September 15, 2021

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Do you know someone (parishioner or not) who would appreciate and need our prayers?  All we ask is that the person who is being prayed for has given their permission for the information to be shared.

You are invited to send your prayer requests to and these will be lifted to the Lord (confidentially) in prayer by the 178 members of the network!
Sister Mary Ann Aman, Director of Religious Education at STA from 2003-2005, passed away last week. Confined to a wheelchair, but a heart and spirit that could not be constrained by any handicap or physical limitation. Obituary and Mass video where you can listen to Fr. Dagit's personal and on-target homily at her funeral Mass.
+ May the angels welcome you to paradise good and faithful servant +

Please consider the opportunity to be part of a ministry to serve others as a Christian caregiver.  Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-to-one Christian care to those suffering through any number of life’s challenges. The Ames Catholic Community Stephen Ministry group will be starting a new training class this November. To minister to the Spanish speaking members of the community we would love to include anyone fluent in Spanish as well as English in our upcoming training class. To learn more about Stephen Ministry and how you can be a faithful steward of God’s grace please attend one of the 2 informational meetings coming up this fall.  September 16 from 6:30 to 7:30pm in south social hall at St Cecilia or September 20 from 7–8pm in the Prophets and Martyrs Room at St Thomas Aquinas.  Any questions please call Cindy Hauber at 515-291-0250.  

Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women
will hold its annual convention Saturday, Oct. 23 (9am-1:30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Protivin (near Decorah). It includes a keynote address by Iowan Virginia Pillars, Mass with Rev. Daniel Knipper, business meeting and lunch. Pillars is a mother of four, one of whom suffered from a mental illness. She wrote the 2016 book, "Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness." Registration is $20 through Oct. 1 and $25 after, including at the door. Register online at
Martha's House of Hope, a home in Ames for expecting mothers, is partnering with the Rustic Rose Barn in Roland for an upcoming fundraising event. Sunsets at the Rose, a Farm to Table event, will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 6–10pm at the Rustic Rose Barn at 3275 400th Street in Roland. Join us for fresh food, local brews, and live music! This Farm to Table event will feature a local dinner catered by Silver Spoon Catering, featuring local meats and produce at a century-old barn. Throughout the night, enjoy locally brewed beer by Exile. After dinner, enjoy some dessert by The Bakery while enjoying live music from Old School, who specializes in jazz, blues, and classic rock music. Come enjoy a relaxing evening in the country with us! Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance at or by calling Missy Sanow at (515) 337-0618.
Middle School Youth Ministry
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A community feature highlighting the parish staff - to appear in this e-bulletin as well as the print bulletin.
Each staff member answering the same 5 questions!

Emily Klaus

Director of Campus Ministry
  • Where did you grow up?
    • I grew up in Masonville, a small town in northeast Iowa, on a farm with field crops, milk cows, pigs, dogs, and lots and lots of cats.
  • How many in your family?
    • I am the youngest of four. I have two brothers and a sister. My oldest brother lives in Cedar Falls, my other brother lives in Strawberry Point with his wife and three kids, and my sister lives in Kansas City with her husband and two kids. My husband, Eric, and I have three kids: Max, Eliza, and Anna.
  • What is the most rewarding part of your ministry at STA?
    • Seeing students grow in their relationship with Christ and getting to continue to walk with them even after they graduate. Alumni weddings, ordinations, and babies are my favorite!
  • Who is your favorite saint?
    • Is it cheating to say Mary? I feel like that is such a typical answer, but I love that there are so many devotions to her that span race and ethnicity. She truly is a mother for all!
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
    • With my kids so young, they are a lot of my free time! We love to play board games, video games, and travel as a family. I also love reading and knitting.


Michael Steimel

Director of Worship
  • Where did you grow up?
    • On a farm in rural Jesup, IA
  • How many in your family?
    • I have two brothers and a sister
  • What is the most rewarding part of your ministry at STA?
    • I enjoy meeting new people and joining with them in prayer and ministry
  • Who is your favorite saint?
    • St. Michael, of course, second in line during the "Litany of the Saints"
    What do you like to do in your free time?
    • I enjoy time with friends and family; I also like cooking/baking, and sporting events
Five years after Pope Francis issued the encyclical Laudato Si’- Care for our Common Home, Vatican began work on an Action Plan to implement the call made in that document.  Seven areas for action (see the graphic) were identified. Here is what has come out for the first of those areas:
The Response to the Cry of the Earth is a call to protect our common home for the wellbeing of all, as we equitably address the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and ecological sustainability. A proposed set of actions to make progress towards this goal includes the following (to be finalized in the coming months).
  • Protecting the climate by installing solar panels, insulating buildings, buying renewable energy credits where available, and installing cleaner or more efficient cookstoves or appliances
  • Protecting biodiversity by planting native trees, planting native gardens, removing invasive species, practicing regenerative agriculture, and protecting pollinators
  • Protecting waterways and land by ensuring sensible fertilizer use, instituting drop irrigation and other conservative irrigation models, planting waterway buffers, avoiding the installation of impermeable surfaces around buildings, instituting regular litter removal and prevention campaigns, and pursuing conservation schemes.
Outdoor Prayer Service
for the Celebration of Our Common Home
Please join parishioners from area congregations for an ecumenical prayer celebration of creation and recognition of our common human need to live justly and in proper balance with nature.  The event will include hearing how different congregations and the City of Ames are taking action to care for our common home.
Date:  Sunday, October 3   
Time:  1:00 p.m.  
Location:   St. Cecilia Parish Church, 2900 Hoover, Ames   
Please bring your own chairs for social distancing and face masks. If you have questions, please contact Chuck Glatz or Mary Ellen Wishart
 Medicare Seminar
Registration Deadline TODAY
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