Upcoming Events and information

Fly While You Still Have Wings! You are invited to attend a mini-retreat led by Joyce Rupp on Thursday, September 10 from 7-9 pm. CLICK HERE for further details.

* Do you have a prayer line request? Call Wynanda Fergusson at 225-7200.

* If you or a loved one are hospitalized and would like a visit from a member of our pastoral staff, please call the parish office. We are not always notified of a parishioner's admission tothe hospital, especially if you were admitted through the emergency room.

* Low gluten comminion is available at Sacred Heart. Please contact the parish nurse for more information.

* Assisted listening devices are available at Sacred Heart. If you or a loved one could use assistance listening at any of our services or programs, please pick up a listening device in the usher's closet.

Sacred Heart | Nurse

Nancy Carlson RN

Sacred Heart Parish Nurse 
515-225-6414, ext. 315

I can be of assistance to you on any faith or health related topic, please contact me. I have many resources I would like to share with you! 

Visits to the hospitalized and the homebound are made regularly. Please contact the parish office if you or a loved one would like us to vist.

You can find Assisted Listening Devices in the Usher's Room.

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day."
Henri Nouwen

    Sacred Heart Church | Mass Times

    What is Parish Nursing?

    A parish nurse is a friend ... based in a faith community that you can call on for help in health care.Sacred Heart Church | Parish Nursing

    Here are just some of the services a parish nurse can provide: 

    * Help in accessing and navigating the health system
    Help in accessing and navigating the health system
    * Programs to promote healthy exercise and nutrition
    * Education on health issues
    Support groups
    * Health screenings
    * Assistance to new parents
    * Support for hospitalized or homebound family members  

    A parish nurse focuses on the whole person to emphasize wellness, disease prevention and health promotion, including healthy spirituality. Care is based on the belief that health is growth toward well being and emphasizes the interrelationship of body, mind and spirit. Health is related to everything a person does, thinks, and feels and is not merely the absence of disease.

    Roles of the Parish Nurse

    * Integrator of Faith and Health - Works to improve health of body, Sacred Heart Church | Parish Nursingmind, spirit, community and creation
    * Health Educator - Provides opportunities to learn about health issues
    * Health Counselor - Discusses health concerns, emphasizing early response to problems and encouraging healthy lifestyles
    * Referral Advisor - Provides referral to healthcare and social services
    * Health Advocate - Speaks out to help others obtain needed health services
    * Developer of Support Groups - Facilitates support groups for the community

    Health, Healing and Wholeness

    Walk a Labyrinth This Week

    Have you ever walked a labyrinth? Did you know we have a labyrinth here at Sacred Heart - just east of our parish office? Try taking a half hour out of your day this week and walk our labyrinth. We have prayer books available to use as you walk, just inside the office entry way. Sacred Heart Church | Parish Nurse

    Before you begin the labyrinth, stop to center yourself. As you walk, observe the process. May your steps enrich your faith and prayer life and support you in your journey. As you exit the labyrinth, acknowledge the ending with a transition phrase, such as amen.

    As you walk the labyrinth, you trust that the journey will bring you to your destination. All you need to do is walk. Even though the path may have many twists and turns, it always leads to where you need to go. There are no dead ends. There are no wrong turns. There is only walking!

    Prayer Line

    The Power of Prayer

    The Prayer Line is made up of a group of women from our parish who, on their own time, pray daily for any requests given to them. It was started in the late 1980s by parishioner Mary Waldronn. Wynanda Ferguson took over for Mary. Parishioners call with the name of someone they want to receive prayers due to illness, family problems, to help someone cope with a situation, a mental illness, an addictions of any kind, as well as many additional concerns. 

    A call comes in to one of the members or through the parish office, and the request is called to each of the many prayer line members. The women pray for the request received during their daily prayer time. They continue to keep the request on the prayer line, letting go and letting God...their prayer time is continuous. They ask for the name of the person being prayed for but if the person wishes to remain anonymous, that is alright too.

    If you are interested in joining the Prayer Line, please call Wynanda Ferguson at 225-7200. They ask that you be sincere about your prayer time, for it requires a daily practice. Starting on May 1, 2013, prayer requests will also be taken by emailing the Parish Nurse, Nancy Carlson at nancy.carlson@sacredheartwdm.org. Adding email will enable those who would like to be a part of this uplifiting minstry to be connected to our community from any location.


    You invite all who are burdened
    to come to You.

    Allow Your healing hand to heal me.

    Touch my soul with Your 
    compassion for others.

    Touch my heart with Your courage
    and infinite love for all.

    Touch my mind with Your wisdom,
    that my mouth may always
    proclaim Your praise.

    Teach me to reach to You
    in my need, and help me to lead
    others to You by my example.

    Most loving Heart of Jesus,
    bring me health in body and spirit
    that I may serve You with all my strength.

    Touch gently this life, which You
    have created, now and forever. Amen

    From Priests of the Sacred Heart Monastery

    "Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours."  ~ St. Teresa of Avila

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

      ·   Login
    Copyright 2012 by Sacred Heart Parish