The Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community (DMIEC) is a spiritual community that has been gathering to pray together since 2009.  Ours is a community on a faith journey where all are welcome.
Our service is rooted in Catholic tradition, but open to both change and wisdom from other faith traditions.

Two of the most significant features of our weekly services are:

  • A dialogue homily in which participants have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the readings; and
  • The sharing of bread and wine with all who want to participate.



Sunday Mornings
10:00 AM

Mailing Address

DMIEC, P.O. Box 30065
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Upcoming Events

Cleaning Crew On Site

Cleaning Crew On Site

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday and Friday, repeating indefinitely

Cleaning Crew On Site

Cleaning Crew On Site

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday and Friday, repeating indefinitely



    In light of current public health challenges, all of our scheduled March and April prayer services are canceled, including Holy Week and Easter Vigil services.  Services will resume Sunday May 3, unless notified otherwise.  Please check this home page and your email inbox regularly for any new DMIEC announcements. You are encouraged to click on the Prayer Aid tab to see the prayer aid that had been prepared for this Sunday.  To see the readings for any particular Sunday, go to the Calendar and click on that Sunday’s date. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we make difficult, but necessary decisions in this challenging time.  Be healthy and safe!

  • April 5 First Sunday Collection – Valley Disaster Relief

    All proceeds of our April 5 First Sunday Collection will benefit Valley Disaster Relief in its efforts to help families, individuals, churches, and other nonprofits with tree service.  Please mail checks by April 5 in accordance with instructions and information found here.  Thank you for your generosity.

  • Alternate Readings – Palm Sunday April 5

    Please note that our April 5 Palm Sunday prayer service will use several alternate readings, which are reflected in the Sunday readings shown here.  They also may be found in the weekly prayer aid for April 5.

  • Catholic Worker House Needs (updated March 26, 2020)

    NEW plastic food containers (around 32 oz.), canned fruit (flip top only), canned soup especially chicken noodle (flip top only), and individual oatmeal packages.  You can drop off these items at Kevin and Martha’s house.  If you want Kevin and Martha to pick items up, please call them at 515-205-5513 or email them at   At this time, NO clothes or other canned goods.  Monetary contributions can be sent to the Des Moines Catholic Worker, P.O. Box 4551, DSM 50305.

    Catholic Worker House Needs:

    • Peanut butter, dried milk, butter, spaghetti sauce, BBQ sauce, canned soups (flip-top lids), Velveeta cheese, peanuts, trail mix, microwaveable mac and cheese
      Any kind of ready-to-serve meats (Vienna sausages, spam, tuna, chicken)
    • Toiletries, maxi-pads (feminine hygiene)
    • Clothing:  socks, hand warmers, new underwear for men (large, extra-large and 2x), new underwear for women (large, extra-large, and 2x), gloves for the house (large and medium)

    You have two options for drop-off:

    • Gelhaus-Pokorny home: By Saturday noon.  (Address in Membership List) If not home, leave items on front steps.  Questions? Contact Kevin at 515-205-5513 or
    • Directly to CW House: Go to the back door of the Dingman House, 1310 7th St.

    (Use alley behind the house.  Take 9th St. north of University Ave. a half block to Indiana Ave.
    Go east past 8th St. to alley).

    Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, 3:00-7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

    Thanks for whatever you are able to do.  Big thanks to those who donated items last week.  CW is
    most grateful.

  • Spring Grounds Cleanup in the Age of Social Distancing:

    In lieu of the now-cancelled March 28 cleanup day, we will have a gradual cleanup during the month of April. People who want to help can work individually or in pairs whenever able. Contact Martha Gelhaus ( to let her know when you plan to work. She will give assignments of work to be done and, if necessary, can meet volunteers at DMIEC to provide tools and yard bags. (If possible, please bring your own tools. Donation of yard bags welcome but not necessary.)

  • Every third Sunday is DMARC Emergency Food Pantries Sunday. 

    Even though our March 15 worship service was canceled, you can still donate.   Please write checks to “DMARC” and either mail them directly to DMARC or to DMIEC (addresses below)  You may also donate to the DMARC Food Pantries directly online.  For more information, please visit the DMARC Food Pantries website Thank you for your generous support in this time of special need!

    Mailing addresses:

    DMIEC – P.O. Box 30065, Des Moines, IA 50310


    DMARC – 1435 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309-3624

Current Volunteer Opportunities

“When we gather in our circle, I feel God’s spirit truly comes alive in each person gathered. I get so much strength from it each week.”

“I love the variety and creativity. The various styles, approaches and insights of the different prayer leaders energize me. It is a community alive!”

“Our members have many views, opinions, and beliefs both spiritual and political. They come from many faith backgrounds and experiences. Respect for those differences and for the many sources of truth and wisdom are qualities to which DMIEC aspires.”

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