News From St. Wenceslaus
OUR CZECH HERITAGE
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
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
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.
The gym rebuild is nearly completed.
Nov 6 - Two more benches were installed. One has sponsors; for a contribution of $2500 the donorNames will be engraved yet this month as will four more lines on
can have lettering on one side, for $4500 both sides
panel 4 on the Memorial Wall.
GOD CALLS US TO SERVICE
SUNDAY NIGHT SUPPER SERVERS
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
All- School Reunion 2009
GOULASH DAY 2009
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.
This DVD, dedicated to the life of
All are welcome to attend as this video travelogue goes on the road with
the Apostle, and better appreciate the gift of salvation and the Jewish roots of the Catholic Church.
Cedar Rapids Area
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH RALLY
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
ST. WENCESLAUS CZECH GOULASH DAY
MASS at St. WENCESLAUS
RYE BREAD – CAKE - PIE - ICE CREAM WENCEBURGERS & BRATS
POP & COFFEE
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
LIGHT, LIFE and HOPE
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail checks to St Matthew Parish, C/o Becky
2310 1st Ave NE Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52402
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
FOLK CHOIR FLOOD RELIEF CONCERT
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
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 16, 17, 18
Pick up registration forms in back of the church
LOST ISLAND WATER PARK
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
COMING TO ST. WENCESLAUS
Saturday, May 2
Evening of Reflection/Eucharistic Holy Hour
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
EASTER VIGIL - APRIL 11
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.
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.
RELAY FOR LIFE
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 - Chihak Hall
had been 9 months
since we had been able to come
together as a parish community for fellowship
6th annual Movin’ for McAuley Mall Walk
STITCHERS & KNITTERS CLUB
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
St. Wenceslaus Church
will be taken with proceeds going to
You are invited to a worship experience that will take you inside the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting, The Last Supper.
and musical presentation is performed by a group
of men from
as a small group of inspired men from the
calendar and plan to join us as we prepare to
celebrate Easter and
resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
JOIN THE F.A.S.T.
All CR area
are invited to join the FAST at
Saturday, March 14
St. Ludmila Church Social Hall
serving 4:30-7:00 pm
After Masses Saturday night and Sunday morning at both
and St Wenceslaus
Proceeds will help fund the May 2 retreat
“Let Me be Your Servant”
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.
PARENTS & PARISHES PARTNERING
Thursday, March 5
St. Pius Parish Center
4949 Council St NE
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
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…
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!
happy to have someone from the
consideration, and we hope to see you at
McAuley Mall Walk
welcome your parish announcements, inquiries