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We are a vibrant faith community inviting every person to an encounter with Jesus Christ and experience his call to friendship and communion.

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Catholic Schools

There are millions of reasons why a Catholic education is the best education around. Witness the difference!

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Living Advent

Advent is a busy time! It can also be a meaningful, joyful, and even peaceful time. . . if we live Advent intentionally, as a season of preparing our hearts and homes for Jesus's coming.

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Adviento Viviente

¡El Adviento es una época de mucho trabajo! También puede ser un momento significativo, alegre e incluso pacífico... si vivimos el Adviento intencionalmente, como una temporada para preparar nuestros corazones y hogares para la venida de Jesús.

Viva Adviento

Catholic Charities launches yearlong celebration

Catholic Charities just launched a yearlong celebration honoring the organization's legacy of helping others in our communities. Check out the video and consider how you could be a part of their work helping others moving forward.






News & Blog

Community, churches work together to provide Thanksgiving dinner

November 20, 2023

For more than 30 years, the Council Bluffs community offers a free city-wide dinner on Thanksgiving Day for anyone who needs a hot home-made meal.

Grace in Grieving

November 20, 2023

God does not leave the grieving. Rather, His Spirit reminds us of God’s nearness, and draws us to a place of hope in our respective griefs.

Let's Make A Deal

November 20, 2023

Life is not a gameshow and God doesn't make deals. But he does make a promise! God's covenant for us says if we follow him, he will take care of everything for us and give us eternal life!

Diocesan Events

Catholic Charities Centennial Trivia

December 2, 2023 4:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Diocese of Des Moines Pastoral Center, 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

Catholic Charities presents Centennial Trivia! A new, fun-filled holiday event benefiting the Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter! Grab your most festive apparel and join us for this EXCITING holiday event!

Advent Taizé

December 6, 2023 7:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Location: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 1150 28th St., Des Moines, Iowa

Please join us for an Advent Taizé Service at St. Catherine of Siena Parish on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00 pm.

The Lessons, Carols, and Reflections of Christmas

December 17, 2023 3:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral, Des Moines, IA

Umeri, the Drake University alumni choir, will present The Lessons, Carols, and Reflections of Christmas on Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm, at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

Ministries & Services

Service Opportunities

Looking for a place to share your time and talent in service to others? There are several ways to get involved within Des Moines and our surrounding communities.


The Diocese of Des Moines provides many opportunities for people to share their gifts. Your generosity and support impact children and families of our community.

Catholic Social Teaching

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