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Archdiocese of Dubuque Family Prayer Resources Web Page
November 1 - All Saints Day

November 2 - Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

  • Pray for the Faithful Departed during the month of November.
  • Take your family to a cemetery to pray for the Faithful Departed on All Souls Day or sometime in November. Learn about the connected indulgence here.

November 9 - Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

  • Learn about this feast day celebrating the dedication of the oldest and highest ranking of the four major basilicas in Rome.
  • Reflect on how the scriptures for this Mass honor the feast day

November 20 - Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

  • Watch this video from Catholic Kids Media, and this video from Real Life Catholic
  • Learn more here.

November 21 - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Learn more about the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the temple by clicking here.

November 27 - First Sunday of Advent

Try these Ten November Activities for Catholic Families to spend precious creative moments with your children.

November 8 - Election Day

November 11Veterans Day

November 24 - Thanksgiving Day

A New Liturgical Year!

November 5 St. Elizabeth,
Mother of John the Baptist

  • Learn more about St. Elizabeth here.

November 10 – Pope St. Leo the Great

November 11 - St. Martin of Tours

November 13 - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

  • Learn more about St. Frances Xavier Cabrini here.


November 15 – St. Zechariah,
Father of John the Baptist

  • Learn more about St. Zechariah here.

November 22 - St. Cecilia

  • Learn more about St. Cecilia here.

November 23 – Pope St. Clement I

  • Learn more about Pope St. Clement here.

November 30 - St. Andrew, the Apostle

Celebrate the November Saints: St. Martin de Porres (Nov 3); St. Charles Borromeo (Nov 4); St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist (Nov 5); St. Demetrian (Nov 6); St. Leo the Great (Nov 10); St. Martin of Tours (Nov 11); St. Josaphat (Nov 12); St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Nov 13); St. Albert the Great (Nov 15); St. Leopold (Nov 15); St. Margaret of Scotland (Nov 16); St. Gertrude (Nov 16); St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Nov 17); St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (Nov 18); St. Cecilia (Nov 22); St. Clement I (Nov 23); St. Columban (Nov 23); Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro (Nov 23); St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions (Nov 24); St. Catherine of Alexandria (Nov 25); St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov 30)

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them."
As Catholics, our understanding of the Communion of Saints emphasizes that our loved ones who have died are still with us, and that we can still communicate with them, praying with them and for them. Our faith tells us that even death cannot truly separate us from our loved ones or from the love God has for us (Rom 8:38-39).

November is a special time of the year for us to remember those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. To mark this special time, as part of your prayer time, invite family members to share the name(s) of loved ones who have passed away, so that they can be remembered in a special way this month. Allowing family members to remember parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, friends, neighbors, soldiers, parishioners, etc., in this way can provide a very solemn moment and a moment for each of them to recognize that we are all touched by the pain of death and by the promise of eternal life in the Communion of Saints.
                            HOLY KIDS: IMITATING THE SAINTS!
Through this video from Holy Kids, children can learn how to love Jesus with their whole hearts with the help of the many friends in heaven that we call the SAINTS!

                         THE SAINTS ARE WATCHING OVER ME

Wee Ones will meet eighteen saints in this board book (Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Peter, Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Juan Diego, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Moses the Black, Saint Therese of Lisieux, Saint Florian, Saint George, Saint Joan of Arc, Saint Joseph, Saint Gianna, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint John Paul II, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Saint John Bosco, and Saint Maria Goretti) who watch over us with all their variety of personalities and gifts.
Purchase the book here.
This book is available for sign-out through Faith Formation Resources (BK #270077).

“Eucharist” means “Thanksgiving.” Although children may not have the opportunity to give thanks each day at Mass, they can learn a daily attitude of gratitude. The Archdiocesan Faith Formation Resources Office provides a variety of resources to sign out throughout the month of November to help children form the habit of counting their blessings and giving thanks. Contact your local parish to learn more!
November 6 - 12, 2022

"Those called to serve as Catholic educators and leaders of youth serve a vitally important purpose in the Church and the lives of children as they determine their life's direction" ( This is particularly true of parents, who have the greatest influence on young people!

National Vocation Awareness Week, celebrated November 6-12, 2022 is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides a wide variety of tools for parents in fostering vocations. Click
 HERE to visit a webpage dedicated to National Vocation Awareness Week. The page includes a video, prayer card for vocations, prayers of the faithful to use in your parish, a note for your bulletin, and more! Inspire the young people in your life to consider a call to priesthood or consecrated life! 

Spending time with Jesus in Adoration can profoundly impact your life and your family. Nancy and Bill Bandzuch, creators of the Catholic Sprouts website, share three lessons learned in Adoration:
  • #1: The more time you spend with Jesus, the more your heart becomes like His. 
  • #2: You need that hour. 
  • #3: Just come! Pray the rosary, journal, or literally just sit with Jesus! Spending an hour with Jesus in adoration is not something you do for Him, it is something He does for you! Jesus desires to make us like Him, to teach us to love, to give us rest and joy and strength. As Nancy says, "Come on your own, come with the kids. Come for 10 minutes or 2 hours. Come over lunch, in the middle of the night, or first thing in the morning. Just come!"
The Bandzuch's offer three suggested steps to prepare your children to adore Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration:
  • #1: Teach children that Jesus is REALLY THERE.
  • #2: Teach children that what we do in adoration is set apart and beautiful.
  • #3: Teach children to speak to Jesus, and listen for His answer.
Learn more about Bill and Nancy's suggestions and resources available for bringing your family to Eucharistic Adoration here.
Catholic Marriage Resource

The RESTORE website offers online support for your marriage by seeking to remove many of the common roadblocks that couples face when they need help, and empowering them to make lasting changes in their life and relationship. This is an online, self-led marriage resource that gives you and your spouse the opportunity and the tools necessary to heal and restore your relationship. In Part I, you will begin to work on communication basics, rules for conflict, removing roadblocks, building empathy, and more. Each video in the 12-video series is meant to be concise and engaging, so you and your spouse can easily sit down after the kids are in bed or after dinner and engage in the process for 30 minutes to an hour. Invite a mentor couple who is a good example of living out their vocation as a Catholic married couple to walk with you in the process, offering the support, prayers, and encouragement you need to keep working. RESTORE offers an ever-expanding library of programs designed to meet couples where they are. Click on the link above to learn more.


According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than five million people of all ages in the United States currently have Alzheimer's Disease. During the month of November and throughout the entire year, being aware of the signs of Alzheimer's Disease and joining in prayer for a cure is something we all can do. Read this article about Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and find resources to support family caregivers in your parish and community.

Have you experienced the struggles and joys of caring for a family member living with a disability? Have you become disabled due to an accident? Do you find comfort in accompanying others who share similar experiences? We are offering an opportunity for parents, family members, and friends of persons with special needs to provide guidance and support through the maze of emotional, health, educational and transitional times. If interested, or for more information, please contact Deacon Steve MacDonald, Spiritual Director for Disability Inclusion Ministries and parent of a child with special needs or Lynne Chapman, Archdiocesan Coordinator of Disability Inclusion.

For additional information and resources for inclusion of persons with diverse abilities, please contact Lynne Chapman at or 563-556-2580, ext. 246.

From the Archdiocese of Dubuque Pinterest Boards:

Check out these November Pinterest topics focused on the family - the Domestic Church!
2023 Beauty in Christ Archdiocesan Women's Virtual Conference
"Fiat! Saying Yes to God!"
Saturday, January 28, 2023     8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

This year's virtual conference enables women to participate from the comfort of their own homes or to gather in parishes to experience the event together! The theme of the conference is "Fiat! Saying Yes to God!" and will include keynote presentations by national speaker and author Marcia Lane-McGee and local women's health educator, Jamie Rathjen.
Visit for more information and registration!

2023 Archdiocese of Dubuque Men's Conference
Saturday, March 25, 2023     9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
You’re invited to the 27th Annual Archdiocese of Dubuque Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids (with live-stream available)! This conference will be held on the Solemnity of the Annunciation and will focus on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Edward Sri, a world-renowned author and speaker, and co-founder of FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students). The day will also include Mass celebrated by Archbishop Michael Jackels and breakout sessions presented by local speakers. For more information and registration, please visit

Thanksgiving Table Prayer

O Gracious God,
we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us.
Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat
and especially for this feast today.
Thank you for our home and family and friends,
especially for the presence of those gathered here.
Thank you for our health, our work and our play.
Please send help to those who are hungry, alone,
sick, or suffering war and violence.
Open our hearts to your love.
We ask your blessing through Christ your Son

~ from 
Upcoming Opportunities for Teaching the Faith

December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 8 - Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 11 - Third Sunday of Advent
December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
December 26 - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
December 28 - Feast of the Holy Innocents
December 31 - New Year's Eve
January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God; New Year's Day
Check out these online resources with prayers and reflections, blogs,
discussion groups, tools for catechists, and more:

Catechetical Institute for the Archdiocese of Dubuque
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
FORMED - a streaming video resource
Catechists Journey - Joe Paprocki from Loyola Press offers ideas and tips for catechists
eCatechist - ideas, inspiration and resources for catechists
Teaching Catholic Kids from Our Sunday Visitor
The Religion Teacher - practical resources and teaching strategies
St. Mary's Press Resource Center - a variety of online resources
Resources for Catholic Educators - resources, links, handouts, lesson plans and more
Loyola Press Presentations - powerpoint presentations for use in the classroom
Catechism of the Catholic Church online 
Directory for Catechesis online
Guide for Catechists - USCCB document online
Archdiocese of Dubuque
Children and Family Formation

1229 Mt. Loretta Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52003
(563) 556-2580, ext. 255

Faith Formation Resources
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Director of
Children and Family Formation

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