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Cluster Office

Queen of Saints
405 4th Ave
PO Box 250
Van Horne, IA  52346-0250

Phone: (319) 228-8131
            (866) 854-7555
Fax:     (319) 228-8800
Email: queenofsaints@netins.net
Website questions/concerns/ideas:  DBQ150BM@dbqarch.org

Event Line: (319) 228-8131 Ext #306 

Office Hours: Mon - Thur
                      8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Mass times for July - December 2016

Saturday: 4 pm-IC, Van Horne
               6 pm-St. Paul, Newhall

Sunday:   8 am-St. John, Blairstown OR St. Patrick, Watkins Click on the calendar to verify mass location
               10 am-St. Michael, Norway

No Services

Tuesday: 9 am-St. Paul, Newhall

9 am-St. John, Blairstown OR St. Patrick, Watkins Click on the calendar to verify mass location.

Thursday: 9 am-IC, Van Horne

Friday: 9 am-St. Michael, Norway


2016 Christmas Schedule for the Queen of Saints Cluster

December 24th
4:00 pm at Immaculate Conception, Van Horne
6:30 pm at St. Patrick, Watkins
9:00 pm at St. Paul, Newhall
December 25th
9:00 am at St. Michael, Norway
Community Events
Support the school - Monday, August 1, 2016

     Benton Community Middle School partakes in two programs which generate funds used to support programming: “Box Tops for Education and Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students”. 

     Box Tops for Education can be found on over 200 brands and by shopping through btfe.com to earn eBox Tops.  For more information on this program or shop online and have your eBox Tops earn money for the Benton Community MS visit http://www.boxtops4education.com.  Save those Box Tops and turn them into the Middle School Office all year long. 

Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students is based on Hy-Vee or Drugstore grocery and gas receipts turned into the Benton Community Middle School Office from now until 4/30/16.   The amount donated from Hy-Vee to Benton Community Middle School will be $1.00 for every $200 in receipts collected.    If you shop Hy-Vee, please save your receipts for us and turn them into the Middle School Office by 4/30/16. 

   If you have any questions regarding these programs, contact the school 


   If you have a student in any of the elementary schools, they can turn in their box tops or receipts to their elementary school.

  Norway Elementary is also collecting receipts from Big G in Marengo through March 31.  You can turn them into the school OR the public libraries in Blairstown, Keystone and Norway.

Thank you for supporting our schools!

Food Bank/Pantry Items Needed - Thursday, January 21, 2016

Benton County Food Pantry is in need of the following items:

Paper Products: paper towels, toliet paper, tissues, body wash, bar soap

Canned Items: pork & beans, sliced potatoes, pineapple slices/tidbits, mushrooms

DO NOT BRING ANY green beans, corn, peas, carrots

Soups: Chicken Noodle, no add water soups such as Progresso, soda crackers, fixings for chili (chili beans, tomato juice, crushed/diced/whole tomatoes, chili powder)
DO NOT BRING ANY tomato soup

Baking Needs: flour, sugar, brown sugar, frosting, cake mixes, muffin mixes, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper

Speciality Items: spices, ground coffee, jelly, graham crackers, crackers (IE: Triscuit, Wheat Thins, Ritz), salad dressings, pretzels, granola bars, packaged cookies, packaged desserts
DO NOT BRING ANY ketchup, mustard, peanut butter

We are in need of two (2) freezers.  If you have an energy efficient freezer to donate, please contact Phylis at (319) 981-1

Wanting to volunteer?  Three (3) hours on Tuesdays (from 1:30 pm - 4 pm) will help.  You will be signing people in and helping them as they go through the pantry.  We are looking for a few people to rotate so you would only need to be there once per month.  If interested, please contact Phylis at (319) 981-1143.

Unable to volunteer?  Can't bring items to us?  You can still help us out by making a monetary donation.  Donation checks should be made out to Benton County Food Pantry and mailed to  PO Box 3 Vinton, IA  52349.

Cards - Saturday, December 26, 2015

Not sure what to do with your Christmas cards?  Too pretty to throw away?  Why not donate them to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.  They take the card and recycle it into a new card.   To donate, place the card in the designated boxes at the entrances of each church.  You may also donate Thank You, Birthday, Anniversary, Get Well, and Sympathy cards.

The Ark - Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Are you looking for a place to get your Catholic Gifts?  Why not check out The Ark, located next to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.  They carry an assortment of gifts for any occassion.

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Meals On Wheels - Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Keystone Nursing Care Center is looking for someone to deliver Meals on Wheels at lunchtime.  They deliver seven days a week and it would be approximately 2 hours per day.  It will require some weekends.  The van would leave at 11:30 a.m. each day.  You must be able to provide a valid driver's license.  If interested, call Tracy or Cindy at the Care Center (319) 442-3234, or stop in to fill out an application.

Birthright - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Birthright is asking that if there are any parents of newborns who are in need, they should contact Birthright at (319) 393-3251 to receive one of their layette baskets.  They are very nice.

Bridgehaven - Monday, August 25, 2014

Bridgehaven is searching for instructors to help with our life-skill classes. Instructors are needed in the following areas: career skills, pre-natal (curriculum provided) and co-parenting (curriculum provided).  Please call Amy if you can help at 364-8967 or e-mail Amy@bridgehavencr.org.

Share Program - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Great Food at Exceptional Pricing

What is SHARE?  It is a food buying group that specializes in bringing you the best quality food at unbelievable prices. Through SHARE's unique food network, thousands of people save money by stretching their grocery dollars.

The Best Value Package includes a wide assortment of frozen meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and convenience foods - just like you see in major grocery stores. And at a savings of up to 50% off retail  prices! Additional packages, including meat packages and specialty packages are also available. You can pay for your SHARE packages with cash,  EBT/food stamps or online with a debit or credit card.

SHARE Iowa partners with places of worship, schools, and other organizations to create neighborhood "host sites" to make picking up your SHARE packages fun and convenient. For information on who to contact in your area call SHARE Iowa at 1-800-344-1107 or vist our "Pick-Up Locations" page



Meals on Wheels - Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Keystone Nursing Care Center is now offering Meals on Wheels to the Keystone and Van Horne areas. The meal is delivered daily at lunch time, seven days a week. Cost of each meal is $5.00 and will be billed to you. Medicare also covers this cost for those that qualify. Please contact Tracy Hanson, Administrator or Cindy Behrens, Social Worker at the care center at 319-442-3234 to sign up or with any questions.

Mary's Meals - Thursday, May 1, 2014

It costs $16.80 to feed a child Mary's Meals for an entire school year.  Want to help?  Click on Mary's Meals for more information.

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"Sit with Me" Rosary CD - Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A rosary meditation for the homebound, sick, and dying is now available. Titled "Sit with Me", it is a beautiful recitation of the Rosary that includes all 20 mysteries. Pray the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous Mysteries and experience meditative and scriptural reflections focused on bringing comfort and grace. The prayers are not just for the sick and dying, but all who need healing.  It is led by Archbishop Hanus. Comments have included "This rosary has such meaning for each decade and keeps you attentive throughout" and "Especially good for the elderly. It is so clear and easy to understand."  This makes a wonderful Christmas gift for family and staff members.   Cost is $5 per set.  Contact the Queen of Saints office to order 319-228-8131.

Donate your car-Help the needy-Receive tax deduction of $500+ - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It’s fast, it’s easy, and it requires only one short phone call or website visit. Cars For Help, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is using vehicle donations to support Christian churches and parishes across the USA in an effort to help people who are suffering through difficult times. If you would like to donate a vehicle in any condition, receive a tax deduction , and help your church do its great mission work, please visit www.CarsForHelp.com or call directly to (630) 595-9272. Together we can make a difference! With mention of this bulletin, 50% of your vehicle donation proceeds will go directly to our cluster. Don’t delay...donate today!

Volunteers Needed - Thursday, October 17, 2013

Treasures Quality Resale Shoppe is looking for volunteers to help in the store as cashiers.  Cashiers assist customers in the store, total purchases using a cash register and help clean and organize.  All purchases support the life-affirming work of Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center.

Our greatest needs at this time are: 
Mondays from 1:30-5:00
Wednesdays from 10-1:30
Thursday evening from 5:00-7:00
Saturdays 10:00-2:00

These positions are once-a-month or more if desired. You can volunteer as many days as you like; there is no minimum. Please contact Janet or Molly at 364-1988 if you are interested in joining this ministry.

Waypoint Services is in Need of Hygiene Items - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Waypoint Services gives out more than 150 personal hygiene kits to women, children and families every month.  Individuals who are homeless, nearly homeless, or are living in poverty can receive these kits through our Daytime Resource Program.


At this time we do not have enough supplies to fulfill the kits, can you help?  November is National Homeless Prevention Month and we are reaching out to anyone in the community that would be willing to have a hygiene drive and donate items to Waypoint Services.


Here is a list of the most needed items:

1. Shampoo

2. Conditoner

3. Body Soap

4. Razors for women and men

5. Deoderant

Please contact Autumn Craft at 319.365.1458 ext. 6117 or autumn.craft@waypointservices.org with questions.
Volunteer Opportunities - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gift Shop - Monday, May 6, 2013

The Gift Shop at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls has a variety of Catholic gifts for 1st Communion, Confirmation, Priest & Deacon ordination, rosaries and much more.  We have a large variety of all occasion cards, also books, icons, bibles, medals & crucifixes.  Open 8am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.  Call 319-266-3542 for more information.

Attention Catholic Singles - Friday, March 15, 2013

Interested in joining an excellent Catholic singles organization?  The Catholic Alumni Club International is looking to expand into the Dubuque diocese.  We provide a group dedicated to social, cultural, civic and spiritual relationships in a Catholic setting. For more information, please check out the following site or contact Steve at valksr@yahoo.com:  www.caci.org

Archdiocese of Dubuque History Book - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Looking for a special, unique Christmas gift this year?  Why not give them a copy of the 175th Anniversary coffee table book.  This has updated history of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.  It is available for $25.

In the preface to the book, Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B. states, "Today's Archdiocese is a living monument to the people who began coming to Iowa in the 1830's, whose numbers swelled, especially in the second half of the nineteenth century and who have given us the stable religious community familiar to all throughout the twentieth century.  Knowledge of this history, and of the trials and successes, should give us confidence in the present and hope for the future."

This hard cover book published by Editions du Signe of France with 332 pages on glossy paper and full color throughout, would make a wonderful gift.  In addition to recapping and updating the archdiocesan history, a large portion of the book is devoted to the parishes of the archdiocese where Catholics live their faith.  There is also a condensed history in comic book style.

To purchase a hard cover book for $25 or the comic book for $5, please call the cluster office at (319) 228-8131 or email us at queenofsaints@netins.net.  If you would like this shipped to you, please add $15 per book to the cost.

Scam Scram - Monday, July 9, 2012

It seems that there is a new scam invented every day. Keep a few helpful tips in mind, and you can tell those who might attempt a scam to just scram!

1) Be aware that you can be at risk from strangers, and from those close to you. Keep an open line of communication with a number of relatives.

2) Don't isolate yourself. Keep connected to family and friends, and find resources to stay active.

3) Tell solicitors or anyone who calls that you only respond to something in writing. Never give a credit card or bank account number over the phone to someone who calls you.

4) Sign up for the "Do Not Call" list, and check your credit report at www.AnnualCreditReport.com each year for free.

5) Use direct deposit for annuity or pension checks or any other regular income.

6) Do your research before donating to a charity.

Parish Nurse - Wednesday, March 28, 2012

After taking a course at Mercy Medical Center for “Parish Nursing”, Jean Ohlen, RN, (454-6370) is available at St. John’s for assistance with health, caretaker, or placement issues and life decisions.  She can make assessments of health and offer emotional and other support in management of disease and illness.

Medical Transportation - Monday, September 23, 2013

Do you need to go to a doctor or go for medical tests? Benton County Transportation is a countywide public service to all Benton County residents.  The Program has volunteers available to assist you with Medical Transportation. There are two buses and two mini-vans available in Belle Plaine plus six buses and two mini-vans in Vinton.  Grant money is available to help defray the cost of your trip.  Please call our office for more information: Belle Plaine (319) 434-6078 or Vinton (319) 472-2830 or visit our website at http://www.cobentoniaus.com/ and scoll to Transportation on the left side of the screen.  Attached is a cost sheet to ride.

Parish Locations
Other Info
Social Justice Organizations
Food Bank

Benton County Food Pantry
Location: Next to Lincoln Cafe in Belle Plaine
Hours: Tuesdays from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
By Appointment: (319) 981-1143

Linn Community Food Bank
310 5th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(319) 364-3543

South Tama County Food Pantry
511 Mcclellan St
Tama, Iowa 52339

For other locations, click on Food Bank


Mass Cancellation Policy-to do which is safest.
Daily Mass 

In the event of a funeral, the 9 a.m. weekday Mass will be cancelled.  

If school is delayed or cancelled due to weather, weekday Mass will not be celebrated that day. Please use caution and common sense in questionable weather.

Weekend Mass
In the event weather prohibits weekend mass, call the office (319) 228-8131 or tune into KCRG-TV, KWWL-TV, and KGAN-TV.  Your safety is our importance.  Please stay home if it is unsafe to drive.

Mass Stipends 
Anyone wishing to have a mass said in memory of a loved one, please send the name and requested date to Queen of Saints, PO Box 250, Van Horne, IA 52346-0250. Make checks payable to Queen of Saints-Mass Stipend.

Question: "How much is mass stipend offering?"  Answer: $5.00 per mass

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