The Diocese of Des Moines
September 2012

September 28, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

This weekend there will be a special collection for seminarians. Please keep our 18 seminarians in your prayers as they discern their vocation to priesthood. They are in formation in seminaries throughout the Midwest. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our vocations program, email vocations@dmdiocese.org or call Father Joe Pins at 515-237-5050.




September 27, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Retired Bishop Joseph Charron is launching a new radio show "On a Spiritual Journey with Bishop Charron" beginning next week on 1150 KWKY Catholic radio. The show will be broadcast from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines, where Bishop Charron will talk with eighth graders and junior high students. The show will be heard Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., Thursday at 9 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday.




September 24, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

A group called Friends of St. Francis (a care of creation group) at St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish in Elkhart invites everyone to a showing of the movie "Sun Come Up" on the feast of St. Francis, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The movie is being promoted by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The film depicts some of the world's first "climate refugees," inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The local Catholic Church has been instrumental in efforts to relocate people leaving the islands.  The film is 38-minutes long and will be followed by a reception and discussion about the film and what we can do in response based in authentic Catholic teaching. In his 2010 World Day of Peace message, Pope Benedict XVI said, "Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change ... Can we disregard the growing phenomenon of 'environmental refugees' ...?" For more information, contact Tim Kautza at 515-964-7687 or tkautza@saintmaryhc.org and visit catholicclimatecovenant.org.




September 19, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

As fall kicks into gear, the annual Andrew Dinners begin. Bishop Richard Pates will be visiting the regions of the diocese to have dinner with young men considering a vocation to the priesthood and priests of the region. It's a great way to visit, hear Bishop's vocation story and ask questions about what it's like to be a priest. Tonight, Bishop Pates will be having an Andrew Dinner at St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High St. in Des Moines. For more information, contact vocations@dmdiocese.org.




September 11, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

It's time to get your tickets to the Christ Our Life Regional Conference Sept. 22-23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Be inspired and become stronger in your faith. Come to hear world reknown speakers such as Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, our own Bishop Richard Pates, Father Michael Gaitley, converts Allen Hunt and Roy Schoeman, Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza, Mary's Meals' founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, former gangster John Pridmore, and musician Steve Angrisano. Get your tickets here and be ready for the Christ Our Life Regional Conference!

 




September 6, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

The diocese has posted on its website a checklist of documents needed by young undocumented immigrants who need temporary protection from deportation and a work permit. The checklist is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Bishop Pates and the U.S. bishops welcomed the June 15 decision by the Obama Administration to halt deportations of youth who were brought to this country while they were children.

 




September 4, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Tom Chapman, of the Iowa Catholic Conference (the public policy arm of the Church in Iowa), will be talking about the U.S. bishops' document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" on Sept. 11 at St. Peter parish hall in Council Bluffs and on Oct. 11 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny. Catholics are encouraged to form their conscience in light of Church teaching and get involved in the political process. Learn more by attending one of these Faithful Citizenship discussions.