Parish News

Welcome to OLIH!

As a church community, we offer lots of services to our members in addition to our weekly worship. If you have moved into the area, we invite you to become a member. Feel free to call the parish office at 964-3038 or e-mail us at if you would like to join, or have questions about our parish. Check out our website, to see all the different ways to be involved.

To help keep you connected, sign up for our email Updates, ‘like’ us on Facebook and then download the Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart application. To help keep you strong in your faith, sign up for—the parish has your membership covered—use Y6NDPT to check in.

We are family. Welcome Home!

Parish News


Keeping a Safe Environment at OLIH

Parish communities are entrusted with gifts of stained glass, liturgical art, and sacred objects; however, we must never forget that we are also commissioned to care for the Church’s most valuable asset: her people.

The Diocese of Des Moines instructed each parish to review its safety guidelines, and its buildings, to insure well-being of parishioners and staff.  The OLIH Safety Committee in its review of our campus noted that our facilities are simply too open and sprawling to leave multiple doors unlocked throughout the day and evening.

Beginning Tuesday September 3, 2019, during office hours and while faith formation classes* are in session, access to the building will be limited to the Bell Tower Doors (the north Gathering Space).  For some this will be an inconvenience and a change in one’s routine. However, it is necessary to keep all who enter, especially our youth, as safe as possible, to the best of our ability.

For weekend liturgies, the west doors will remain unlocked, as a number of individuals use the parking spots on the west side of the church.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we begin this new policy.

*Additional information will be sent to parents on drop off and pick up protocols for students.


Why is there no water in the Font?

About every five years the font needs to be completely drained and re-caulked. This year, even when the font was allowed to dry out there was still seepage present. We have chipped out the caulking but, after 28 years, we need a stone mason to remove the stone tiles to let us access the pipes. Once we know if the persistent moisture is from the pipes or from groundwater, we’ll know how to proceed.

The water in the bowl has been blessed for you to use. Thank you for your patience!


Parking Lot Safety

Now that the parking lot is finished and extra spaces are available, please do not park along the west side of the building or in the unmarked areas of the driveways. These spaces are reserved as fire lanes and in case of an emergency we need first responders’ vehicles to have the most direct access to the building. Thank you!

Get a Group Discount for ‘Give Us This Day’

We have a group order for the ‘Give Us This Day’ daily Catholic prayer book. Join with us and your yearly subscription is approximately $20 rather than the $80 it can be for an individual subscription. Interested? Contact Tom Primmer to order.

St Vincent de Paul Donations on 1st & 3rd Saturdays

The St Vincent de Paul truck at OLIH provides an attendant to help you with your drop-off items. In order to provide this service, donations are only taken on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.  As an alternative, you may drop off items at the St Vincent de Paul Store, 1426 6th Ave, DSM or call 515/28208327 for free pick up. Thank you for helping us help others!

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.

#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; 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 the 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’. We especially have difficulty being accepted by MediaCom ( so you may want to create a gmail account (it’s free!) to insure you receive our Updates, Emergency cancellations, funeral info, class news,etc. 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.