Congratulations, Bishop Walker Nickless, on your 10th anniversary as our bishop. We remember that long wait before your coming and we are amazed that it is already 10 years. We thank God for blessing us with your presence and we thank you for all the ways you have blessed us. We will pray for you as we journey together.
Bishop Nickless, thank you for your words of encouragement during this 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Thank you for your participating in the 4th Annual Midwest March for Life on Jan. 16, at the Iowa State Capitol steps and the walk to the Iowa Supreme Court with closing prayers. It was good to see you there as the crowd increases each year.
The afternoon luncheon and program again were meaningful opportunities to update, connect and inspire all of us to continue our efforts to work to end abortion, achieve the culture of life and reach out with mercy to those affected by an abortion. Thank you to everyone continuing this same effort where you are and when you can. Please pray for all the beautiful “to be born” babies and their parents. Special thanks to Iowa Knights of Columbus for their great contributions. Next year’s event will be Saturday, Jan. 14. Save the date.
In the time remaining before Lent starts on Feb. 10, CWDSC deanery representatives will be making available the recently-published book by Matthew Kelly entitled “Rediscover Jesus.” Through this book, Kelly is challenging us to “Don’t give up chocolate for Lent this year!” but to make this the best Lent ever. Kelly’s powerful book does “encourage us in our weariness, challenges us in our comfort, and invites us to rediscover the beautiful possibilities God places before us daily.”
Hopefully, you have a copy or will find one in your parish. You can also see the program offering, Best Lent Ever, featuring daily, two-minute videos, that will take you through “Rediscover Jesus” chapter by chapter. Visit DynamicCatholic.com/BestLentEver to register and learn more. Please share with us your reaction to this book and how you were able to use it.
The National Council of Catholic Women Convention in September 2015 presented the new program “We are called to Witness” which has been featured in past columns. This program is designed to help members and their parishes discover and actively participate in sharing the Good News – the joy of Jesus – the new evangelization. As the board members studied the program and became more familiar with its merit for each parish, the officers decided to duplicate the notebook and make it available to each parish priest so that the program can be used in each parish.
As a continuous theme, especially during this Year of Mercy, we each are to be “a witness” and complete the mission God has designed for us. Please check with your pastor and ask if you can help make this program more alive in your parish.
The diocesan convention, April 9, at Sacred Heart Church, Ida Grove, has the theme of “Breakfast with the Bishop.” Following registration at 7:15 a.m. and breakfast until 8:45, Eucharist Adoration will begin at 9 a.m. Bishop Nickless will address a variety of topics from 10 to 11 a.m., with time for questions until lunch at noon. The afternoon program will feature special speakers. The installation of officers will conclude the day with Mass at 5:30 p.m.
Wynn Touney of Fort Dodge is a member of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Sioux City.