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Friday Stations of the Cross 

At 6:00 PM on Fridays in March, our various ethnic communities will help us pray the Stations of the Cross together in multiple languages! Our parish is so blessed to have this opportunity. All are welcome.

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Loaves & Fishes Lunches
Fridays during Lent

Your “loaf and fish” to Eat In or To Go 

Enjoy a simple lunch on Fridays during Lent with us:

  • battered cod filet on a toasted hoagie
  • chips, fruit cup, and bottled water

Serving 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM on Fridays: March 24 and March 31 [not served on Good Friday]

Cost: $8. Come to St. Ambrose Cathedral Parish Hall, 609 High Street. Funds benefit the charitable efforts of our host, our Knights of Columbus Council 15336.

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March 26

Babies need diapers!

Thank you to those who helped support moms and babies in our parish by donating diapers and wipes on March 18 – 19!  (Did you miss this? You can still place donations in the bin near the front doors of the Cathedral through March 26.)

This is our church’s way of showing love to young families in our parish. We are blessed to have you! It’s so nice to see many beautiful pictures in our bulletiin of babies and young children who have been baptized at St. Ambrose.

Do you need diapers and wipes?

On March 26 after the 11:00 Mass, come to the Parish Hall (the stone building next to the church, on High Street).

  • Volunteers will help you find the size diapers you need.
  • Children’s shoes will also be available free – donated by another parish, and sorted by our St. Vincent de Paul volunteers.

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This Lenten giving opportunity helps us welcome and celebrate our youngest parishioners in a very practical way. Sponsored by the St. Ambrose Walking with Moms in Need core team.

Safe Haven
Sunday, March 26 at 9:30

Parish talk: Keeping loved ones safe  

Pornography touches many people across all walks of life, and is so easily available. We realize this subject makes people uncomfortable — but information helps us know how to avoid the influence of pornography, plus ways to find help if it affects you or someone you love.

Our diocese has designated Safe-Haven Sunday to help our people learn. On March 18-19, Fr. Nivin spoke during his homily about this important topic at all weekend Masses.

On Sunday March 26, all adults in the parish are encouraged to attend an information session:

  • following the 8:30 Mass (about 9:30 AM)
  • at the Diocesan Pastoral Center (across High Street from the Cathedral). We’ll meet on the main floor.

Adam Storey, director of marriage and family life at the diocese, will share resources and ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Freedom from Pornography resources from our diocese

Parishioners talking at soup supper
Parishioners talking at soup supper

Thank you for attending Stations & Soup Supper! 

On Friday, March 10th, about 80-100 parishioners attended Stations of the Cross, then a very successful Lenten soup supper!

  • Prayer leaders led us through a reflection on Christ’s suffering and sacrifice in seven languages!
  • We enjoyed getting to know one another while sharing delicious soups and simple sides.

Many thanks to all who cooked, donated food and volunteered…..and to the many who attended.

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Catholic Youth Camp

Want to attend camp this summer? Please pick up a registration form now at the church entrances. If you have questions, please contact Destiny Welsh Teixeira or Theresa Lewis at 515-288-7411.

Want to give back to camp as a volunteer counselor? Any of our great high school students who will be 16 or older by May 1st may apply by March 20. Contact Sadie @

Parishioner Eva is organizing this fundraiser for World Youth Day pilgrims

Thanks to Eva Alexander, one of our pilgrims & young leaders, for arranging these Panda Express fundraisers!

Saturday, March 4

Delicious way to support St. Ambrose Young Adults

We’re blessed with 40 parishioners age 18-39 who are raising funds together so all can afford to be pilgrims to World Youth Day and Fatima this summer.

You can help by enjoying a Panda Express meal once each month. Order in person or online on March 4, & a portion of what you pay is given to our St. Ambrose World Youth Day Fund. Choose the location at 1580 Valley West Drive, and use fundraiser code FND-55455 if you order on line. Enjoy!

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Director of Music and Worship needed

St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa, is seeking a full-time and well-qualified Director of Music and Worship.

The Cathedral parish, a multi-cultural community, would welcome applicants who could blend the talents of many lands.  Applicants are required to demonstrate high keyboard proficiency, working knowledge of Sacred Music, both choral and congregational, and experience in coordinating worship for the Church’s Liturgical Year.

Submit application or questions to  Nancy McCarthy, parish Office Manager.

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Let's fill this truck for those in need!

March & April

Time to gather used clothes & home goods for those in need

On Sunday morning, April 30, our St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will have the SVDP Donation Truck in the North parking lot behind the church. You’re invited to bring items in good condition to share. Items will be sold at the 3 SVDP thrift stores at low prices. You’ll help people afford what they need, and the sale supports SVDP’s food pantry, job programs, and a fresh start for people coming out of prison.

Items most needed:

  • Clothing: in good condition and clean. Clothing for men or boys is especially needed.
  • Kitchen: dishes, pans, roasters, silverware, glasses
  • Bedding: sheets, pillowcases, blankets
  • Home: Lamps, small furniture, or decorative items

Certain things cannot be accepted. Details here.

Where to find us

St. Ambrose Cathedral

607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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