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St. Joseph Consecration, Outdoor Mass and Picnic

Join Bishop William Joensen August 15 for a 4pm outdoor Mass and picnic to follow in beautiful Irish Settlement.

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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. 








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St. Joseph Consecration, Outdoor Mass and Picnic

August 15, 2021 4:00 PM
Location: St. Patrick Parish, Irish Settlement

Join us for the Consecration to St. Joseph Mass during this Year of St. Joseph. Bishop William Joensen will celebrate a 4 p.m. outdoor Mass and lead the consecration on Sunday, August 15 at St. Patrick Parish in beautiful Irish Settlement. A picnic will follow, with burgers and hot dogs catered by HyVee. (A free will donation is encouraged.)

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