Parish News

The Pastor Writes...

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Welcome Bishop Joseph…This weekend we welcome Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu, the bishop of Konongo-Mampong, Ghana. He will tell us of his work in establishing a new diocese and how we might be able to help him with some donations. Bishop Joseph has six of his priests working in the Diocese of Des Moines which is very generous of him. Please be as generous as you can in our second collection.

You Have Paved the Way….Well, again you have been very generous. With 805 households responding to our appeal to replace our parking lot with a new concrete surface as well as new lighting, security cameras and landscaping, we have now reached $1,148,318  It was estimated that we needed $1.1 million to do all the work including 25 additional parking spots. We wanted to at least reach $900,000 as a minimum. If that was all we had raised, we would have had to dip into our building fund for the balance. Now we won’t have to do that. We can keep our building fund for ongoing maintenance and any repairs that will be needed going forward. We are particularly grateful to the couple who offered to match gifts up to $100,000. It was hoped that this match would increase household participation. And it did. When the match was announced we had 575 households making a pledge/gift. We now have 800. Another 75 or so households kindly informed us that due to particular circumstances they wouldn’t be able to help with this campaign. It was good of them to take the time to let us know. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your great generosity again.

Summer of inconvenience…With the parking lot work being done over the summer months, there is no doubt we will have inconveniences along the way. It is our plan to keep you as well informed as possible as what to expect when you come for programs or weekend Mass. Sometimes one or the other driveway will be closed. There may be times we have to make use of the grass for parking (weather permitting), and other special instructions that will help with the flow of traffic and keep everyone safe. Pray for good weather for the summer so the project can get done in the shortest amount of time.

Transitions at OLIH

Yes, Fr Steve is retiring, and yes, we will have a new pastor, but there's a twist...

Please Note

The office will be closed on Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day holiday.

We will also be closed on Wednesday, May 30 while the staff is off-site working on a Habitat for Humanity home building project.

Summer Office Hours begin on Friday, June 1.

Mon-Thurs              8:00 am-4:00 pm

Friday                       8:00 am-12 Noon

All the News That’s Fit to Print

In the summer we produce bulletins every other week. If you wish to have an item included in the bulletin please plan accordingly. Our schedule is as follows:

Deadline                 Issue Dates

June 8                       June 17 & 24

June 22                    July 1 & 8

July 6                         July 15 & 22

July 20                      Jul 29 & Aug 5

Our Updates will still come out every Thursday. If you would like to be added to this email list (especially if you are travelling and unable to pick up a copy of the bulletin) please pick it up on  our website.

Memorial Day Mass

On Monday, May 28, Fr. Steve will be blessing the graves at Ankeny Memorial Gardens (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd) following morning Mass. Afterwards, the cemetery will be having a ceremony at 10:30 am led by American Legion Post #42.

That same day, Bishop Pates will celebrate Mass at Glendale Cemetery (4909 University Ave.) at 10:00 am with alternate site St. Theresa Parish at 10:15 am in case of rain. All are invited to join in prayerful remembrance of those who have died serving our country.

ADA Drive

Thanks to the 536 families who have contributed to our Annual Diocesan Appeal. We are at 76% of our goal. Please continue to prayerfully consider how you can make a contribution.  If we meet our goal we won’t have to take money from our tithing fund. If we go over, we’ll get money back.

Lost Something?

We keep a box for lost and found items in the cloakroom off the gathering space but when it gets full we recycle those items to the St Vincent de Paul truck. Please check it out as it has reached that point and we’re afraid with the nice weather we’ve been having you might not miss the jackets and gloves in there until you need them—and then it will be too late!

#TBT: Changes at St Michael's

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For Throwback Thursday  we were comparing photos of the interior of St Michael’s Church in Carney —the first from 1951, the second from the 1980’s. We posted this to our Facebook post to see if anyone knew when the altar, statues and stations were changed. We haven’t heard anything yet. If you have some clues let Joan, know so we can make a note in our history file. Thanks!


Do you have any photos or memories to share? We’re always looking for things to post.

Have you registered on FORMED yet?

FORMED is a website available to all OLIH parishioners.  Go to, click on “register,” use the OLIH parish code (Y6NDPT) to get started and then watch, read or listen! 

You Like us! You Really Like Us!

Want to know what's going on? Check out our  Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Facebook page and then “LIKE” us to stay up-to-date on all things OLIH!

On Mondays we cover Ministries; Tuesdays we ask for any prayer intentions you have--we take them to the Chapel on Wednesdays; Wednesdays we feature something from one of our Faith Formation programs; Thursdays are '#TBT-Throwback Thursdays' where we feature historical facts and figures from the OLIH vaults, plus a link to the Updates you can also receive via email; Friday is 'What's Happening this Weekend and the Week to Come"; Saturday we pose a couple questions to keep in mind when you listen to the Mass readings; and Sunday we try to capture some food for thought from Fr Steve's homily.  So join us! Share our posts!

Have you stopped to see the Library in Mary's Place?

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We encourage you to spend time at Mary’s Place (across from the office). This space has been set aside for Adult Faith Formation and includes a Library where you can check out books and dvds to help you in your spiritual journey. Browse through the shelves while the kids are in school or you just want to get out of the house! You can even surf  the web—we have wifi and you can get on ‘OLIH Guest’ with the password ‘ladiesheart’. To find out what’s going on around OLIH, sign up for our app, like us on Facebook, wander around this website, and/or sign up for our weekly Updates.

Don’t Miss Out

If you are not receiving our Updates, please check your SPAM folder or contact your service provider and let them know that '' and '' are ‘safe senders’. Also, be aware that if you ’unsubscribe’ from a list (Parish Community, CEW, FF Class, Ministry List, etc) you unsubscribe from all lists. If you wish to just be taken off one list, call the office, 964-3038 and we will take care of that for you.

Snow policies…

Just a reminder of the long-standing policy of the parish when we have significant snow or ice. If Ankeny schools are closed for the day due to snow/ice, there is no 8:30 am Mass/Communion Service that day. The office will be closed as well. If the Ankeny schools delay opening for 2 hours as they sometimes do, we will not have 8:30 am Mass/Communion service.  The office will delay opening 2 hours as well.

On the weekend, listen to the TV/radio announcements about closures or make sure you are signed up to receive our Updates or have our app. If the majority of the churches in the area cancel due to dangerous weather, that will be a good indication that we will cancel as well.  In all things, safety is the number one priority!