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Memorial Day Mass 
Bishop Richard Pates will celebrate the annual Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 29 at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. In case of rain, Mass will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. at St. Theresa Church, 1230 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. Memorial Day is a federal holiday when we remember the men and women who died in military service to the United States.

Stephen Kim’s killing and that of Des Moines Police Sergeant Tony Beminio and Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin are the prominent homicides among the 25 in the city of Des Moines in the past 16 months. Guns were the weapons used in most of these cases. They were in the hands of irresponsible users. Lives and families have been shattered as a consequence. So often, when tragedies take beloved lives, family and friend survivors take action to prevent or limit the likelihood of repetition. Shouldn’t we ask our legislators that in securing the Second Amendment they also take steps to ensure that these weapons are exclusively in the hands of responsible citizens? It is only then that safety and security are more greatly assured and that lives of innocent people continue enriching our society. Isn’t our business, and the Legislature’s, unfinished?

Dr. Dan Ryan has been selected as the next president of Dowling Catholic High School. He will begin at the school on July 1, 2017. Ryan will assume the position from long-time president Dr. Jerry Deegan, who announced his retirement in late 2016. Deegan will continue in his role until the fall of 2017 to ensure a smooth transition of duties.

Justin White, a theology teacher at Dowling Catholic High School since 2012 and more recently co-chair of the Theology Department of the school, has been named by Bishop Richard Pates as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Des Moines effective June 1, 2017.

Deacon Joe Coan is resting at home a day after experiencing an attack by a woman with a knife at St. Augustin Church’s adoration chapel. “Tell everybody I’m doing fine and I appreciate all their support and prayers and concern,” he said.

Know Your Rights Workshops 
Following reports of discriminatory words and actions against those in the local Hispanic community and in light of a changing national approach to immigration, the Diocese of Des Moines has launched a series of “Know Your Rights” workshops for the Hispanic community, which has experienced mounting fear and anxiety.

Bishop Richard Pates named Adam Storey vice chancellor of the Diocese of Des Moines.

Bishop Richard Pates assures of his loyalty and support to immigrants and the Hispanic community following President Trump's executive order "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements."

In view of the upcoming anniversary events planned by the Catholic Worker House of Des Moines, Bishop Richard Pates, has reissued a statement on behalf of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Des Moines. At this time, it is restated that the anticipated event involving a Reverend Janice Sevre-Duszynska is not a Catholic Mass and is knowingly in serious conflict with current Church teaching and practice.

The Diocese of Des Moines statement regarding Rev. Dominic Yamoah.

Chancellor appointment 
Bishop appoints Sister Jude Fitzpatrick, CHM, to leadership position and Jason Kurth, chancellor

Bishop Richard Pates announced a leadership change at the St. Thomas More Center, home of Catholic Youth Camp. Chris Wadle will leave as executive director at the end of camp season. Joe Connolly will become the executive director.

Memorial Day Mass 
Bishop Richard Pates will celebrate the annual Memorial Day Mass at Glendale Cemetery on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. If it rains, Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa Church at 10:15 a.m.

The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Des Moines is pleased to announce that St. Theresa fourth grade teacher Ronda McCarthy is one of 154 teachers from across the United State and the only Iowa teacher accepted into the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

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.

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