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Mass Times

Saturday Vigil Mass 4:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM
Sunday 11:00 AM Monday-Friday 12:10 PM

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Lenten observances

Stations of the Cross:  Fridays at 6:00 PM on March 17, March 24 & March 31. Our parishioners will help us worship in multiple native languages as well as English.

Extra times for Reconciliation: Every weekday at 11:30 prior to Mass, through March 31. Holy Week hours are below.

Monday Holy Hours led by Bishop Joensen. Includes exposition of the Eucharist, reflection, group prayer, quiet time and Benediction. Livestream at

Family Lenten Holy Hour between Masses on Sunday, March 19. Details

Wednesday 12:10 Masses in March will be led by Bishop Joensen and livestreamed at

Chrism Mass on Friday, March 31 is not at our Cathedral. Mass begins at 5:00pm at SS Peter and Paul parish in Atlantic, IA.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday:
Saturday, April 1 at 4:00 PM with Bishop Joensen
* Includes a unique cultural procession from the courtyard to Cathedral before Mass

Sunday, April 2 at 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Monday (4/3) through Thursday (4/6) 11:00 AM to Noon

Holy Thursday (April 6)
There is no Mass at 12.10 PM
6:00 PM: Mass of the Lord’s supper with Bishop Joensen.
Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the side chapel for veneration after Mass until 10:00 PM

Good Friday (April 7)
12:10 PM services with Bishop Joensen
6:00 PM services

Holy Saturday (April 8)
No sacrament of reconciliation at 2.30
Easter Vigil Mass at 8.00 p.m. with Bishop Joensen with special participation by our refugee communities

Easter Sunday Masses (April 9)
8:30 AM
11:00 AM with Bishop Joensen
12:30 PM with special participation by our refugee communities

Note: Easter Monday (April 10) there will be no 12:10 Mass or 5:00 PM Holy hour

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Online liturgies

Some liturgies, including a Sunday Mass, are streamed through the St. Ambrose Cathedral Facebook page.

Holy Hour with Bishop Joensen

Mondays 5:00 - 6:00 PM in the Cathedral. The Bishop attends as often as he is able. Includes exposition of the Eucharist, reflection, group prayer, quiet time and Benediction. Often livestreamed at


You are welcome to pray near the tabernacle in St. Anne Chapel. Our church is open most daytime hours for this purpose. No adoration schedule is set at this time.

Reconciliation / Confession

Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Saturday 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Special Hours during Lent:  11:00 every weekday (prior to 12:10 Mass).

To make an appointment for a different time, contact the parish office at 515-288-7411.

Confessionals are in the sacristy. Go into the short hallway near the West entrance (near the baptismal font) that leads to the sacristy. Lines form in that hallway.


Sunday 8:00 AM in St. Anne Chapel
Monday-Friday 11:45 AM in St. Anne Chapel

Healing Services

Third Wednesday of each month 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Multi-lingual services

Lenten Stations of the Cross are prayed alternating six languages.
Our Easter Vigil and Pentecost Masses will include music and Scripture readings in several languages.

Fr. Nipin Scaria

Fr. Nivin’s homilies

You can read or print Fr. Nivin Scaria’s homilies at his homily blog.

From Fr. Nivin’s message to us in March 1 e-news:

Dear Saint Ambrose family:   Blessed Lent!

Lent is a great opportunity to spend more time with Jesus, in the desert of prayerfulness and spiritual awareness, away from worldly pleasures and distractions. It is not a time of suffering but a time of grace, when we focus on how Jesus accomplished His mission – by embracing the cross. His passion and death and resurrection has won for us redemption. Christopher West said, “Grace flows through wounds.” We are indeed graced through our Lord’s sacred wounds.

Our God desires to give generously. Let us receive humbly and gratefully.

Remember, God’s mercy is greater than any sin, and all sins combined. And no sin can ever undo God’s love. “Repent and believe in the Gospel”. I pray that your Lenten journey will be joyful, fruitful and beautiful.

God bless you and your loved ones,
Father Nivin

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607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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