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All 80 parishes are now offering some form of public worship. Learn about our phased-in approach.


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Welcome back! 

We are so happy to welcome the faithful back to the table of the Lord. Bishop William Joensen invites all to publicly celebrate the Mass, though there will be some changes you'll see. It's part of loving each other by taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Check with your parish to see what phase they're in for the regathering. And if you are vulnerable or are living with someone vulnerable to the coronavirus, know that the Sunday obligation for Mass continues to be suspended and God's grace and mercy are with you.



St. Junipero Serra and race relations

Bishop Joensen reflects on St. Junipero Serra, race relations and more. He also encourages you to watch the Prayer Vigil for Justice held earlier this week, which can be viewed here. 


News & Blog

News: Catholic schools prepare for a return to the classroom

August 7, 2020

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des Moines are opening with on-site instruction while providing families the option of remote learning.

Bishop: Flats, Furloughs and Sabbath Rest

July 27, 2020

In early July I finally set out on the Great Western Trail for what I hoped would be a bike ride down to Martensdale and back. I sailed along for the first ten miles, but then my back tire flatted and so I pulled over to change the tube. I'm not the most adept at bike maintenance, and sure enough, I pinched the tube while installing it, and so was quite receptive to the friendly group that stopped to lend a hand and get me back on the road. Ten more miles...

To Reconcile All Things: Racism in America

July 7, 2020

Justin White, diocesan director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, says we are not immune to the ways of the world that are sinful, so we must strive in the name of Jesus against them.

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Social Justice

In Catholic Social Justice Teaching, the Church outlines seven specific ways we can put our faith into action by loving one another.