Upcoming events

Advent Evening of Reflection

with Katie Patrizio, M.A.

Thursday, November 29
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Parish Hall and Sanctuary
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Childcare reservations here.

Experience an evening of learning and prayerful reflection as we prepare to enter the season of Advent. Come discover:

  • What is prayer?
  • Why pray?
  • How do I pray?
  • Plus...spend some time in quiet reflection in our worship space.

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Praying with Icons
with Fr. Basil Hickman

Thursday, December 6
St. Francis of Assisi Church, St. Clare Room and Sanctuary
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Come learn how the beautiful icons in our parish are “windows to heaven” and spend some time in quiet prayer in our sanctuary. Our presenter will be Fr. Basil Hickman, Presiding Priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Des Moines.

About our presenter
Father Basil Hickman was born in Mason City, Iowa and spent most of his childhood living in northern Iowa.  After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and then the Holy Priesthood in October, 1996.  He has served parishes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Des Moines, serving as the pastor of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Des Moines since September, 2005.  Father Basil is married with two daughters (19 & 17 years of age), and he resides in Urbandale.  During his ministry, he has conducted numerous church tours and presentations relating to Orthodox Christian teachings, history, iconography, and practice.


Becoming Catholic: Rite of Acceptance and Rite of Welcome

Sunday, November 18
8am Mass (Rite of Acceptance for Unbaptized)
9:30am Mass (Rite of Welcome for Baptized Christians)

The Rite of Acceptance (8am Mass) is the first public rite of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for those who are unbaptized. During this rite, our inquirers publicly state their intent to continue their journey of faith to become Catholic Christians. The unbaptized are accepted as Catechumens (candidates for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).

The Rite of Welcome (9:30am Mass) is for those who have been baptized in other Christian traditions. They are welcomed as Candidates for Full Communion with the Catholic Church.

During these Rites, sponsors will present inquirers to the worshiping assembly as people who are on a journey of faith, desiring to become members of the Catholic Church. The entire parish community is asked to support and pray for these individuals as they go forward on this journey.

The Catechumens, Candidates, and their sponsors will be available for you to meet in the parish hall during coffee and donuts following both Masses.  Please  introduce yourself and congratulate them as they begin the next step on their journey to become Catholic!


Past events

Praying the Mass

In Sept 2018, Fr. Ray McHenry and Fr. Trevor Chicoine celebrated the Eucharist and taught about what the Mass is, the parts of the Mass, preparing for Mass, and praying the Mass.


The Book of Acts: A Four-Session Study

In April 2018, Katie Patrizio, M.A., Director of Faith Formation at St. Cecilia Parish in Ames, walked participants through the Acts of the Apostles describing how the salvation promised to the Jewish people in the Old Testament and accomplished by Jesus has now been extended to all peoples.


Prayer & Spirituality: Preparing for Advent

In November 2017, Cindy Shaw, Director of the Emmaus House in Des Moines, shared practical ways to grow in your prayer life, as well as provided time for personal reflection.


Church History: 30AD to Present

Three-week series on Church History offered during May 2017, with Jason Collins, M. A. Click here for an overview of the sessions. Click here to view photos from the sessions on our parish Facebook page.

Grace, Love, and the Nitty-Gritty

In August 2016, Dr. Matt and Stacy Halbach shared their experiences of marriage and family life in light of Pope Francis' recent document, "The Joy of Love." Their witness highlighted the important role of grace, the need for mercy and forgiveness, and the joy that comes with embracing the messiness of marriage. 

View and print the presentation slides.
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video.