WE NEED YOUR HELP! On Sunday, December 21 at 2 pm, the Art & Environment committee could use helpers to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas.  They need help installing Christmas trees and decorations. If you have holly or greenery for the Christmas wreath, please bring it with you on Sunday.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Sacred Heart has been busy feeding families! CLICK HERE to learn more about what they do to help families in our community.

There will be no Sunday Preschool, Tuesday or Wednesday Children's Faith Formation classes from December 21, 2014 through January 7, 2015. 

The Sacred Heart Parish office will be closed on December 24, 25 and 26 and January 1. 

There will be NO SMASH on December 24 and 31.

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

On January 22, Women's Guild will hold a service night. Watch this web site for details.

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.

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.

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

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 | 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.

Advent begins
on Sunday, November 30. To learn more about Advent, CLICK HERE.

Sacred Heart Church | Mass of RememberenceDuring the 11:15 Mass on Sunday, November 2, parishioners of Sacred Heart Church gathered to remember loved ones lost during the year. Family members each carried a candle with a name and placed it in front of the altar. The glow from so many candles was a beautiful reminder of the love of Christ, and of those we cherish and miss.

Mass Times

December 24
4 pm, 6 pm, and 10 pm
December 25
8 am, 9:30 am and Noon (Spanish Mass)
December 31
8 am and 5 pm
January 1
9 am and Noon (Spanish Mass)

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).

Taking a vacation? Find a church and Mass times while you are away from Sacred Heart!

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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