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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.

During Lent

Lenten Opportunities

Ash Wednesday Masses
12:10pm (with Bishop Joensen)

Reconciliation Times
Wednesdays 11am-12pm
Saturdays 2:30-3:30pm
Tuesday, March 26 11am-12pm
Thursday, March 28 11am-12pm

Daily Mass on Saturdays
An 8:00am daily Mass will be offered every Saturday during Lent.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Every Friday 9am-12pm.
Sign up to commit to 1 hour HERE.

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday at 6pm during Lent.
(no stations on March 22 or 29)

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Lunches
Join the Knights of Columbus on Fridays for a fish and chips lunch from 11:45-1:00pm in the parish hall. Cost is $8/person.
Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 1, Mar. 8, Mar. 15, and Mar. 22 (no lunch on Good Friday)

Adult Faith Formation
The Adult Faith Formation team will be offering meetings during Lent to help grow your faith. See below for details.

Parish Baby Shower for Almsgiving
Bring baby items to Mass the weekend of March 9-10. Items will be donated to Mary’s Helping Hands. See the Walking with Moms page for more information.

Lenten Resources
Click below for resources for your family from the Diocese.

During Lent

Adult Faith Formation

This Lent, the Adult Faith Formation Team invites you to participate in a small group reflection series using the FORMED videos Metanoia: A Journey with Christ into Conversion.

The four topics are:

  • Who is Jesus
  • What must we do to inherit eternal life
  • Death & life
  • Sin & mercy

The videos were filmed at sites in the Holy Land and feature Fr. Dave Pivonka and others speaking from their own life experiences. Each week’s post-video discussion will be supplemented with the 2024 Word on Fire book Lenten Gospel Reflections by Bishop Barron

Meetings will be from 4:30-5:30 in the parish hall on the following Sundays:

  • February 18
  • March 3
  • March 10
  • March 17

There is no charge for the series.  To help us determine how many Lenten Gospel Reflections books to order, please register with George Brucks at or 515-277-1347.

If you’d like to see the videos to help you decide, you may view them at

March 9-10

A Lenten Almsgiving Opportunity

St. Ambrose Walking with Moms is sponsoring a Lenten almsgiving project to benefit Mary’s Helping Hands.  We invite you to help us stock the shelves at Mary’s Helping Hands with items needed by moms and babies. Please consider donating something from the following list on March 9-10:

  • Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, baby lotion, baby shampoo
  • Receiving blankets, crib sheets (no bumpers)
  • Children’s clothing (newborn – 2T)
  • Baby towels and washcloths
  • Baby and toddler hats and socks
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • Books (for children of all ages)
  • Toys for children under age 1
  • Baby safety items (outlet plugs, cupboard locks, etc.)
  • Pacifiers, bottles and feeding supplies
  • Bed sheets of any size (will be turned into baby crib sheets and blankets)
  • Reusable shopping bags

Bring your gifts to help moms and babies to church when you come to Mass on March 9 and 10.

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.


Volunteer Opportunities at Drake University Knapp Center

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.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday, March 2, 12:00pm (concession stand)
  • Saturday, March 2, 4:00pm (cleaning)
  • Sunday, March 3, 12:30pm (concession stand)
  • Sunday, March 3, 4:30pm (cleaning)
Please join us to make an impact in the faith of SAC youth! To volunteer, contact Catherine Swoboda at
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:

  • March 2-3
  • April 6-7
  • May 4-5
  • June 1-2

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:

  • February 24-25
  • April 6-7 (different weekend due to Easter being March 31)
  • April 27-28
  • May 25-26
  • June 29-30
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:

  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8

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

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607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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