The Diocese of Des Moines
June 23, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

The Catholic Mirror, our diocesan newspaper, is undertaking a readership survey to better serve you. With the help of the Catholic Communication Campaign and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, consultant Helen Osman has visited the diocese and talked with 31 people through a series of focus groups. Now, we come to you asking for your input on what you think is important about our diocesan newspaper and your thoughts on how we can improve. You can get the survey on page 5 of this month's edition, or you can click here and complete the survey online. 

We appreciate you taking a few minutes out of your day to help us serve you in the best way possible!

June 17, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

The Des Moines diocese now has an official and confidential hotline for Project Rachel, a national, diocesan-based Catholic ministry providing post-abortion help. The number to call is 515-393-5230 or email projectrachel@catholiccharitiesdm. Up to five free counseling sessions with a licensed therapist at the diocese is provided. When you call Project Rachel, you'll be connected with Kelsey Tyrrell, Catholic Charities pregnancy and adoption advocate. Kelsey acts as a bridge to connect those who call with the appropriate next step, be it a counselor, a priest, a support group or Rachel's Vineyard, which provides post-abortion retreats.

June 14, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

We would like to share with you the following invitation from the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa.

 Invitation to Des Moines Metro Community to gather in prayer for Orlando

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is holding an open Prayer Vigil for Orlando Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m., at 815 High Street, Des Moines.  Each and all in the community are invited, every person, regardless of religious background.  The Episcopal Church is a safe place, welcoming to all people, all faith traditions, and those in the LGBTQ community. The service will be one of prayer for those whose lives were cut short, for those injured, and for those affected by the June 12 shooting in Orlando, FL in which 50 people died and 53 were injured.   

The Bishop of the Diocese of Iowa will lead us in our prayerful and peaceful response to this tragedy.  Bishop Alan Scarfe echoes Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry inviting us to “Pray for the repose of the souls who have died.”  

"We're especially joining with those who have lost family members or are injured, and sensitive to the sense of shock being felt by the LGBTQ community," adds Troy Beecham, Cathedral Dean, “Please come to offer prayers, show solidarity, and witness to the power of love over fear and death.” All are welcome.  

Questions: Dean Troy Beecham, Cathedral Church of St. Paul-Episcopal (815 High Street, downtown Des Moines) 515-288-7297 or Office of the Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, 515-277-6170. #PrayforOrlando