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NEWS...From the St. Wenceslaus Parish

(Church photos courtesy of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library...NCSML.)

Parish News From St. Wenceslaus
Catholic Church


View photos of Czech Heritage Park & learn how you can be a part of this

View statue work- start to finish St Wenceslaus Society Church Tour


This month's newsletter


Staff Christmas Staff Party  at Biaggi's - Dec. 22

The St Wenceslaus Parish Family Welcomes
These 2009 New Parishioners

•    Brad &Angie Horstmann;
                             Brady & Abby
•    Jeff & Erin Gilson
•    Kathie Rowray
•    Edward & Madonna Hartl
•    John & Rita Wiese
•    Bill McKenna
•    Kristin Bellach
•    Ross & Susie Ferguson;
                         Grant & Chase
•    David Schick
•    Douglas & Theresa Clark
•    Zachary & Johanna Stout
•    Kate Montague
•    Bernard & Carol Schnaufer;
                      Bridget, Marie, Margaret, Thomas,
                      Genevieve, Ambose, Dominic
•    Ryan Schlader
•    Tom & Jolene Birkicht
•    Charles & Rebecca Grosvenor
•    Philip & Tammy Reed;
                     Alison & Corey
•    James & Olga Pavik
•    Patricia McGuire
•    Rich & Peggy Demelenaere

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year

The St Wenceslaus History Committee continues to work on our new history center in Chihak Hall.
Phase II should be completed in March.

            Dec 16- A ground-breaking ceremony took place with a reception following in Chihak Hall.  Two apartment complexes
            like this will be built on 6th St just across 12th Ave from St Wenceslaus. The target date for completion is summer 2011.

            Dec 15-19 - Christmas Food Baskets-
            HACAP, St Vincent DePaul Society and Metro High School partner each year to put together more than 200 food baskets.             Volunteers will come to the gym Saturday morning and deliver these to familes throughout the city.

                                              Donut Sunday Dec 6 following 7:00 am Sunday Mass


          Dec 2

          This statue was in the back of the church years ago. It was recently restored  and is now  on the NW wall in the gym.

             Two more benches were installed in Czech Heritage park this month. One is still availabale for sponsorship.
              Contact the Parish Office for details on this or with regard to having a line on the Memorial Wall.

            Nov 18-           Golden Oldies- This group meets at noon the 3rd Wednesday of the month for a potluck and Bingo.
                                     They are always happy to have more people join them.

Nov 15 -- Baked Potato Bar/Salad Bar Luncheon



Nov. 12-
          The W from the basketball center jump circle was saved.  Several hours were spent on this project.

Nov 6 - Xavier High School Community Service Day
This crew cleaned up the property and raked leaves.
Thank you!

The gym rebuild is nearly completed.

        Nov 6 -          Two more benches were installed. One has sponsors; for a contribution of $2500 the donor
                                can have lettering on one side, for $4500 both sides


       Names will be engraved yet this month as will four more lines  on
                                              panel 4 on the Memorial Wall.

NOV 15 4-6 pm
First Presbyterian Church
Contact Dave Martin to sign up

Need a Christmas gift idea?

                     Be a part of Czech Heritage Park and make a lasting
tribute to loved ones. Click here for more details.

Deacon Bill Cisler retirement reception
October 18

All- School Reunion 2009

more photos


more photos

FLOOD and church re-build photos

Volunteer Hours Through Oct 25


Thank you & God Bless

These trophy cases in Chihak Hall were recently completed by Tom Milcoff. Thanks Tom!

                        The new TV was installed Sept 2. We will use the DVD player for various presentations.

                        Sept 9 - The pastor photos are back on the wall in Chihak Hall. Thank you to Bob Boes and Jim Trcka for their                                          time and efforts with hanging these. The trophy cases are in Chihak Hall and will soon to be completed.                                                        Thanks also to the entire History Center committee for their work.

Footprints of God St. Paul: Contending for the Faith- Sun. Sept. 20- 6:45-8:30 p.m.

                This DVD, dedicated to the life of St. Paul, will be shown in Chihak Hall at St. Wenceslaus Parish.
                 All are welcome to attend as this video travelogue goes on the road with St. Paul through Israel,
                Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Viewers will understand the life, ministry, and sufferings of Paul
                the Apostle, and better appreciate the gift of salvation and the Jewish roots of the Catholic Church.

Cedar Rapids Area
Sat. Oct 3
St. Joseph School
click here for information and registration form

The Annual Parental Consent Form and Liability Waiver must be completed to attend this retreat.
If you have not
previously completed one it can be downloaded here
Annual Parental Consent Form and Liability Waiver

The Great Adventure

   20 Week Bible Study

Begins Sept 27

click here for information and registration form

Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness

    The Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center is starting a directory of spiritual resources to provide support to the cancer patients and their families who visit their site; they asked to include our parish in their directory.
    The organization provides the most comprehensive mesothelioma information on the net. Mesothelioma is a nearly always fatal cancer which is caused by exposure to asbestos. Persons diagnosed with mesothelioma face an extremely difficult battle and the very real prospect of death. At this critical point in one’s life many people turn toward religion to help them cope with their suffering and to assist them in answering life’s most important questions.

    In an ongoing effort to meet the needs of their visitors they have created a directory of spiritual resources. 
    This directory is one of the most meaningful resources their site can provide.

    We were also asked to post a link to their site to help spread awareness about the organization. The link is below. Awareness of mesothelioma will lead to more research and funding so that we may one day eradicate this terrible disease.  















11 a.m. - 5 p.m.




The St Wenceslaus Stitchers & Knitters group has completed a queen-sized quilt to be
 raffled off at Goulash Day. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00

The quilt is similar to this; pictured below is last year's quilt

One Year Anniversary Gathering for all those affected in
 any way by the flood of 2008
June 11 Mass at Immaculate Conception

click here for Archbishop Hanus' homily

Catholic Charities receives
2009 Group Volunteer Award

click for details

Pilgrimmage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
in La Crosse,  Wisconsin
Tues. Oct. 20
Faithful to the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary through her appearances on the American continent in 5131, the Shrine serves the spiritual needs of all those who come. We'll arrive in time for Mass, have lunch and tour the shrine. You can choose to visit and pray at the many devotional areas on the Shrine grounds such as the Votive Candle Chapel, Outdoor Stations of the Cross, and Rosary Walk.
Cost: $46.00 includes bus, lunch, gratuity

To register: contact Becky Shaffer at 363-5238 or dbq030s1@arch.pvt.k12.ia.us

Mail checks to St Matthew Parish, C/o Becky
2310 1st Ave NE Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52402


Monday, May 18

A free-will offering was taken with proceeds going to the
Linn Area Long Term Relief Coalition for flood relief efforts.
A total of $1800 was raised; thank you to all  who made donations!

  Dinner was held prior to the concert in the nearly completed Chihak Hall

JUNE 16, 17, 18
6:30-8:30 PM

Pick up registration forms in back of the church

Monday, June 22
Students grades 6-12
$25-covers admission and transportation

click here for more details and Field Trip Permission Form

Annual Parental/Guardian Consent Form and Liability Waiver must be completed as well.
If not previously
completed it can be downloaded here

Confirmation May 10

Photo courtesy of Ed Laub Photo

Confirmation 2008-2009  &  Retreat Photos May 2

FIRST COMMUNION - April 26, 2009


  Saturday, May 2

7:30 p.m.- Evening of Reflection/Eucharistic Holy Hour                        

Mark Forrest

International Irish Tenor

Inspiring the world, one person at a time

His melodic voice has filled concert halls and cathedrals world wide. He has sung inspirational hymns for luminaries such as Pope John Paul II and Mother Theresa. His soothing Broadway melodies have entertained award-winning performers including Charlton Heston and Maureen O'Hara.

Although this international Irish tenor has performed for some of the leading orators of our time, Mark Forrest is not beckoning audiences to himself, rather he hopes his listeners will hear a deeper call and attune their ears to his heartfelt message - a message that has been shaped by what many would call the tragedies in his life.

Mark Forrest's "song" is The Faith and Family Foundation, an organization he and his wife Muriel, founded in 1999 to support and encourage individuals and families with special needs. His "lyrics" are the sancity of human life at every stage and age.

Mark and Muriel's efforts to establish The Faith and Family Foundation were born out of the sorrowful death of their third baby boy - Francesco - who was diagnosed in utero with a severely compromised heart. He lived only five days, "touching more people than I ever will in a lifetime," Mark says. Their second son, John Patrick, was also born with     special needs and is battling a rare nerve condition that has left him blind and confined to a wheelchair.

Yet Mark and his wife turned their tragedies into triumphs and resurrected joy from the ashes of their sorrows. They embraced their past personal despair and are now conveying hope to thousands around the globe through the Foundation.

The Foundation offers annual awards recognizing outstanding persons with disabilities, or individuals who work with or care for persons with disabilities, as well as awards to those who best exemplify the ethos of Faith and Family in a public setting.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, awarded full scholarships to study music, and educated at the Royal College of Music, Mark could allow his exceptional talent to take him world wide with Broadway touring companies. But he is committed to his own family and to his life's work sharing his music through The Faith and Family Foundation.


A free-will offering will be taken

The Great Adventure Bible Timeline Study will provide you with helpful tools needed for a lifetime of enriching Bible study from a Catholic perspective.The study is an overview of 14 narrative books of the Bible, presented so you can hear and understand “the story” of Salvation History. Come learn how the people, places, events, and themes of Scripture fit together—and how you are a part of this story! The registration deadline is Monday, May 18, 2009, and space is limited.

download a registration form here


It is with great Easter joy that we welcomed Mark Pospisil, David Nelson, Erin Carman,
and Kelly Kidd into the Church at Easter Vigil  Mass.

American Catholic - Lent Feature


Stations of the Cross Thursdays 5:10 pm
Mass will follow

                                        Holy Thursday - at IC 6 pm
                                        Good Friday  at IC 12:05 pm
                                                                at St Wence 5:30 pm
                                        Easter Vigil at IC 7:00 pm
                                        Easter Sunday at IC 7:00 & 9:00 am
                                                                   at St Wence 10:30 am

In memory of Jerry Pettit

"Deacon Jerry" served St. Patrick's, Immaculate Conception
and St. Wenceslaus parishes for more than 20 years.

Click above for details on how you can help make a difference
 in the fight against cancer

Chihak Hall Homecoming

A Celebration of Restoration & Fellowship

Saturday, March 21 5:00 p.m. - Chihak Hall

It had been 9 months since we had been able to come together as a parish community for fellowship
in our own church hall. Parishioners were inited to come down and see theprogress and share our “
restoration stories” with one another. Whether your home or business sustained damage or not the flood has impacted all of us in many ways. Members of the Project RecoveryTeam provided materials and were
available to answer questions as well.

See Photos

6th annual Movin’ for McAuley Mall Walk
presented by
Panera Bread at Westdale Mall. 


Meets 1-3 pm
1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month
Open to anyone interested in sewing/knitting/visiting
Cal Elaine Boes at 848-6052 for details.

The Living Last Supper

Click here for photos

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 – 7:00 p.m.

St. Wenceslaus Church

1224 5th St. SE

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Admission: FREE

A free-will offering will be taken with proceeds going to
Linn Area Long Term Relief Coalition for flood-relief efforts.


You are invited to a worship experience that will take you inside the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting, The Last Supper.


This drama and musical presentation is performed by a group of men from across Dubuque County reenacting that moment in history when Jesus tells his disciples that “one of you will betray me”. 


What began as a small group of inspired men from the Epworth United Methodist Church (hoping that at least their wives would come to see their efforts), has grown into an annual ecumenical ministry.  The 2009 Lenten season is the tenth year for the drama, which is both inspirational and educational, as Jesus and each disciple make you feel like you are actually there, in the Upper Room on that fateful night of betrayal.  The Living Last Supper Band enhances the experience, sharing their gift of music throughout the service.  With a long history of 50 performances for over 12,000 people, The Living Last Supper has become a worship experience many in the tri-state area look forward to each year.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us as we prepare to celebrate Easter and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


(Fight Against Starvation Today)

All CR area teens are invited to join the FAST at
St. Ludmila on March 14

click here for information and registration form

Consent waiver

2009 Catholic Men's Conference
Sat Apr 4
LaSalle Middle School

click here for information


Saturday, March 14
St. Ludmila Church Social Hall
serving 4:30-7:00 pm
Donation: $4.00
chili-relish-rye bread-dessert-beverage



      MARCH 14 & 15 

After Masses Saturday night and Sunday morning at both
Immaculate Conception

and St Wenceslaus

Proceeds will help fund the May 2 retreat

           All Saints Parish Mission         
March 1-4


“Let Me be Your Servant”


PROGRAM: Sunday-Wednesday 6:30-8:00 PM

      Reception each night

Books, CDs and religious articles available

   Sunday: Word The salvation message of Love.

      Special message for youth

Monday: Cross -Who is Jesus? Who is Lord of your life? Renew your commitment to Christ.

                      Tuesday: Healing & Forgiveness… Greatest blockages to healing…opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Wednesday: Going forth to love and serve the world!


Soup and Bread Supper - Wednesday March 4th

before the mission!

       Sponsored by All Saints Religious Education Dept.


Thursday, March 5
St. Pius Parish Center
4949 Council St NE

7:00-8:30 pm

Learn more about how teens are reacting spiritually to the world
they live in and how parents, parishes and schools can deal with
and perhaps influence that reality.

FREE EVENT - Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dubuque

Open to the public; no registration necessary

Beat the winter blues and be part of Movin’ for McAuley!


Come join us Saturday, February 21st, 2009 for the 6th annual Movin’ for McAuley Mall Walk presented by Panera Bread at Westdale Mall. The Mall Walk is held to create awareness of the Catherine McAuley Center as well as raise funds to support their mission to provide the community with an adult basic education program for men and women as well as a transitional housing program for women.


Movin’ for McAuley is a morning filled with fun for all ages!  Start off the day by getting out of the cold and get in a workout from walking laps around Westdale Mall or bring the kids and make it a family fun day as everyone enjoys various activities, games, great prizes, bagels and beverages.  There is never a dull moment at action filled event!


This year, Movin’ for McAuley will host a Family Expo. We would like to give area businesses and organizations the opportunity to let the community know what is happening around town and how to get involved.  For a small fee of $20 per table for businesses and $10 per table if your group/organization is of non-profit status, you can reserve a spot on the course where you may showcase and promote your group in any manner you choose.  All we ask is that all participants provide a game, activity or some type of promotional item that may be given to all walkers at your table and that expo participants may NOT sell goods or products of any type.  Last year, more than 600 walkers came out and participated in the Movin’ for McAuley Mall Walk and we are planning for more participants in 2009.  To market to a captive audience of this size for only $20; how could you say no? 


Having a problem with committing to the event?  Think of it this way…


  • The event is a commitment of no more than 2 hours
  • Since the t-shirts cost is underwritten every registrant is actually making a donation to Catherine McAuley Center and receiving a t-shirt for it.
  • No one is required to walk. Participants are welcome to walk as much/as little as want while they watch, socialize and visit vendors of the event. 

Ways you can help:


Form a team!  We have special prizes for teams! Show your team spirit, wear your logo, come in costume, or make a banner! Try to challenge other departments, other offices, other co-workers to match or beat your efforts!


Listen!  We’ll be happy to have someone from the Catherine McAuley Center speak to your business about our mission and volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for your consideration, and we hope to see you at Westdale Mall, Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 9am.  Take the challenge!


Movin' for McAuley Mall Walk registration form


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