Be the Light Bearer
Bishop Joensen reflects on the Olympics and being light bearers, carrying the torch and shining a light to show others the way. He reflects on Dowling Catholic High School alum and Olympian Karissa Schweizer calling her grandfather before competition, and how we all have a desire for calm reassurance from a father figure. And he encourages you to join him on Saturday, August 7 for the local Biking for Babies ride in Ankeny to raise money for InnerVisions HealthCare and other organizations that support women in unplanned pregnancies. Register to join this event here: https://bikingforbabies.breezechms.com/form/ankeny
St. Joseph Consecration, Outdoor Mass and Picnic
Join Bishop William Joensen as he celebrates the outdoor Mass and consecration to St. Joseph on Sunday, Aug. 15 at at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish at Irish Settlement. A picnic supper will follow with burgers and hot dogs catered by HyVee. (There is no charge, but a free will donation is encouraged.) This Mass is on the Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary and will commemorate the 110th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Des Moines and is a place of historical significance. Pope John Paul II came to St. Patrick Catholic Church at Irish Settlement during his visit in 1979. Learn more here.