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".


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 Laura Krejchi 515-987-9831 or Susan Ohnysty 515-457-2931


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.


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 Dawn Morgan 641-430-1006 to join our ministry or if you know of an individual that would benefit from a shawl.



Christian Family Movement (CFM)

Want to meet other parents who share your Christian values? Want to have your family have fun with other church families? Want to share your faith with other adults? Want to get involved in your parish community? Christian Family Movement will provide all of this and more. Contact Joe & Kelly Koenigs at 319-230-2816 or email them at for more information.


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.


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-11amJoin 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 Jen Tracey at or visit and join our Facebook group: Saint Francis of Assisi –Frankie’s Little Friends Playgroup