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Parish Office

8100 Roncalli Dr., SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-9178
Phone: 319-846-3139 Fax: 319-846-3159
Email us: dbq227sec@arch.pvt.k12.ia.us

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; noon-4:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Mass Schedule

Saturday: 4:00 PM

Sunday: 8:00 AM

Sunday: 10:00 AM with Children's Liturgy

Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri: 7:30 AM

(see latest bulletin for changes)

Reconciliation : Saturday 3:00 PM, or by appointment, or before or after weekday Masses.

Communion to the Homebound

Contact the pastoral associate to request that communion be taken to someone who is unable to attend Mass. We have a number of ministers who are happy to do this.

Parish Registration

Registration for new members is held following Masses on the first full weekend of each month, or by calling or visiting the parish office.

Prayer Chain

Anyone may make a prayer request by sending an email to blessedjohnprayerchain@gmail.com If you don't have email you may leave a message at 846-2868. To sign up to be a part of the ministry (as a Pray-er), send an e-mail to the above email address and you will be added to the distribution list.

Sharing Gifts at Blessed John XXIII

Everyone is invited to share their gifts and talents with the parish. We are the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. We believe sharing our gifts nurtures and increases our faith and our sense of welcome and belonging. For information about the many, many opportunities to share your gifts, contact the pastoral associate.

Opportunities to share gifts include: serving as a liturgical minister (Eucharistic minister, lector, usher, altar server, greeter, sacristan), singing or playing an instrument in the choir, planning and helping with parish events, participating in a committee or council, gardening, church cleaning, woodworking, leading children's liturgy, taking communion to the sick and homebound, welcoming new parishioners, helping at funeral dinners, quilting, providing childcare, leading adult faith formation sessions, sponsoring RCIA candidates, serving the hungry, counting money, maintenance and improvement, fund raising, donating to food drives, and much more. Contact the pastoral associate for more information.

Our Staff

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Pastor: Father Vu

Father Dustin Vu was born in South Vietnam. He and his parents moved to the U.S. in 1990. Fr. Vu went to Ames High School, then Iowa State, and later transferred & graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Civil Engineering. After some time of working & discerning, Fr. Vu answered God's call to become a priest. He studied philosophy at Loras College & did his theological training at the St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota. Fr. Vu was ordained a priest on June 26, 2004. Previous to this assignment, he was Associate Pastor at St. Pius X Parish (Cedar Rapids) and Resurrection Parish (Dubuque). Fr. Vu is a big Cyclones and Vikings fan.

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Deacon: Dick Manning

Deacon Richard Manning was born in Chicago, Ill. He attended a year of high school at St. Jude seminary, Momence, Ill. His family moved to Cedar Rapids the following year and he graduated from St. Wenceslaus high school. He and Judy married at St. Wenceslaus church. He served for 4 years in the United States Air Force. Dick and Judy live on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids. They have 3 adult children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grand children. Dcn. Manning was ordained to the diaconate in 1978. He and Judy studied with the first class of deacons to be ordained for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Dcn. Manning received a Masters degree in Adult Education from the University of Iowa. He holds undergraduate degrees from Kirkwood Community College and Mount Mercy University. Prior to his assignment at Blessed John XXIII, Dcn. Manning was at St. Ludmila in Cedar Rapids. He is retired from Kirkwood Community College. For hobbies, Dcn. Manning is a woodworker and bicyclist. He looks forward to living out the mission statement with the people of Blessed John XXIII.

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Pastoral Minister: Jodi Ballard

Jodi Ballard began serving as Pastoral Minister in August 2013. She enjoys her work with the many wonderful volunteers in the parish, welcoming newcomers, as well as providing support to parishioners when needs arise. Jodi and her husband, Denny, live in rural Amana with their three children, Nolan, Brayden, and Aubrey. The Ballard family has enjoyed being members of Blessed John XXIII since 2006. In addition to her role as Pastoral Minister, Jodi enjoys serving on the Social Justice Committee and assisting with Vacation Bible School, Religious Education, and other parish events. She loves the spirit and energy present at Blessed John XXIII!

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Secretary: Tracy Stocker

Tracy has been the secretary/bookkeeper at Blessed John XXIII since July 2007. She and her husband, Russell, have four children (Josh, Megan, Katie & Jake) and live in Atkins. As well as her office duties she also enjoys being involved with the middle school and high school students of our parish through our youth ministry and confirmation programs.

Email Sherry Manchester

Coordinator of Religious Education: Sherry Manchester

Sherry Manchester began working as the Coordinator of Religious Education in August 2010. She and her husband, Scott, live in northwest Cedar Rapids with their three boys Nathan, Patrick and Alex who keep them busy. Sherry also works as a physical therapist at St. Lukes Hospital. The Manchesters have been members of Blessed John XXIII since 2002 and enjoy the wonderful community here. Sherry looks forward to serving you and learning more about your family.

Worship Sites

St. Patricks Church!

St. Patrick Church
324 Church St.
Fairfax, IA

Directions to St. Patrick Church:

From Highway 151 in Fairfax:
Turn east on Church St (just opposite the Dairy Queen). St. Patrick Church is three blocks on the left.

John XXIII Church!

John XXIII Church
8100 Roncalli Dr. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA

Directions to John XXII Church:

From Highway 151 in Fairfax:
Turn north on 80th St. Church is one mile on the left.
From Highway 30:
Take exit 246. Turn south on 80th St. Church is one mile on the right.
From 16th Avenue:
Turn south on 80th St. Church is one mile on the right.

Parish History

Blessed John XXIII parish was formed in 2010 with the merger of St. Patrick, Fairfax and John XXIII, Cedar Rapids. Blessed John XXIII has two worship sites: St. Patrick church, 324 Church St. in Fairfax, and John XXIII church at 8100 Roncalli Dr. SW in Cedar Rapids.

St. Patrick History

The history of St. Patrick parish in Fairfax begins in the late 1850's. As the first Catholic families settled in the Fairfax community, they traveled to the nearest church which was in Iowa City. Later Mass was celebrated in Fairfax homes by the priest stationed at Norway, Iowa. In 1875, the first St. Patrick church was built in Fairfax. Shortly after its completion, Fairfax received its first resident pastor, Fr. Edward O'Farrell. Construction on the present Gothic church was begun in 1911 and the corner stone was laid in June 1912. In 1916 the parish school was built. The Sisters of Mercy from Cedar Rapids ran the school teaching grade school and high school. The St. Patrick School eventually closed and St. Patrick Parish became part of the Cedar Rapids Catholic school system.

John XXIII History

John XXIII Parish came into existence on September 3, 2000, the same date as the beatification of Blessed Pope John XXIII. The need for a new parish to serve the needs of the growing Catholic population on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids (particularly in St. Jude Parish) and in the southwest area of Linn County led to the creation of John XXIII Parish. On Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, Archbishop Jerome Hanus celebrated with a small group of parishioners at Taft Middle School for the first Mass in the new parish. The parish used Taft Middle School for over three years as plans were made to build an adequate facility on the new parish property on 80th St., S.W. A multi-purpose center--consisting of a church, parish center, kitchen, and offices--were designed by Novak Design Group and built by Kleiman Construction Company. Several sacred items were installed at John XXIII that came originally from Holy Trinity Church in Walford, including the tabernacle, the crucifix above the altar and the Stations of the Cross. The pews came from St. Pius X church in Cedar Rapids which was being remodeled at the time. The altar, ambo and stands for the baptismal font and tabernacle were donated by the closed St. Patrick church at Dumont. Archbishop Hanus blessed our new church on February 1, 2004. The current church will adequately serve the needs of the growing parish for a few years, but plans call for a larger church to eventually be built just to the west of the current facility.

Holy Trinity History

Holy Trinity Catholic Church community in Walford, Iowa began gathering in 1890. The original parish consisted of 30 Czech families. The original frame church was built in 1890 in Johnson County near Chastek's cemetery, which is on the Swisher road. In 1902 a new church was built in Walford, using salvaged lumber from the old church. The church exterior was built of native brick and stone. In 1936 an addition was built making the church about twice its former size. The church was completely redecorated in 1953. On July 9, 1972, ground was broken for construction of a new church and parish center. It was a single level brick structure, built in the shape of a cross. A number of items were brought from the old church, including the stained glass windows, the 1902 cornerstone, the 1891 bell and a gold leaf cross from the 1902 church. The Holy Trinity church building still stands in Walford and is used as a funeral home.

Parish Boundaries

The parish boundaries for Blessed John XXIII Catholic Church are:

1. On the North:
(South of) US Highway 30 - from Edgewood Road to West Post Road
(South of) E Avenue - from West Post Road to Benton-Linn County Road
(South of) 70th Street of Benton County - from Benton-Linn County Road (west) to 32nd Avenue of Benton county

2. On the South:
Johnson County Road (later becoming Benton-Iowa County Road) - from Edgewood Road to 32nd Avenue of Benton County

3. On the East:
(West of) Edgewood Road - from Linn-Johnson County Road to US Highway 30
(West of) West Post Road - from US Highway 30 to E Avenue
(West of) Benton - Linn County Road - from E Avenue to 70th Street of Benton county

4. On the West:
32nd Avenue of Benton County - from Benton-Iowa County Road to 70th Street of Benton County