An Invitation to Serve

What skills and time do you have to contribute?

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We invite you to read about each ministry and to email the appropriate contact person or complete the online form. We hope you find a ministry to enjoy serving, connecting, and growing.

“St. Catherine’s is my spiritual family.” ~Margaret

Ministry opportunities

Parish Council

Instituted throughout the Diocese by Bishop Dingman in the late 1960s, Parish Councils help identify the needs in a parish and develop plans to respond. In our parish, in collaboration with the pastor, the Parish Council identifies the gifts and needs of the parish community, develops plans to utilize those gifts and serve those needs, clarifies the parish’s mission, and assumes responsibility for an Annual Report to the Parish. Parish Council members are appointed for staggered three-year terms, renewable for a second term.

Contact: John Chesser, Chair

Finance Council

The Finance Council is a canonically mandated body established to advise and consult with the pastor in the administration of the temporal goods of the parish. In our parish, it ensures the accuracy of financial accounts, provides expertise related to budgets, and assists with fundraising initiatives. It also has final responsibility for ensuring that the parish building and grounds are safe, attractive, and well maintained, and that human safety procedures are in place to be followed in the event of an emergency on parish property.  

Brendan Comito, Chair, Finance Council

Building and Grounds

Responsible for upkeep within the building and adjacent gardens, including repairs, painting, replacement of HVAC units, yearly deep cleaning, assisting with outdoor gardens, etc.

Contact Kristi Ryan, Chair, Building & Grounds

Emergency Operations

Responsible for developing and updating emergency procedure plans, as well as training of staff and volunteers

Contact: Annette Roth, Chair, Emergency Operations

St. Catherine of Siena Foundation

Promote the advancement of the parish by managing the funds entrusted to our care and funding parish projects that support campus ministry, community outreach, and education.

Contact Mike Stamper, Chair

Serve St. Catherine’s resident and student parishioners by organizing faith formation programs and activities for all ages that increase knowledge of our faith and nurture spiritual growth and transformation. This ministry includes four programs. 


Plans curriculum and organizes logistics for Encounter, the monthly parish-wide intergenerational faith formation program featuring activities designed for all ages to grow in faith while in community.

Contact: Laura Carruthers-Green, Chair

Family & Children’s Ministry, including Sacramental Preparation

Organizes and staffs the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, prepares children for First Reconciliation and First Communion, and leads a two-year Confirmation preparation program of small group meetings and service projects for teens.

Contact: Laura Carruthers-Green, Family & Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Lifelong Learning for Adults

Offers programs and experiences designed specifically to help adult parishioners grow in our faith, search for spiritual meaning in our everyday lives, and share with each other our ongoing faith journeys over the arc of our lifetimes.

Contact: Brian Smith, Chair

Other Faith Formation Initiatives

Become a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sponsor. For information about the RCIA and Marriage Preparation programs, call the parish office at 515-650-8646.

Campus Ministry 

Unique among parishes in the Des Moines metro, St. Catherine of Siena serves Drake University students as well as those from other colleges in the area by providing a place for worship, prayer, community, and service. The Drake Newman Community is a “home away from home” for students regardless of their faith or background. In a relaxed atmosphere, this ministry encourages students to build community; study, share, and grow in their faith; and be challenged to reach out to serve the local community. Activities include service projects, social activities, student suppers, retreats, THAM (Thursday After Mass), the Newman Speaker Series, and many others. 

Contact: Megan Schultz, Campus Minister

Serve parishioners by creating inspiring and relevant communal worship, and providing consistent opportunities for deeper prayer and maturing faith as we seek God through a variety of worship styles; to maintain the high quality of liturgical music presently enjoyed; and to ensure that there are adequate numbers of trained liturgical coordinators, lectors, musicians, and others to assist in the celebration of liturgies.

Contact Dennis Hendrickson, Co-Chair, or Sheila Lingwall, Co-Chair


Serve St. Catherine’s parishioners by challenging us to engage in acts of charity, service, and social justice, to live our faith according to the example of Jesus. Current activities include assisting with stocking our Little Food Pantry, collecting plastic containers for the Catholic Worker House, assisting with organizing spring/fall clothing drives, coordinating cookie collections for the homeless in collaboration with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, raising support for an addiction treatment center in Ghana, and soliciting support to provide full scholarships for eight Kenyan schoolchildren.

Contact Margaret Cavanagh, Chair

Caring Committee

Closer to home, our Caring Committee provides meals and other services for fellow parishioners recovering from surgery, experiencing a death in the family, welcoming a new baby, etc. 

Contact Jan Wise, Chair

Reach out to new parishioners and serve current parishioners by organizing programing to build community, membership, and hospitality, after the model of the first Christian communities, where all are welcome, supported, loved and cared for, and collaborative conversations and decision-making are valued.

Contact Melinda Hendrickson, Chair

Families interested specifically in community-forming events for young children are invited to contact Laura Carruthers-Green, Family & Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Share the Good News with internal and external communities in a timely manner for the purpose of informing, building membership, and uniting the parish. Initiatives include developing parish guidelines for submitting communications for external publicity, ensuring consistent messaging, compiling an annual Parish Calendar, developing parish signage, and assisting the pastor and the various ministries with parish-wide communications.

Contact Brian Gongol, Chair

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