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Ladies Luncheon draws on spirit of Sr. Hesed

Some 150 ladies at the Iowa Catholic Radio Luncheon heard Sister Marie Hesed explain how the “power of your word” can build someone up or really hurt them.  Sister Marie also talked about her 27 years of work as one of the first members of the Contemplative branch of the
Missionaries of Charity founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She spent that time establishing new convents for contemplative nuns in several countries.After years of discernment and joining the missionary S.O.L.T. (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity) community, Sister Marie Hesed now resides in Willey, Iowa with other SOLT Sisters sharing her 40 plus years of religious life and missionary experience to help others be a more effective and holy missionary, in their parish or out in the world.
This was the first in a series of this year’s “Ladies Luncheons” hosted by Iowa Catholic Radio and designed to help participants learn more about their faith and meet other women in a fun and relaxed setting. (The food was good too.)

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2015: Connecting with you as we journey toward Christ!

By Jerry Bretey, Iowa Catholic Radio

This is the year we hope to “connect” with you better and in more ways than ever before.  Our Social Media Team will continue to utilize facebook, twitter and email to share what’s happening at Iowa Catholic Radio.  We hope to see you at one of our events scheduled for this year.  Or perhaps we’ll meet at one of our remote broadcasts.

And we will continue to bring you the very best Catholic programming.  Iowa Catholic Radio has a wide variety of programs that explore current local, national and even global issues from a Catholic perspective.  Other programs help guide and strengthen our faith, with Christ centered commentary that is not only informative, but interesting and entertaining as well.

Your support in 2014 was exceptional and we look forward to your continuing support as we continue with our work to: Teach, Defend, Evangelize.  A special thanks to all who helped make 2014 a success; our listeners, our wonderful volunteers, great program guests, business underwriters and donors.  Without you we would not be able to carry out the mission, “to help save souls by the power of the Holy Spirit and to proclaim the Gospel through the use of modern media”. With your help we will continue to reach out to over 500,000 people in Central Iowa as the only media outlet with the Catholic perspective!

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Kick Off for March for Life

Join us early on Thursday, January 22 at 6:30 am for an early edition of Iowa Catholic Radio Today.  Jon Leonetti and Jeanne Wells host the discussion on issues important to our Catholic faith surrounding the issue of LIFE!

We’ll discuss the churches teachings related to contraception and natural family planning;  adoption as a viable option over abortion; and the status of telemedicine in Iowa.  We’ll also look at how the youth are changing the culture of death.

Our guests include:

Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director of Iowans for Life; they organized bus loads of individuals attending the National March for Life!  We’ll look at their educational initiatives and the role parents must play in teaching their children the faith.

Tom Chapman, Executive Director of Iowa Catholic Conference, will look at the legislative issues our state has faced and continue to face related to abortions and telemedicine.

Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life, just completed a successful Midwest March for Life in Des Moines.

Join us at 6:30 am Thursday, January 22nd, as we kick off a full day of coverage at the National March for Life in Washington, D.C.

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Welcome to New General Manager

Hi, I’m the new General Manager of Iowa Catholic Radio and I want to introduce myself to you.

Before that however, on behalf of all of us at Iowa Catholic Radio, a very sincere “thank you” for your support this past year. With your support Iowa Catholic Radio continues to bring faith based, Catholic programming to Central Iowa 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, fulfilling our mission: “To help save souls through the power of the Holy Spirit and to proclaim the Gospel through the use of modern media to Christians in Central Iowa”.

Also, we hope to see you at one or more of the events and remote broadcasts we are planning for 2015.  It’s going to be a busy year, but with your support, the support of our business underwriters, our donors and our wonderful volunteers, the staff of Iowa Catholic Radio is committed to making 2015 another year of progress and service to you, our listeners.

My background is in commercial radio and television. After 7 years as a reporter, I moved to sales, station management and then radio station ownership in Mason City.  We sold our stations and I managed radio stations for other companies in Wisconsin and South Dakota before moving to Des Moines. My wife Karen and I are members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines. I’m happy and excited to be back in radio, especially Catholic radio.  And I’m looking forward to working with you to “proclaim the Gospel”.

Best wishes for a blessed and happy 2015 from all of us!

Jerry Bretey


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Ladies Luncheon on Jan 22

JANUARY 22, 2015
Noon – 1PM

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
7015 Ashworth Rd. West Des Moines, IA

Please be our guest for a Ladies Luncheon

Featured Speaker Sr. Marie Hesed

For nearly three decades Sister has traveled the world dedicating her
life to helping and serving others including time spent working with
Mother Teresa.

Her new mission brings her to Iowa

Hosted by: Iowa Catholic Radio
RSVP is required by Monday, January 19th

Space is limited

Join us and be inspired!
The lunch is no charge.

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Dowling Catholic Basketball Podcasts

2014-2015 Dowling Catholic Girls and Boys Basketball Schedule

Join Mark Amadeo along with Brian Morris (girls’ games) and Mike Swaim, Jr. (boys’ games) on Iowa Catholic Radio, the radio voice of Dowling Catholic Sports

Check out Podcasts of the HALFTIME and POSTGAME interviews below:

  • Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 @ 7:15 pm (Girls game only)

    Harlan 51 @ Dowling Catholic 48POSTGAME


  • Friday, December 5th @ 7:30 pm (Boys game only)

    DubuqueWahlert 57 @ Dowling Catholic 59
    Diocese of Iowa Catholic Boys BB Classic – POSTGAME


  • Saturday, December 6th @ 3 pm (Boys game only)

    Championship Game of the Diocese of Iowa Catholic Boys BB Classic

    Assumption Davenport 38 vs Dowling Catholic 55 – POSTGAME


Double Header Games

Pregame at 6 pm: 

Girls game approx 6:15 pm • Boys game approx 7:45 pm:

  • Friday, December 12th @ 6 pm

    Girls: Johnston 43 @ Dowling Catholic 55 POSTGAME
    Boys: Johnston 43 @ Dowling Catholic 44 - POSTGAME


  • Tuesday, December 16th @ 6 pm

    Waukee @ Dowling Catholic

    Girls: Waukee 58 @ Dowling Catholic 42 - Halftime and POSTGAME

    Boys: Waukee 45 @ Dowling Catholic 55 – Halftime and POSTGAME


  • Friday, December 19th @ 6 pm

    Girls: Dowling Catholic 53 @ Urbandale 25  Halftime and POSTGAME

    Boys: Dowling Catholic 60 @ Urbandale 54 Halftime and POSTGAME


  • Friday, January 16th @ 6 pm

    Girls: Ankeny 17 @ Dowling Catholic 67 Halftime and Post Game

    Boys: Ankeny 46@ Dowling Catholic 71 Halftime and Post game


  • Friday, January 23rd @ 6pm

    Urbandale @ Dowling Catholic


  • Tuesday, January 27th @ 6 pm

    Ankeny Centennial @ Dowling Catholic


  • Friday, January 30th @ 6 pm

    Dowling Catholic @ WDM Valley


  • Tuesday, February 3rd @ 6 pm

    Dowling Catholic @ SE Polk


  • Friday, February 6th @ 6 pm

    Dowling Catholic @ Johnston


  • Friday, February 13th @6 pm

    WDM Valley @ Dowling Catholic


  • Tuesday, February 17th @ 7:30 pm (Boys game only)

    Des Moines Hoover @ Dowling Catholic


Girls Post-Season basketball dates:

  • Wed Feb 18th @ 6:45 pm

    5A-Regional 1st Round


  • Sat Feb 21th @ 6:45 pm

    5A-Regional semi-final


  • Tue Feb 24th @ 6:45 pm

    5A-Regional Final


  • March 4th – 7th, 2015

    A-Girls State Basketball Tournament

    4- 7

Boys Post-Season basketball dates:

  • Mon Feb 23rd @ 6:45 pm

    4A-Substate 1st Round


  • Fri Feb 27th @ 6:45 pm

    4A-Substate semi-final


  • Tue March 3rd @ 6:45 pm

    4A-Substate Final


  • March 11th – 14th, 2015

    A-Boys State Basketball Tournament

    11 – 14

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Volunteer for Iowa Catholic Radio

Volunteers are a vital part of the mission of Iowa Catholic Radio.  As a non-profit radio apostolate, volunteers allow the organization to do more, to be more places across the listening area and to reach more people with Christ’s message.

With three full time staff and a hand-full of part time staff, it is the VOLUNTEERS who make Iowa Catholic Radio work!  From the good folks who answer the phones during the Care-a-thon and to those taking turns at our State Fair booth; from those willing to share their faith journey on-air to the regular on-air hosts; from the greeters at our Christ Our Life booth to those who organized the first Ladies Luncheon…it takes so many generous hearts and hands to bring you Iowa Catholic Radio!

There are a number of ways you can volunteer at Iowa Catholic Radio:

  • There is often a need for clerical/office work as well as help with special projects such as putting together mailings and answering phones for the semi-annual Care-a-thon.
  • We need volunteers who can deliver flyers, brochures and materials to their local parish; people who are willing to attend special events on behalf of Iowa Catholic Radio and distribute information; and more.
  • If you have special skills that you feel would be a good fit for Iowa Catholic Radio, please contact us.  We’d love to have you join our family of volunteers that mean so much to us.

Seeking Youth Volunteers

Iowa Catholic Radio is also in need of young people to volunteer.   Whether you are a junior high, high school or college student, there are opportunities for volunteerism and personal enrichment at Iowa Catholic Radio.  Helping our mission may count toward your school service hours or be a part of a service project.

Fill out the form below and you will be contacted by an Iowa Catholic Radio team member.  For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Judi Eilertson at Judi@IowaCatholicRadio.com or call the office at 515.282.7729 (PRAY).


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Keeping Christ in CHRISTmas

Special Advent and Christmas Programming Schedule

December 20, 2014

6 pm to Midnight - Christmas Music

December 21, 2014

9 am – Dickens: A Christmas Carol

10 am – Father Ian Hellyer offers reflection on witnessing that hope is at the heart of Advent, found ultimately in the Word made Flesh

6 pm to Midnight - Christmas Music

December 22, 2014

6 pm to Midnight - Christmas Music

December 23, 2014

6 pm to Midnight - Christmas Music

December 24, 2014

Noon – Christmas with Collin Raye

2:30 pm – Solemn Mass of Christmas Eve with Pope Francis from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

5:30 pm to Midnight - Christmas Music

December 25, 2014

5 am – Urbi Et Orbi: Pope Francis’ Christmas Message from the Vatican

11 am – Solemn Mass of christmas Day from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC

All Day – Christmas Music

December 26, 2014

All Day – Christmas Music

December 27, 2014

6 pm to Midnight - Christmas Music

December 28, 2014

6 pm to Midnight - Christmas Music

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St. Joseph: My School is Cool!


St. Joseph Catholic School is COOL!

St. Joseph Catholic School opened its doors in 1949.  The Precious Blood Sisters were our first teachers, ministering 23 years.  In 1971, the Sisters of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary began their ministry to students which continued for the next 18 years.  Today we are extremely proud of our highly dedicated, spiritual, and talented teaching staff.

Our educational program includes Kindergarten through Eighth, in addition to an exceptional preschool program for three and four year olds.  We also offer an alternative to Kindergarten within the preschool program; Developmental Kindergarten.  This program is designed for those students who may miss the September 15th cut off date for Kindergarten enrollment, or for those families who simply elect to wait another year.

Our school offers numerous educational opportunities, some which are unique to St. Joseph`s:

  • New school-wide security system with buzzed only camera monitored entry
  • All classrooms host state of the art “SMART Boards”
  • Science Lab
  • Library Center
  • All students K-8 participate in our foreign language program (Spanish) twice a week
  • Also offered are Technology, Physical Education, Vocal Music and Art
  • All students attend and participate in a weekly school mass
  • Well-balanced hot lunch program, prepared in our own kitchen
  • Students participate in numerous special education activities such as the National Geography Bee, National History Day, the Stock Market Game and Science Bowls
  • Recently developed Zoology Team for Middle School students
  • Roundtrip busing for Ankeny, Altoona and surrounding Des Moines Area
  • Affordable Before and After School Program
  • A complete sports program affiliated with the other area parochial schools, including softball, volleyball, basketball, track and football.

For more information, visit: www.stjosephschooldsm.org


Here’s what the students at St. Joseph Catholic School have to say about their school:
2014 St Joseph Feature B
2014 St Joseph Feature C

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St. Augustin: My School is Cool!

St. Augustin  Catholic School is COOOOL!

Congratulations to the Students at St. Augustin’s for encouraging your parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, alumni and neighbors to vote for the coolest grade at St. Augustin!
4320 Grand Ave
Listen to what the kids say about St. Augustin:
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