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

Emmaus House

We offer spiritual direction, private prayer, and retreats at Emmaus House.  Also, we have Mass every Tuesday and Friday at 12:00 p.m. and Contemplative Prayer every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.

For more information or to register for the following, please see theemmausshouse.org.

Fourth Annual Ignatian Retreat Day

Ignatian Spirituality and the Ministry of Pope Francis

If you have registered, or are planning to register for this retreat, please note that there has been a change in location. 

Due to unexpected facility-related issues, this  will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, 

not at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church, as previously planned. Please contact us with any questions.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (8:15 am registration)

Presenter: Fr. Tom Krettek, S.J.

Location: St. Pius X Church in Urbandale

Cost: $50 (scholarships available)

To many, Pope Francis has been a great surprise as pope, but his teaching and leadership have deep roots in his Ignatian background, as well as in the teachings of the wider church. Our presenter, Fr. Tom Krettek, S.J. will lead us in learning about Francis' formation as a Jesuit and bishop, and invite us to prayerfully reflect upon how Francis' story as a companion of Jesus can inspire and guide us in our own life of Christian discipleship. All are welcome! 

Guided Retreat in Everyday Life: "Inner Peace in Friendship with Jesus"

Begins Tuesday, July 16th

Since this offering begins next week, please register as soon as possible if you're interested in making this retreat. This four-week retreat, "Inner Peace in Friendship with Jesus," from The First Spiritual Exercises by Michael Hansen, S.J., is adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. If you desire to deepen your relationship with God this summer, and join others in doing so, please join us. No experience is necessary to make this retreat! 

"Day in the Desert" Retreats

 Our "Day in the Desert" retreat will return on Thursday, July 25th. Please visit our website for additional information and to register. We hope you will join us! This is a great opportunity to take off our "headphones" for a few hours, and listen for our deeper and eternal connection with God and each other.

Nature Retreat Day

We hope you will join us on Saturday, August 17th, at St. Thomas More Center in Panora, IA for a nature retreat day. This is a wonderful opportunity to leisurely spend time resting with God in nature, and to notice how God's presence in nature is uniquely speaking to each of us and drawing us into unity with each other and all of creation. 

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 our marriage enrichment ministry The Third Option. This program is for all couples whether they are facing obstacles in their marriage or just trying to make a good thing better!  Couples will walk through 14 skills-based workshops to help them to grow in everything from understanding anger, cultivating respect, stopping a hurt spiral, understanding personality differences, restoring trust, and much more. For more info visit thethirdoption.com or www.dmdiocese.org/the-third-option.cfm  


We meet the first and third Mondays of the month from 7:00-9:00pm at Mercy College, 928 6th Avenue in Des Moines. Participants should use the north parking lot. A new session begins August 20.   

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