Des Moines Register and KCCI Des Moines featured two excellent stories about refugees and food/infant formula assistance. Two issues near and dear to us at Catholic Charities. Read more here:
Katherine and newborn Elijah find comfort and resources at St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter.
Pope Francis continues to call us to an active faith. On May 18, he said, “Faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others.”
At St. Mary Family Center, volunteers live out their faith and experience that encounter with Jesus in their brothers and sisters in Christ: those who come for help as well as the staff and volunteers who stand ready to respond to their need.
Catholic Charities is excited to announce this year’s recipients of the Bishop Charron Caritas Awards: Individual volunteer Paulette Valdez and R&R Realty Group.
Sponsored by Mercy Medical Center, the Bishop Charron Caritas Award recognizes volunteers for their compassion, humility, commitment and enthusiasm in helping all those in need. The award is named for the retired Bishop of Des Moines, Joseph L. Charron, who not only served the Diocese of Des Moines from 1994 to 2007, but also inspired people of all faiths to join Catholic Charities in service to those in need.
Catholic Charities Testimonials
This event has always been one of my favorites because it was at the 2005 Catholic Charities Night at the I-Cubs when I first learned of the breadth of services offered by Catholic Charities in the Des Moines Diocese and began my volunteer involvement with a wonderful organization!
- Event Chairperson & Board Member Samantha Chambers
I was recently asked, “What sets Catholic Charities Counseling Program apart from others?” My simple response was that we have the pleasure and the opportunity to provide therapy services for all those that may need it. Our sliding fee scale enables us to provide quality, professional services to those who may otherwise not be able to access services. We also take insurance allowing people who do have the option to utilize their health care benefits.
But that’s not all.
A special thank you from a client to Catholic Charities' St. Mary Family Center.
I am a better person because of my work with Catholic Charities.
Diocesan School News
Students from Assumption School, Granger, competed in the Middle School Regional Mock Trial Competition beginning in October.
Dowling Catholic High School recently held the Annual Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Dowling Catholic Senior, Soren Kyhl, recently scored a 36 (the highest composite score a student can earn) on the ACT exam.
Parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors of Catholic school students will have the chance to hear their school on the radio and vote for their favorite grade during Iowa Catholic Radio’s “My School is Cool” contest.
Diocese of Des Moines Catholic high school students achieved great academic success.
Sacred Heart School received national recognition for achieving the Silver Award in the HealthierUS School Challenge.
Holy Family School has hired its own English Language Learner (ELL) teacher for the 2013-14 school year to serve its diverse population of 240 students in grades Pre-K - 8.
Dowling Catholic High School is pleased to introduce a new technology department for the 2013-14 school year.
St. Theresa Catholic School recently received approval for becoming a STEM-certified school for grades 3-8.
St. Francis of Assisi School is excited for all of the experience and energy that five new staff members will bring to 2013-2014 school year.
“Having a chapel is like a little piece of the church, but closer”. That, according to fifth grader Olivia Pertzborn, is one of the reasons she is so excited about the newly built St. Monica Chapel at St. Augustin School.
Shelby County Catholic School (SCCS) is excited about a new Talented and Gifted (TAG) program that will begin at the start of the school year.
Fourteen Holy Family students and art teacher Audrey Johnson, recently painted a new mural at Holy Family School.
Holy Trinity School will be launching a new website this fall. The website will include a mobile-friendly format which will be easier to view on mobile devices.
Sacred Heart School in West Des Moines will undergo a playground expansion thanks to McLaren’s Funeral Home and Resthaven Cemetery for allowing Sacred Heart to lease an acre of their unused land at the west end of the school.
The Saint Albert school community is excited about several school improvements that will be coming with the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
The St. Patrick Home and School Association will be promoting a new all school fundraiser starting in the Fall 2014.
St. Pius X recently completed phase 1 of its remodeling project.
Diocese of Des Moines News
Bishop Richard Pates invites everyone to complete a questionnaire for the Vatican on marriage and family life.
Four Iowa dioceses, through the Iowa Catholic Conference, issued a statement on immigration reform. Bishop Richard pates said issues of justice, human dignity and the rule of law must override political considerations that could derail progress on immigration reform.
Bishop Richard Pates supports the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statement following today's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage.
Sister Mary Christine Athans, BVM, will be at St. Theresa Church in Des Moines on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. to talk about her new book "In Quest for the Jewish Mary."
Bishop Richard Pates congratulates Dubuque Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus, OSB on his retirement after having served northeast Iowa for nearly 19 years. Bishop Pates also congratulates Archbishop-designate Michael O. Jackels, of Wichita, Kan. on his appointment by Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
Statement regarding local appearance of Theresa Caputo.
Thousands of people were drawn to the diocese's Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic on Sunday, July 1 in celebration of our freedom and to talk about threats to our religious liberty. People walked from St. Ambrose Cathedral in downtown Des Moines to the Capitol's east lawn for a picnic.
Thank you to all those who supported or contributed to the Catholic Charities Step Up to the Plate at the Iowa Cubs event on Thursday, June 7.
The Diocese of Des Moines is holding an Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic on July 1 from noon to 3 p.m. to celebrate our American and Christian heritage of religious liberty.
Bishop Richard Pates approved a new policy which states no youth-based activities except for sacramental, ministerial and/or catechetical endeavors will be scheduled or hosted by any Catholic school, institution or organization on Wednesday evenings after 5:30 p.m. or Sundays until 1:30 p.m.
Bishop Richard Pates and Bishop Emeritus Joseph Charron, C.PP.S. are making their ad limina visit.
The Diocese of Des Moines has put the proposed Cristo Rey Des Moines project on indefinite hold until additional philanthropic financing can be identified.
Bishop Pates ordained Father Guthrie Dolan to the priesthood on Friday, June 3 at St. Ambrose Cathedral.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released the results of the John Jay College study on causes and context of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.
Bishop Richard Pates issued a statement on labor-management relations.
Bishop Emeritus William Bullock, seventh bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines, died April 3 after having been diagnosed with lung cancer.
List of Lenten fish fry dinners.
Through the persistence and generosity of co-workers at Mercy Medical Center, a family was reunited with a son in Ghana.
The diocese's newest parish already has a website up and running. See the 'birth announcement' of St. Luke the Evangelist. Get more information about this new faith community by registering online at http://www.saintluketheevangelist.org/
Davenport Bishop Martin Amos offered the invocation at the Jan. 14 inauguration of Gov. Terry Branstad, who is beginning his fifth term in office. Gov. Branstad and his wife, Chris, are Catholic and most likely will worship at Christ the King Parish in Des Moines, where their friend Msgr. Frank Bognanno is the pastor.
An interfaith prayer service of dedication was held at St. Ambrose Cathedral on Jan. 13 at which Gov.-elect Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Reynolds pledged to serve the people of Iowa.
Bishop Richard Pates announced two extremely generous Christmas gifts that will lay the foundation for the creation of a new parish in Ankeny to be named St. Luke the Evangelist. Bishop Pates named Father Lawrence Hoffmann as pastor of the new parish effective Jan. 1, 2011.
The Diocese of Des Moines was advised today of the tragic death of the beloved Sr. Stella Neill, RSM, due to a single-car accident last night. Sister Stella was not only a leader in the Catholic community but in the broader community, specifically related to housing issues. She was the founder of Anawim Housing and has assisted the diocesan Senior Housing Corp. In a note to all priests, sisters and deacons of the diocese, Bishop Richard Pates said: "We are very much aware of Sister Stella’s enormous contributions to her religious community, to the Diocese of Des Moines, to the religious women in this diocese and her indefatigable leadership and service to the poor through the housing projects of Anawim and most recently the housing initiative of Christ the King Parish." Funeral arrangements are pending. Please watch the diocesan blog and Facebook page for details as they become available.
Bishop Richard Pates, in unison with Pope Benedict XVI, prayed this past Saturday at St. Ambrose Cathedral for those awaing birth in the womb of their mothers.
The following is a list of communal penance services held in Catholic churches the Des Moines area during this Advent season.
Seminarian Guthrie Dolan was ordained a deacon on Friday, Nov. 19 at St. Joseph Church in Des Moines. Being ordained to the transitional diaconate is the last major step toward priesthood. Deacon Dolan will be ordained a priest on Friday, June 3 at St. Ambrose Cathedral.
Diocese of Des Moines begins its centennial celebration marking its 100th anniversary as a diocese.
The Christ Our Life Catholic Conference is Oct. 16-17 at Wells Fargo Arena. Go to www.christourlifeiowa.com for tickets and more information.
Seminarians gather for Day of Reflection, convocation before heading back to school.
Jesuit Father John Foley, founder of the Cristo Rey model for high school, visited Des Moines on Thursday, July 1, to promote the Cristo Rey concept. The Diocese of Des Moines is doing a feasibility study to determine the viability of such a school in the Des Moines metro area.
Catholic Youth Camp celebrated 50 years of serving youth in the Diocese of Des Moines on May 29.
Deacon Zach Kautzky shared with The Catholic Spotlight radio show a few years ago how he first heard his call to be a priest, his response, and the faith journey that has led him to his ordination day on Friday, June 4.
Folks from across the diocese gathered at St. Francis of Assisi May 20 to pick up practical strategies for helping families make the Bible relevant to their everyday lives.
Catholic Charities to independently continue resettling refugees, continuing a legacy of helping those fleeing their homeland due to war and persecution.
During today’s Holy Thursday Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Bishop Richard Pates washed the feet of about a dozen people. The washing of feet is symbolic of service and charity of Jesus Christ, who came “not to be served, but to serve.”
Chrism Mass — Mar,23 2010
Last night, the diocese celebrated the annual Chrism Mass, at which oil and chrism is blessed and at which priests renew their vows.
Catholic Charities' homeless shelter, the St. Joseph Emgergency Family Shelter, is expanding thanks to a donation of $1 million from Tom Moreland and St. Jude Enterprises and a grant from the state's I-Jobs program. Ground was broken on Monday, March 22.
Bishop Richard Pates invited the basketball players and cheerleaders from St. Albert School and Dowling Catholic High School to a spaghetti supper and wished them well in the state tournament this week.
Bishop Richard Pates, along with other bishops in Iowa, lobbied state legislators on Feb. 2 at the state Capitol as part of their work with the Iowa Catholic Conference.
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)—Christian families should be a happy and loving environment in which young people can discern calls to the priesthood or religious life, Pope Benedict XVI says in his message for the World Day of Prayers for Vocations.
For the first time in recent history, the number of religious priests has increased!
Emphasizes Importance of Studying the Faith as an Organic Whole
The 2012 celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life will be observed in the United States on the weekend of Feb. 4-5.
Mass with Seminarians, August 20, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI gives guidance and support to seminarians for their years of formation.
VATICAN CITY, 27 SEP 2011 (VIS) - On Saturday 24 September, during the course of his apostolic visit to Germany, the Holy Father met with seminarians in the city of Freiburg im Breisgau, whom he addressed off-the-cuff in German. Extracts of his remarks are given below.
MAYNOOTH, Ireland, OCT. 18, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Answering the "call" is getting a little easier these days, and in a surprising place. Those who want more information on joining the Catholic priesthood in Ireland need look no further than their smart phone.
The clergy topped the list of the Ten Happiest Jobs found in an article
at Forbes.com, as reported a General Social Survey by the
National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago.
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