A Day at the Farm: A Rural-Urban Eucharistic Celebration

Diocese of Des Moines’ Council Bluffs Region plans

local celebration in honor of diocese’s 100th


            In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Diocese of Des Moines, a special centennial Mass celebrating life on the farm will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Rosmann Family Farms near Harlan in Shelby County, in the northwest part of the diocese.

            The Rural Life Mass is being organizing through the Rural Life Initiative which is part of Catholic Charities Social Justice Consortium. The theme will be “A Day in the Country: A Rural-Urban Eucharistic Celebration.”

            Everyone in the diocese is invited to attend the Mass, which fulfills the Sunday obligation. The Mass will be held rain or shine. If it rains, a sizeable machine shed will be used for the Mass.

           “The Mass will let rural America and rural Iowans know that we understand they’re a very important part of our communities,” said Deacon Luke Tieskoetter of the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines and the Rural Life contact for the Social Justice Consortium.

            Rosmann Family Farms is a certified organic 700-acre grain and livestock operation. The rosmanns are parents of three grown sons: David, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Mark and Daniel Rosmann of rural Harlan. Mark, Daniel and Daniel’s wife, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, are all part of the farming operation.

            “It’s an honor to host people at our farm and to have the bishop acknowledge the rural part of our diocese,” Maria Vakulskas Rosmann said. “We invite people from Des Moines, Council Bluffs and all parts in between in our diocese for a day in the country.”

            Bishop Richard Pates will celebrate the Mass, with priests of the diocese concelebrating. After the Mass, James Ennis, executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference will speak. An ice cream social follows. Guests will be able to tour the farm.

            To get to Rosmann Family Farms, go to the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 59 and Iowa Hwy. 44 in Harlan. Drive two miles west on Iowa 44, then 2¼ miles north on Ironwood Road.

For more information, visit www.rosmannfamilyfarms.com.

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