New Order of Celebrating Matrimony Workshops - click here to register.
The revised (2nd) edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (OCM) may be "used in the Liturgy as of September 8, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and its use is mandatory as of December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. From that day forward, no other English edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the diocese of the United States." We are offering 8 workshops across the diocese to go over the new ritual and to review updated marriage preparation procedures. For more information, see our webpage on the new OCM.
Amoris Laetitia Webinar Series The Pastoral Response in Accompanying Families in Faith The Strong Catholic Families National Partnership invites ministry leaders, teachers, parents and clergy to join together with others around the globe in a four-part webinar series focusing on the pastoral implementation of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Four Master Teachers will be speaking to different aspects of a family’s faith journey over the next several months. Each month, two live panels will convene to reflect on the master teacher presentation and to discuss the pastoral issues, concerns and effective practices related to that month’s theme:
Register for each panel at: www.strongcatholicfamilies.org/amoriswebinar/
Download and distribute the informational flyer.
"Going Natural - A Healthy Choice" Conference will be held on Friday, October 7 at St. Patrick Church, Iowa City. Registration begins at 8:30am and conference runs from 9am-3pm. This conference will present a scientific analysis of sex, fertility, and relationships. Speakers include Vicki Thorn, M.S., Jamie Rathjen, M.A., Monica Minjeur, D.O., Robert Pranger, M.D. and Fr. Ray Atwood. Everyone is welcome! CEUs offered for medical professionals. $25 for conference, materials, lunch and CEU credits. $15 for students and financial scholarships available. Registration deadline: Sept. 30. See flyer for more information.
"An Invitation to Love - God's Plan for Sexuality and Marriage" Saturday morning, October 8 at St. Patrick Church, Iowa City. Continental Breakfast and registration begin at 7:45am and conference runs from 8:30am-12:15pm. Topics include: Marriage- A Reflection of the Trinity, What They Didn't Tell You in Sex Ed, From Chaos to Restoration- Building a Culture of Life and Love, and NFP personal testimony. Speakers include Vicki Thorn and Fr. Corey Close. Everyone is welcome! Freewill donations accepted. RSVP by Oct. 1st. See flyer for more information.