Pentecost Sunday, May 20
Coffee and donuts reception after Mass
On Pentecost Sunday we will celebrate a special rite, the Reception of Baptized Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. All candidates were previously baptized in other Christian faith traditions, so during the rite they will make a Profession of Faith and the adults will be confirmed. All will receive Eucharist for the first time.
As baptized Christians, these candidates have been attending Mass and participating in formation to prepare for the sacraments. They will continue to attend appropriate sessions as Catholics and offer support to those who are still preparing. Our entire parish community is called in this same way to continue to grow in faith and be living examples of Christ to each other!
Becoming Catholic Inquiry Sessions
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
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.
- Watch videos here.
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.