St. Joseph Catholic Church & School
St. Joseph Catholic Church & School




Together We Are St. Joseph

We, the parish family of St. Joseph, guided by the Holy Spirit, do hereby covenant ourselves to God by working to proclaim His Word, build His community, celebrate His liturgy, and serve His people.

As a school of the Diocese of Des Moines, St. Joseph Catholic School’s mission is to provide a meaningful educational experience for our children and adolescents, in an environment integrated with Gospel values that nurture faith, community, prayer, and service. We believe that we provide a warm and caring environment for students and that they are challenged to learn the essential curriculum regardless of learning rate or style. We teach the value of human dignity and the concepts of peace and justice, which therefore enable our students to become involved participants in our global society.

Our educational program includes kindergarten through eighth grade, in addition to an exceptional preschool program for ages 3-4.

St. Joseph Catholic School opened its doors in 1949. The Precious Blood Sisters were our first teachers, ministering 23 years. In 1971, the Sisters of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary began their ministry to students, which continued for the next 18 years. Today we are extremely proud of our highly dedicated, spiritual, and talented teaching staff.

Campus Life

Mass times

Saturday | 5:00pm

Sunday | 8:00am & 10:00am

Monday | 7:00am Communion Service

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday | 7:00am

Wednesday | 8:30am Mass with School Staff & Students

Hispanic Masses & Services

St. Joseph’s does not presently offer Masses in Spanish. For a list of parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines that do offer Masses, sacraments, and other services for the Hispanic community, please click here.

masses at other parishes

For Mass times within the Diocese of Des Moines, click here.

For Mass times throughout the world, click here.


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All are invited to share in the sacramental life of St. Joseph Parish. Hours for the healing sacrament of penance (reconciliation) are Saturdays, 3:45-4:30pm, and Sundays, 7:00-7:45am and 9:15-9:45am. To receive the anointing of the sick, please call the Parish Office. Please visit the Preparing for Sacraments page (under Faith Formation) for information on the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, holy orders, and matrimony.

eucharistic adoration

Come to our chapel to pray, reflect, or simply rest in Our Lord’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament. As explained by Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, "We become like that which we gaze upon. Looking into a sunset, the face takes on a golden glow. Looking at our Eucharistic Lord for an hour transforms the heart.” Eucharistic Adoration hours are weekdays, 10:00am-10:00pm. For details, please call or email the Parish Office. Si hablas español, call David Ortega at 515-207-1472. 

Campus Spotlight

October 10 - October 17, 2019

Coffee & Donuts will be hosted this Sunday by St. Joseph Home & School Association. Come down after all Sunday Masses and take some time to get to know someone new!

Sunday School during the 10am Mass this Sunday! Children ages 3-6 are welcome. Please fill out a registration form, found in the gathering space of the church.

Our new Mass Ministries schedule runs September 7-December 1. Copies may be found in the sacristy. The online version is now posted on the Mass Ministries page.

St. Joseph Rosary Society is requesting baked goods for their upcoming Craft & Vendor Fair. Consider donating baked item(s), which can be dropped off Friday, October 11 in the school gym, or the morning of the event. Many thanks!


St. Joseph’s offers abundant opportunities for fellowship and faith-building. Visit the Parish Center after most Sunday Masses for lively social time with coffee and donuts; or meet regularly with fellow parishioners for Alpha or a scripture study. Current opportunities can be found in our Sunday bulletin and under the Faith Formation tab.


Our various councils, committees, and ministries provide year-round opportunities for individuals to share their gifts in the service of the campus and extended community. Please visit the Service Committees page (under Councils & Committees) for information on the groups and activities that best fit your time, talents, and treasures.

calendar & news

Scroll down for our weekly Campus Spotlight news and events. Current news and opportunities on campus and throughout the Diocese of Des Moines are always featured in our Sunday bulletin and in e-communications. For your digital convenience, our Coming Events listing (under Events & Resources) provides links or downloadable details on the opportunities we believe will be of most interest to our campus family.

St. Joseph Rosary Society Craft & Vendor Fair is this Saturday, October 12! This event is being held in the school gym, 9am - 3pm. Come on over and shop locally! There will be many, many shopping opportunities including: A Flair of the Heart, Pampered Chef, Bracelets, Sun Catchers & Magnets, Young Living, Color Street Nails, Craft Beyond Woodwork, DBR Creations Wreaths, Paulette’s Quilting and Sewing, ThirtyOne Gifts, Gifts by Design, Massage for Health, Red River Valley Designs, Gold Canyon Candles, Scraps & Jars, Mary Kay, Blair’s Beauties and Bows, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Themed Rosaries & Jewelry, Heather’s Touchstone Crystal, plus new vendors who have recently been added! Enjoy a walking taco for lunch and buy some baked goods to take home with you!

Your 2019 Parish Pictorial Directory is waiting to be claimed or purchased. Please come to the Parish Office during business hours, 8:30am-3:30pm weekdays, or call 515-266-2226 to make special arrangements.

Only in Christ can men and women find answers to the ultimate questions that trouble them. Only in Christ can they fully understand their dignity as persons created and loved by God.
— Pope St. John Paul II