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Holy Family – My School is Cool!

VOTING OPENS 12:01 am Saturday, August 23rd!

Holy Family School
1265 E. 9th St
Des Moines, IA  50316
(515) 262-8025
2012-2013 Enrollment: 240
Students come from 17 different countries and speak 14 different languages.  The Department of Education described Holy Family as “The flagship school for diversity in the state of Iowa.”  The Holy Family Catholic School is the only Catholic school in Iowa with a year-round school calendar; real success is evident with the increase in assessment scores.
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Iowa State Fair Aug 7 – 17

Where better to spread the Word of God than in front of over a million people at the 2014 Iowa State Fair!

Stop by and visit the Iowa Catholic Radio booth across from the Anne & Bill Riley stage for FREE
information about the Catholic Church, Catholic Organizations and Iowa Catholic Radio.

Enter HERE for a chance to  win Iowa Catholic Radio gift basket:

The gift basket includes a beautiful new Bible with your name inscribed, two Rosaries, Children’s Action Bible, a praying lamb and a Jesus prayer card.

Giveaways are daily … Register Now!

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Thank you Iowa Knights of Columbus, Nutri-Cal and Divine Treasures for underwriting Iowa Catholic
Radio at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Iowa Knights of Columbus

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Divine Treasures – Your Catholic Book and Gift Source!
5701 Hickman Road, Des Moines

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REGISTER HERE for Dr. Ray on June 9!

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Moms’ Night Out – Great FUN!

Moms’ Night Out, the movie, Opened Friday, May 9th

Moms’ Night Out sponsored by Iowa Catholic Radio and hosted by Catholic Women Now co-hosts Julie Nelson and Chris Magruder

premiered Friday night and is the first of many special events!  Check out Catholic Women Now

every Thursday 9am and rebroadcast at 9pm!  WOW!

Photos thanks to:

Ana Leigh Photography

Simple – Honest – Timeless





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‘Fran’tastic @ Dowling Catholic

The VOTES are in and SOPHOMORES win!

Dowling Sophomores t-shirt “My Man Fran” won them their custom designed t-shirt and a jeans day at

Dowling Catholic on Wednesday, May 7!

It was a ‘Fran’tastic day and Pope Francis definitely had their backs!

Thanks for voting for Dowling Sophomores during My School is Cool!


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Parish Spotlight – St. Ambrose


Listen to what St. Ambrose members have to say about their parish:


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St. Ambrose Mission

We are a diverse community of the poor, disadvantaged and hungry, well-to-do, young, elderly, visitors and those seeking refuge. We are a Eucharistic community of many cultures. We strive for unity in our diversity by expressing our love of God through prayer and worship, through justice and service, through the ministry of welcoming, through catechesis, evangelization and ecumenism. We shall pursue this mission faithfully by following the example of Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts and talents of our members.








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Iowa Catholic Radio TODAY

Check out some of our recent guests:

Co-Coach Sharon Hanson joined us on Monday following the successful bid as the Girls State Basketball 5A  Champs Dowling Catholic High School:

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Rise and shine at 7am with Iowa Catholic Radio TODAY.  Other than Jeanne Wells Weather, which never seems to be right anyway, the news, sports and guests provide a warm and welcoming addition to your morning.  Jon Leonetti, Mark Amadeo and I have a special connection and all the credit goes to the Holy Spirit.

Jon Leonetti was raised Catholic, just like all three of us, and took a turn at seminary to discern a call to the priesthood.  After walking across America with a buddy from seminary, not only did he gain a grass roots perspective on the Catholic youth of America, but also discerned he was called to marriage.  He and his wife, Teresa, just celebrated their second wedding anniversary and were blessed with a son in 2012, Joseph.

Jon is an up and coming star on the international speaking circuit and you can find more information about Jon at www.jdleonetti.com.

The most common question asked about Dowling Catholic Hall of Famer Mark Amadeo is why.  Why do we call him Dowling Catholic Hall of Famer?  Mark has been announcing games at Dowling Catholic High School since he was a student at Dowling!  For his 30+ years of dedicated broadcasting service, Mark was inducted in the Dowling Hall of Fame in 2010.  Mark’s son, Alex attends Grand View College; Mark and his wife, Mary, have a kindergarten daughter, Gracie, who attends Holy Trinity Catholic School.

If Jon is the up and coming star, I must be the setting sun of the bunch.  As the senior member of the Morning Show team, I’m the youngest to the broadcast world.  Even though I’m known for Jeanne Wells Weather, my true love of the show is the opportunity to pray with and for our family of listeners.  My own family is all grown up; my son, Evan and Mandy have my (most adorable in the whole world) granddaughter, Katelyn.  My daughter, Chelsea and Andy, added a grandson, Drew,  to my brood in November 2013.

The mission of Iowa Catholic Radio is to ‘teach, defend and evangelize the Catholic faith’.   Jon, Mark and I are blessed to be a daily witness for our faith, and pray that our voice can help someone find their voice in giving praise and thanksgiving to God.

Thanks for reading this blog and please let me know what you would like to hear as I share more — including behind-the-scenes with our guests and the ministry of Iowa Catholic Radio TODAY.


Jeanne Wells

Executive Director of Catholic Tuition Organization and Co-Host of The Morning Show Today


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Catholic Women Now

What does Julie Nelson and Chris Magruder have in common?

Faith ~ Family ~ Friendship

Our weekly feature by Catholic women talking about the things that matter most to Catholic Women.

What are the issues that matter most to Catholic women? Topics range from husbands & family to school & work with all of the discussions grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Julie and Chris do their homework to find local and national experts break open a topic that help us grow in our faith, our families and our friendships!

And word has it…the men like the show too!

Audio Archives:

Click on PROGRAMS tab under Catholic Women Now for our Shows!


For our other shows, click on programs tab for a complete listing of all of the local program archives on Iowa Catholic Radio.

Catholic Women Now – Thursdays 9am and 9pm on Iowa Catholic Radio

Underwriting for Catholic Women Now! with Julie Nelson & Chris Magruder is provided by Jessica Lawson & Lawson Family Dentistry AND Tom Moreland & Spirit Homecare

Lawson Family Dentistry delivers quality dental care to families and individuals of all ages, including special needs patients with emphasis on early patient education and disease prevention, guiding patients to optimal oral health.

Lawson Family Dentistry, Northwest 128th St, Urbandale, 515-278-4366, online @ www.LawsonDentistry.com

Lawson Family Dentistry … Creating vibrant and healthy smiles in Urbandale

Spirit Homecare is rooted in our Christian love and Guided by the Holy Spirit. We serve all people needing hope, comfort and a little help along the way. Our “Radical Loving Care” shines through each one of our caregivers to lift the spirits of those we serve.  Whether it’s a few hours a week or 24 hours a day, we bring care to you!

Spirit Homecare, 515-987-9090, online @ www.spirithomehealthcare.org

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Faith on Trial

with “Defender of the Faith” Deacon Mike Manno

Check out our most recent show:

031114 FOT Arizona’s veto of SB1062 and protection of conscience rights.  Guest:  Dexter Duggan, independent Catholic journalist who covers Arizona politics

For additional shows, click on Programs to hear episodes from all the local Iowa Catholic Radio programming.

TUESDAY 9am & 9pm

The only show of its kind on Catholic Radio!

Attorney, author, St. Augustin Parishioner, AND “Defender of the Faith” … Deacon Mike Manno and  his co-host Gina Noll take a down-to-earth look at stories in the news and their impact on the Christian community every Tuesday 9am & 9pm.

Sponsored by:

Rick McConville, Attorney & Counselor At Law, experienced, client-focused legal services based in West Des Moines, with a wide and varied successful legal practice that has been serving local and national clients for more than four decades.

Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise, P.C., 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 515-453-1055, online at www.CSMCLaw.com

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Changing Hearts & Minds – Spring Care a Thon – April 28 thru May 2

April 28 thru May 2

Listen all week for heart-felt stories of our friends and neighbors who’s life has been changed by listening to Iowa Catholic Radio.  We are humbled by the work of the Holy Spirit through this ministry.  Join us and help support this work.


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Saint of the Day
  • Martyrdom of John the Baptist
    The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom. The ... […]
Daily Mass Readings
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    Reading 1Jeremiah 1:17-19Responsorial PsalmPsalms 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17GospelMark 6:17-29 […]


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