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Events

Upcoming events 


Church History   
Thursdays 7 - 8:30pm
May 4, 11, 18
Serra Room

Join Jason Collins, M.A. for a three part-series on Church History covering:
  • Growth of the Church
  • How the Church conquered Rome
  • Church fractures
  • The crusades
  • Root causes of the Reformation
  • The Church's spread throughout the world
  • Saints and their influence on Church history.

Click here to register.




Becoming Catholic Inquiry Sessions   
Thursdays 7 - 8:30pm
June 8 and 22
July 13 and 27
St. Clare Room

Curious about the Catholic faith? Open to becoming a Catholic Christian? Want to grow in discipleship and in relationship with Jesus? Come and see!
  • Hear faith stories
  • Meet other inquirers
  • Ask questions
  • Learn about resources
  • No long-term commitment required
  • Attend any or all sessions
For more information, contact Faye Akers at (515) 222-7337 or fakers@saintfrancischurch.org


Past events

Praying through the Mass

In Sept 2016, Fr. Ray McHenry and Kim Mandelkow, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Des Moines, celebrated the Feast of the Archangels with Eucharist and taught about the things we use in the Mass,the parts of the Mass, historical and scriptural background of the Mass and what we bring to the Mass through our full, conscious, and active participation.

View and print the handout.
View Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the video.


Grace, Love, and the Nitty-Gritty

In August 2016, Dr. Matt and Stacy Halbach shared their experiences of marriage and family life in light of Pope Francis' recent document, "The Joy of Love." Their witness highlighted the important role of grace, the need for mercy and forgiveness, and the joy that comes with embracing the messiness of marriage. 

View and print the presentation slides.
Watch Part 1 or Part 2 of the video.

Church History: 30AD to Present

Three-week series on Church History offered during April 2016, with Jason Collins, M. A. Click here for an overview of the sessions. Click here to view photos from the sessions on our parish Facebook page.

Session 1 (30AD - 476AD), looks at two overarching themes: the growth of the Church and how the Church conquered Rome.
View and print the handouts.
Watch Part 1 or Part 2 of the video.

Session 2 (476AD - 1350AD), themes include the Church fractures and the crusades.
View and print the handouts.
Watch Part 1 or Part 2 of the video.

Session 3 (1350AD - present), covers the Reformation and how the Church spreads throughout the world.
View and print the handouts.
Watch Part 1 or Part 2 of the video.


Walk Through the Mass

On November 19, 2015, Fr. Ray McHenry presented a Walk through the Mass, to teach about what we do in Mass, what we use in Mass, and why we do what we do, including some of the historical and Scriptural basis for the Mass.

  • View and print the handout, "Order of the Mass."
  • Watch Part 1 of the presentation.
  • Watch Part 2 of the presentation.
  • Watch Part 3 of the presentation.


From Francis to Francis: What the Pope Learns from the Saint about God's Creation

On October 20, 2015, St. Ambrose University professor of theology, Fr. Robert Grant, PhD, presented an evening of reflection on Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, Laudato Si.