The Worship department aims to facilitate our growth in unity as a local Church through our joyful and prayerful liturgical celebrations. In our role as a resource to the Bishop and as collaborators with the parishes and priests of the diocese, we are ready to connect you with information, materials, and formation opportunities to promote that unity.

1962 Missale Romanum

After prayerful discernment, Bishop William Joensen will allow St. Anthony Catholic Church in Des Moines to continue its weekly Latin Mass using the 1962 Missale Romanum, formerly referred to as the Extraordinary Form.

Holy Hour resources

Bishop William Joensen encourages us to participate in a Holy Hour at church or at home. We ask the Holy Spirit to lead us as we emerge from the pandemic.


The Diocese of Des Moines is in Phase 3 of regathering. In response to an increase in virus cases, the new CDC guidance and the advice of local medical consultants, the Diocese is now recommending, not requiring, masks for parishioners over the age of five during all indoor liturgies and other indoor parish events. Read more about our approach to coping with the coronavirus. The Diocese of Des Moines continues to monitor the public health situation in southwest Iowa.


When we cannot receive the Eucharist, we can say the Prayer for Spiritual Communion. Here is the prayer in English and Spanish.

Sign Language AvailableAmerican Sign Language logo

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Student Center (on the Drake Campus) is the home of the Catholic Deaf Community.  Sign language is available every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  Sign language also is offered at St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.  Visitors are welcome and appreciated at each parish community to continue building this community and making the Gospel accessible to our sisters and brothers in Christ.  For more information, contact Patty Origer regarding St. Catherine Masses or Chris Van Kirk for St. Francis of Assisi Masses.