The Diocese of Des Moines
April 2012

April 25, 2012
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

We've made a couple of small changes to the Worship Office web pages that we hope will be helpful to people around the diocese. 

  • Seasonal Banner: Click on the words of the current liturgical season (currently the Easter Season)  to visit the St. Louis Center for Liturgy's excellent site focused on preparing individuals and families for the upcoming Sunday liturgy. Updated weekly.
  • Seasonal Image: Click on the image just below the banner to visit the USCCB's daily Mass reading page. The link always takes you to the current day's readings. The image is updated seasonally.
  • The Year of Grace: Updated annually, this handy reference lists key Sunday, holy day, and solemnity information, as well as special diocesan events. 

While you're there, browse our other pages, and send a note if you have ideas for our website. 

 




April 24, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Tune in Friday at 10 a.m. to "In the Heartland With Bishop Pates" on 1150 KWKY Catholic Radio and Spirit Catholic Radio Network 102.7 FM to hear a salute to Dr. Tom Neal, director of the St. Joseph Educational Center and co-host of Bishop Richard Pates's radio show over the past three years. This is Tom's last show as he packs up and heads south to begin a new phase of his career in academia. Tune in to hear stories about the funny moments, powerful moments, various memories and reflections on the value of the show as a pastoral tool for Bishop Pates. Joining Bishop Pates and Tom will be Rachel Egan and Faye Akers, who will talk about the mission of the SJEC, which Tom has led over the past few years. They will focus on evangelization and the many programs and efforts of the center. To share your memories of "In the Heartland With Bishop Pates" call 515-223-1150 between 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. this Friday, April 27.




April 18, 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, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying the U.S. should establish full diplomatic relations and withdraw all restrictions on travel to Cuba to advance the cause of human rights and religious liberty. Read the bishop's statement in its entirety here.




April 17, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Retired Cardinal Justin Rigali visited Des Moines this past weekend to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at Christ the King and the Basilica of St. John parishes.




April 15, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Please keep the community of Creston in your prayers as it recovers from a tornado that touched down Saturday, April 14, hitting a local hospital. Father Joe Pins, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Creston, said all church property appears to be fine. Early Sunday morning, he said at least three parishioners lost their homes.




April 13, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

The diocesan Vocations Office has launched a new program geared toward young women discerning a vocation to religious life. The effort, called Bella Vita (which is Italian for "beautiful life") is patterned after the Andrew Dinners, held for young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. Bella Vita's mission is to offer exposure to the religious life and religious vocation through the visible witness of religious sisters joyfully living out God's call in their own lives. The next event is Wednesday, April 18, at St. Theresa Parish in Des Moines beginning at 6 p.m. Young women in ninth grade or oder are invited to 30 minutes of adoration followed by dinner and fellowship. A short talk and Q&A discussion follows with one School Sister of Christ the King, from Lincoln, Neb. and two Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, of New Ulm, Minn. There is no cost. Please RSVP to vocations@dmdiocese.org.




April 11, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Our very own Kyle Lechtenberg, diocesan director of Worship, will be among the speakers at the second lecture in the David Bear Memorial Interfaith Lecture Series on May 2. Come to Waveland Hall at Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines at 7 p.m. to hear Lechtenberg and Linda Shivers, cantor at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, talk about the role of music in worship.

 

The series of lectures is made possible by a lagacy left by David Bear, a prominent Des Moines engineer and businessman for more than 50 years. Bear was passionate about serving the community. A member and leader at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, he was a pioneer in breaking down barriers among people of all faiths. In addition to his many other professional and community affiliations, he served as president of the Des Moines Area Religious Council in 1992 and was president of the DMARC foundation in 1989 and 1990. He died in the spring of 2010 and in his honor, the Bear family established the David Bear Memorial Interfaith Lecture Series.

 

The lecture is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Visit the DMARC website dmreligious.org/lectures or call 515-277-6969 for more information.




April 5, 2012
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

The Des Moines Area Religious Council is delighted to announce the second lecture in the David Bear Memorial Interfaith Lecture Series.  This year’s event will be held on May 2, 2012, 7:00 p.m., in Waveland Hall at Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines.  Speaking on “The Role of Music in Worship” and leading us in song will be Kyle Lechtenberg, Director, Office of Worship, Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines and Linda Shivers, Cantor, Tifereth Israel Synagogue.  

 

This series of lectures is made possible by a legacy left by David Bear, a prominent Des Moines engineer and businessman for more than 50 years. Bear was passionate about serving the community.  A member and leader at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, he was a pioneer in breaking down barriers among people of all faiths.  In addition to his many other professional and community affiliations, he served as President of the Des Moines Area Religious Council in 1992 and was President of the DMARC Foundation in 1989 and 1990.  He continued to serve as a board member of the Foundation until his death in the spring of 2010.  In his honor, the Bear family has established the David Bear Memorial Interfaith Lecture Series.   The lecture is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Please visit the DMARC website: www.dmreligious.org/lectures or call (515) 277-6969 for more information.




April 5, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

The annual Good Friday collection is one means thorugh which we can all be witnesses of peace and help to protect and support the works of the Church in the Holy Land. The Holy Father asks all Catholics to support the Franciscans in their effort not only to care for the holy places but also provide for the welfare of our brothers and sisters in that part of the world. Bishop Richard Pates says their pastoral care is expressed in a wide-ranging effort on behalf of all the poorest social classes, both Christian and non-Christian. Through the efforts of the Franciscans for nearly 800 years, housing and health care have been provided and schools operated. The shrines and chapels of the Holy Land are maintained and service provided to 29 parishes. Your generosity will be a powerful sign of our support for the Christians living in the midst of the violence and instability of that part of the world and for the Franciscans who continue to ring the messag eof Jesus to the Holy Land.




April 4, 2012
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

Americans of all faiths and those who claim no faith recall Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, assasination, which occurred April 4, 1968.


As western Christians observe the sacred mysteries of faith, named differently as Holy Week, the Great Three Days, the Triduum, Easter; as Eastern Christians prepare to celebrate the same feasts next weekend; as people of the Jewish faith observe Passover, this voice from the Muslim American community is a powerful witness to the need to pull together. 


The author, Altaf Husain, quotes King:  

“We have inherited a large house, a great world house in which we have to live together — black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu — a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.”




April 4, 2012
Written By: Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright

Saint John Vianney Seminary: College Sophomore


Jesus has been teaching me at seminary how to have a relationship with Him and to love Him.  This relationship is developed through daily mass, adoration, scripture reading, spiritual reading, and other devotions.  Upon entering seminary I knew many of my shortcomings as a person, but now entering seminary Christ has brought to light more of them.  But, that is a wonderful thing.  Jesus cannot heal us of our imperfections unless we allow him to live in us and to cooperate with His grace.  For me at least that is what has gone on this year, healing and growth.  All of this is designed to help us to become the holy men that Jesus wants us to be. 

In this process of formation seminarians do not journey alone.  There is a brotherhood of men going through the same experiences that you are.  There is a community of support and fraternity there that is unlike any other I have experienced.  Your fellow seminarians challenge you to grow.  The priests in charge of formation provide the example and directions in which you should go down upon.  The academics challenge you, but they are extremely rewarding.  The outreach programs we participate in also give us a chance to serve others around us.  All of these things are put together to help us grow in the four pillars of priestly formation, which are spiritual, human, intellectual, and pastoral.

 

 




April 2, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates celebrated Palm Sunday Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral and again at St. Thomas More Center in Panora for 200 confirmation candidates taking part in a diocesan retreat this past weekend. With Palm Sunday, the Catholic Church enters holy week. Check your local parish for Mass times and services during the Triduum. The schedule for St. Ambrose Cathedral is as follows:

  • Daily 12:10 p.m. Mass on Monday-Wednesday and Friday
  • Holy Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Mass (no 12:10 p.m. daily Mass), Bishop presiding 
  • Good Friday 5:30 p.m. Mass in addition to daily 12:10 p.m. (Bishop presiding at lunchtime Mass)
  • Easter vigil, 8 p.m. (no 4 p.m. Mass nor reconciliation) Bishop presiding
  • Easter Sunday Mass times are 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Bishop presiding at 10:30 a.m.)

The reconciliation schedule at the cathedral is as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - noon
  • Monday-Wednesday, 5-6 p.m.
  • Friday, 11-11:30 a.m.

Stations of the Cross schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, 5 p.m.
  • Friday, "Downtown Way of the Cross" sponsored by The Bridge, 1-2:30 p.m.