Young girl with down syndrome sits cross-legged, smiling

The mission of the St. Francis of Assisi Special Needs Ministry is to create and maintain an environment where all of God’s children can share their unique and wonderful gifts with Him.

At St. Francis of Assisi, Special Needs Ministry is available to meet the needs of all those who are in need of accommodation. We offer services for all ages, child through adult, and for any programming offered through the church. The ministry is here to not only support individuals with special needs but their families as well. The parish and Faith Formation teams work together to make sure that we provide an enriching experience for all, regardless of ability.


Mass Interpreted in American Sign Language

St. Francis strives to offer the Mass interpreted in American Sign Language Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Please sit on the north side of the church in order to be in view of the interpreter. Reserved seating is available at the front. You may also ask an usher for assistance. Due to shortage of interpreters in the state, we can not guarantee availability every weekend.

For more information on our Special Needs Ministry, please email Amy Tallman, Special Needs Ministry Coordinator, or call 515-440-1030.


Grace Night Respite Event

We are excited to welcome all children with special needs and their siblings to a night of games, crafts, dinnerĀ  (donated by Chick-fil-A) and fun while you enjoy the evening to do whatever you choose!

Advance registration is required and will close December 9th. Space is limited so register early!

Please make sure all individuals are symptom free for 24 hours prior to the event.

Register here

Volunteers needed

Would you like to volunteer to help make this event a success? We are in need of adults and teens to help with the games, crafts, dinner, and be one-on-one buddies. Teens will earn service hours and all volunteers will receive dinner from Chick-fil-A.

Sign up here