Participate at Mass

If you are interested in participating in Mass, here are some opportunities. We need the support of all parishioners!

Altar Servers: Students are eligible to become an Altar Server in 5th grade and older, and preparation is held during the 5th grade year. Click here for details. To learn more about becoming an altar server, call the church office at (515) 225-6414.

Art & Environment: Pam Douglas is the chair of the Art & Environment Committee. As the Liturgical Calendar changes, the members of the Art & Environment Committee meet to decorate the church and create a beautiful space in which to worship. For more information, click here. To contact Pam, call her at (515) 224-0032.

Ministers of the Eucharist: Acting as a Minister of the Eucharist is a fulfilling way to contribute to the celebration of the Mass. If you are not already a Minister of the Eucharist, please email the office to find out when the next training session will be held.

Music Ministry: Music Ministry at Sacred Heart offers a variety of opportunities for children, teens and adults who wish to participate in vocal or instrument ensembles. Click here for a description of each choir or to email Sheila Hancock, Director of Music Ministry.

Ushers: Contact Gregg Carlson (515) 987-8025 if you are interested in helping during Mass as an usher.

Parish Programs

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness light; and where there is sadness, joy."    St. Francis of Assisi Sacred Heart Parish | Organizations

At Sacred Heart Church, we are a community of believers. As believers, it is important to work together to grow spiritually, to support our parish financially, and to reach out to the world in which we live. Whether your gift is serving those in need, participating in a Bible study, joining a choir, or organizing a parish event, our prayer is that you find what you seek in the variety of activities listed on this page.

Adult Faith and GIFT (Growing in Faith Together): These programs offer opportunities to the families, parents, and adults to grow spiritually as they learn the details of our Catholic faith. Julie Nelson is the coordinator of both programs, and plans activities throughout the year. CLICK HERE to learn more about what is offered through GIFT. Email Julie at

Becoming Catholic (RCIA): Casey and Paul Conner are responsible for helping interested adults learn about and possibly join the Catholic Church. Through this process, Sacred Heart welcomes new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). To learn more, CLICK HERE If you wish to call Casey at (515) 225-6414 or email at

Children's Faith Formation (CFF): The CFF staff, Kayla Richer, Debbie Chalik and Marcia Schaul, coordinate programs that include Wednesday Faith Formation classes for students in area public schools, Sunday morning preschool held during 9:30 Mass, sacramental preparation programs for all children of our parish, Children's Liturgy of the Word dismissal at the 9:30 Mass, and many educational programs to help parents and catechists as they guide the children of our parish. Click here to learn more about the programs offered through CFF. Click here if you are interested in joining us as a catechist. 

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee oversees finances for the parish. For further information, contact the church office for contact informaiton at (515) 225-6414.

Hispanic Ministry: Our Hispanic Ministries program is designed to serve our Latino community, and to celebrate and share the rich cultural traditions through the many programs we offer. For information about baptisms or registering for sacramental preparation or faith formaiton classes, call the office at (515) 225-6414. Rosario Manzano is the Director of the program. Click here to learn more or contact Rosario at (515) 779-1191.

Parish Nursing: As the Parish Nurse for Sacred Heart, Nancy Carlson offers a wide variety of supportive programs to parishioners, and opportunities for many volunteers. CLICK HERE to visit the Parish Nursing page. If you wish to email Nancy at

Pastoral Council: For information regarding the Pastoral Council, CLICK HERE to visit their page, to learn more or for contact information.

SMASH / Youth Ministry: Through the many activities offered to our youth, grades 9-12, students are able to attend faith sharing events, a social activities, National Catholic Youth Conference, and mission trips offered each year. CLICK HERE to visit the Youth Ministry | SMASH page. You can email Deanna Lane, Director of Youth ministry, or call at (515) 225-0546.

Involvement and Support

Legion of Mary: Contact Pat Perlowski for details at (515) 223-1444.

Prayer Line: Wynanda Fergusen is the contact for the Prayer Line. Call Wynanda at (515) 225-7200.

Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Fraternal organization which sets faith and service at the core of what they believe. Each year, the Knights raise thousands of dollars to benefit our parish, our community and our world. For information, watch our home page, or click here to visit the K of C web site. Call Norton Hatlie at (515) 577-3644.

St. Vincent de Paul: There are many opportunities to volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul. Click Here to visit the St. Vincent de Paul page. 

TEAM (The Elderly and Me): Mary Cameron is the contact for TEAM. Contact Mary at (515) 225-2655.

Women's Guild: Women's Guild is an organization that offers a wide variety of activities and outreach opportunities for members. Click here to learn more.

Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart School offers many opportunities for support and involvement for parents and advocates for Catholic education. Read More...

Board of Religious and Academic Education: The Board acts in an advisory group to Sacred Heart School in matters involving school budget and tuition. In addition, the board is a policy-making committee for educational programs at Sacred Heart Church. Click here to learn more.

Home and School Association: This organization supports the school through communication between parents, faculty, and staff, by sponsoring fundraising projects, and by promoting community spirit. To learn more, click here.

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

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