Upcoming events


Rite of Sending

Sunday, February 18
11:15am Mass

Each year on the first Sunday of Lent we celebrate the Rite of Sending with those on the journey to become Catholic. This rite marks the second great transition in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the doorway through which the Catechumens (those to be baptized) pass to enter the Period of Purification and Enlightenment.

The Rite of Sending affirms the Catechumens and sends them to the Bishop at St. Ambrose Cathedral later in the day. It includes:
•    Enrollment of names
•    Act of Election
•    Entrusting of the elect to their godparents’ care

As part of the Rite of Sending we will also present our Candidates (those baptized in other Christian faiths), who are beginning their final period of preparation for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, for reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Please keep all in your prayers and extend your welcome and congratulations!



From the Water to the Cross
Journeying with Jesus through Lent

Thursday, February 22
St. Clare Room

Jesus’ journey from baptism in the Jordan to the cross on Calvary offers us a roadmap for our own spiritual journey. Dr. Matt Halbach, Director, St. Joseph Educational Center, will explore the Sunday Gospel readings for Lent, touching on the themes of:

  • embracing the Father’s love for us
  • role of light and darkness in our lives
  • role of the Spirit and the challenge to share God’s mercy with others
  • suffering and surrender

Limited space. Register here.

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The Scrutinies

Sundays Mar 4, 11, 18
8am Mass

On the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent we will celebrate the scrutinies at our 8am Masses. A scrutiny is a rite of self-searching and repentance.  It is a time for the Elect (those to be baptized at the Easter vigil) – and for the entire community – to look at our lives under the light of the Gospel. The scrutinies intend to uncover and strengthen any weak spiritual resolve in the elect and to bring out and strengthen what is upright, strong and good.

The scrutinies demonstrate the growing intensity of Lent, the season of purification and enlightenment.  They are opportunities for each of us to spend some time reflecting on what obstacles to gospel living exist in our own lives.

Along with the scrutinies, we will hear special readings from Cycle A of the Church year, including the gospel stories of the Samaritan woman at the well, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus.

A scrutiny includes a special prayer addressed to Christ, asking him to drive out the power of evil and replace it with the Holy Spirit.  The prayer addresses the first person of the Trinity, concludes with a prayer to Jesus, and includes an imposition or extension of hands over the Elect for the invocation of the Holy Spirit.



The Book of Acts: A Four-Session Study
with Katie Patrizio, M.A.

Thursdays, April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2018
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Serra Room
Limited space. Registration required at this link.
Limited childcare available with advance registration by April 12.
Free will offering ($20 suggested)

During the Easter season, every Sunday Mass includes a reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the second of Luke’s two-volume work. In the Acts, Luke continues his presentation of biblical history, describing how the salvation promised to the Jewish people in the Old Testament and accomplished by Jesus has now – under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – been extended to all peoples. Bring your Bible and come learn more about this oft-overlooked section of the New Testament!

Read about our presenter, Katie Patrizio, M.A. at this link.


Past events

Prayer & Spirituality: Preparing for Advent

In November 2017, Cindy Shaw, Director of the Emmaus House in Des Moines, shared practical ways to grow in your prayer life, as well as provided time for personal reflection.


Praying the Mass

In Sept 2017, Fr. Ray McHenry and Kim Mandelkow, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Des Moines, celebrated the 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.


Church History: 30AD to Present

Three-week series on Church History offered during May 2017, 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.

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 and Part 2 of the video.