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Friday,  June 29th  @ 8:30 am –  Kathleen Hughs Hoagland

Sunday, July 1st  @ 8:30 am –  Sherrie Riniker

A Deeper Understanding of Scripture
Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Tiny fingers and toes. A little yawn. A loud cry. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes. “What will this child be?” It is a question every parent asks time and time again. As first steps are taken, as personalities emerge, as a child shows interest in reading or drawing or climbing, the question is on our lips. “What will this child be?” This question is asked as John the Baptist is born. Will he be a priest like his father? Does his strange, unexpected name signal a departure from that inheritance? Could Elizabeth and Zechariah ever have predicted what would be?

Under the tutelage of his priestly father, John “became strong in spirit.” As an adult, John would retreat into the desert to preach repentance. He would attract a large following and eventually attract the attention of the rulers of the day. He would point out the adulterous ways of King Herod and would find himself in prison. Eventually, he would be beheaded. But today, he is a child, an infant newly born.
On this special feast, we’re reminded of the great humility required of parents. The character formation, the discipline and encouragement, the violin lessons and soccer practices ? every parental effort is subjected to the decisions of the child themself. Even children on a sure track by high school graduation transform under life’s circumstances. Entrusting our children to God can be incredibly intimidating. “What will this child be,” especially when that transformation lies outside of my control? John the Baptist’s story might not have ended as his parents imagined. But he is celebrated as the greatest of the prophets, as the one who prepared the way for the Messiah. Here is the hope of all Christian parents — that our children would be raised in such a way that when people meet them, they meet Jesus Christ.

 

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New Books Available!

There have been new books purchased for the “Book Cart” that is located by the west wall in the Gathering Area.  Suggested price is $3 in which you can put into the basket that is connected to the cart.  Happy Reading!

Women’s Group Pilgrimage

Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Pilgrimage to St. Louis led by Fr. Knipper Oct. 15 – Oct. 19. Visit the Old St. Louis Cathedral, the top of the Arch, the New Cathedral, Union Station, St. Louis Zoo, St. Ann’s Parish home of the “Black Robe” – Fr. De Smet, Motherhouse of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles, Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, IL. Mass every day! For more information visitwww.grouptravelconnections.com, (group code is accw-stlouis-2018), call Denise, our tour coordinator at Tour Legacy Company  1 800 323 3368 (Decorah, IA), or call Fr. Knipper 563 568 7913.

 

 

 

Summer hours for Adoration

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month with the exception of Wednesday, July 4th due to the

holiday: July 18th, August 1st & 15th, from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Please contact Sarah Covington at blakesarahcovington@gmail.com  if you are able to sit for 30 minutes with the Lord.

 

 

Summer Bonfire Series for Teens and Young Adults

High School students and college students under 21 are invited to an evening of prayer and reflection around a bonfire. At our next bonfire, we will celebrate St. John the Baptist day. Join us at 7:30 pm on July 18 at the prayer patio at the east end of the upper parking lot.

 

 

 

CEO Retreat

CEO will be having their annual Evangelization Retreat at St. Ludmila Catholic Church on Saturday June 30th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Archbishop Jackels will be speaking at the event as well as Deacon Mark Sandersfeld of St. Ludmila’s.  A free lunch will be served. In order to get a good count for food, please RSVP by June 22nd. Email Karen Mathison the names of those attending at: mathison@mchsi.com

 

Save the Date For VBS 2018

August 6th—August 8th, 6 pm—8:30 pm, For more information contact: Conni Swart @ conni_ellyn @ yahoo.com or Sarah Covington @ blakesarahcovington@gmail.com  

To register go to: https://goo.gl/forms/L1acjCGBLJhPKseN2

 

 

Social Justice

Urgent Action Alert! Protect immigrant children and families seeking safety and shelter from violence by keeping these families together Follow the link provided to advocate to federal legislators on behalf of migrant families. Then share the link on social media, in emails, or electronic bulletins. It only takes a few minutes but can make a big difference.

https://justiceforimmigrants.org/action-alerts/protect-immigrant-children-and-families-seeking-safety-and-shelter -from-violence-by-keeping-these-families-together/

 

 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter 

Take a weekend to rediscover the spark that was there on your wedding day. Take time to rediscover the best friend you had when you were first married. Join the millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive by signing up today to attend one of the  upcoming Weekends on September 7-9 Cedar Falls, October 19-21 Marathon, WI, November 2-4 Coralville.  Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: to iowa-wwme.org or call 563-608- 3305 or email: JLJwwme08@Gmail.com

 

 

If you are new to our parish family or if you have been here awhile and would like to register as a parishioner, please call 319-895-6246 to make an appointment. If you have changed addresses or plan to move away from the parish, please let the office know. Contact Loraine Kula at lorainestjohn@q.com with address changes, including email or phone number.