The Diocese of Des Moines
November 2012

November 29, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Des Moines police apologized to Deacon Quan Tong, who serves the St. Peter Vietnamese Catholic Community, after a computer mistake resulted in him spending time at the Polk County Jail. Here is the story in The Des Moines Register.




November 27, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Join Catholic Charities for a number of wekeend events aimed to raise awareness of the plight of homeless families and build awareness about poverty. Friday from 508 p.m. is a fundraising reception at 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. Call 515-237-5078 for more information. Saturday is a poverty simulation that gives people a hands-on experience of what it's like to live in poverty. The simulation runs from 9 a.m. - noon. Register at CatholicCharitiesDM.org. And Sunday is the musical open house from 1-5 p.m. at 601 Grand Ave. Coe see the live nativity (1-3 p.m.), see a huge display of nativity scenes, many from around the world, hear Bishop Richard Pates and retired Bishop Joseph Charron read the Chrsitmas story and enjoy local choir performancees. Admission is a gift of a personal care item or cash donation. Go to CatholicCharitiesDM.org for a list of choirs and times.




November 22, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Pates recently visited the School of Mary-Montessori, an independent educational effort that offers an early childhood program and an elementary program for homeschooled children. The School of Mary-Montessori operates out of the former St. Boniface Church in Waukee.  The school incorporates Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the full Montessori academic program. The school is available for children ages 3-6 years old and has a two-day-per-week elementary program for children in grades 1-6, benefiting homeschooling families. For more information, contact schoolofmarymontessori@gmail.com.

 




November 16, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Attention all parishes and Catholic schools: The latest diocesan directory is now available. Every three years, the Diocese of Des Moines, prints a Diocesan Directory with contact information for parishes, schools, groups and more. The latest one is printed and ready for you. Contact Sandy at 515-237-5046 or email her at sriesberg@dmdiocese.org to get your copy. The Diocesan Directory is also available online at dmdiocese.org, click About Us. The online directory is updated frequently.




November 14, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

On Thursday, Father David Fleming, pastor of St. Patrick Church and chaplain of St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs, will become pastor of St. Pius X Church in Urbandale. Father Glen Wilwerding, who is pastor of St. Bernard in Osceola, St. Patrick in Grand River and St. Joseph in Mt. Ayr, will become pastor of St. Patrick Church in Council Bluffs.




November 8, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates -- in his role as chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today in which he says both Palestinians and Israelis have undermined the possibility of a two-state solution in recent actions and policies. Check out the full story here.




November 2, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates penned a blog post for the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops in celebration of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. In his blog post, he writes about "Gaudium et Spes" (Joy and Hope) which addressed peace, war and justice.

 

"There is a profound link between peace and justice," Bishop Pates wrote. "War robs the world of the resources to address poverty, and poverty and injustice increase violence. In the poignant words of the Council, "the arms race is an utterly treacherous trap for humanity, and one which injures the poor to an intolerable degree.' 'Gaudium et Spes' spurred a dramatic commitment to justice and peace among Catholics, a moral imperative that continues today."




November 2, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates is encouraging a special collection this weekend in parishes for Hurricane Sandy relief. He said: "As we witnessed through the images that flooded the media this past week, thousands upon thousands of our firends in the Northeast suffered both physical injury as well as loss and destruction of property and prized possessions. In response to the critical need of the victims of this natural tragedy, the Diocese of Des Moines is accepting donations, which will be quickly forwarded to Catholic Charities USA to assist those severely affected by this disaster." Gifts can be made online or sent to Hurricane Relief Fund, Diocese of Des Moines, 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309.