ICC Newsletter, April 30, 2020

IOWA BISHOPS ISSUE LETTER ON SUNDAY MASSES DURING PANDEMIC Earlier this week Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted restrictions against some public gatherings, including religious assemblies. The Catholic bishops of Iowa have decided it would be most prudent for now to continue to follow the liturgical restrictions already in place, including the suspension of public Masses. The [...]

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Iowa bishops’ letter regarding provision of Sunday Masses – April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020 Our Dear People: Since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics in Iowa have been obliged by civil, scientific, and church authorities to sacrifice the opportunity to receive sacraments and worship in common. With the lifting of restrictions against certain public gatherings, including religious assemblies, by Governor Kim Reynolds, members of the [...]

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ICC Newsletter, April 21, 2020

We are praying for you and your family during this time. Click here for a link to the diocesan websites to learn more about streaming Masses and other spiritual opportunities. Your diocese and local parish are there to support you! The U.S. bishops have written to Congressional leaders to thank them for the swift bipartisan [...]

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ICC Newsletter, April 7, 2020

Gov. Reynolds has issued a new proclamation closing additional businesses, including mall stores that can only be reached from the inside, social and fraternal clubs, bingo, gaming and music stores, playgrounds and amusement parks through April 30. The governor asked people to stay home unless absolutely necessary. Click here for the text of the proclamation. [...]

ICC Newsletter, March 29, 2020: Congress passes relief package

Many parishes are offering Masses and other spiritual resources online. Click here for a link to the diocesan web pages or updates. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation on Thursday suspending elective and nonessential medical procedures (including abortions) and extending retail business closures to clothing stores, bookstores and others until April 7. Click here for [...]

ICC Newsletter, March 17, 2020

The Iowa Legislature is taking a break until at least April 15 following passage early this morning of a supplemental budget bill, Senate File 2408. Among other provisions, the bill appropriates $20 million in emergency funds to the governor and would keep the state government going through August if necessary. The bill also includes the [...]

Diocesan resources related to the COVID-19 virus

Bishops' letter on provision of Sunday Mass Archdiocese of Dubuque Diocese of Davenport Diocese of Des Moines Diocese of Sioux City

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ICC Newsletter, March 15, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

LEGISLATIVE SESSION SUSPENDED FOR AT LEAST 30 DAYS The Iowa legislative session will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days. The decision was made by state leaders in consultation with the Department of Public Health and Governor’s Office based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control related to mass gatherings to protect vulnerable [...]

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ICC Newsletter, March 9, 2020

LAST WEEK AT THE STATE CAPITOL Several bills of interest were moving through the chambers last week, including two bills supported by the Iowa Catholic Conference: House File 2259 passed the House. It would allow a lodging provider to certify that all employees have completed training to help identify and prevent human trafficking. A government [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE HAPPENINGS The General Assembly spent most of last week debating bills on the floor of the chambers after spending several weeks doing committee work. Several events of note also took place at the Capitol, including Refugee Day and Anti-Hunger Day. You can check out some photos on our Facebook page. Hundreds of people also [...]

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