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Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion used by individuals or groups who wish through prayer and reflection to follow Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary. Many Christians practice the devotion, but the Stations holds a special significance among Roman Catholics. It is one of the most important devotions honoring the passion of Jesus.

What matters most in the Stations of the Cross is to follow Jesus Christ in his passion and to see ourselves mirrored in him. To face life's dark side in ourselves and in our world, we need images of hope, and Jesus offers images of hope in his passion. By accompanying him on the Way of the Cross, we gain his courageous patience and learn to trust in God who delivers us from evil.

At St. Joseph School, we gather to pray the Stations each Wednesday during Lent. We culminate our Lenten devotion with a Live Stations of the Cross, presented by our middle school students. Each station is presented dramatically on Good Friday.

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The rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Introduced by the Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Marys and the Doxology ("Glory Be"), and concluded with the Salve Regina, the rosary involves the recitation of five decades consisting of the Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and the Doxology. During this recitation, the individual meditates on the saving mysteries of our Lord's life and the faithful witness of our Blessed Mother.

The structure of the rosary gradually evolved between the 12th and 15th centuries. Eventually 50 Hail Marys were recited and linked with verses of psalms or other phrases evoking the lives of Jesus and Mary. During this time, this prayer form became known as the rosarium ("rose garden"). During the 16th century, the structure of the five-decade rosary based on the three sets of mysteries prevailed.

We gather as a school community each month to say the Rosary together for different special intentions offered each month.

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Live Nativity

Based upon the gospel of Luke, the Nativity story is the retelling of the journey of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. This gospel is shared by our kindergarten students who play the various people, angels and animals and by our eighth grade students who are the readers of the gospel. Music appropriate to the season is provided by our students under the direction of our vocal and instrumental teachers. This prayer service is shared with our community on the last Wednesday we are in session during the season of Advent.

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The Catechism's section on Confirmation says that Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Its effects are to:

  • Root us more deeply in divine filiation (being children of God)
  • Unites us more firmly to Christ
  • Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
  • Strengthens our bond with the Church
  • Associates us more closely to her mission of bearing witness to Christ
  • Helps us and more strictly obliges us to spread and defend the faith by word and deed

Student's focus is to learn more about their own faith through the assistance of a faith sponsor, provide service to the community, and continue in our journey as full members of the church .Confirmation is not an ending or a "graduation", but the reception of the last of the sacraments of initiation providing full membership into the church. Our students will receive this sacrament on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

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First Communion

First Reconcilliation & Eucharist

Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments (signs of the presence of Jesus in our world) of the Catholic Church. This sacrament is also called Confession and Penance. We use the term Reconciliation to emphasize the positive and joyful aspects of "going to Confession". We celebrate the forgiveness which reunites the repentant sinner with God, the church and the community.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation should normally be celebrated prior to the reception of First Eucharist. Instruction for this sacrament must precede First Eucharist and be kept separate from it. This is done to teach children the specific identity of this sacrament and to help them feel comfortable with it before receiving First Eucharist.

About the Sacrament of Eucharist

As Catholics we come together weekly with our parish family to celebrate the Eucharist (also called the Mass or Liturgy). We gather as a faith community to publicly thank God for the gift of Jesus and to share in His body and blood through Communion.

A child who receives the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time is being initiated into the Sacramental life of the whole church. Through your family involvement in the parish your child is connecting with the church family and beginning to accept your faith as his or her own

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Advent Program

​Our Advent program is a vocal program for students in K-4, and a separate program for students in grades 5-8. Our Advent programs focus upon the spiritual preparation for Christmas.
The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation.

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District Contact

Phone: 515-266-3433
Fax: 515-266-2860
2107 E. 33rd St
Des Moines IA 50317