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Register now for a Bible study of David's kingdom 

Join our next evening Bible study beginning September 13th, 2017 for an in-depth look at the lives of Saul, David, and Solomon, using as a study guide The United Kingdom of Israel: A Foreshadowing of the Reign of Christ the King. This 28-lesson Catholic Bible study, written by parishioners Jennifer Phelps and Matthew Phelps, examines the kingdom of David to learn how it points ahead to the kingdom of heaven.

An important characteristic of David's kingdom can be seen in its name—the United Kingdom, which gathers the people of God into one nation. The Church established by Jesus Christ also represents a united kingdom. In the Nicene Creed each Sunday, we acknowledge the importance of Christian unity when we profess the Church to be “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.”

Our group meets at 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the St. Augustin conference room. The cost is $69.95. For more information or to register, please contact Emily Duong at emiaduo@aol.com . To view a sample lesson or to learn more about other Turning to God’s Word Catholic Bible studies, please visit www.turningtogodsword.com.

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“I guess God still wanted me here.”

By Deacon Mike Manno

The morning of February 2 started like most mornings for Deacon Joe Coan, 89, of St. Augustin’s parish in Des Moines. His plans for the day included taking Holy Communion to parishioners at Methodist and Mercy Hospitals in Des Moines, but little did he know that in a few hours he would end up in emergency surgery at Mercy after being attacked by an apparently deranged woman in the Chapel at the church.

“I was approaching the tabernacle to get the hosts and I noticed a woman standing by the statue of Mary near the front of the altar. She said something unintelligible; I looked at her and said ‘hi.’ She said ‘you’re the devil’ and one of the parishioners in the chapel yelled at me, ‘Look out, Joe, she’s got a knife.’”

Her knife, according to police later, was a nine inch butcher knife which she used to attack the deacon’s face, throat, and next to his eye. As he retreated he ran into one of the pews, tripped and fell on his back where she lunged at him again with the knife; he put his feet up and tried to kick her off as she was trying to stab him again. She cut his sweater and both his hands, almost taking off a finger.

Ultimately he did kick her off, she stood there looking at him for an instant and ran out the door. She was apprehended by police a short time later and taken to the Polk County Jail where she is being held on $100,000 cash bond and is charged with willful injury resulting in serious injury, a Class C felony. Police recovered the knife and DNA tests of the blood found on her jacket was that of the deacon.

Although he had never seen his attacker before, several others had seen the woman, 31, in the chapel before, and one report had her there as late as 4:30 that morning crying; she had apparently also been at the neighboring Plymouth United Church of Christ the week before looking for an exorcist.

“It was terrifying,” Deacon Coan said. “The police told me later that she was trying to kill me.”

“I did have overwhelming support from my family, the deacon community, Bishop Pates, and the parish. I heard from people that I hadn’t heard from in years.”

Although technically retired, the deacon had maintained a full schedule at the parish, assisting at Mass each week and taking his preaching rotation with the other deacons every month. He also assisted Fr. Jim Livingstone with home, hospital, hospice, and nursing home visitations

Additionally he also went to the gym three to four times a week, which his doctors attributed to the quickness of his recovery. He was released from the hospital the day after the attack and was back to his normal routine by the second week in March.

However, he does go to therapy three times a week, he has little to no feeling in the little finger on one hand had has some numbness in the other, he still has some problems with his left leg and side, where he fell during the attack.

“I don’t have any animosity for her, but I’m very aware of where I am now. I also have a greater appreciation for life. I didn’t die that day because I guess God still needs me here.”

After the attack the chapel was closed as a crime scene. It reopened the next day for morning Mass where Bishop Pates re-consecrated it. Deacon Coan was ordained in October of 1986 and has also served at All Saints Parish, Des Moines.

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A letter from Fr. Pisut, distributed as an insert in the August 21st bulletin.

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