Burlington CAFÉ draws a crowd

By Barb Arland-Fye

Speaker Bruce Diewold listens to audience members’ questions during CAFÉ (Catholic Adult Fellowship Evening) Jan. 23 in Burlington. Next to him is Ruth Skeens, who leads evangelization and adult faith formation efforts for Des Moines County Catholic parishes.

BURLINGTON — Evangelization begins with coffee and dessert at the CAFÉ on Wednesday nights in Notre Dame Elementary School’s cafeteria. With generous portions of conversation, laughter and faith-sharing served along with dessert, more adults are making their way to the CAFÉ (Catholic Adult Fellowship Evening) each week.
CAFÉ night purposely coincides with religious education held at the school for children from Ss. John & Paul Parish in Burlington and Ss. Mary & Patrick Parish in West Burlington. Now the waiting parents, grandparents and other adults have an opportunity to build on their faith and share it with others from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Wednesday.
The night begins with dessert followed by a guest speaker, small-group discussion about the speaker’s brief talk, sharing in large group and closing prayer, said Ruth Skeens, director of evangelization and adult faith formation for the Des Moines County Catholic parishes.
“People like time to talk to each other and we find they are often more willing to share with the larger group after they have talked about it with the people around them,” Ruth said.

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