Mark your calendar for server training! Students 5th grade and older are welcome to attend server training. Training will be held on Thursday, February 5 at 6:30 in the church. Please attend the session with your family calendar in hand and be prepared to listed dates for which you are NOT available to serve. For questions, contact Pam Smith at

On January 22, the Women's Guild will hold a service night. The group will be making fleece blankets and valentines for the home bound. CLICK HEREto see other activities offered through Women's Guild.

Sacred Heart School invites you to an Open House on Tuesday, January 27 from 5-7 pm. Please stop by and tour the school, meet the teachers and learn about what's happening at Sacred Heart School! For questions, call 515-225-1284.

Vacation Bible School is back! The date is June 22-26, 2015. We are looking for adult volunteers to help us provide a fun and safe VBS this summer. Watch this web site and the VBS PAGE for student registration information. 

Youth Ministry "SMASH" is looking for high school students who might be interested in joining them for FIA (Faith In Action) during spring break, March 15-18. If you are a high school student and would like to volunteer your time to serve the poor and needy of our community, CLICK HERE to visit the Youth Ministry page for details.

On January 28 at 6:30 pm in the church, Kayla Richer will make a presentation, the Jewish Roots of Our Eucharist. This is a parent meeting for 2nd grade parents, but all are welcome!

Attention Women of Sacred Heart! You are cordially invited to the Walking With Purpose women's monthly connect evening on Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30 pm in the conference room. The topic is Marriage - Transformed by Grace.

If you are able to help distribute ashes to the home bound on Ash Wednesday, February 18, please contact Nancy Carlson at 515-225-6414.

Join us for our next pancake breakfast, presented by the Knights of Columbus, on Sunday, February 1 from 8:30-11:15 am in the parish center.

There will be NO CFF classes on Tuesday, February 3 or Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

CFF will have a Catechist In-Service at Sacred Heart School at 6:30 on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

If you are interested in adding your child to the Sacred Heart School Kindergarten Wait List for 2015-2016, please call the school office at 515-223-1284.

Sacred Heart School will be holding a Kindergarten Information Night (parents only) in the school gym on Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm. A Preschool Information Night (parents only) will be held on Thursday, February 5 at 6:30 pm in the gym.

The Women's Guild will hold a Sweetheart Spa on February 14, 2015. Come and enjoy delicious food, spa services, and shop in the boutique. The cost is $20/person. Proceeds will benefit SMASH youth group and church activities. CLICK HERE to learn more about Women's Guild.

The Knights of Columbus have a meeting on Monday, February 16.

Ash Wednesday is February 18. CLICK HERE for Lenten events and resources.

Winter Season of Hope Bereavement Group will meet from Monday, February 23 through March 30 from 3-5 pm in the church Library. Contact Nancy Carlson to reserve a space at 515-225-6414, ext. 315.

Save the NEW date for the next Women's Guild Meeting, March 3. The topic will be Lent and Adoration.

We would like to invite all interested non-Catholic adults to join us as we investigate not only what Catholics believe...but why. For details, contact Casey Conner at 225-6414 or

What's new at Sacred Heart

Welcome to Sacred Heart Catholic Church! 
We invite you to join us for Mass and to participate in some of our many activities. If you would like to learn more about Sacred Heart, or need to contact us, please click here.
Blessing, Father Mike Hess

Each year, the Knights of Columbus atSacred Heart Church | Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Church host a variety of event at which they raise funds that are distributed to several organizations who offer support to our church, our school, and people in need throughout our community. On Saturday, January 17, the Knights hosted a Free Throw Contest at Sacred Heart School. The event was well attended by basketball players of all ages!

Sacred Heart Church | Defend LifeOn Saturday, January 17, several Sacred Heart Church parishioners and many members of the Des Moines area community, joined the March for Life. This march is held in the Des Moines, as well as cities all across our country, during the month of January. CLICK HERE to learn more about how you can support the Iowa Right to Life.

Almost every Sunday, during 9:30 Mass, aSacred Heart Church | Children's Liturgy of the Word large group of our children attend Children's Liturgy of the Word. The children leave after the opening prayer for a short reflection on the readings for the week. They also learn about the seasons and celebrations of our Catholic faith. The group is led by Mary Zug - a big thank you to Mary for her loving support of our children!

Sacred Heart Church | Women's Guild and KnightsEach year, the Knights of Columbus and Women's Guild gather together for a Christmas Celebration. This year, the Christmas gathering was Monday, December 15. The entertainment included members of the 8th grade band from Sacred Heart School. Both the Knights of Columbus and Women's Guild do great work to help people who are in need, and to support the organizations and groups at both Sacred Heart Church and Sacred Heart School. We send them a huge heartfelt thank you!

Sunday, December 14 was Bambellini Sacred Heart Church | Bambellini SundaySunday and we celebrated at Sacred Heart! We are all familiar with the Nativity, displayed in all our houses from Advent through Christmas, but did you know it was created by St. Francis in the 1200s? Bambellini Sunday began much later, started by St. John Paul II during his papacy. On Bambellini Sunday, children bring the Baby Jesus figurine from the family Nativity to Mass to be blessed. When they return home, they place Baby Jesus under the Christmas tree. Our current Pope Francis continues the tradition. This year, the celebration at Mass on Bambellini Sunday was followed by a pancake breakfast provided by our Knights of Columbus. Special visitors included St. Nicholas, St. Lucy and Blessed Juan Diego (not pictured here).

Sacred Heart Church | Our Lady of GuadalupeFriday, December 12 was the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. At Sacred Heart, over 800 people gathered to take part in the celebration! Beginning at the school, all gathered to pray the Rosary and a Novena, and processed to the church, led my Father Fabian Moncada. Following the Eucharistic Celebration of the Mass, participants were treated to a reenactment of the apparition in the parish center and a celebration in the school including traditional Hispanic dancers, a Mariachi band, and great food! CLICK HERE to learn more about Our Lady of Guadalupe.

On Monday, December 1 and Sacred Heart Church | First ReconciliationSunday, December 7, over 100 students from Sacred Heart School and Children's Faith Formation celebrated the sacrament of forgivness at First Reconciliation. These children will also be celebrating First Eucharist in April and May at special Masses. Please continue to pray for our young Catholics. This is a special time for our students, and for their families as well, since parents play an invaluable role in teaching their children the ways of our Catholic faith.

Mass Times

Ash Wednesday Feb. 18
8 am
9:30 am (School Mass)
5 pm
6:30 pm
8 pm (Spanish Mass)
Holy Thursday Apr. 2 at 7 pm
Good Friday Apr. 3 at 7 pm
Easter Vigil Apr. 4 at 8 pm
Easter Sunday Sunday Mass times

4 pm
8 am 
9:30 am
11:15 am 
1 pm (Spanish Mass)
Mon - Fri
8 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Adoration will be held in the church every month. CLICK HERE for details and upcoming dates.
Join us in praying the Rosary at 7:30 am each morning before 8 am Mass or at 6:30 pm each Monday evening (except when a parish event is planned in the church).
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See the Daily Scripture Readings.
For holidays which fall on a weekday, Mass will be held at 9:00 am. Those holidays include: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
Masses to celebrate Holy Days of Obligation will be announced. Go to the Resource Page to see a list of the dates.

Sacred Heart Parish, 1627 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50265 | Phone: 515-225-6414 | Fax: 515-225-0286 |

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