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  • Emmaus House

    Emmaus House will host several opportunities this summer to find out more about St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises. You and some of your friends may want to join us for an informational session to be held on Thursday, August 20th at 6:00 p.m. These gatherings, which will be held at Emmaus House, 1521 Center Street, Des Moines, are free, open to the public and no RSVPs are required. Questions? Email us at emmaus_house@yahoo.com or call Cindy Shaw at Emmaus, 515-282-4839.

  • Grinnell Deanery MS/HS Swim Party

    Grinnell Deanery MS/HS Swim Party will be on August 16 at the Newton Aquatic Center. Leave Pella at 3:30 and return by 8:00 p.m. There is no cost to the student. Call Carol Laughlin at 780-3819 to sign up before August 12th. Come hear and support Tim Stammeyer, a Sacred Heart Newton native, currently a member of the NET Ministries 2015/2016 team along with super snacks and swimming.

  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word

    Children’s Liturgy of the Word will begin on October 4th during the 10:30 Mass. It is available for 4 year olds through those in first grade. Older children are asked to participate in the Mass. There is not a registration, children will be called forward and sent forth following the opening prayer. If you would like to help with Children’s Liturgy, please contact Carol Laughlin at 780-3819.

  • Religious Education Registration

    Registration will be available on the weekends of August 22-23 and 28-29 following Masses. Classes are forming for Kindergarten through High School Seniors. Registration fees remain at $40 per year per child Kindergarten through sixth grade meet Wednesdays from 5:45—7:00 p.m. Middle School and High School meet on Sunday evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The complete schedule for the year will be available at registration.

  • 5K Run/Walk for LIFE

    Pathways of Pella will be hosting its annual 5K Run/Walk for LIFE on Saturday, September 12 at Pella Christian High School. Registration at 7:30 a.m. with race beginning at 8:00 a.m.

    Cost is $25 before Aug. 30 (to guarantee a t-shirt please register prior to Aug. 15). $30 after Aug. 30 (no guarantee of shirt). Kids 12 & under walk/run free (no shirt, but may order them for $10 each prior to Aug. 15). Raise $150 and up in pledges and you and your family walk/run for free, 2 free t-shirts and eligible for prize drawings!

    For more information, registration forms and pledge sheets go to: www.pathwayspella.org or call 641-628-4827. For even more fun wear your favorite Hawkeye or Cyclone colors….Let’s see if we can predict the winner for the big game that day.

  • Catholic Worker House

    Here is your chance to be the hands of Jesus! Sign up to donate food , cook or deliver a meal to the hungry in Des Moines on August 8th. Check the kiosk for the sign-up sheet to see how you can make a difference. Questions? Call Donna Boots at 641-780-1671.

  • Fr. John’s Weekly Office Schedule

    Monday: available for emergency contact or pre-scheduled meetings through the parish offices or rectory.
    Tuesday: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Oskaloosa
    Tuesday: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Pella
    Wednesday: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Oskaloosa
    Wednesday: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Pella
    Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Oskaloosa
    Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pella
    Saturday/Sunday: available for pre-scheduled meetings and emergency contact at the rectory in Oskaloosa.

    Please understand that this is a general schedule and is subject to change based on need.

  • Congratulations & Thanks!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Lowell Van Wyk and the members of Deacon Class VII who were instituted in the Ministry of Lector on July 12 at Sacred Heart Church in Newton. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin their fourth year in formation.

    CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Lickteig as he assumes his duties as Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus. Thank you to Brian Huddle as he concludes his term and to all of our former Grand Knights.

  • Use your gifts and skills to change lives!

    The Well Resource Center is excited to again partner with local churches and businesses to host the Getting Ahead and Connections programs and we need YOU! Join one of our teams to prepare food, pray, love and care for children, provide transportation or become an ally. This is a great opportunity to offer support to people who are interested in building skills and resources to write a better future story. Sessions begin in August so contact The Well Resource Center at 641-621-0164 or juliaf@thewelliowa.org to find out how to get involved.

  • Journey to Rome and Beyond

    October 13-22, 2015

    For brochures and inquiries call Fr. Bob McAleer at 563-940-1796 or Msgr. Frank Henricksen at 563-886-6285.

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  • Homilies

    December 6, 2014
    November 30, 2014
    November 29, 2014
    November 22, 2014
    November 16, 2014
    November 15, 2014
    November 9, 2014
    November 2, 2014
    October 26, 2014
    October 25, 2014
    October 19, 2014
    October 18, 2014
    September 6, 2014
    August 31, 2014
    August 30, 2014
    August 24, 2014
    August 23, 2014
    August 17, 2014
    August 03, 2014

    July 27, 2014
    July 19, 2014
    July 6, 2014

    June 21, 2014
    June 8, 2014
    May 31, 2014
    May 24, 2014
    May 18, 2014
    May 11, 2014
    April 12, 2014
    April 5, 2014
    March 29, 2014

     Third Sunday of Lent
    Saturday Anticipatory Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent

    Second Sunday of Lent

    First Sunday of Lent

    Ash Wednesday

    Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Presentation of the Lord

    Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Baptism of the Lord


    Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

    Feast of the Holy Family

    Christmas Eve

    Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Third Sunday of Advent

    Feast of the Immaculate Conception

    Second Sunday of Advent

    First Sunday of Advent

    Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    The Assumption

    Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Corpus Christi

    Trinity Sunday

    Pentecost Sunday

    Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Saturday of the Third week of Easter

    Second Sunday of Easter – The Solemnity of the Annunciation

    Easter Sunday

    Easter Vigil

    Good Friday

    Palm Sunday

    Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Third Sunday of Lent

    Second Sunday of Lent

    First Sunday of Lent

    Ash Wednesday

    Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Baptism of the Lord

    Feast of the Epiphany: Remembering Who We Are and To Whom We Belong

    Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

    Feast of the Holy Family

    Christmas Eve Childrens Mass

    Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Second Sunday of Advent

    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

    Solemnity of Christ the King

    32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sunday)

    32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Saturday)

    All Saints Day Mass: The Communion of Saints; Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ

    30th Sunday Cycle B: Master I Want To See

    30th Sunday, Cycle B (Saturday): Jesus, Son of David Have Pity On Me

    26th Sunday, Cycle B: Our most authentic identity… Christ

    25th Sunday, Cycle B: Righteous Decisions vs The Devil mad me do it

    24th Sunday, Cycle B: Then Get Busy!

    23rd Sunday, Cycle B: All in the Family

    22nd Sunday, Cycle B: Living lives beyond (not contrary to) rules.

    21st Sunday, Cycle B: Bread of Life

    20th Sunday, Cycle B: Do you believe in the Real Presence? Are you truly Present?

    19th Sunday, Cycle B: Can we accept this or is it too much?

    18th Sunday, Cycle B: Not Wonder Bread But Christ Himself

    17th Sunday, Cycle B: Deacon Jake: Desire

    16th Sunday, Cycle B: The One Who Made the Promise is TRUSTWORTHY

    15th Sunday, CycleB: Deacon Don Efinger, Take One for the Team

  • New Parishioners

    Welcome to St. Mary Church!
    We look forward to getting to know you!  Please use the following information and links to learn more about our parish. 

    If you have any questions please contact Julie Tuel from the Welcoming Ministry, and she will help ensure that you have your questions answered and facilitate introducing you to the rest of our faith family.

    Julie Tuel
    E-mail:  rossnjulie@gmail.com
    Phone:  515-205-3474

    • Parish Staff and Contact Information – Click here to view photos and contact information for our Parish Staff.  There is also a contact form that can be used to submit questions.

    • Directions and Map – Located north of Walmart this map will help you easily find us!  We look forward to meeting you!

    The form can then be mailed to:
    St. Mary’s Church
    Attn: Parishioner Registration
    PO BOX 114
    Pella, IA 50219

    Alternately, the form can also be dropped off at the office.

    • Stewardship Commitment Forms – These forms let us know about your interests and desire to be involved in various parish ministries.  They can be submitted at any time.

    • Central College Catholics (C3) C3 is our college outreach ministry. Click the above link for contact information to get involved!


  • Mass Times
    Weekend Services
    Sunday at 10:30am
    Saturday at 5:00pm

    Weekday Services
    Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Mass at 8:30am
    Wednesday Mass at 12:15pm
    Saturday 4:00pm until heard
    Eucharistic Adoration
    Every Monday 5:00 - 10:00pm
    First Friday of the Month 9:00am - 12:00noon, ending with mid-day prayer and benediction.

    Directions and Map
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