YCDM Thursdays

Dedicated to building community through faith, Young Catholics of Des Moines (YCDM) meets weekly (usually on Thursdays) to celebrate and grow in our faith with one another.  This community draws from all parishes in the Des Moines metro, and is dedicated to helping young adults grow to be more and more connected not only to YCDM but to the parishes of our Diocese.

There is no need to sign-up, register, or "officially" be a part of YCDM--if you're a young Catholic in Des Moines, you're in!  Come to all the events every month, or just come to the ones that strike you as something that will feed you.  

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 12th: Outdoor Soccer 

Join us for an evening of outdoor soccer! We'll be at the fields at Dowling High School (1400 Buffalo Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265) starting at 7pm. We'll have supplies, but feel free to bring an extra soccer ball, just in case.

If you have any questions, please contact the event hosts: Matthew Johl, Rebecca Reising, and David Reising.

Thursday, September 19th: Des Moines Area Alumni Social (hosted by St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center) 

Please join fellow alumni from the campus ministries of UNI, IOWA, ISU and Drake for this fun event! (Alumni from other schools are welcome too!) This will be a great time to catch up and also find out about the exciting things happening at each campus ministry. Be sure to wear your school colors!

The social is at 515 Brewing Company (7700 University Ave Suite C, Clive, IA 50325) and goes from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Thursday, September 26th: Vespers at the Cathedral

Instead of Mass & Brews this month, we're going to join the Diocese in welcoming our bishop elect with Vespers, or evening prayer, at the cathedral. Please join us, and consider coming early since we're anticipating quite a few people will be there.

Vespers starts at 7pm at St. Ambrose Cathedral (607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309).

Thursday, October 3rd: Iowans for Life Annual Banquet Fundraiser

In lieu of our YCDM event the first week of October, we're encouraging people to go to the annual banquet for Iowans for Life. As a special perk, YCDM members get half off their ticket ($30 instead of $60)! Use this link for the discount: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-iowans-for-life-fundraising-banquet-tickets-59338719708?aff=ebdshpsearchautocompleteThe banquet is held at Meadows Bishop Ballroom in Altoona and runs from 6pm - 9pm.

Thursday, October 10th: Theology on Tap: Christ is Alive! 

Earlier this year, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Exhortation to young people, entitled Christus Vivit (Christ is Alive). This fall's Theology on Tap series will focus on unpacking that document, continuing with an evening that focuses on the final two chapters of it, on Vocation and Discernment.

Fr. PJ McManus, pastor of Christ the King parish in Des Moines, will share some thoughts from the document in the hopes of helping us more clearly understand what it is that God is calling us to do with our lives.

6-7pm Dinner & Cocktail Hour
7pm Event start
8pm Open Forum Q&A

Join us at Sherwood Forest Events Center (7400 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324) beginning at 6-7pm for dinner & Cocktail Hour, 7pm Event start, and 8pm Open Forum Q&A! The bar will be open as well! See you there! 






YCDM-Metro Thursday Night Ministry Leadership

2019 Co-Directors

Benjamin Cohen

Rebecca Reising

2019 Board Members

David Reising

Blake Riffel

Matthew Johll 

Christina Vazquez 

Madison Pettit 

Joanna Burgarino 

Alexis Nicholson 

Abigail Akers


Have ideas or suggestions for future YCDM events?  Let us know!  Email Justin White, Director of Young Adult Ministry anytime

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