Mark your calendar to join us for a unique outdoor liturgy celebrating our rural heritage
The seventh annual Rural Life Mass will be Sept. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the farm of Art and Marcia Pontier, near Osceola.
The outdoor Mass offers an opportunity for urban and rural residents to come together to show solidarity with rural Iowans and celebrate their important role in the diocese. Previous Rural Life Masses have been held on farms in Shelby County, near Chariton, Cumming, Stuart, Perry and Indianola.
This year’s Mass will be at the Pontier farm at 1643 Highway 34 near Osceola. It is 5½ miles west of the intersection of I-35 and Highway 34 (watch for signs).
The Pontier family farms about 2,500 acres of corn and soybeans and has a cow/calf livestock operation.
Following the Mass, celebrated by Bishop Richard Pates, families can enjoy walking tacos, home-baked treats and displays of livestock, equipment and more. Jim Ennis, executive director of Catholic Rural Life, will offer a presentation after Mass.
The diocese is grateful to St. Bernard Parish for sponsoring the Rural Life Mass.
The Social Justice Consortium promotes the social justice mission of the Catholic Church through a coordinated effort to work towards a comprehensive and consistent ethic of life for the pursuit of the common good.