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A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Lord, we thank you for the goodness of our people and for the spirit of justice that fills this nation. We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the land and the challenge of our cities. We thank you for our work and our rest, for one another, and for our homes. Accept our thanksgiving on this day. We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers
Parish Mission-To the Heights
Has been postponed---but you can read about our Mission speaker and what is to come...
Our Mission speaker, Katie Patrizio, will awaken your heart and inspire you to live out your faith in the light of God's saving Love.
Our mission will include a special session for our high school youth. New date: TBD
Are you looking for a good book?
St. John's has a number of resources for you to use at home. Prayer-Saints-Catholic Teaching-whatever your interest, we may have what you need. Check out our list here and contact the office at 993-4590 if you see something you would like to borrow.
Welcome Back to Mass
Please view this short video from the Diocese
As we prepare to regather you can read about the FRUITS OF HOLY COMMUNION here
Learn your Faith
IF you feel called to begin your own Bible study or small faith community, Ascension has the resources you want to use.
Daily Mass readings and meditation is available from THE WORD AMONG US
- Spiritual Resources for Responding to Covid-19
- Check out this article: Building Family Bonds during Covid-19
- Daily 3-Minute RETREAT
Prayer and Comfort during Covid-19
Monthly Senior Potluck
We look forward to when we can gather once again.
Questions? Please contact Kelly Howard.
Small Faith Communities
Contact the Director of Faith Formation if you would like more information on our Small Faith Communities or would like to lead your own group. [email protected] or 993-4590
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a formation education process that takes place within the parish community for those joining the Catholic Church. This culminates at the Easter sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation. If you would like to join the Catholic Church or be a part of the RCIA Team contact the parish office.
Teams Of Our Lady (TOOL)
TOOL is a lay movement officially recognized by the Holy See under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. A team is a group of five to seven couples and a spiritual advisor who meet once a month to share, pray and discuss challenges of living a Christian marriage and life. Couples use a time-tested format to meet their needs and desires of growing closer in love and faith through Teams of Our Lady and in the process they discover support for one another and for their marriage. Currently St. John’s has two teams. If you have any questions please contact Erin Merschman (515) 480-3842.
The St. Joseph Education Center supports St. John’s parish and all the parishes in the Des Moines area with their Adult Faith Formation needs. Their website and blog are updated weekly to help aid even the busiest of adults in nurturing their ongoing faith formation. St. Joseph Education Center
3-Minute Retreats from Loyola Press invites you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move one. Just click the button below to start your 3-Minute Retreat and return everyday for the perfect way to start your day in prayer!