishes or schools. The tax year ends at midnight on Dec. 31. In order for donations to be considered a tax-deductible charitable donation this year, the gift must be received and/or postmarked before midnight on Dec. 31. The most convenient, secure and expedient way to ensure that a year-end gift is received on time is to make it online before midnight on Dec. 31. Gifts to the diocese can be made online here.
Donors interested in learning more about gifts of stock, grain, planned gifts, or ways to earn tax credits should contact the diocesan Development Office for complimentary information on how to benefit the diocese or local parishes or schools.