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St. Ambrose is currently searching for a Family Faith Formation Director. Click HERE for a full job description. To apply, please send your resume to

Now-December 28

Christmas Flower Memorials

Christmas Flower Memorials will be offered again this year. If you would like to remember a loved one this season, please put your donation in the envelopes found in the bulletins or at church entrances and return to us. You can place directly in the collection basket at Mass or mail back before December 28. Memorial names will be listed in a bulletin insert.

December 2 and 17

Youth Fundraising Opportunities

The St. Ambrose Cathedral youth (and adults!) are invited to help work the concession stand and clean the Knapp Center following Drake basketball games to earn money for their activities throughout the year.

Drake Concession Stand and Cleaning Dates:

  • Saturday, December 2, 1:00pm – concession stand
  • Saturday, December 2, 5:00pm – cleaning
  • Sunday, December 17, 12:00pm – concession stand
  • Sunday, December 17, 4:00pm – cleaning
Please join us to make an impact in the faith of SAC youth! To volunteer, contact Catherine Swoboda at
December 3-24

Advent Season

The Diocese website has wonderful resources on how to actively prepare our hearts and homes for the coming of Jesus Christ. Be sure to check out these resources to help your family prepare this season!

December 9-10

Retirement Fund for Religious collection

From the Office of the Bishop:

“On the weekend of December 9-10, all our parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines will conduct
the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This annual appeal benefits nearly 25,000
senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests — all of whom have renounced their
possessions in offering themselves completely to Christ and his Church (see Luke 14:33).”

Read Bishop Joensen’s full letter HERE.

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

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

The weekend of December 30-31 will be our next can and bottle collection. 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.

Second Saturdays in 2024

Healing Service

St. Ambrose Cathedral hosts a Healing Service once a month with Prairie Fire Ministries. All are welcome. They will be taking place on the second Saturday of each month starting in 2024. All healing services begin at 5:30pm in the Cathedral. There will be no service in December.

Upcoming Dates:

January 13
February 10
March 9

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. Thank you!

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607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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