Parish News

The Pastor Writes...


Fr. Michael Amadeo is now in Israel for the three-month portion of his sabbatical. He is studying in Jerusalem at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute.   Fr. Michael is writing about his experiences; you can follow his blog at

The Administrator Writes...

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Deacons at OLIH…As you are aware three couples from our parish were in the diaconate formation program for the past four years, Don & Julie Shannon, Matt & Stacy Halbach, and Greg & Vicki Kolbinger. Don, Matt and Greg were ordained deacons on Saturday, August 4 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines along with 14 other new deacons for the diocese.

Bishop Pates has made the assignments of the new deacons.  First of all, we are pleased that he has renewed the assignments of Deacon Jeff Boehlert and Deacon Steve Udelhofen to continue serving us at OLIH. Greg Kolbinger is being assigned as an additional deacon for us following his ordination. Don Shannon and Matt Halbach have been assigned to St. Luke’s. We congratulate all three of the new deacons and their wives as they complete the formation for diaconal ministry. We are grateful to Bishop Pates for assigning Greg Kolbinger here and for allowing Deacon Jeff and Deacon Steve to continue to serve. May God bless all our deacons as they minister among us. 

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.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your great generosity again.

Transitions at OLIH

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

ADA Drive

Thanks to the 814 families who have contributed to our Annual Diocesan Appeal. We are at 92% 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.

#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! 

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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.

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