Sunday, January 7
Coffee and donuts reception after Mass
On the Feast of the Epiphany, we will celebrate the Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church with six adults.
All were previously baptized in other Christian faith traditions, so they will make a Profession of Faith, be confirmed, and receive Eucharist for the first time.
As baptized Christians, these candidates have been attending Mass and participating in formation sessions. They will continue to attend appropriate sessions as Catholics and offer support to those who are still preparing. Our entire parish community is called in this same way to continue to grow in faith and be living examples of Christ to each other.
We joyfully welcome these new Catholics in our midst! Please join us in the parish hall for a celebration after Mass and keep them in your prayers as they continue their faith journey.
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.
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.