Upcoming Events

Next meeting:  

Thursday, Sept 14


Social Hall

Lend Our Trees a Hand!

Can you devote one hour to water our young, trees?    Some labor required. 

 Please notify Tim Kautza, 515-964-7687 or kautza@netins.net 

to help!  

World Day of Prayer for Care of the Creation

PopFrancis declared 

September 1st a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  “This day offers “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” 

You can find the text of his message at http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/09/01/pope_francis_message_on_world_day_of_prayer_for_creation/1255035 

Find out more about what you can do to celebrate this Sept. 1 yourself at http://catholicclimatemovement.global/world-day-of-prayer/

Click here to find out more about 

Friends of St. Francis


Responding to 

Pope Francis:  

What parishioners 

are thinking? 

(Meeting Summaries)



Watch the bulletin 

and this website 

for future events.

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') 

Laudato Si' is an appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" about how we are shaping the future of Earth. Pope Francis calls the Church, the world, and each person to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.  The last three popes have all called these challenges “a moral issue.”  This encyclical (Papal letter), the first to focus solely on ecology and human’s place within and relationship with God’s creation, is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility. Pope Francis, emphasizing the importance of the document, has explicitly stated that the encyclical is now added to the body of the Catholic Church’s social teaching. Learn more about the Holy Father’s statement and how you might respond in faith by exploring this website.


Pope Francis' TED Talk


In a 2017 TED Talk, the Pope spoke on Why the only future worth building includes everyone.  He is a strong advocate of global action against climate change, to which he has devoted his powerful 2015 encyclical, Laudato sì ("Praise be to you"). He invites us to practice "tenderness," putting ourselves "at the level of the other," to listen and care. 

You are invited to hear the Pope and dialogue with fellow parishioners about this after Masses at St. Mary Church September 23 & 24 and at Holy Cross Church October 1. 

“The future is … in the hands of those people who recognize … themselves as part of an ‘us.’  We all need each other, he says”. Join “us!”   


View the following short videos 

Learn more about Praise Be to You the Papal Encyclical (Laudato Si’) of the Holy Father Francis On Care for Our Common Home.   Use the video icons with “play” arrows.


Laudato Si’

This 6-minute, un-narrated, bilingual video is the official Vatican video about On Care for Our Common Home

Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Pope Francis'  Laudato Si’

This 4-minute video narrated by Fr. James Martin, SJ, editor-at- large of the Jesuit magazine America presents highlights of On Care for our Common Home.

Live Wisely, Think Deeply

This 4-minute animated video by the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) presents highlights of On Care for Our Common Home for children.