Mass & Reconciliation Times


4:00pm Saturday

8:30 & 10:30 Sunday


12:10 noon Monday - Friday

7:00pm Thursday - Life in the Spirit or Novos

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Wednesday 11:00am - 12:00 noon and after 12:10 noon Mass

Saturday 2:30 - 3:30pm or by appointment


Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays of Lent, 2:30-3:30pm; Wednesdays of Lent, 11:00am-Noon and after the 12:10pm Mass as needed; Holy Week Mass times to be determined.  You may also call for an appointment.

Stations of the Cross: Wednesdays of Lent, 5:00pm.

Rosary: Weekdays, following the 12:10pm Mass in the Cathedral; Sundays, prior to the 8:30am Mass in the chapel.

Exposition of the Eucharist: Fridays of Lent (except Good Friday), 8:30am-11:30am in the chapel.

The Knights of Columbus Council No. 15336 Loaves & Fishes Lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Fridays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27. ONLY $5.00, with proceeds going to charity.

he Rite of Election: This ceremony for RCIA candidates will be held on February 22 at 1:30pm & 4:30pm in the Cathedral with Bishop Pates presiding.

Day of Recollection - "Lent, A Season of Hope" presented by Dr. Matt Halbach: An opportunity for reflection and prayer that will take place in the parish hall following the 10:30am Mass on March 8 in the parish hall.  A light breakfast will be served.

Mass of the Chrism: Thursday, March 26, 7:00pm; The oils of Chrism, Catechumen, and the Sick will be blessed and clergy will renew their priestly commitment.  Bishop Pates presides.

Palm Sunday: Saturday, March 28, 4:00pm Mass & Sunday, March 29, 8:30am and 10:30am Masses; Blessing and procession with palms; Bishop Pates presides.

Holy Thursday: April 2, 5:30pm Mass of the Lord's Supper with washing of the feet and procession of the Eucharist followed by Exposition in the chapel.  Bishop Pates presides.  No 12:10pm Mass this day.

Good Friday: April 3, 12:10pm & 5:30pm Solemn Liturgical Services with veneration of the cross and Holy Communion.  Bishop Pates presides at the 12:10pm service.

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil: April 4, Time to be determined; Blesssing of the Easter fire, Paschal candle, and reception of new members during this first Mass of Easter.  Bishop Pates presides.  No Sacrament of Reconciliation or 4:00pm Mass today.

Easter Sunday: April 5, 7:00am, 8:30am & 10:30am; Bishop Pates presides at the 10:30am Mass.  There will also be a 12:00 Noon Mass for Refugees.

First Eucharist: April 19, 1:00pm Mass in the Cathedral followed by reception in the parish hall.

Confirmation: June 21, 10:30am mass; Bishop Pates presides; Reception to follow.



We are the St. Ambrose Cathedral parish of the Diocese of Des Moines. We are a diverse community of the poor, disadvantaged and hungry, well-to-do, young, the elderly, visitors and those seeking refuge. We are a Eucharistic community of many cultures. We strive for unity in our diversity by expressing our love of God through prayer and worship, through justice and service, through the ministry of welcoming, through catechesis, evangelization and ecumenism. We shall pursue this mission faithfully by following the example of Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts and talents of our members.


Prayer of St. Ambrose-

 "Lord, teach me to see you, and reveal yourself to me when I see you.  For I cannot seek you unless you first teach me, nor find you unless you first reveal yourself to me.  Let me see you in longing, and long for you in seeking.  Let me find you in love and love you in finding."