The Sacrament of Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213 Please contact the Parish Office to pre-register. Parents are required to participate in the Baptism Preparation Program.
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
“And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
- Confessions at 6pm after the Saturday Vigil Mass or by appointment.
- You can also call the office for an appointment (During office hours 515-271-4747 or after office hours 515-505-6847).
May the Lord who has called us to be perfect accept our sincere and penitent hearts.
“Those, on the other hand, who recognize that they are weak and sinful entrust themselves to God and obtain from him grace and forgiveness. It is precisely this message that must be transmitted: what counts most is to make people understand that in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, whatever the sin committed, if it is humbly recognized and the person involved turns with trust to the priest-confessor, he or she never fails to experience the soothing joy of God's forgiveness.” Pope Benedict XVI
The Sacrament of the Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322 & 1323
Please contact us for registration information.
“Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church.” Saint Pope John Paul II
We provide ministry to couples by:
- Preparing Couples for Sacramental Celebration of Marriage according the guidelines of Christian Marriage and Diocese of Des Moines
- Celebrate the Marriage at St. Catherine’s
- Sponsor-Couple’s Ministry (Married couples who mentor engaged couples in Christian Marriage)
- And on-going formation for married couples.
- Ministry to divorced families through the diocese of Des Moines office of marriage and family life and diocesan marriage tribunal.
Please take time and read the following guideline for preparation and celebration of weddings at St Catherine’s:
Contact the office after printing and completing the Marriage Policies guidelines document. We will be happy to set up a time to begin the marriage preparation process. You may also contact the office in case of Marriage and Family Life Issues. We are here to journey with you when it comes to love, marriage, and family life.
The Anointing of the Sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1499
For more information please contact Fr. Mark: 515-505-6847