Adult Ministry



Knights of Columbus

This Catholic men’s organization serves the Church through its founding principles of unity, charity, fraternity, and patriotism. St. Joseph’s Council of Knights is dedicated to supporting the sick, the disabled, and the needy of our community through financial and other assistance. To learn more about becoming a Knight or how the Council serves our parish community, please contact Doug Asher at or 710-7928

Rosary and Altar Society

The mission of this women’s group is to promote devotion in the community to our Blessed Mother through prayer and good works. Members meet on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. Two major annual fundraisers—a bake sale and a garage sale—provide funds needed for St. Joseph Church. New members are always welcome. Please contact Deb Grimes at 967-7810 or

Youth Education Volunteer

You could help the Religious Education Program in several ways! First of all, pray for us! That we may be able to share the love of God with our children and create in them a desire to know Christ. If you have children in the program, you will receive a discount for your help. You can also help us in the following ways…

 Member of Catechist Team (100% tuition fees waived) Committed adults willing to share faith with small group of children on Wed nights from 6pm to 7pm from September through the end of April. (About 2.5 hours a week

 Assistant (100% tuition fees waived) Committed adults willing to assist catechists weekly during Wed night RE classes.

 Hall Monitor (50% tuition waived)People who can greet students, help make copies, monitor the hallways, and help remind catechists about the end of classes and collect attendance slips.

 Substitute Catechist Adult willing to occasionally substitute for a catechist. We will try to tell you in advance but may have to substitute last minute.

 Please fill out a Volunteer Form and return it to Stacy Halbach.

 If you would like to help with our High School Youth Group, click HERE.

Scripture Study

This group seeks to promote a love for scripture as a key to better understanding and living the Catholic faith. Prospective members need only have an open heart and a desire to know Christ and his Church better. Meetings are held Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm, starting in the fall and continuing through spring. To enjoy fellowship while learning more about the faith, please contact John O’Connor at 243-5034 or


Respect Life Committee

Our Mission is to promote in our parish and community respect for every human life from conception to natural death. To learn more about this group, click HERE. Members generally meet on the fourth Saturday of each month at 9:00am. Help foster the culture of life by contacting Nancy Main at 265-1665 or, or Jill Snell at


St. Joseph Ed Center

Since 1972, St. Joseph Educational Center (SJEC) has served as a Catholic adult faith education center supported by the parishes of the Des Moines region. We exist to help foster in adults a mature Catholic faith that is living, explicit and fruitful.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 302

History of the National Catholic Daughters Organization

The Beginning Utica: New York 1903, The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) was founded in Utica, New York in 1903 by John E. Carberry and several other Knights of Columbus as a charitable, benevolent and patriotic sorority for Catholic ladies. It was originally called the National order of Daughters of Isabella,” and is dedicated to the principles of “Unity and Charity,” the order’s motto. They were originally called the national order of the Daughters of Isabella, John Carberry served as the first Supreme Regent. The Knights established our two standards of Unity and Charity. CDA had 90 courts by 1908, and had grown from a membership of less than 100 to more than 10,000. The membership encompassed 69 cities in 18 different states. There are now 75,000  members in 1,250 courts (local chapters) in 45 states across the country, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. In March of 1913, the Daughters of Isabella purchased a building in Utica belonging to the Knights of Columbus for use as its official headquarters.

  • Our Mission Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives to embrace the principles of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all mankind.
  • Our Moto Unity and Charity
  • Our Purpose As the largest organization of Catholic women in the Americas and around the world , our purpose is to participate in the religious, charitable and educational Apostolates of the Church.

For more information see:

  • state website,
  • local website,
  • or contact Helen Farar “Vice Regent-Membership Coordinator” at the  St Joseph Parish office .
Des Moines Catholic Daughters,  meet every third Saturday of the month at All
  • 8:30am Rosary
  • 9:00am Mass (Msgr. Robert Chamberlain)
  • 10:00am Brunch
  • 10:30am Meeting



Regent – Lisa Risvold (Assumption Catholic Church)

Vice Regent-Membership Coordinator – Helen Farar ( St Joseph Catholic Church)

Treasurer-Dianne Carr ( St Francis Catholic Church)

Recording Secretary – Carol Pearson ( St Francis Catholic Church)

Financial Secretary – Nancy Kuenen (All Saints Catholic Church)