The Diocese of Des Moines

Office FOR Worship



Sudanese dancers from St. Ambrose Cathedral process

                                                   with the Book of the Gospels at the Chrism Mass on Friday, April 7, 2017.                                                          

We hope to see you at this year's Chrism Mass on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral.


Daily Mass Readings (in English) | Lecturas del Dia (en español)




Monthly Worship Newsletter

Each month, diocesan Worship Director Kim Mandelkow produces a newsletter with information on formation, upcoming worship events and more.













Meet our diocesan worship director

Kimberly Mandelkow, a native of Minnesota, serves as a key resource for the bishop and the diocese’s 80 parishes in the ongoing renewal of liturgical life and formation. She manages and directs diocesan worship activities, provides consultation and serves as a resource on worship and church architecture projects as well as develops and administers programs of liturgical formation consistent with diocesan policies, goals and guidelines. Mandelkow brings a unique background, having lived a life of work, prayer and service while in the religious community of the Sisters of St. Benedict. She has ministered in Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky in multiple facets of parish and organizational life including planned giving, liturgical planning and music, pastoral care and youth programs. To contact her, call 515-237-5043.


Quick Links

Liturgical Dates 2018

Confirmation Liturgy Planning Guide

Planning Form for Masses with Bishop Pates

Annual LTP order

Liturgy planning resources 
Roman Missal resources
Connect with other music or liturgical coordinators in the diocese

The Office for Worship aims to facilitate our growth in unity as a local Church through our joyful and prayerful liturgical celebrations.  In our role as a resource to the Bishop and as collaborators with the parishes and priests of the diocese, we are ready to connect you with information, materials, and formation opportunities to promote that unity.