Knowing the Gift of God

By Wynn Touney

The Samaritan women said to him, “How can you a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink? Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” – John 4: 9,10.

“If You Knew the Gift of God” has been selected as the powerful theme for the Diocesan Women’s Conference to be held March 7, at Holy Spirit Church, Carroll.

The morning session, beginning with registration at 8 a.m., will feature Gina Bauer of Minnesota. Gina has a wonderful message to inspire all of us as she challenges us to truly seek the “Gift of God.”

Bishop Walker Nickless will be present during the day to celebrate Mass. Father Francis Valerio of Omaha will continue that challenge with his wisdom, closing at 4 p.m.

More information regarding this conference will be covered in The Catholic Globe. Be assured that this day will enhance your Lenten focus and will certainly be worth all of your efforts to encourage your family and friends to join you. Make it “our spiritual spa get-away” which each of us deserves.

Register by March 1 to Michele Leiting, 19546 Aspen Ave., Westside, IA 51467 or email You may also direct questions to Leiting at (712) 663-4584.

Robin Corzilius, President of CWDSC, has continued with her committee to formulate the “genesis” of the program to encourage, educate and enhance the availability of “Eucharistic Adoration” in our parishes throughout the diocese. They have prepared the three to four hour offering which can be a morning, afternoon or evening event in your parish. Please give her a call at (712) 255-2102 or e-mail to arrange the best time for your parish group.

Pope Francis will be attending the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September. You are invited to join this “Journey of Faith,” a pilgrimage tour to attend the first Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on U.S. soil. The theme, “Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” is important to every women in the diocese as well every family striving for excellence in holiness in our society today.

The World Meeting of Families, established by St. Pope John Paul II in l994, is held every three years in cities around the world. Philadelphia will host the Eighth World Meeting of Families, first ever in the USA. The WMF Congress, a professional program of keynote speakers, such as Father Robert Barron, and follow-up discussion will be held Sept. 22-25, preceding the Papal Mass which occurs Sept. 27.

Attending WMF is a unique opportunity to strengthen your faith, strengthen your family and be granted the Papal blessing while experiencing the journey of a lifetime. Please discern with your family, your friends, your parish, pray for guidance and don’t disregard until you are sure with no regrets. Imagine the memories, the pictures, and the stories to be shared with your favorite people.

Legacy Tour and Travel is combining efforts with the Diocese of Sioux City to make various tours available to all interested groups, families, students.  Family Express (6 days), Student Express (6 days) and Extended Tour (12 days) to additional sites and shrines are planned.  Traveling with like-minded pilgrims in a modern motor coach assures that you will avoid the stress and arrive ready to partake of all related opportunities.

Deposit is necessary to make reservations and this deadline is April 22. Final payment date is Aug. 3. Watch for more information in future issues. Email or call (877) 776-1700.

Plan and pray for 40 Days for Life beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18. Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.

            Wynn Touney of Fort Dodge is a member of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Sioux City.

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