The Diocese of Des Moines
August 18, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Woodworking hobbiest Brad Havran is constructing an altar for this Sunday's annual Rural Life Mass, to be held at the Anne and Brian Brennan farm near St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Indianola. The reclaimed wood is from a barn more than 100 years old. The altar top is made from 4x6-inch beams and peg doweled together with mortise and tenon joinery, which matches the original barn construction. 

Join Bishop Richard Pates at the farm for 4 p.m. Mass, keynote speaker Judge Advocate General Colonel Suellen Overton, of the Iowa Air National Guard, dinner, farm animals, prairie grass, hot air balloon nearby and more. 

This is the sixth year Bishop Pates has celebrated an outdoor liturgy honoring the rural heritage of our state. Because of limited parking at the farm itself, guests will be shuttled from the parking lot of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Indianola beginning at 3 p.m. to the farm. 

Come rain or shine. If it rains, Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

For more information, contact Ken Bresnan at 515-237-5089.

August 13, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

While you're walking around the Iowa State Fair, be sure to stop by and say "Hello" to deacons from across the state, who are manning a booth right next to one for Iowa Catholic Radio near the Bill Riley talent stage. Under the coordination of Deacon Tom Bradley, Des Moines diocesan deacons will be at the fair to answer questions about our faith, about their vocation, about the Jubilee of Mercy and more. Deacons from other dioceses will be present as well: 

  • Dubuque Diocese Sunday and Monday, Aug. 14-15 
  • Davenport Diocese Thursday, Aug. 18
  • Sioux City Diocese Friday, Aug. 19, 10-12

Deacon Bradley is also coordinating the availability for reconciliation at the fair. Priests already scheduled are:

  • Fr. Larry Hoffman on Friday Aug. 12  11:00 1:00
  • Fr. Dan Kirby Tuesday Aug. 16  11:00 1:00
  • Fr. Ross Parker Wednesday Aug. 17  1:00-3:00
  • Fr. Chris Fontanini 1:00-3:00, and Msgr. Frank Chiodo 3:00-5:00 Thursday, Aug. 18


July 27, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

More than 50 young Iowans are amid thousands of people from around the world in Poland today as World Youth Day kicks off. Read on our blog here what it's like to celebrate our faith surrounded by so many people!