Around the Diocese
A list of upcoming events around the Diocese of Des Moines
Jan. 26 Thursday
Prayer & Spirituality: Entering Lent
WEST DES MOINES – Prepare for the Lenten season by joining St. Francis of Assisi from 7-9 p.m. in the parish hall for an introduction of St. Ignatius and his first encounters with discernment. Cindy Shaw, of Emmaus House, will help us look at the role of awareness and “holy listening,” and explore how Ignatius’ "three modes/methods of discernment" can be applied to the questions we ask about life. Details and registration at aintfrancischurch.org/adultfaith.
Christian Experience Weekend
ANKENY -- The women’s CEW is a renewal weekend for adults, designed to enable them to more deeply “experience” themselves and their relationship to God and the Christian community. Held at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church. For more information, contact Kris Gaspari via email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or via phone 515-306-7838. You can also visit http://olih.org/cewretreats/
Jan. 29 Sunday
Natural Family Planning Classes
WEST DES MOINES -- The next three-part series of classes on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning is from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Cost is a one-time fee of $130 for all course materials, classes, one year of consultation with certified instructors and more. Financial assistance available. Online registration required at register.ccli.org. For more information, call Kerry or Renee at 515-278-1623 or send an email to email@example.com. CCL also offers two supplementary classes designed to help couples with natural family planning during post-partum and pre-menopause.
Feb. 9 Thursday
Faith & Healing Series
DES MOINES -- Mercy College in Des Moines is offering Faith & Healing series from 6-7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. It will be held on the campus of Mercy College in the Sullivan Center. Refreshments will be served. Free parking in the Sullivan Center visitor lot. The speaker is Mercy sister Patricia Talone, Ph.D., associate professor of moral theology at Boston College.
Feb. 11 Saturday
St. Luke's Green Gala
ANKENY – St. Luke the Evangelist Parish is hosting the St. Luke’s Green Gala from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Ankeny. Tickets are $75/person, includes meal plus free wine and beer cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m. Silent and live auction and DJ for dancing. This gala supports St. Luke School. Purchase tickets here: https://www.silentauctionpro.com/onlineticketpurchase.php?groupId=915
Feb. 12 Sunday
Deep Maroon Serenade
WEST DES MOINES -- Come to the Sheraton Inn for an afternoon of music, fun, and festivities presented by the Dowling Catholic High School Performing Arts Department. Doors open at 1 p.m., show begins at 1:30 p.m. Desserts and beverages available for purchase, admission is free.
Feb.13, 20, 27, March 6, 13 Mondays
WEST DES MOINES – St. Francis of Assisi Church is hosting a seminary to offer encouragement and support to those who experience the death of a loved one. The seminar, called GriefShare, runs on Mondays Feb. 13-March 13 at 10 a.m. Limited to 20 participants. Suggested donation for materials $25. For details and to register, visit saintfrancischurch.org/adultfaith/learn or call 515-223-4577.
Feb. 17-19 Friday-Sunday
Christian Experience Weekend
ANKENY -- The men’s CEW is a renewal weekend for adults, designed to enable them to more deeply “experience” themselves and their relationship to God and the Christian community. Held at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church. For more information, contact Mike Tjarks via email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or via phone 515-689-3433. You can also visit http://olih.org/cewretreats/
March 18 Saturday
Speaker to share messages
NEOLA – Neal Gremaud will be at St. Patrick Church and after the 8:30 a.m. Mass will share Mary’s messages given at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. Rosary will be at 8:05 a.m. and Divine Mercy Chaplet will follow the Mass. Q&A time available and lunch follows in the church hall. For more information contact Kathy Graeve, 402-680-4370, call or text and email at email@example.com
Saturday, Feb. 25
WEST DES MOINES – The Iowa Catholic Women’s Conference features Father Cedrick, Barbara Heil and Andy LaVallee. Tickets are $30 and include lunch. For more information, go to IowaCatholicRadio.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-223-1150.
Saturday, March 25
WEST DES MOINES – The Iowa Catholic Men’s Conference features Jon Leonetti, Father Rick Wendell, Karlo Broussard and Dr. Matt Halbach. Sessions in Spanish feature Fathers Luis Mejia and Fabián Monada. For more information, go to IowaCatholicMensConference.com, or contact Deacon Tom Bradley at 515-491-7789 or email@example.com.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
DES MOINES – Come join us for the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at St Augustin Chapel.
Need a life change?
JustFaith is a transformative, small group program that invites participants to live more deeply, with a greater sense of purpose. JustFaith helps participants connect their faith/spirituality with the needs of the world and provides tools for making a difference. Registration for spring sessions has begun. Contact Susie Tierney, Center for Social Ministry, 515-782-3054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.