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

Masses for Next Holy Day

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, August 15 | 7am, 8:30am, 6:30pm

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

August 15 - 22, 2019

Welcome, friends of the Iowa State Fair! Please come to St. Joseph’s for Masses and Eucharistic Adoration during your visit. Mass times and chapel hours are featured on this page.

St. Joseph School’s 2019-2020 registration is still open, and we are pleased to be offering a $700 tuition credit for new students! Select the School tab above to check out our school life pages. Preschool is tuition-free for 4-year-olds. Open House for registered families is Wednesday, August 21, 6-7:30pm, and features an Ice Cream Social in the gym, 6:30-8pm. School begins Friday, August 23!

Our 2019-2020 Youth Faith Formation classes resume the week of September 8! Download and complete the teen forms or grades 1-8 forms, or read more about our programs under the Faith Formation tab. We are presently in need of a 4th grade co-catechist for Wednesday evenings. Email Deb Ryan to inquire.

Our Parish Office welcomes a friendly person with strong administrative, interpersonal, and writing skills to fill the full-time role of Parish Secretary. For details, email Paula Courter, Business Manager.


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.

Catholic Charities’ Bishop’s Golf Classic is coming up August 26 at Echo Valley Country Club. To golf with St. Joseph’s parishioners, email Steve Kramer or call 515-669-9268.

St. Joseph’s Blood Drive for LifeServe is in the School Gym on September 3, 3-6:30pm. For details, call Vivian at 515-229-3028.

Our second year of the world-renowned Alpha series kicks off September 23! Seekers and lifelong Catholics alike are encouraged to join us. Volunteers are also needed. Read more under the faith formation/adults page.

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.

Our next Mass Ministries schedule runs September 7-December 1. Volunteers are asked to update their availability and profiles by August 26.

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