The Importance of Grieving Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Mourning the Loss of a Child

Holy Mother Church has a duty to be there with comfort, mercy, healing, and hope every time a member of her flock suffers the loss of one of our Holy Innocents. Does your diocese or parish offer a healing Mass for those who have suffered perinatal loss (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and infant death)? We walk through why it’s important to grieve the loss of a pregnancy.

In Respect for Sacred Family Time

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Do you set aside sacred family time each week … even if that means your children will miss out on activities? If so, how have you been able to win that battle? It’s the question I ask over at CatholicMom.com today. Here’s a snippet of my post Investing in the Domestic Church: Bishop Richard Pates, the shepherd […]

Fortnight for Freedom in Des Moines

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On Sunday we beat the nearly 100-degree heat with 2,500 other faithful Catholics in our diocese to make a statement about religious freedom, our first and most cherished liberty. Sponsored by the Diocese of Des Moines, the event was coined the Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic and was planned in conjunction with nationwide Fortnight for Freedom efforts. The […]

In case you missed it, the Pope’s in Cuba. So’s my Bishop.

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines

Last Saturday I had the privilege of witnessing nine men who are journeying through the permanent diaconate program in the Diocese of Des Moines be formally installed as lectors by Bishop Pates. The Rite of Lector is an important step for these men as they progress toward ordination in two years. (My husband, Joel, is […]

After Miscarriage

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People don’t often talk about miscarriage. When experiencing one, women and men often don’t know who to connect with, where to turn for help; the resources that are available remain unknown. Our regular readers know Joel and I have experienced two miscarriages. After both, our experience in receiving medical care and spiritual counsel was less […]

Lisa to be Guest on Bishop Pates’ Radio Show

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Lisa will be a guest on In The Heartland with Bishop Richard Pates (Diocese of Des Moines, IA) on Friday, February 24. The show is a local program of KWKY Catholic Radio. Lisa joins Fr. Aquinas Nichols and Rosemary Sloss from the Basilica of St. John, Susan Kehoe, and seminarian Matthew Krastel to discuss evangelization through technology.  How […]

A Homily Worthy of Applause

Remember that post I wrote about how annoyed I get when clapping occurs during Mass? Well, I might have abonded ship and started a thundering ovation had I been present at the Mass recorded in the video below. Check out Father Aquinas M. Nichols’ (pastor of the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa) homily titled […]

Out of the Mouths of Babes: In Celebration of Catholic Schools Week

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January 29 –  February 3 is Catholic Schools Week This is one week each year that students, staff, and parents celebrate the gift of a Catholic education. Make no mistake; it is a gift. I spend my days as a first grade teacher at a Catholic school in Des Moines, Iowa. My first graders are […]

2011 In Pictures — 7 Quick Takes Style

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2011 has been exciting here at Das Schmidt Haus. Here’s my year in review, 7 Quick Takes style. — 1 — I started 2011 as a new full-time at-home parent after resigning from what many called the “dream job.” Many people didn’t understand my decision to walk away from a job with a very promising […]

Hundreds of Nativities on Display at Annual No Room at the Inn

One of many Nativity scenes at No Room at the Inn

Inspiring others to join in efforts to reduce poverty   More than 300 nativity scenes from around the world will be on display Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in downtown Des Moines. The exhibition of nativities is the centerpiece of events hosted by Catholic Charities of Des Moines intended to inspire others to join […]