The Diocese of Des Moines

Catholics Come Videos Begin February 8, 2016

On local media outlets, cable channels and satellite dish services you will begin to see Catholics Come Home Evangomercials beginning on February 8 through March 26, 2016.  Below find three examples that were shared at training workshops around the diocese in preparation for this outreach.


Epic by Catholics Come Home


Eucharist by Catholics Come Home


Coach Lou Holtz by Catholics Come Home


Frank's Testimonial by Catholics Come Home


Dee Dee's Testimonial by Catholics Come Home


If you have any questions on how to invite friends and family back to the Catholic Church, contact John Gaffney at 



CLADD Meetings starting 2017


SOUTH: Thursday, April 27, 2017--Afton, St. Edward (6pm-8:30pm)

ALL: Year End Celebration: Thursday, May 11,, 2017--Adel, St. John (9am-1:45pm)



Growing Disciples E-Newsletter

Attached please find a copy of the Growing Disciples E-Newsletter for April 26, 2017. published every Wednesday from August through May. If you do not receive this E-Newsletter, please contact Sherri Simmer at  


CLADD Retreat February 9 &10--2017

"Gestating Grace: Growing in Faith Through Difficult Times" Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M.  is our presenter. Location is Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines Northwest. Deadline for the hotel's block of rooms is Wednesday, February 1st. Click here for the flyer.


Radix Retreat-for Senior High School Students

     Radix is a weekend retreat for seniors in high school. Retreat locations, online registration & promotional materials coming soon! Spring 2017 Radix Weekends:  March3-5 and March 31-April 2. Each starts Friday at 7:00 pm and ends by Sunday at 3:45 pm.  The goal of the retreat is for the seniors to be rooted and built up in Christ so that they can not only survive with their faith intact in college, but also thrive as missionary disciples on their college campuses. For more information and online registration, please visit  A limited amount of scholarships are available for any teen who wishes to attend but can't afford it. We are also seeking college students to be on the retreat team.  Please contact Sherri Simmer 515-237-5058 or


Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (formerly the Diocesan Youth Rally)

Mark your calendars for October 22, 2017 for the new & improved Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference to be held at Dowling Catholic High School with Cajun Speaker: Katie Prejean Mcgrady and Canadian Musician: Joe Zambon. Contact Sherri Simmer for details or 515-237-5058. This day is for Middle School & High School Youth. Save the Date flyer click here.

NOVOS -Young Adult Mass

Young Adult Mass and Social  - 4th Thursday of the Month

Sponsored by Novos Young Adults

All 20-and-30-somethings seeking faith and fellowship are invited to the diocesan young adult Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral (607 High St.) in downtown Des Moines.  Doors open early with confession being offered at 6 p.m. and the rosary prayed at 6:30 p.m.  The young adult Mass begins at 7 p.m.  Afterwards, we'll go somewhere downtown for dinner/drinks and socializing.  For more information, contact Sherri Simmer at 515-237-5058, or visit Novos Young Adults on Facebook at


Brewing Faith - 2nd Thursday of the Month

Sponsored by Novos Young Adults

The Brewing Faith Speaker Series is an event for young adults 21+ (and the young at heart) to gather after work for dinner, drinks and discussion.  Arrive at 6:30 p.m. in the River Room at Raccoon River Brewing Co. (200 10th St., Des Moines) to get the fun & food/drink orders rolling.  A short talk will begin after dinner, followed by Q&A and table discussion. For more information, contact Sherri Simmer at 515-237-5058 or, or visit Novos Young Adults on Facebook at



World Youth Day 2016 - Krakow, Poland


If you will be between the ages of 18 and 35 by July 19, 2016, consider joining Bishop Richard Pates on a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day, a gathering of more than 3 million young adults celebrating the Catholic faith with Pope Francis. We will be walking and praying in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, St. Faustina and St. Maximilian Kolbe. The diocese welcomes individuals within and outside the Des Moines diocese. Stipulations apply for families of minors who wish to join the pilgrimage. For questions or registration information, contact Sherri Simmer, or visit


Emmaus Confirmation Retreat

     Emmaus is a Sunday, January 24, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines. The retreat day includes keynote presentations, a mix of secular & worship music led by a live band, interactive small group sessions, and a vibrant celebration of the Mass w/ Bishop Richard E. Pates. With questions, contact Sherri Simmer at 515-237-5058 or .


Charitable & Non-Profit Organization Directory 2014

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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 ( 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, as reported a General Social Survey by the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago.   Read the whole article here:  ...

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