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St. Ambrose Newsletter

We send out an electronic newsletter about once a month. If you are a parishioner not on our email list and would like to be, please contact the office.

2024 Annual Diocesan Appeal

Find out what the ADA is and how you can help.


Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Anyone is welcome to join us for these volunteer opportunities that benefit the St. Ambrose Cathedral Youth Group!

Principal Park Cleaning after Baseball Games

Come help us clean the stands after baseball games! Just show up at the noted time and tell them you are there with St. Ambrose. We clean up the trash and gather cans and bottles from the stands after the game ends. It takes around 2 hours. You’ll likely get to see the last inning of the game and fireworks!

Upcoming Dates:

July 5 at 9:30pm
July 6 at 8:30pm

Please contact Catherine if you have any questions or would like to help:

Catholic Youth Camp Registrations Now Open

CYC registrations are now open to all youth in 3rd grade through 12th grade. It is a great opportunity for youth to discover adventure, friendships, and God’s profound love through our beautiful Catholic faith. Registration forms are available at the main entrance of the church or can be downloaded below. Please contact Destiny Welsh-Teixeira ( or Catherine Swoboda ( with any questions or to register.

Find out more about CYC HERE.

Connection Café

You may notice white cardboard boxes in the Narthex of the church to be used for collecting items needed by the Connection Café.

  • One box will be used to collect clean plastic shopping bags. Our clients will use these bags to take donated food and other items to their homes.
  • The other box will be labeled to collect different items each month. This revolving need will be posted in our monthly newsletters and weekly emails. JUNE AND JULY we are collecting plastic spoons.

You can help the Café by bringing these needed items and dropping them off each Sunday in the collection boxes.


What is Connection Café?

Connection Café was created by The Bridge, a collaboration of four downtown churches, including St. Ambrose. The Café serves lunch Monday through Friday for anyone in need, right behind us at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Our St. Ambrose group helps out on the first Tuesday of every month.

The members of the Bridge Board greatly appreciate your help in providing services at the Café. The Bridge Board members from St. Ambrose are: Fr. Nivin, Janis Conley, Amy Dagitz, and Becky Naderman.

shelves at SVDP food pantry

Canned and boxed foods of many kinds are given to SVDP to share.

Refrigerators at SVDP food pantry

Lots of fresh, nutritious food also available through SVDP.

First Weekend of the Month

Help Those in Need by Donating Items to SVDP

On the first weekends of each month, baskets near the altar will be ready to receive your foods that don’t need refrigeration, or items to clean homes and bodies – or cash gifts to help SVDP buy what’s most needed today for the pantries. See details

“The poor have much to teach you. You have much to learn from them.” St. Vincent de Paul

Upcoming weekends:

  • June 1-2
  • July 6-7
  • August 3-4

Do you need food or items for your home?

Nutritious food – including eggs, vegetables, fruit and milk – are available to you FREE at the SVDP food pantries. You choose the items your family likes and needs most.

  • You can call SVDP to set up a food pantry appointment: 515-282-8327
  • Our St. Ambrose SVDP volunteers can go with you and help you make your appointment. Call Anita at 515-249-4490 to begin.

Click HERE to learn more about the St. Ambrose chapter of St. Vincent de Paul

Last weekend of the month

Can and Bottle Recycling

Bring your empty bottles and cans to the St. Ambrose parking lot before or after the weekend Masses and we will recycle them. The deposit proceeds from these recycling efforts will go towards our youth programming.

Upcoming weekends:

  • June 29-30
  • July 27-28
  • August 31 – Sept. 1
Second Saturday of the Month

Healing Service

St. Ambrose Cathedral hosts a Healing Service once a month with Prairie Fire Ministries. All are welcome. They take place on the second Saturday at 5:30pm. Join us for 4:00pm Mass too if you are able!

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 8
  • July 13
  • August 10

Sponsor Couples Needed

Would you and your spouse like to assist engaged couples in marriage preparation at St. Ambrose Cathedral? We are looking for sponsor couples who can facilitate the FOCCUS inventory that engaged couples participate in as part of their sacramental preparation requirements.

Contact the Parish Office for more information: 515-288-7411.

Keep Your Info Up to Date

We are working on updating our parish records. If you have moved or changed your email or phone number, please contact the parish office with your new information. Or if you would like to be added to our email list, please contact the office.

Parish Office: 515-288-7411 or

Register for a My Own Church account to keep your information up to date without having to contact the office! See the My Own Church page to find out more.

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607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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