It's going to be a busy day this Saturday in West Des Moines as youth gather for the Youth 2000 retreat at Dowling Catholic High School and men gather for the Iowa Catholic Men's Conference at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines. The Iowa Catholic Men's Conference is a one-day, all-day event beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding with 4:30 p.m. Mass. The youth retreat lasts all weekend with a welcome at 7 p.m. on Friday, talks, prayer and music on Saturday and a closing Mass on Sunday.
Bishop Richard Pates will attend both by offering 8 a.m. morning prayer and a 4:30 p.m. closing Mass at the men's conference. On Sunday, when the Youth 2000 retreat closes, he will celebrate a concluding 10:30 a.m. Mass at Dowling Catholic.