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Bishop William Joensen Ordination

From St Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines

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40th anniversary of a saint's visit 

On Oct. 4, 1979, St. John Paul II visited St. Patrick Parish at Irish Settlement and celebrated Mass for the largest crowd ever assembled at Living History Farms. This is the story of how a few people, with very little time to prepare, pulled off one of the most memorable events in our state's history. 

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News: Crowd braves freezing temps to pray rosary for DACA recipients

November 7, 2019

About 60 people gathered at the Catholic Pastoral Center Thursday night to pray the rosary as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on three cases that could determine the immigration status of those protected by DACA, also known as Dreamers.

Bishop: Beauty and the Best

November 12, 2019

Thank God for our liturgical musicians in parishes across our diocese! They are not technicians plunking out notes, vocalists giving lip service to the score set before them. They are realizing a sacred vocation given by God, giving expression to an energy kindled in their hearts, and expanding our awareness of just how beautiful and marvelous God is.

Let's Get Psyched: Honey, Let's Put Up The Tree!

November 12, 2019

During the holiday season, stress goes up. It's inevitable. Let's remember Christ's words of comfort: "Remain in me and I will remain in you." We always have companionship with Christ.

Diocesan Events

Blessing of musicians

November 24, 2019 2:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High St., Des Moines

The Des Moines chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians will be blessed at a 2 p.m. Mass & reception at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

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