Outside Our Parish

See Diocesan events at www.dmdiocese.org and offerings sponsored by St. Joseph Ed Center at www.sjeciowa.org

Diocesan Retreat Centers and Spiritual Directors

Diocesan Retreat Opportunities

All 9th, 10th, and 12th graders, as well as parents of high-schoolers, AND all young adults, are invited to attend one of the upcoming diocesan retreat opportunities in March. For more information/sign-up, go to the Diocesan website, click “Faith Formation”, and then click “Retreats”.  

Mass of Healing 

St. Francis of Assisi Church on Thursday, March 15, 6:00pm and on Friday, March 16 at Christ the King Church, 7:00pm.

All are invited to an incredible night of healing with Fr. Ubald who has an amazing gift with his focus is on healing, forgiveness and evangelization. During the 1994 genocide Fr. Ubald lost over 80 members of his family and more than 45,000 of his parishioners were exterminated. He escaped through the Congo on foot in the middle of the night. When he left Rwanda at that time he made a promise to his Bishop that he would return to bring healing to his people. You may learn more about Fr. Ubald and his work by going to www.frubald.com. Bring others to join us for this special Mass of Healing. Come and pray for others who cannot be there to pray for healing. As Fr. Ubald would say, “Jesus is not limited to time and space.”

Beginning Experience            

What if the worst thing happens and you are widowed, separated or divorced? How do you cope if your life changes in a blink of an eye? How do you deal with the grief, loss and pain? Beginning Experience can help; you don’t have to suffer alone. We have walked through similar feelings which you are facing. We are willing to walk with you in this journey to discover a new hope and meaningful life. We meet three Friday nights: March 16, 23 and April 6 from 7:00-8:30pm at St. Augustin Church Hall (42nd & Grand Ave.). The open house gives beginning steps of healing and is also an invitation to attend our weekend of April 20 - 22. If you wish to know more about the healing process, contact Dana Reed, 515-975-3745, Mike Losee, 515-360-8268 or Father Bob Schoemann, 515-418-1938. 

Abbey Guest Center, Conception Abbey
Conception, MO 64433
For more information or forreservations contact the Abbey GuestCenter: phone 660-944-2809 or emailguests@conception.edu. Website: www.conceptionabbey.org/guests

Palm Sunday, RCIA and Adult Faith Renewal retreat. Saturday-Sunday March 24-25, 2018

Originally planned to help our brothers and sisters who are soon to enter in full communion with the Church, sponsors and any Catholic hoping to enrich their faith understanding of the sacramental life of the Church have found this twenty-four hour retreat a blessing in their lives.  Scheduled on the Palm Sunday weekend provides for an unforgettable time of prayer, during the final days of the Lenten season leading up to Easter. 

Cost includes lodging, meals and conferences: $110 per person.     

March 29-April 1 – Pascal Triduum at the Abbey.  Join the monastic and seminary community for the most sacred holy days of the year.  Rich liturgies, daily retreat talks, time for silence and a joyous Easter Vigil celebration will all be part of these days at the Abbey.

Room in St Gabriel $55/night/single, $40/per person shared rooms, Marian Hall $40/night/single, $35 per person shared rooms.  Meals $7 each, Holy Thursday Sedar banquet $16/person.

Young Adult Ministry

Anyone in their 20s and 30s is invited to join Novos Young Adults for social, spiritual and service activities.  Events typically happen every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, with occasional weekend gatherings.  For more information on upcoming events visit our  Facebook page or email us

Want To Strengthen Your Marriage?

Join us for The Third Option, an on-going support group for marriages built upon 14 skill based workshops to help couples develop better understanding, sensitivity and trust. This program is for couples that are hurting and for those who want to make a good thing better! We meet the first and third Monday of each month, 7:00-9:00pm at Mercy College, 928 6th Ave, Des Moines. See http://www.dmdiocese.org/the-third-option.cfm for more information on our local group and http://thethirdoption.com/ for information about the program.  

Creighton University Retreat Center

Griswold, Iowa         Website

Private/Individual Retreats

- Directed 8-day and 30-day Retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and offered throughout the year in hopes of meeting individual schedules.


- Private retreats of any duration with Spiritual Direction are available by request. 

To register or request more information for any of our scheduled retreats, please call or email:

Phone:  712-778-2466      Email:  curc@netins.net