Parish: 233-3092 | School: 232-5290 | Faith Formation: 232-3514 | 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames IA

Organizations / Activities

Members of St. Cecilia Parish are encouraged to participate in the Organizations and Activities listed below.
Click on the Organization/Activity name for brief additional information.

Bereavement and Care Ministry

Volunteers provide care and support to members of the parish who suffer a loss of health or of a loved one.  Activities may include visiting, assisting with funerals or sending cards to parishioners.  Training is provided.

Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Birthright

Birthright of Ames is a non-denominational, non-profit organization that provides free pregnancy testing and support for all women facing a planned or unplanned pregnancy.  Volunteer training is provided.

The Saint Cecilia Social Justice Committee encourages this activity.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

Members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas strive to embrace the principles of faith working through love, the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and dignity.  Their motto is Unity and Charity.  Catholic Daughter meetings occur monthly.

Christian Family Movement (CFM)

The Christian Family Movement (CFM) is a national network of small groups of parish/neighborhood families. Through the use of programming provided by the CFM USA Office and the dynamics of small group interaction, Christian values are reinforced and families are encouraged to reach out in action to others.

Each CFM group consists of five to seven families with the adults meeting once or twice a month in group members’ homes or at the parish, to promote Christ-centered marriage and family life and to help individuals and families live the Christian faith in everyday life.  Through the use of CFM’s many different programs, members discuss what they have observed in their own family or community, judge what they have seen in the light of Jesus’ teaching, and then act to change things for the better.  Through the application of this observe, judge, act method, many CFM families have become involved in helping others in such ministries as foster-parenting, prison ministry, refugee sponsorship, religious education and couple counseling.

Christians in the Spirit

Participants gather in charismatic prayer with the purpose of praising and worshiping God, nourishing the spiritual growth of members and participating in intercessory prayer. Meetings are held weekly.

The Saint Cecilia Faith Formation Commission oversees and encourages this activity.
Additional information is available on the Faith Formation Commission page.

Date Night

Date Night

A gathering of adults including engaged and married couples to strengthen their relationship/marriage.  Each night includes social time and an opportunity to understand God’s plan for grace-filled marriage.  We meet the first Saturday night from October through May.  Dinner and childcare are provided.

For more information, please email DeaconRon.Ames@gmail.com or call 515-441-0480.

October 7 Topic: A Marriage Made For Heaven

A Marriage Made for Heaven by Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak presents a faithful, practical path for getting the most out of your marriage. You’ll explore fool-proof techniques for effective communication and problem-solving, expose the secrets of lifelong passion, win the battle of the sexes, supercharge your spiritual life, make the most out of marriage after kids, and a whole lot more. Your Catholic faith is blended seamlessly with solid psychological insights to help you discover how living the Catholic difference in all you do can help you create the joyful, abundant, passionate, grace-filled marriage you long for and God desires for you.

Whether you are considering married life, newlywed or an old hand at marriage, A Marriage Made for Heaven will introduce you to new insights, show you new techniques, challenge your assumptions and open up new doors for greater intimacy both with your mate and the God who loves you and gave you to each other.

A Marriage Made for Heaven will help you realize that there is more to marriage than meets the eye; that the road to a happy marriage leads directly to a Heavenly Marriage.

All adults are invited to attend. Free meal and childcare provided. Freewill donations accepted.

Date Night Topics: 

October 7, 2017 Heavenly Purpose of Marriage
November 4, 2017 Your Heavenly Mission from God
December 2, 2017 Heavenly Communication – Plugging in to the Power of Grace
January 6, 2018 The Gift of Marriage
February 3, 2018 Heavenly Rapport – Winning the Battle of the Sexes
March 3, 2018 Stations of the Cross for Marriage
April 7, 2018 Heavenly Love – Supercharging Friendship and Intimacy
May 5, 2018 Heavenly Problem Solving – Getting out of your own way

 

Engaged Couple Sponsor Program (FOCCUS)

Coming soon.

Food at First

St. Cecilia Food at First Volunteers provide free hot meals to Story County residents in need at First Christian Church in downtown Ames every Tuesday night from 5 to 7:00 p.m.  Volunteers cook, serve and clean up.  The Saint Cecilia effort is part of the larger Food at First activity, in which several church groups and other community organizations provide meals to the needy on Sunday through Friday nights, and Saturday mid-day, no matter what the weather! (5:30 p.m. to  6:15 p.m. on weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturdays).  In a trial, BREAKFAST is also served each Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m..

The Saint Cecilia Social Justice Committee contributes to the Food at First budget and encourages parishioners to involve themselves in the work.
Additional information is available on the Social Justice page.

Funeral Luncheons (food)

Volunteers prepare and provide desserts for funeral luncheons.

The Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioners to be involved in it.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Funeral Luncheons (service)

Funeral Luncheon volunteers help set-up, serve, and clean-up at a funeral luncheon.  They are not required to provide food.

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioners to be involved.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa

Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa is a non-profit organization of individuals and groups of faith communities, businesses, and service groups in Central Iowa who help build homes for those in need.

The Saint Cecilia Social Justice Committee contributes to this organization and encourages Saint Cecilia parishioners to involve themselves in Habitat work.
Additional information is available on the Social Justice page.

Home Visits

Home Visit Volunteers provide regular weekly or biweekly visits to homebound parishioners to maintain a sense of community and belonging.

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioners to become involved.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Knights Of Columbus

Knights of Columbus is an international organization that invites all Catholic men to join in the mission of providing support to the parish and community by following the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

Activities of the local KofC council include Lenten fish fries, Last Supper dramatizations, Mother’s Day breakfast, casino services, Keep Christ in Christmas cards and poster contest, youth I-Cubs night, youth spelling bee, Special Olympics support, and fund raising for religious vocations and persons with intellectual disabilities.

Meals Ministry

Volunteers provide meals for families during a time of need (new baby, adoption, illness, etc.).

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioners to become involved.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Meals on Wheels

St. Cecilia Meals on Wheels (Homeward) volunteers using their own transportation pick up noon meals from the hospital and deliver them to homebound Ames residents.

The Saint Cecilia Social Justice Committee encourages parishioners to involve themselves in this work.
Additional information is available on the Social Justice page.

Prison Ministry

St. Cecilia Prison Ministry volunteers visit inmates at the Story County jail on Saturday mornings, ministering to their spiritual needs as well as building community.

The Saint Cecilia Social Justice Committee supports this work and encourages parishioners to become involved.
Additional information is available on the Social Justice page.

Rosary Makers

Volunteer participants make rosaries for any mission that needs them.
Meetings are held at members’ homes the 3rd Tuesday of the month, September through May.

The Saint Cecilia Stewardship Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioners to become involved.
Additional information is available on the Stewardship Committee page.

St. Anne Circle

St. Anne Circle is a gathering of women of the parish to provide fellowship, to pray the rosary, and to learn more about the Catholic faith through speakers and participation in special projects, such as writing Christmas cards and supporting Birthright.  Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through April.

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioners to be involved.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

St. Gerard Circle

St. Gerard Circle is a gathering of women of the parish, to nurture faith, family and friends.  It supports service projects, such as making ornaments, caroling at nursing homes, and collecting items for Birthright and Access.  Meetings are held in members’ homes the 1st Thursday of the month, September through May.

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioner participation.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

St. Mary Circle

St. Mary Circle is a gathering of women of the parish, to provide fellowship and to promote personal growth through educational programs. It supports service projects of local charities.  Meetings are held in member’s homes on the 1st Thursday of the month, September through May.

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioner involvement.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Teams of our Lady

Teams of Our Lady  is a Catholic lay organization recognized by the Holy See.  It is a movement of “Married Spirituality” which brings together Christian couples united by the Sacrament of Marriage and who wish, together, to deepen the graces of the Sacrament of Marriage. The movement is active in 75 countries.

Each Team consists of five to seven married couples assisted by a spiritual director.  In order to strengthen and encourage their marriage spirituality and relationship, the teams meet monthly to share a meal, to pray and to discuss concerns and successes.

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Community oversees this activity and encourages participation in it.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

St. Cecilia Council of Catholic Women (SCCCW)

Saint Cecilia Council of Catholic Women (SCCCW) invites all Catholic women of the Archdiocese of Dubuque to grow spiritually, to share fellowship and to act upon current issues in the Church and society.  Meetings are held twice a year, usually the 1st Thursday of October and April.  All women of the parish, including the St. Cecilia Circles described below, are a part of SCCCW and may attend the biannual meetings.  Each circle supports parish functions, for example, funeral luncheons, on a rotating basis.

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioners to participate.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Wedding and Anniversary Reception Service

St. Cecilia Wedding and Anniversary Reception Service volunteers assist the St. Cecilia Council of Catholic Women in providing a simple wedding or anniversary reception.  This service may include set-up, serving, and clean-up.  The family provides the food and drinks.

The St. Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages parishioners to assist.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Widows, Widowers & Single Seniors

This activity promotes fellowship among St. Cecilia widows, widowers and single seniors.

The Saint Cecilia Parish Life Committee oversees this activity and encourages involvement in it.
Additional information is available on the Parish Life page.

Holy Family Parish in Ramallah, Palestine

St. Cecilia’s parish in Ames, Iowa is partnering with Holy Family Parish in Ramallah, Palestine in an effort to bring a fresh level of awareness of our one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic family to each of our parish communities.  Several members of St. Cecilia’s made an initial visit to Holy Family Parish in the jubilee year 2000 and have kept in contact ever since.  We are excited that technology has finally caught up with our dreams and has enabled communication between us in this way.  If you wish to leave comments, questions or inquiries please do so in English and email them to the coordinator for the project, St. Cecilia parishioner Sue Stanton at slstanton233@gmail.com