Sun, Nov 19
8 am Mass
Celebration in Parish Hall after Mass
The Rite of Acceptance is the first public rite of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for those who are unbaptized. During this rite, they publicly state their intent to continue their journey of faith to become Catholic Christians. The unbaptized are accepted as Catechumens (candidates for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
The Rite of Welcome is for those who have been baptized in other Christian traditions. They are welcomed as Candidates for Full Communion with the Catholic Church and encouraged as they continue their formation.
During the Rite, sponsors will present inquirers to the worshipping assembly as people who are on a journey of faith, seriously considering becoming members of the Catholic Church. Sponsors and the parish community are asked to support these individuals as they go forward on this journey.
Beginning with this Rite, these individuals are encouraged to be with us each Sunday at the 8 am Mass if at all possible. After the homily, the Catechumens are "dismissed" for Breaking Open the Word and prayerfully sent with members of our Becoming Catholic team to reflect on the Scriptures. This time of reflection and discussion is an opportunity to continue to be nourished by the Word of God, until they are able to join us for the Eucharist.
Celebrate! The Catechumens, Candidates, and their sponsors will be available for you to meet in the parish hall during coffee and donuts following the 8 am Mass on November 19. Please introduce yourself and congratulate them as they begin the next step on their journey to become Catholic!
Thursday, Nov 30
Parish Hall, Sanctuary
Participate in an evening of learning and prayer with Cindy Shaw, Director of the Emmaus House in Des Moines, as we prepare for the joyful season of Advent. Cindy will share practical ways to grow in your prayer life, as well as provide 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.