Upcoming events

The Triduum
Holy Thursday, April 18, 7pm
Good Friday, April 19, 7pm
Easter Vigil, April 20, 8pm

Join us for the summit of the liturgical year: the Easter Triduum, celebrated from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, the Triduum is liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The celebration of the Triduum marks the end of Lent, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Vigil, 8pm, Saturday, April 20. This year at St. Francis of Assisi, five adults will be baptized, confirmed and receive Eucharist for the first time. Catholics will also renew our baptismal vows at Mass.

All are invited to attend a reception following Mass in the parish hall. Come celebrate as we welcome our new Catholics and parish family members!



Discovering Spiritual Gifts

Sat, June 8
9am - 1:30pm (light lunch included)
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Clare Room
Limited space. Register here.
Suggested donation $25

Discovering Spiritual Gifts is an opportunity to explore and begin the process of discovering God's call in your life. Through sacred Scripture, we know that each of us has Spiritual Gifts. In this half-day workshop, we'll learn:

  • What are Spiritual Gifts, and how do I know what mine are?
  • How can I recognize whether a Spiritual Gift is at work in my life?

Come and discover ways to understand and recognize your Spiritual Gifts! Our facilitator will be Deb Richards, a writer, spiritual director, and SoulCollage® Facilitator. She serves as Director of Faith Formation at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church in Des Moines.



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.