Blood Pressure screening is held the first weekend of every month from October until May in the small room off the church vestibule.

The Sacred Heart Women's Guild is coordinating efforts to provide 20 casseroles each month to the Family Violence Center. CLICK HERE for details.

Confirmation for our 2014 Confirmation Candidates will be held on October 12, 2014. Please pray for our young Catholics.

The next pancake breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held on October 12, 2014 from 8:30-11 am in the parish center.

Monday, October 13, 2014 the Sacred Heart 0-50 group will be hosting a dinner in the parish center. Social begins at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Entertainment is Jerry Kinney and his Sax and Brass Band at 7 pm. Cost is $10 at the door. Reservations must be made by Friday, October 10 to Irene TanCreti (225-7016) or Mary Margaret Conair (457-9799 / 554-9590 or Coffee provided, bring another beverage if you wish and table service.

Grab your friends and join us while we read and discuss an awesome book, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by popular author Matthew Kelly. This five week series begins on Monday, October 27 and lasts until November 24, 2014. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm, discussion begins at 6:15 pm. Books are $4 and are available in the church office. Online registration will be available and is encouraged to ensure adequate planning. Questions? Contact:

Sacred Heart Church | Family Ministry

Ladies, are you seeking to connect with others and share your faith? Sacred Heart Marriage and Family Ministry is offering a new program this fall called Walking with Purpose. CLICK HERE to go to the Marriage and Family Ministry page to learn more about this study and to register!

The Des Moines Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul welcomes all parishioners to participate in its annual Friends of the Poor Walk on Sunday, September 28. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Our very own Deanna Lane, Director of Youth Ministry, has contributed to Bite-Sized Faith, a blog through the St. Joseph Educational Center. Here is the link to Deanna's article: Back to School: A Parent's Reflection and Prayer

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

Our next Love in the Heart of Christ Parish Service project will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Mark your calendars now and watch for details!

The Mass of Remebrance will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 11:15 am.

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be held Novermeber 15 - 16 at all Masses.

A new Seasons of Hope Bereavement Group will meet from November 24-December 29, 2014. Watch for details.

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

Sacred Heart Church | Pancake BreakfastSunday, September 14 was the very first pancake breakfast for the year! The Knights of Columbus (and a few extra helpers) were busy all morning as they fed smiling faces (shown in the picture here). The Knights hold a pancake breakfast about once a month on a Sunday morning in the parish center. The donations they collect at the pancake breakfast each month go to support a wide variety of parish and community organizations. Watch this page for the next breakfast! CLICK HERE to learn more about the Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart Church.

Sacred Heart Church | RCIA

The Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming for our RCIA adults was held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 during the 9:30 am Mass. The participants pictures above will be learning about our Catholic faith all throughout the year and will be joining the Church at Easter Vigil. If you are interested in learning more about the process of RCIA, please CLICK HERE.

Join us for Children's Liturgy of the Word Sacred Heart Church | Children's Liturgydismissal, held during 9:30 am Mass each week. Children who are in kindergarten and older are invited to follow the group for an interpretation of the Gospel created just for them. The children also learn many of the basics of our weekly liturgy which will help them begin to understand the depth of our Catholic faith. There is no charge for this program.

Sacred Heart Church | Catholic Women NowCatholic Women Now is a half-hour show produced at the studios of Iowa Catholic Radio in Des Moines, and is co-hosted by our very own Julie Nelson and Chris Magruder. The show explores various topics such as faith, family, friendship and the feminine genius. Julie and Chris together explore the depth, breadth and strength of the Catholic Church. The program airs live on Thursday at 9 am and is rebroadcast at 9 pm the same day. Central Iowa listeners can turn the radio dial to 1150 AM, 88.5 or 94.5 FM. Listen anywhere in the world at and hit the "Listen Live" link. You can also listen throught the tune-in radio app for smart phones and mobile devices.

Can summer really be over? I guess so, since Sacred Heart School is back in session! Sacred Heart Church | Sacred Heart SchoolClasses began on on August 20. You can tell by the smiles on these happy faces that this is going to be another great year. The legacy of Sacred Heart School goes back quite a few years. Building on the first stage of the new school was started in 1954. The church at the current site came much later. The first Mass was held on December 14, 1968 but the the VERY FIRST Sacred Heart Church was built in the late 1800s, located in Valley Junction. We are very proud of our heritage and have no doubt that these students will carry on the tradition of faith we have shared at Sacred Heart for over 200 years. CLICK HERE to learn more about our history.

Sacred Heart Parish PicnicA little bit of hot weather did not keep the parishioners of Sacred Heart from having a great day at the annual parish picnic! On Sunday, August 24, we gathered over 800 people on the church grounds for a day full of fun! Various groups provided food, drink, activities and fabulous entertainment. We can always count on the Knights of Columbus to cook a great burger! The picnic, led by our tireless volunteer Bill Wieland, was a huge success due to Bill's leadership and the hard work of many many volunteers! Thanks to everyone who joined in to make this a wonderful end to summer. CLICK HERE to learn more about our great day!

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus met on Monday, August 18. Pictured below are the Knights displaying the new state motto for the Iowa K of C members, "Go Make A Difference." Watch this page or the Sacred Heart Church Knights of Columbus web page for upcoming activities sponsored by the Knights of Columbus that will be held throughout the year!

Sacred Heart Church | Knights of Columbus

Mass Times

4:00 pm

8:00 am 
9:30 am
11:15 am 
1:00 pm (Spanish Mass)

Mon - Fri
8:00 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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