Global Wave of Prayer
Pope Francis and Catholic Organizations around the world, including Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, call on you to join a global Catholic Campaign to combat hunger as One Human Family, Food for All. On December 10, Pope Francis will launch the campaign and Catholics can respond by participating in a global “wave of prayer,” joining our brothers and sisters in faith to pray at noon in each time zone around the world. Here is the link to the prayer, one you can pray by yourself or with those from your parish, school or community. Let us pray in order that we remember we are one human family, and there can be food for all!
Survey On Marriage and Family
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.
Request for Special Collection to benefit the Philippine people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan
Super Typhoon Haiyan, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, slammed into the Philippines on the island of Samar the evening of November 7, 2013, and hit Vietnam on Sunday, November 9. The storm has killed an estimated 10,000 people, and local officials report approximately 9.5 million people have been affected.
Catholic Relief Services, in cooperation with partners, will provide 100,000 families with shelter, essential living supplies, and clean water and sanitation. CRS will continue to identify the most vulnerable communities that need assistance and will also be involved when energy and efforts to the long term diocesan rebuilding efforts.
CRS desperately needs our help so that people and communities in most in need can be helped. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has appealed to all bishops. And so while emphasizing the importance of collections already scheduled, Bishop Amos is requesting that all parishes consider adding a special collection to benefit Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts between now and Christmas. As with previous large-scale relief requests, make the check payable to the Diocese of Davenport with Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief on the memo line.
Thank you for your consideration and please continue to pray for those affected by the typhoon.
CRS Links -
Typhoon-Haiyan Update Page
CRS Donate page
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meet
U.S. Bishops Issue a Special Message on HHS Mandate at
conclusion of General Assembly
& Live Streaming
Father has challenged us to proclaim our faith values; and he
has specifically addressed the threats to dignity, and even of
life itself, of migrants.
Iowa bishops and I have issued a Statement on Immigration Reform
through the Iowa Catholic Conference. This statement
underlies all of our Church teachings. It applies from the
moment of conception to the last moments of life and encompasses
all people on earth.
that not only are the vast majority of the people of Iowa of
immigrant descent but that even our Catholic faith is an
immigrant to this great state and nation.
Iowa Bishops' Joint Statement on Immigration Reform