The Catholic Mirror

The Catholic Mirror diocesan newspaper is a primary communication tool used by the Diocese to share news and information to the more than 35,000 Catholic households in central and southwest Iowa.

Digital Version

The Catholic Mirror is mailed to every registered Catholic household in the Diocese of Des Moines. If you prefer a digital version, please sign up here.

Copy deadline

Ads, stories, letters to the editor and calendar items are due the first Friday of the month.

Publication date

The Catholic Mirror is distributed the third Friday of every month.


Standard rate is $14.20 per column inch for black and white ads. Color is additional 25 percent. No ads soliciting funds accepted. Questions? Contact Sandy Riesberg at 515-237-5046. Here is a copy of our rate sheet.


The diocesan newspaper is funded through advertising, a voluntary subscription drive, and generous contributions to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.

Story ideas? Calendar event? Need more information on advertising?

Contact Kelly Mescher Collins or call 515-237-5054 or Anne Marie Cox at 515-237-5046.


Here are issues of The Catholic Mirror going back to 1936.

Recent Issues:

November 2022

October 2022

September 2022 

No August 2022 publication   

July 2022 

June 2022

May 2022 

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021 

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021 

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021 

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020 

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

 July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020 

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019 

October 2019 

Bishop Joensen Special: Vocation story, ordination, and more

September 2019

August 2019

Special: Welcome Bishop-Elect William Joensen!

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019 

April 2019  

March 2019  

February 2019 

January 2019 

December 2018 

November 2018

October 2018

October 2018 Bishop Pates Special Farewell Insert

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018