Join us for Exploring the Faith on first Saturdays.

This series explores various aspects of the Catholic faith helping us to know, love, live and defend the Catholic faith. Sessions will be held at The Church of the Nativity (1225 Alta Vista St., Dubuque) in the O'Brien Room. Sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. following the 8 a.m. Mass.

Fr. Robert Gross

November 2, 2013
Fr. Bob Gross
"Is He Really That Scary?" St. John of the Cross - the Gentle Spiritual Master

Fr. Gross Audio        
"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone
who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it
with gentleness and reverence..."
1 Peter 3:15-16
Fr. Michael Podhajsky

October 5, 2013
Fr. Michael Podhajsky
"The Faith That Saves" - Am I Saved?

Fr. Podhajsky Audio        

This is an important question that every Christian should be able to answer. Fr. Podhajsky will explain the only way for us to get to heaven - by faith.

Year of Faith Logo
Resources for information on the Year of Faith
October 11, 2012 - November 24, 2013

Pope Benedict's apostolic letter announcing the Year of Faith:
Porta fidei

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archdiocese of Dubuque

Fr. Scott Bullock

September 7, 2013
Fr. Scott Bullock
Jesus In Modern Art

Father Scott Bullock        

Fr. Scott's presentation will take a close look at a number of classic depictions of Jesus Christ in Western Art, with the aim of providing some strategies for a deeper appreciation of images of Jesus and the use of images in prayer. Suggested reading is the Introduction and Chapter 2 of Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction by Beth Williamson.

Fr. Dellaert

August 3, 2013
Fr. Brian Dellaert
"Stay with us Lord." The Eucharistic Miracle and the Year of Faith

Fr. Dellaert        
Chuck Olson

July 6, 2013
Chuck Olson
The Universal Call to Holiness

Chuck Olson        

God has always been calling mankind to holiness. Vatican Council II clearly expressed how this calling is a mission for all people regardless of their state in life..... read more

Prayer for the Year of Faith
Loving God, send your Spirit to open our hearts to Jesus.
In this Year of Faith, guide us to a deeper conversion.
Help us to rediscover the beauty of our faith,
profess the truth of our faith, and renew the heart of our faith.
Grant us the courage to live
as authentic witnesses to your love.
May the sharing of faith transform our homes,
neighborhoods, parishes, and nations.
Mary, faithful Mother of God,
intercede for us in this blessed Year of Faith.
We make this prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Diehm

June 1, 2013
Fr. Noah Diehm
Confronting the Darkness: An Intro to Spiritual Warfare

Fr. Diehm Audio        

This talk will address an often-neglected aspect of the Christian spiritual life - the fact that we are truly in a spiritual battle not only for the salvation of our own souls, but for the souls of others. This talk will introduce you to the tools you need to win the battle in Jesus' name.

Deacon Bill Biver

May 4, 2013
Deacon Bill Biver
The Power Behind Evangelization

Fr. Quint Audio        

Deacon Bill will speak about the role of the Holy Spirit and the need for dependence on the power of the Spirit in evangelization. For those interested in the topic of evangelization Deacon Bill recommends reading the papal encyclical "Evangelii Nuntiandi" by Pope Paul VI promulgated December 8, 1975.

April speaker

April 6, 2013
Fr. Alan Dietzenbach
The Lamb's Supper: The Biblical Roots of the Eucharist

Fr. Dietzenbach Audio        

This presentation will begin with Creation, the Sacrifice of Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, and other significant passages of scripture which highlight the major and often-overlooked theme of Jesus: the Lamb of God. It will change the way you attend Mass. The recommended book for this discussion is
"The Supper of the Lamb" by Scott Hahn.

Fr. Dennis Quint

March 2, 2013
Fr. Dennis Quint
Relationships Restored: Penance and Indulgence

Fr. Quint Audio         Fr. Quint's handout on indulgences

Faith in Jesus Christ involves a confession of belief in a merciful God who became one of us for the forgiveness of sins. In that context we confess our sinfulness more

Deacon Jim Thill

February 2, 2013
Deacon Jim Thill
People of Faith Are People of Mission

deacon Jim Thill audio

Suggested reading: The Mission of the Redeemer - An encyclical by Blessed Pope John Paul II.
Find this encyclical on the Vatican website at:

Redemptoris missio
Trevor Chicoine

December 1, 2012
Trevor Chicoine
Evangelizing Your Family:
How to Reach Your Family with Faith

Trevor Chicione audio

This talk includes elements of witness, catechesis on evangelization, and practical ways to engage family who have fallen away from the faith.

Fr. Robert Gross

November 3, 2012
Fr. Bob Gross

Faith: What is it?

Fr. Gross audio