Upcoming events

ReThink Poverty Simulation
Walk a mile in "their" shoes

Thursday, February 28
St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall
6-9pm (attendance for full 3 hours is required)
Limited to 80 adults
Click here to register

The ReThink Poverty simulation is designed to help adult participants (ages 18+) begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation – not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to Rethink Poverty.

The Simulation

Participants assume the roles of different families facing poverty. Some are newly unemployed, some are elderly, some are recently deserted by the “breadwinner.”  The task of all the “families” is to provide shelter and the basic necessities during the course of four 15-minute weeks.

Time Frame

The entire simulation process takes three hours and is divided into three segments:

  • Pre-simulation assessment and instructions
  • Simulation
  • Post-simulation assessment and debriefing

Simulation Participants

The simulation is designed for adults (ages 18+) and is limited to 80 participants. The simulation will be facilitated by staff and volunteers of the Center for Social Ministry.

Hunger Simulation for Youth

A shorter hunger simulation facilitated by the Des Moines Area Religious Council and designed for EDGE/middle school youth (4:30 and 6:15pm sessions) and high school youth (7:45pm) will be offered Wednesday, February 27. For more information, call the Faith Formation Office at (515) 440-1030 or email Sarah Drey (middle school) or Deb Barry (high school).


Rite of Sending

Sunday, March 10
11:15am Mass

The Rite of Sending 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

Please keep all in your prayers and extend your welcome and congratulations!



Past events


Praying with Icons

In Dec 2018, Fr. Basil Hickman and Fr. Makarios presented an evening of learning and prayer to help us better understand and pray with the beautiful icons in our church. For more information about our speaker, visit St. George Greek Orthodox Church

  • Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video.
  • View the reflection guide. Printed copies are available in the gathering space information rack.
  • Our presenters also recommended two other video resources, Venerating Icons (5 min video) at this link and Prosopon School Process of Iconography (20 min video) at this link.

An Advent Evening of Reflection

In Nov 2018, Katie Patrizio presented an evening of learning and reflection to help us prepare for the season of Advent. For more information about our speaker, visit

  • Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video. Please note that the video is a bit out of focus due to lighting issues, but the sound quality is good.

Praying the Mass

In Sept 2018, Fr. Ray McHenry and Fr. Trevor Chicoine celebrated the Eucharist and taught about what the Mass is, the parts of the Mass, preparing for Mass, and praying the Mass.


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.


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.