Thank you to all who have so generously supported the Annual Diocesan Appeal. We strive for 100 percent participation, no matter how small a gift each of us can make. Bishop Pates explains in his letter to parishioners how the annual appeal, called "We are One Body" is important, particularly during this Jubilee of Mercy year. It's not too late to make your gift if you haven't already. Click here and you'll be taken to an easy-to-use online opportunity to make your contribution.
My dear friends in Christ:
As we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy as a universal Church, the recurring theme of the Annual Diocesan Appeal, “We are One Body,” is both a reminder and an opportunity to put our faith into action. Each year in the Diocese of Des Moines, thousands of men, women and children learn what it means to be disciples of Christ and serve as witnesses by rendering and receiving acts of mercy throughout our community.
A gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal is instrumental in establishing a culture of mercy in our communities and parishes. The appeal ensures the diocesan ministries and services are readily available. The Appeal also provides a critical portion of the yearly funding needed to support priests’ medical and retirement benefits, education for our seminarians, my humble service to the parishes, and administrative outreach to each parish.
Through your support of the annual appeal, you help bring to life the corporal and spiritual works of mercy so critical to a healthy society in our time.
I ask you to prayerfully consider a sacrificial offering to support the Annual Diocesan Appeal. All gifts, no matter the size, are greatly appreciated. Our website provides a thorough overview of how your gift is used to serve our faith community. You may make your gift online or return a pledge card to my office.
Thank you again for your faithful generosity and support of the work of the Church. Your gift allows us to continue to share the mercy of God stimulated in us by the Good News of Jesus Christ. Be assured of my heartfelt gratitude for your past and continuing help for all that we do in the name of the Lord.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
The Iowa legislature has approved the use of medical marijuana, but not allowed for its purchase in the state. Bishop Pates was approached by those who support a proposal making medical marijuana available in Iowa. Bishop wrote to legislators that he joins "the 78 percent of Iowans who believe that medical cannabis should be legally produced, distributed and possessed in Iowa for humanitarian purposes to provide relief for those who are sick and suffering. I support this extension of palliative care among this sector of hurting people."
"I believe now is the time to help suffering Iowans and their families get legal access to this medicine," he wrote.
Twenty four states and the Washington, D.C. allow medical marijuana.