Thursdays, April 19, 26, May 3, 10
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Serra Room
Limited space. Contact Faith Formation Office at 515-440-1030 for information.
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.
Becoming Catholic Inquiry Sessions
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
The Book of Acts: A Four-Session Study
In April 2018, Katie Patrizio, M.A., Director of Faith Formation at St. Cecilia Parish in Ames, walked participants through the Acts of the Apostles describing how the salvation promised to the Jewish people in the Old Testament and accomplished by Jesus has now been extended to all peoples.
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.