1. Sinners are forgiven.

2. Souls that thirst are refreshed.

3. Those who are fettered have their bonds broken.

4. Those who weep find happiness.

5. Those who are tempted find peace.

6. The poor find help.

7. Religious are reformed.

8. Those who are ignorant are instructed.

9. The living learn to overcome pride.

10. The dead (the Holy Souls) have their pains eased by suffrages.


1. It gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ.

2. It purifies our souls, washing away sin.

3. It gives us victory over all our enemies.

4. It makes it easy for us to practice virtue.

5. It sets us on fire with love of Our Lord.

6. It enriches us with graces and merits.

7. It supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow men; and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces for us from Almighty God.

October is the Month of the Rosary The Rosary will be said Fifteen Minutes before each Mass

From Father Jerome… 

Dear Parishioners at St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s, 

First and foremost, I thank the Almighty God who has made it possible for me to encounter a community of love and fraternity like this. 

Secondly, I bless the holy name of God on the Diocese of Des Moines for granting approval of my visit. 

Thirdly, I unreservedly express a very deep and unfathomable appreciation, heartfelt thanks and most sincere gratitude to the parishes of St. Mary’s, Avoca and St. Patrick’s, Walnut for the warm reception I received and enjoyed very well in the course of my maiden visit to the parishes. Suffice to say that your cordial and mutual reception has impacted me richly. I have learned in another dimension the concept of family togetherness-in-faith and sharing in love. I feel so delighted by the collaborative spirit that is operational in the parish. What an engaged and faith propelling community! I urge you with great passion to keep up the rare evangelizing spirit. 

Let me at this point turn my grateful heart to my host, brother-priest and friend, in the person of Fr. Seth Owusu, pastor in charge of the parish. He has done best again what he is used to doing. I thank him for his usual kindness, fraternity, love and cordiality. I confess to it that he went extra miles to make me very comfortable. Indeed, it was a gesture of love and inestimable hospitality. 

I wish to humbly assure you that I would most certainly carry with me the gladsome memories of the adventure home to my people/community. Should I have the privilege to visit here again, I know for sure that I am coming to a home. 

Final admonition: Please keep the faith alive in season and out of season! God Bless you all. 

In Oneness with Christ, 

Father Jerome

The Gift Inside You

We have been reading the letters of St. Paul to Timothy recently. In 1 Timothy 4:12-16, Paul exhorts Timothy, his son, to use the Spiritual Gift in him. “Do not neglect the gift that is in you which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them so that all may see you progress.” 1 Timothy 4:12-15

Every child of God has a unique spiritual gift put into him/her by the Creator. Our task on earth is to discover this gift and use it to the full. Like Timothy, each one of us has received a special gift from the Lord: 1) Ask God in prayer to reveal to you the spiritual gift(s) that He has given you. 2) Become aware of the movement of the Holy Spirit in your life and any spiritual inclination to act in a particular way (e.g. a strong inclination to bring healing to the sick…to teach, to lead, or to guide). 3) Step out in faith and exercise that spiritual gift.

Everyone feels naturally nervous in attempting to exercise the spiritual gifts, but perseverance through faith will make the difference, therefore act now. Good luck to all teachers of CCD to unearth and enhance the potentials, talents, and spiritual gifts in our young ones.

Blessings, Father Seth

Letter from Bishop-Elect William M. Joensen

I write you from the “bishops” formation school in Rome where 112 first-year
bishops and bishops-elect from around the world are participating in sessions
organized by the Vatican Congregation for Bishops. As with any conference, the
sessions provide mixed practical use, but the overall fruit of this time is to intensify
my desire and commitment to take up the call extended to me by Pope Francis to
serve as your bishop.
I cannot begin such a ministry without acknowledging the labors of Bishop Pates
and Bishop Charron, including as well you priests, and the religious and lay
faithful who have worked together to enable this local Church to flourish. As the
apostle Peter says (2 Peter 1), you have collectively received an equal faith, and are
stewards of the promise through whom God has brought such great abundance.
Now I am privileged to join you “in the Des Moines Tent” (2 Peter 1:13). There is
much for me to learn about the history and personality of the Diocese. I want to
take time to watch and listen, ask questions, and become one with you that we can
eagerly continue Jesus’ saving mission among us.
I would welcome your input on the strengths and weakness of the Church’s mission
in the Des Moines Diocese, what you would consider as pastoral priorities, and
what you expect from me as your bishop. You may address letter/notes to me
marked personal to the Pastoral Center or
I have felt the assistance of the Holy Spirit through your prayers, and have
continued to pray for you all. I look forward to collaborating with you to carry out
the work of the gospel which Jesus has so richly entrusted to us.
Faithfully in Christ,
William M. Joensen
Bishop-Elect of Des Moines

Catechetical Sunday

Thanks to our CCD teachers for giving of their time and hearts to teach our children! This Sunday, we will bless them at 8:00 Mass. Afterwards, everyone is invited starfish2downstairs for continental breakfast and CCD Open House. Come and see our updated spaces!! Your littles can meet their teachers!

First class for grades 7-12 will be September 18th.

First class for grades K-6 will be September 22nd.

If you haven’t had a chance to register your children, you can do so during Open House or on the first night/morning of classes! Contact Jane True for more information.


Try Again

Everyone expects to accomplish every task to a successful completion without fail. Disappointments are not what people expect to meet or see but, we pray for forgiveness not once but many times because we trust God to hear and forgive us. God in turn expects us to try to forgive our fellow humans in relationships a second chance which often becomes difficult for us to do. We then defeat the purpose of the Lord’s Prayer “Our Father, Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Jesus met the disappointed fishermen at the shore mending their nets after a
wasteful all night fishing. Jesus encourages them to try a second time and they get
results, (LK5:1-11).

In John 2:5, Mary encourages the servants to listen to Jesus, “Do whatever He tells you.” Miracle indeed followed. It always takes strong and true faith to expect good and positive results. The Lord is always patient with us and if we also learn to listen and follow him sincerely in obedience, we can attempt doing and desiring anything no matter how many times we try. We can yield good, miraculous, and surprising results in the end.

Therefore, never give up on anything, but “TRY AGAIN.”

BLESSINGS … Father Seth

Grace of Real Righteousness

In his beautiful wrings St. Augustine wrote :

“Beware, O Christians, beware of Pride. You may well be an imitator of the saints, but always put it all down to grace; because that you should be something ….. is the work of God’s grace, not of your merits ….

I mean, if you are relying on your works, it follows that you are being paid a reward, not presented with a grace. But if it is a grace, then it is given gratis, free. Now I’m going to question you: Do you believe Christ, you sinner? You say, I do. What do you believe? That all your sins can be forgiven you, through him, gratis? You already have what you believe. Oh grace given gratis!

What do you believe, just man? So put it entirely down to his loving kindness that you are just; but that you are a sinner, ascribe to your own iniquity. Because every crime, misdeed, or sin comes from our negligence, and all virtue and sanctity comes from God’s indulgence.


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