The Diocese of Des Moines

take the next step in your faith: take 24

Often times, our faith lagging isn't an effect of us thinking it's not important, it's a matter of not fully knowing what to do to make it stronger.  We're here to help, so try this on for size:


This year, Take 24


24 hours every few months for a retreat to get out of the normal routine and listen to the still, small voice of God in your life in a way you don't often have the chance to do.


Take 24 Lenten Retreat registration here!


After registering at the link above, participants will be emailed further details and instructions.  For questions, please contact Justin White, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, at or (515) 237-5098


24 minutes every day for intentional prayer will do wonders for helping you grow in your life with Christ.  During Lent, here are some suggestions (additional resources below the graphic):



Spirituality Book Suggestions

  • The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
  • Story of a Soul, by St. Therese of Lisieux
  • The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis
  • Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis de Sales
  • The Joy of the Gospel, by Pope Francis
  • More coming soon...

Adoration Chapels in our Diocese

  • St. Augustin, Des Moines (perpetual)
  • St. Pius X, Urbandale (perpetual, requires a code, contact parish office)
  • Longer list coming soon, but in the meantime, this website may or may not be accurate.  I suggest checking with your parish beforehand to be sure.

Scripture Suggestions for Lenten Take24 Practices (suggested in order)

  • Luke 5:1-11
  • Matthew 16:13-23
  • Matthew 6:7-15
  • Matthew 8:23-27
  • Mark 2:1-13
  • John 8:1-11
  • John 17
  • Mark 16 (on Easter Day)

Rosary Resources

Additional Lenten Take24 Prayer Practice Suggestions

  • Research when your local parish offers Confession, and schedule it once a week throughout Lent
  • Attend a service on each day of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday--and Easter Sunday, of course)
  • More coming soon...