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Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12 Noon
Daily Mass Schedule
Monday - Friday: 
Rosary - 7:30 a.m.; Mass - 8:00 a.m.
Confession (Chapel) 
Saturday: 3:30 p.m.; Sunday: 9:00 a.m.
Holy Day Mass Schedule
7:30 am, 9:00 am, 6:00 pm

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Religious Education

Each year is a sacramental year as we grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus and our understanding of life in the Church. Our goals are to foster spiritual growth and prayerfulness, encourage parish participation, and empower young people to live as Disciples of Christ.

Please return all paper registration forms to St. Augustin Church, RE Department, 545 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312, or scan to  Janis Falk.



Religious Education Classes

Public school students explore their relationship with God and develop their Catholic identitiy. We use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd approach for toddler-4th grade (see below), the Loyola Press Christ Our Life series for 5th-6th grades, and Catholic Connections by St. Mary's Press for 7th-8th grades. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is optional for 6th grade.

St. Augustin classes are held in the lower level of St. Augustin Catholic Church. Classes begin Tues. Sept. 10, 2019

Please note: All children 5th grade and younger will be in CGS atrium. Space per class limited. Prompt registration is recommended to obtain your desired session time.

Session times:

Toddler (1-3 years), Tues. 4:15-5:45pm, Wed. 9:15-11:15am, 4:15-5:45pm,

Level I (3-6 years), Tues. 4:15-5:45pm, Wed. 9:15-11:15am, 4:15-5:45pm and 6-7:30pm

Level II (6-9 years) Tues. 4:15-5:45pm, Wed. 9:15-11:15am, 4:15-5:45pm and 6-7:30pm

Level III (9-12 years) Tues. 4:15-5:45pm, Wed. 9:15-11:15am, 4:15-5:45pm and 6-7:30pm

Traditional Religious Education for 5th - 8th grades, Wed. 6-7:30pm

Register online here!

If you prefer to submit a paper form, please mail to St. Augustin RE Department, 545 42nd St., Des Moines 50312

Find more information about the Christ Our Life series and family resources at the Loyola Press website

Find more information about Catholic Connections at the St. Mary's Press website

About Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

CGS is a multi-age, hands-on approach to the religious formation which addresses the natural learning tendencies of small children. "Toddler" is for 9 months old to 3 years, Level I is for 3-6 year-old children, Level II is  for 6-9 year-old children and Level III is for 9-12 year old children. Children gather in a specially prepared space called an “atrium.” Presentations, or lessons, are given, which always inc

lude a demonstration of how to use the associated materials. Children are then offered the opportunity to work with materials in the room. In the atrium the children have three freedoms: to choose (appropriately), to speak (quietly), and to move (carefully). Unlike a traditional RE classroom, in which children sit and absorb information given by a teacher, a CGS atrium is a place of peace, contentment, prayer and concentration. It is not uncommon for an atrium to be silent for extended periods during the children’s work time.  Learn more here, or look at our parish CGS Brochure
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is used in many parishes in the Des Moines diocese and has been approved by the Diocesan Faith Formation offfice. See a letter from Bishop Pates, and from Father David Fleming of St. Pius X Parish: Fleming_Letter.pdf


First Communion/Reconciliation Preparation

Typically, students prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion in 2nd grade, but there are always exceptions to the rule. Contact the Religious Education Coordinator, Janis Falk with any questions. St. Augustin Parish uses the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd approach for preparation for these sacraments. See above for more information. 

Confirmation Preparation

In the Diocese of Des Moines, high school students 10th grade or older receive the sacrament of Confirmation. All St. Augustin Parish 9th graders need to register with the St. Augustin Religious Education Program, even if they attend Dowling Catholic High School. The tuition and materials fee of $80 covers both years of this 2-year preparation. Confirmation preparation includes catechesis, service, parish ministry, retreat and prayer. Classes meet Sunday mornings after 8am Mass, from 9:30-11am in Sept. and January for 10th grade, and Oct. and Feb. fo

r 9th grade. 10th grade attends a retreat. All classes are mandatory. Make up classes are available on Wednesdays.

For more information, read here

9th graders intending to be Confirmed must register for St. Augustin Confirmation Prep. To register online click here, or submit a paper form by mailing to St. Augustin RE Department, 545 42nd St., Des Moines, 50312 or scanning to

Students select a sponsor to accompany them on their journey to Confirmation. Sponsors are asked to submit a form stating that they are practicing Catholics in good standing.



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