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, Take24


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.


      Adoration at the Lenten Take24 Retreat                    All 24 retreatants plus leaders at the Lenten Take24 Retreat

Too chilly to go outside in February, but still able to play

volleyball at the Lenten Take24 Retreat


While the Lenten Take24 retreat focused on our need for repentance and the Advent Take24 retreat will focus on preparing our hearts anew for the Lord, the Ordinary Time retreat will focus on the question that dominates the bulk of our young adult lives: "What does God want me to do with my life?"


Just as the bulk of our young adult lives revolve around this question, so the bulk of our year takes place in Ordinary Time, so this will be the perfect opportunity to spend a weekend revisiting the notion of "vocation".


With the summer heat in full swing and all the wonderful Catholic Youth Camp activities up and running (but without the kiddos for our time there), this retreat will feature swimming, a ropes course, and all sorts of other fun!


Whether you're new to retreats or an old pro, all are welcome to join us for a great 24 hours (maybe a bit more if the weather cooperates Saturday evening) of discerning the will of God in their lives.


Take 24 Ordinary Time Retreat Registration!


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.  Whether it's taking 24 minutes for reading a book that will help you grow spiritually, spending some time in Adoration, praying the rosary, praying with the Scriptures, or attending daily Mass, being intentional about your relationship with Christ is the only way to grow in it.  Here are some suggestions if you need help getting started:

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 Take24 Prayer Practice Suggestions

  • Research when your local parish offers Confession, and schedule it into your calendar at least once a month
  • During Lent, attend a service on each day of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday--and Easter Sunday, of course)
  • More coming soon...