Out & About

Events at Other Parishes or Around the Diocese


Community Chorus Offers Free Concert

About 20 of our OLIH parishioners will be performing with the 80 member Ankeny Community Chorus at their annual holiday concert at Prairie Ridge Church (825 NW 36th Street) Friday, November 17.  The concert starts at 7:30 pm, but a great silent auction fundraiser starts at 6:30 pm.  Come and support your OLIH friends!

Enjoy a Drake Concert

Drake University's Cavalcade of Choirs concert on Sunday, November 19, 3:00 pm, will feature all four Drake choruses (showcasing more than 250 singers). The ensembles will perform music in a wide variety of  musical styles. The concert will take place in Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University campus. There is no admission charge, although donations will be accepted.

Thanksgiving Mass at the Cathedral

Bishop Pates will preside at the St. Ambrose Cathedral Thanksgiving Day Mass on Thursday, November 23 at 10:30 am.  This later time may give travelers coming into the metro, or those who have started dinner preparation an opportunity in the mid morning to come to the Eucharist.  All are welcome!

Avoid the Family Drama— Come to Dinner!

Sponsored by the Eastside cluster of churches, you’re invited to come share a meal at their table. Primary purpose is to enjoy a family-style sit down meal. Eastside shut-ins call 515-360-6861 for delivery. Held at St. Joseph’s, 3300 Easton Blvd., DSM on Thursday, November 23  from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Mass

You are invited to the diocese’s annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Mass on November 28 at 7:00 pm at Christ the King Church. Bishop Pates will preside at the Mass, which is offered for all families and individuals who have suffered from the loss of a child. A reception will follow the Mass, where resources offering healing and education will be provided. For more information contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life 515-237-5056.

Christmas Cookie Sale

The Ankeny Historical Society (301 SW Third St) is having their annual homemade cookie and candy sale on December 2, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Choose two dozen of your favorite cookies for $15; box is included. Only 80 tickets will be sold. Contact 965-5795 or Norma at 964-4629 to purchase tickets.

Livestream on December 5

Are you aware that Iowa is 50th in the nation for the number of mental health beds and 46th in the nation for mental health workforce availability? With these staggering statistics, we, as a community, need to engage in discussions to improve access to mental health services.  

To jump start this discussion, the DSM Register is holding a mental health forum with Iowa’s gubernatorial candidates at DSM University. The tickets for this event were gone in three days! Due to the large outcry of citizens not knowing what to do or who to turn to, the Catholic Daughters and AMOS are combining efforts to live stream this event on Tuesday, December 5, from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Banquet Room at OLIH, followed by a short discussion. Please join us for this event starting at 6:15.

Volunteer tutoring opportunity: 

St. Vincent de Paul is in need of people to help adults improve their reading and math skills.  Background in teaching is helpful but not required.  Classes are held at our downtown office on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:00 – 7:30 pm and on the south side on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30 – noon.  Please call Andrew Gross at (515) 480-3583 for more information.  Our goal is to get them ready for  the DMACC  HiSET (formerly GED) class. 

We need snacks!

If your group, company or family is looking to do something good this Advent season, consider something as simple as bringing a few snacks to Catholic Charities’ homeless shelter. The shelter, (formerly known as St. Joseph’s) is always in need of meal providers, as well as yogurt, string cheese, and protein items for night time snack. If you are interested, contact Ashley Raske, Shelter Coordinator, at 515-282-1235 to schedule a night to provide a meal, donate, or sponsor a meal.

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.