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.

Please visit our  website for additional information and to register for the following offerings. We hope to see you soon at Emmaus House! All are welcome!

March 7 - Exploring Centering Prayer as Christian Meditation Practice (Snow Date, if needed: March 14)
April 4 - A Song & A Prayer: Dark Night of the Soul
May 9 - A Taste of Silence: Integrating Silence and Centering Prayer into Daily Living

Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference


SAVE THE DATE! September 26 & 27, 2020    Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines


Hear world class speakers, celebrate Mass among thousands, fill your spirit with music, attend reconciliation, visit Jesus in adoration and feel your soul rejoice.


To learn more, contact our parish "Go To" folks: Heidi Ackerman, 641-203-5322 / heidimdittmer@gmail.com or

Dona Cowman, 515-383-4482 | racefans@iowatelecom.net


Want To Strengthen Your Marriage?

Join our free marriage enrichment program, 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, listen to a couple who has overcome comparable frustrations, and provides support group discussions on suggested exercises / tools.   We meet the first and third Mondays of the month from 7:00-9:00pm at Mercy College, 928 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309. Participants should use the north parking lot. For more info visit http://www.dmdiocese.org/the-third-option.cfm. 

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

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