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.

Prayer guides for October

October is a month when we honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. On Oct. 7 we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary with a national virtual prayer through the U.S. bishops’ YouTube page and Facebook page beginning at 2 p.m. We ask Our Lady to bring healing where there is injury and unity where there is discord.

Here is a prayer aid to assist you as you pray the rosary at home this month. Here is the Spanish version.


The Diocese of Des Moines is allowing parishes to regather for the public celebration of Mass based on consultation with local medical professionals, Iowa Department of Public Health data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bishop William Joensen took the unprecedented step of suspending all public Masses on March 15 to stem the spread of COVID-19. By Fourth of July weekend, all parishes could publicly celebrate weekday and weekend Masses at the discretion of the local pastors and with following specific guidelines to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

The Diocese of Des Moines continues to monitor the public health situation in southwest Iowa. If the diocese observes a significant local increase in COVID-19 cases over the course of two weeks they will consider resuming previous phase restrictions on gatherings and public Masses. These decisions will be made on a county specific basis, and in consultation with the diocesan regathering team, local pastors, and medical experts. Pastors have the discretion to suspend publicly celebrated Mass if they deem it prudent.


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

Online Masses

Looking for a Mass online?  Check out our master list of services. 

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Online Mass offered at 9:30 a.m. Sundays by St. Francis of Assisi Parish includes American Sign Language.  When publicly celebrated Masses are resumed, ASL is available at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Des Moines and St. Francis in West Des Moines.

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