The Diocese of Des Moines

Jubilee of Mercy

Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016


"We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy ... Our salvation depends on it ... At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective." Pope Francis, "The Face of Mercy" 2-3.


The Mercy Summit

          Bishop Richard Pates invites all those actively involved in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy to a morning of affirmation and encouragement on Oct. 29 at St. Pius X Church in Urbandale, 8 a.m. - Noon. Millions of acts of mercy -- big and small -- occur in the Diocese of Des Moines: bringing communion to the sick, feeding the hungry, volunteering at hospice centers and more. Everyone who extends mercy to others is invited. The Mercy Summit is an opportunity to pause and prayerfully reflect on this calling. Childcare is available for children age two and older free of charge. Register here for the Des Moines metro area gathering in Urbandale. Or, call Sherri at 515-237-5058.




Make a pilgrimage to all seven of the Holy Doors in our diocese. Get your passport (available in parishes and at Holy Door sites) stamped at each door and return to the Diocese of Des Moines for a certificate from Bishop Pates. For resources to make a pilgrimage, see resources posted to the left. The Holy Doors are at:
  • St. Ambrose Cathedral, Des Moines 
  • Basilica of St. John, Des Moines
  • Our Lady of the Americas, Des Moines
  • St. Patrick, Council Bluffs
  • St. Patrick, Bayard
  • Holy Spirit, Creston
  • St. Joseph, Earling
  • St. Patrick, Imogene. 




Parish Resources

Prayer Card in English, in Spanish, and in Vietnamese

Bulletin announcements 

Audio/Visual resources 

#MillionActsofMercy images for social media