Out & About

Events at Other Parishes or Around the Diocese

Friends of the Poor Walk

Get some family or friends together Saturday, September 30 and take a walk along the Scotch Ridge Nature Trail in Carlisle while helping the needy through St. Vincent de Paul. The two-mile fun walk/run has two trail choices. Your pledges will help those who need assistance in our community. For more information call Moe Kauzlarich at 515-778-3596 or Sharon Ferguson at 989-3628.

Pilgrimage to Ireland

You are invited on a pilgrimage with Bishop Pates to Ireland about a year from now. Join Bishop Pates on an eight-day tour of Ireland capped with the opportunity to celebrate family life at the World Meeting of Families. Pope Francis is expected to attend. More information is available on the kiosk in the gathering space or come learn more from 6:30-8:00 pm at:

-September 25, at St Mary of Nazareth 

-September 28, at Christ the King, DSM

RSVPs are required and can be made with Adam Storey at 515-237-5056.

Is There Evidence of God from Contemporary Science?

Monday, September 25,  7:00 pm at Great Hall, Iowas State Memorial Union  

Part of the James Supple Lecture Series, featuring Fr. Robert Spitzer. A Catholic priest and Jesuit, he is the author of eight books, including New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy. He appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe,” where he responds to viewer questions on a range of subjects, including reason, faith, suffering, and the existence of God.

Life Chain

Pro-lifers throughout Iowa will join neighbors and friends to form “Life Chains” along busy streets to demonstrate their support for life. In Des Moines, we will be at Merle Hay Road; pick up signs at St Theresa Catholic Church, 2:00 to 3:30 pm on Pro-Life Sunday, October 1. Contact Ruth Kabitzke, 965-1343 or drive by and honk if you love life! For more information, visit:

Natural Family Planning Classes

The next three-part series of classes on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning is scheduled to begin Monday, October 2 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Games & More (Valley West Mall, WDM). Cost is a one-time fee of $130 for all course materials, classes, one year of consultation with certified instructors, plus a one-year digital subscription to Family Foundations magazine and CycleProGo digital charting. Financial assistance is available. On-line registration is required. For more info, call Rick or Alexi at 326-1434.

Iowans for LIFE Banquet 

Join Matt Birk, former Baltimore Ravens 2013 Super Bowl winner, and six-time Pro Bowl Center, as he discusses how his faith enabled him to stand his ground in the NFL and in life. The father of seven children under the age of 14, Matt is an entertaining speaker you won’t want to miss! Wear your team colors! Special basket offer! Banquet will be held in The Bishop Ballroom at Prairie Meadows in Altoona on Thursday, October 12. Cost is $50 per person, $500 sponsors a table of 8. RSVP before October 7, 515-255-4113.

Lady of Fatima Conference

Make plans now to experience a spirit-filled Our Lady of Fatima Conference on Saturday, October 14, hosted by KCRD (98.3 FM) at the Grand River Center, Dubuque. Speakers include Drew Mariani, David Carollo, Dr. Peter Howard, and others. The event is free with RSVP. See for additional details and registration.

Catholics & Lutherans Conclude the 500th Anniversary Marking the Reformation

On October 22, Catholics and Lutherans will come together at St Mark's Lutheran Church in DSM to mark the concluding service of the 500th Anniversary Year of the Protestant Reformation. Lutherans and Catholics first joined together in prayer on November 4, 2016, to kick off a year of examining the historical background, recent documents and efforts to understand each tradition better and spend time with each other through joint congregation activities. For more information, contact diocesan ecumenical officer Father John Ludwig at St. John the Apostle Parish in Norwalk. 

Lay Formation Program in Spanish

The Diocese of Des Moines is in the process of recruiting leaders who would like to participate in the next cohort for the Lay Formation Program that will start in January 2018. Please contact Mayra, 237-5011  for more information. 

Tour of Scotland

The Newman Catholic Student Center at The University of Iowa is sponsoring a 12-day tour of England, Scotland and Wales March 9-20, 2018.  Tour hosts will be Bishop Emeritus Martin Amos and Newman Center rep, April Rouner. The full tour itinerary can be viewed online.  Cost is $3699 per person from Chicago (other departure cities available).   Contact April Rouner at  319-337-3106 Ext. 119 for more information.