Wordless Wednesday: What a Difference a Year Makes

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We are cheating. Today’s Wordless Wednesday needs a few captions to advance the story. Really, though, anything under 250-words probably qualifies as wordless for us windbags, no? . . . → Read More: Wordless Wednesday: What a Difference a Year Makes

Biking for Babies on EWTN — TONIGHT!

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Food for thought today: It’s been said that our generation will be remembered for what we did or did not do to combat abortion. What will your grandchildren say about your efforts? Passing along a note from our friend Jimmy, who’s doing something worth remembering. And he now has an international platform to share his message. Jimmy and his Biking For Babies cofounder Mike Schaefer will be guests on EWTN’s Life on the Rock tonight to talk about Biking For Babies, their prolife ministry. . . . → Read More: Biking for Babies on EWTN — TONIGHT!

The Spiritual Fatherhood of Fr. John Riccardo

Fr. John Riccardo

In conjunction with Support a Catholic Speaker Month hosted at BrandonVogt.com, Lisa promotes the work of Fr. John Riccardo, a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan. . . . → Read More: The Spiritual Fatherhood of Fr. John Riccardo

Cardinal Wuerl’s Three Core Elements of The New Evangelization

Cardinal Wuerl

Cardinal Wuerl spoke recently at the Christ Our Life Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, and shared his thoughts on the core elements of The New Evangelization. We share them here. . . . → Read More: Cardinal Wuerl’s Three Core Elements of The New Evangelization

When Your Doctor Asks Why You Use Natural Family Planning

You eat organic? Then why do you take the Pil?l

Many women experiencing side effects from the birth control pill are now exploring “green” options. We call that natural family planning. . . . → Read More: When Your Doctor Asks Why You Use Natural Family Planning

Healing After Perinatal Loss: How Can You Help?

Do you know someone who has experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or ectopic pregnancy?

Many of our lives, either directly or indirectly, have been touched by miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or other such perinatal loss. As with any death, the need for healing in these situations is great. However, many of us fail to reach out to those suffering around us, because we simply don’t know how to help.

Mercy Perinatal Hospice Nurse and Bereavement Coordinator Ann Valdez will present How Can You Help? on April 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall at St. Augustin Church. In this talk, Ann will discuss practical guidelines for helping . . . → Read More: Healing After Perinatal Loss: How Can You Help?

7 Quick Takes Friday: Preparing for Lent

Thanks for stopping by our blog! On most Fridays we share our 7 Quick Takes and link up to the blog Conversion Diary. Sometimes our “takes” have a theme; other times, it’s just a series of very random, rather useless thoughts. This week’s theme was an easy chip shot given Lent begins on Ash Wednesday next week. Wowsa — it really is right around the corner, eh? I’ve shared a few Lenten resources here, and I would love to hear what practices or devotions you are incorporating into your Lenten spiritual journey. Whatever your particular devotion or resource of choice, in the spirit of St. Benedict, may you await holy Easter with . . . → Read More: 7 Quick Takes Friday: Preparing for Lent

Cancer Survivors Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord

Now this is inspiration!

A group of cancer survivors and caregivers are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as part of Above and Beyond Cancer. A group of 40+ (including Msgr. Frank Bognanno, pastor of Christ the King Parish) left Des Moines, Iowa in early January to climb the African mountain. This truly is an amazing journey for people who have heard those dreaded words, “You have cancer.” Personal growth can come from adversity, and these great cancer survivors are demonstrating that to the world — there is life after a cancer diagnoses!

Above & Beyond Cancer is a public . . . → Read More: Cancer Survivors Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

A Gentle Place to Fall: Healing After Perinatal Loss

Have you experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or ectopic pregnancy? 

Many of our lives, either directly or indirectly, have been touched by miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or other such perinatal loss. As with any death, the need for healing in these situations is great. However, most people don’t know where to turn, despite the availability of many good resources right here in the Des Moines metro area.

Mercy Perinatal Hospice Nurse and Bereavement Coordinator Ann Valdez will present A Gentle Place to Fall on January 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the St. Clare room at St. Francis of Assisi Church. In this talk, Ann will discuss healing resources for individuals and families both in and . . . → Read More: A Gentle Place to Fall: Healing After Perinatal Loss

Orphan Sunday

“Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea” (Isaiah 1:17)

Yesterday marked the celebration of two days. It was the 100th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa (our diocese) where thousands gathered to celebrate the great Catholic community that has been established for central and southwest Iowa.

It was also Orphan Sunday, a day to remember how God has a special heart to care for orphans; events were celebrated worldwide to advocate for orphans and to inform about adoption. Because of the conflict with the Diocesan Centennial Celebration, Orphan Sunday in Des Moines will be remembered instead on Sunday, November 13 when the St. Theresa’s Prolife . . . → Read More: Orphan Sunday