Des Moines, IA (August 25, 2017) – An official, first-class relic of St. John Paul II (blood) is on a worldwide pilgrimage and is scheduled to come to Cedar Rapids and Des Moines Sept. 6-9 with the help of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary from Miami, Florida.
On Oct. 4, 1979 St. John Paul II made an historical visit to Des Moines, Iowa and celebrated an outdoor Mass at Living History Farms. Approximately 350,000 people from around the country, the largest crowd in Iowa history, flocked to the farms on a cold and rainy autumn day. As the pope arrived in a helicopter, the skies parted and the bright sun came out.
Prior to his first visit to the United States, the pope received a letter from Iowa farmer Joe Hays. Written from his rural home, the farmer invited the pope to travel to Iowa on his United States tour to speak on stewardship of the land. The St. John Paul II did just that – speaking on gratitude, conservation, and generosity of the land and those who farm it.
Celebrate the life of St. John Paul II and venerate the relic! Reflect on the message that he conveyed to Iowans when he visited Living History Farms in 1979. Open to the public. Visit the relic at the following locations and times.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6
Divine Mercy Chapel
St. Patrick Catholic Church
120 5th St., N.W. Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Veneration: 4-9 p.m. Mass: 8 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 7
St. Anthony Catholic Church
15 Indianola Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315
Mass (English) 8:30 a.m.
Veneration-until 10 p.m.
Holy Hour- 6 p.m.
Mass (Spanish)- 7 p.m.
Veneration-until 9 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 8
St. Joseph Chapel
Dowling Catholic High School
1400 Buffalo Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Veneration & Teachings
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
Church of the Land
Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
Non-Members: use the code “pope” for discounted entry
Our Lady of Americas Catholic Church
1271 E 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50316