Events

Upcoming events

Becoming Catholic Inquiry Session

Thurs, Sept 13
Serra Room
7 - 8:30 pm
Call the Adult Faith Office at 440-1030 to register or email fakers@saintfrancischurch.org

Curious about the Catholic faith? Open to becoming a Catholic Christian? Want to grow in discipleship and in relationship with Jesus? Come and see!

  • Hear faith stories
  • Meet other inquirers
  • Ask questions
  • Learn about resources
  • No long-term commitment required

 

Facilitating Small Groups

Thursday, August 23
6:30 - 9 pm
Serra Room
Dinner included. Free will offering. Registration required by Aug 17 at this link.

Facilitated by Justin White, Diocese of Des Moines Director of Young Adult and Youth Ministry, this two-hour, interactive session will provide participants with a basic introduction to small group dynamics, as well as hands-on practice with several common situations encountered in small group discussions.

By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Offer a Gospel-based understanding of the role of a small group leader
  • Identify common personality types experienced in small group discussions
  • Understand and share small group discussion guidelines with others
  • Have an increased comfort level with facilitating a small group and handling common small group situations

 

Praying the Mass

Tuesday, September 18
7 - 9 pm
St. Francis of Assisi Parish Sanctuary
No registration required.

Celebrate Eucharist with Fr. Ray McHenry and learn from Des Moines Diocese Director of Worship, Kim Mandelkow, about the things we use in the Mass, the parts of the Mass, historical and scriptural background of the Mass and what we bring to the Mass through our full, conscious, and active participation.

Invite a friend (Catholic or non-Catholic)...all are welcome!

 

Past events
 

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.

 

Praying the Mass

In Sept 2017, Fr. Ray McHenry and Kim Mandelkow, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Des Moines, celebrated the Eucharist and taught about the things we use in the Mass, the parts of the Mass, historical and scriptural background of the Mass and what we bring to the Mass through our full, conscious, and active participation.

 

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.