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Des Moines Diocesan Catholic Schools Hold Open Houses and Events For 2014 National Catholic Schools Week

The week of Jan. 26 kicks off National Catholic Schools Week. The Catholic schools from the Diocese of Des Moines are celebrating the week with a variety of activities. Some of these activities include charity drives to help those in need, parent/grandparent luncheons, reading programs, sponsoring an artist in residence, family events, entertainment, Mass with Bishop Richard Pates and more.

Open houses will be held at nearly all of the Catholic schools within the diocese during the week. They allow families to tour schools, meet staff, and learn more about Catholic schools. Below is a listing of the schools and the dates and times of their open houses.

Open Houses
Des Moines:
Christ the King: Fri, Jan. 31, 11am-1pm (parish hall)
Holy Family: Fri, Jan. 31, 6pm - 8pm
Holy Trinity: Sun, Jan. 26, 11:30am - 1pm
St. Anthony: Sun, Jan. 26, 11am - 1pm
St. Augustin: Sat, Jan. 25, 3pm - 4:30pm
St. Joseph: Sun, Jan. 26, 1pm - 2pm
St. Theresa: Sun, Jan. 26, 8am - 1pm

St. Pius X: Sun, Jan. 26, 10am - 11:30am
West Des Moines:
Sacred Heart: Tues, Jan. 28, 5pm - 7pm
St. Francis of Assisi: Sun, Jan. 26, 12:15pm - 2pm
Council Bluffs:
Saint Albert: Sun, Jan. 26, 1pm-3pm
Assumption: Sun, Jan. 26, 9am - 12pm
Shelby County Catholic School: Sun, Jan. 26, 9am -12:30pm

The Diocese of Des Moines Catholic schools are known for providing quality education in a faith based environment. Students learn and live their faith by serving others all while receiving top academic training in a safe, nurturing environment.

The high school graduation rate is consistently 100% and an average of 97% of graduates attend post-secondary education. Iowa Assessments and ACT test scores are consistently higher in all areas than the state and nation.

To learn more about the Diocese of Des Moines Catholic schools, visit

The Diocese of Des Moines Catholic schools serve more than 6,400 students through its 17 schools. For more information, go to

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Kristen Gray




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