The Diocese of Des Moines

Fifth annual Rural Life Mass Aug. 16 at Kautzky Farm near Perry — 

The fifth annual Rural Life Mass will be Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at the farm of Greg and Lori Kautzky, about 5 miles south of Perry.

The outdoor Mass offers an opportunity for urban and rural residents to come together to show solidarity with rural Iowans and celebrate their important role in the diocese. Previous Rural Life Masses have been held on farms in Shelby County, near Chariton, near Cumming and near Stuart.

Bishop Richard Pates will celebrate Mass beginning at 2 p.m. Refreshments will follow along with a presentation by “Iowa Boy” columnist Chuck Offenburger, who wrote for the Des Moines Register for 21 years. In all his years of traveling through rural Iowa, he has observed much change. Yet, one thing he said has not changed is the need for faith.

“The Mass and celebration are a great opportunity for urban and suburban families with young children to experience a taste of ‘farm life’ that has characterized Iowa for two centuries. I encourage all of our young families to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity for prayer, fun and a guaranteed enjoyable afternoon with the Kautzkys,” Bishop Pates said.

Greg and Lori Kautzky live on the farm established by Greg’s grandfather, who purchased 80 acres in 1899. His father lived there and built another home on the farm. Greg, a third generation farmer, continues the family legacy along with a couple of sons and a son-in-law who help him in the corn and soybean fields.

            The farm is at 18443 195th St., Perry. To get there from Des Moines, take I-80/35 north to the Grimes exit at right.  Turn left/west onto Hwy 44, go through Grimes and continue on Hwy 44 approximately 17 miles west.  Take the P58 exit - Right/North towards Perry - and follow P58 for 4.5 miles to 195th Street.  Turn left/west on 195th Street (unpaved) and arrive in 1/2 mile at the Kautzky farm, 18443 195th Street.

From Perry, take 1st Ave/P58 south for 5.3 miles.  Turn right/west on 195th Street and in 1/2 mile arrive at the Kautzky farm, 18443 195th Street. 

            For more information, contact Ken Bresnan with Catholic Charities at 515-237-5089 or kbresnan@catholiccharitiesdm.org.