Family Faith Formation

All classes and family faith encounters are held Sundays at 9:30 (immediately following the 8:30 Mass) unless otherwise noted.

Can you help lead this program?

We need a Family Faith Formation Director to help our volunteers share faith with our families and students.

  • Can you organize and lead?
  • Would you enjoy communicating & working with families of all backgrounds?
  • Would you love to help bring God’s love and Word to the lives of children and teens of our parish?

God just might be calling you on a new path in your life!

See a full job description HERE. To learn more or apply, talk with Nancy McCarthy at the parish office: 515-288-7411 or

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Faith Formation Experiences for All Ages

Sunday Classes and Family Experiences

Between our Sunday Masses, we offer opportunities for families. Please come every Sunday. Most Sundays offer classes for Parents and Grades 1-12. Some Sundays offer faith experiences for the whole family together. Please register your family for the school year.

Preschool and Kindergarten

During the 11:00 Mass on most Sundays in Sept-May, your children age 4 through Kindergarten age are welcome in the Parish Hall for a faith learning experience.  Please sign up for the school year, even if you only come sometimes.   

High School & Confirmation

If a High School student is not confirmed, they are welcome in our 2-year Confirmation Preparation program. Please register, and attend 9:30 classes on Sunday mornings at the Mercy College campus.


We invite our high school youth who have received Confirmation to gather with us on Family Faith Experience Sundays and to assist in a classroom with younger students on other Sundays. We also encourage you to be active in liturgical ministry or any of our Parish Life ministries. Our adults welcome your energy and ideas!

Classroom locations

  • Preschool / Kindergarten: Parish Hall during 11:00 AM Sunday Mass
  • First Communion: Parish Hall.
    Includes Grades 1-2 plus those in Grade 3-8 who haven’t received First Communion
  • Grades 3-5 who have received First Communion: Diocesan Pastoral Center, downstairs
  • Grades 6-8 who have received First Communion: Diocesan Pastoral Center, downstairs
  • Parents: Diocesan Pastoral Center – Krause Hall on main floor


At Mercy College of Health Sciences – in Brennan Hall:

  • Pre-Confirmation (Grade 9 and up. Year 1 of our 2-year preparation)
  • Confirmation (Grade 10 and up. Year 2 of our 2-year preparation)
  • High School who have received Confirmation

Thank you, Mercy College of Nursing, for sharing your classrooms with our Confirmation and Confirmation Prep students!

Please register your children

We must have paperwork for all the children who are attending classes. Please complete the registration form, or ask a teacher or helper to help you do this at class.

Catechist with one of our families at First Communion

Please join us!

Would you like to volunteer with our children, teens or parents on some Sunday mornings during the year? This is a great way to share your love of God.

This program serves more than 100 families each year! We need more older teens and adults who might:

  • team-teach a class as a catechist
  • assist our catechists in the classroom
  • offer hospitality
  • help with Family Faith Experiences
  • share a favorite faith topic with our parents
Catechist with family gather at holy water font
Volunteers are needed

Catechists, assistants and lots of occasional helpers are needed! Our goal is a large enough team to support our 100+ families well - even with some people gone on some weekends. Contact Theresa Lewis to learn more.


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607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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