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Sacrament Preparation

Please contact our parish office to talk about receiving:

  • Baptism
  • First Eucharist (First Communion)
  • First Reconciliation (Confession)
  • Confirmation
  • Matrimony (Wedding)
  • Anointing of the Sick

Family Faith Formation

We provide Sunday classes or faith opportunities each Sunday morning for more than 100 families.

  • Classes for parents as well as students grades 1-12 are offered most Sundays.
  • Family Faith Experiences are offered for everyone on some Sundays.
  • All classes and experiences are at 9:30 to 10:45 AM to fit between our 8:30 and 11:00 AM Masses.

Volunteers are always welcome and needed for this busy program. Contact Theresa Lewis at 515.288.7411, ext. 206, or to discuss volunteer opportunities. Thank you!

Youth and Teens

We want all our young people to draw close to God. Some opportunities include:

  • Family Faith Formation classes and experiences
  • Catholic Youth Camp
  • National Catholic Youth Conference
  • Youth choir – includes participation in processions for special feast day Masses
  • Liturgical ministries – including altar servers, lectors, ushers and Eucharistic ministers

Adult Faith Formation

From time to time, opportunities for small-group faith sharing or Bible study are offered. If there is something you’d like to study or discuss with others, please suggest this topic.

Volunteers are always welcome and needed to help create and offer adult faith formation opportunities. For Adult Faith Formation inquiries, contact Theresa Lewis at 515.288.7411, ext. 206 or

FORMED invitation


All parishioners are invited to enjoy Catholic videos, animated children’s programs, movies, audio stories, e-books and Bible studies through the online platform FORMED.

Our parish has subscribed to FORMED for you, to enrich your relationship with God. It offers programs of faith for all ages and interests.

For a free FORMED app for your phone or tablet, search FORMED Catholic in your app store.

Where to find us

St. Ambrose Cathedral

607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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