Parish Life

The Parish Life Committee assists in the fostering of ongoing relationships among parish members through welcoming new members, sponsoring parish-wide activities that promote interaction among members, developing communication instruments for keeping members informed about parish life, and maintaining a parish calendar of events. It also serves as the public relations link with the larger community. Following are a list of committees that encompass "Parish Life".


Prayer Chain

Prayers can work miracles! Our prayer chain involves dozens of people praying for the needs of others.If you would like to submit a prayer request to our prayer chain or be part of the prayer chain please email or contact Sheila Timmerman in the parish office.


Family Fellowship Groups (formerly Christian Family Movement)

Families, faith and FUN! That is what Family Fellowship Ministry is all about. By joining a Family Fellowship group, families will be placed in a group with about 5-8 other families to share in friendship and support. These small groups meet monthly and engage in fellowship, charity, prayer and study to more fully live out the Christian faith in the world and in their homes. Groups are forming now. Please use the links below to register for the 2019-20 academic year.

Interested in joining or forming a group? Register at:

Current group registration:

For more information, email or contact the Parish Office.


Prayer Shawl

A Prayer Shawl is a hand crafted knitted or crochet shawl that is given to an individual who is in need of prayer, hope, comfort and love. The purpose of the shawl is to let the recipient know that they are being thought of and prayed for in difficult times.
Creating the shawl is a prayerful process.  Prayers for healing and hope are literally woven into the shawl. This ministry of making and giving shawls serves as a gesture of love in difficult times. Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in Room 4 in the North Hallway. All are welcome.
Please contact the Parish Office to join our ministry or if you know of an individual that would benefit from a shawl.


Funeral Luncheon Ministry

The parish provides a luncheon for the family and for those attending the funeral. Parishioners who volunteer to help at funeral luncheons see first hand how grateful the families are and that the people who attend can feel the love and compassion extended to them by our parishioners.  This ministry is in need of parishioners who are willing to serve at these luncheons, to set table place settings, prepare and serve drinks, display food on the buffet table by the time the guests arrive as well as clean up afterward. You can also help by providing a salad or dessert for the luncheon that feeds up to 15 people. Food needs to be delivered to the parish kitchen the day of the luncheon. If you are interested in helping with this very rewarding ministry please email or contact the Parish Office.


Frankie's Little Friends Playgroup

Frankie’s Little Friends playgroup meets on Thursdays beginning in the church nursery (in the north hall) from 9:30am-11am. Join other moms and their little ones for fun and fellowship. This is a great opportunity to visit and grow in the parish family while your children play. For information, contact the Parish Office or visit and join our Facebook group: Saint Francis of Assisi –Frankie’s Little Friends Playgroup


Little Flowers Catholic Girls' Club

Little Flowers is for girls age pre-K through 2nd grade, and Wild Flowers is for girls in 3rd through 5th grade. Each group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May.

Each month, the girls pray, attend Adoration, do a craft or service project, and learn about a saint and virtue. Outside of the regular meetings, the girls have an opportunity to take part in service, social and spiritual activities. Last year, they visited the Basilica, had a Q&A with sisters from two different orders in the Midwest, packed meals at Meals from the Heartland, assembled blessing bags for those in need, and ended the year with a pizza party!

To register:
Email with any questions.
*Childcare is available for other children to allow mothers and daughters to spend this time together.

Are you 18-21 years old?

Young people ages 18-21 and their friends are invited to participate in prayer, Bible study and building faithful relationships. We meet weekly, but you're welcome to come when you can!

Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room.

Contact: Deacon Bill Richer at (515) 223-4577 ext 110 or


St. Francis Young Adults

Adults (married or single) in their 20s and early 30s meet for study, fellowship and service. Dates and locations vary.

Tuesdays 7 p.m. in the Assisi Room.



Sunsational Seniors

The Sunsational Seniors foster prayer, community and camaraderie for the "55 and older" members of St. Francis. Through fellowship and festive activities, Sunsational Seniors see to make disciples and encourage the love of God among new friends. Join us any time!
Contact: Kathleen Craven at 515-314-8109 or

Knights of Columbus

The Knights is a group of men that brings fellowship along with their fundraising for many groups like the Mentally Challenged, Special Olympics, ARC Industries, Ruby Van Meter School and Bishop Drumm Alzheimer Unit. Check out the St. Francis Knights of Columbus Web site for more information.