St. Anthony Catholic Church

St. Anthony Parish Vision Plan

Dear Parishioners,

For the past few months, a group of parishioners and have been gathering to create our first “St. Anthony Parish Vision Plan”. Despite everything that’s happened in the last 12 months, we knew that now is the time to think about the future of our St. Anthony community--to look beyond the despair of this pandemic, and to again be thankful for the gift of each other and our faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

We have taken on this task of creating a Parish Vision Plan in the midst of a pandemic to prepare for our future because without purposefully growing in our faith and the calling to make disciples, it could be easy to lose hope.

I believe that now is the time to deepen our prayer life and have a stronger relationship with the Lord and to live the virtue of hospitality - welcoming people into our parish family, the House of God. We must form disciples who will be able to share the Good News with everyone they meet.

We simply cannot do nothing or stand still or freeze out of fear of uncertainty. The Gospel is relevant today. Our Church is relevant today. We’re choosing to move forward with our Parish Vision Plan, even in the midst of dealing with the challenges of a pandemic, because we know with God’s Grace this will pass.

If we’ve learned anything from 2020 it’s that while the future is unknown, our faith is unchanging, and what a wonderful, peaceful thought that is as we all endure these strange times.

Resiliency, generosity, and fortitude have carried this great parish for more than 115 years. We want you to know our parish is strong because of the Lord and His people. We’re moving forward with great plans for a bright future! I look forward to sharing more with you as we begin the process to execute the plan.

In Christ, Monsignor Frank Chiodo Pastor

Our Mission and Vision 

Our Mission: St. Anthony Catholic Parish strives to be an inclusive faith community dedicated to deepening our experiences with Jesus Christ, and seeking to build up the kingdom of God, while sharing one identity through the pillars of prayer, discipleship, hospitality, and evangelization. 

Our Vision: "To fulfill God's will in our parish by becoming more fully a catalyst for spiritual renewal, a beacon of direction for others to the treasure trove of God's graces, a spiritual home inviting young and old to live, love, and learn the Catholic faith in a culture which is centered on the Person of Jesus Christ."

The Values that Guide our Community







Community Evangelization Committee- The Parish Vision Committee is seeking parishioners to join the new Community Evangelization Committee. This committee will identify opportunities in the Des Moines metro community where parishioners can practice the faith by serving those in most need and serve as witness to our faith. Committee members will help promote the opportunities to the parish and assist in increasing the number of participating parishioners. If interested, please contact Julie Konkel at or at 515-287-7256.
Parish Marketing Committee- The Parish Vision Committee is seeking parishioners to join the new Parish Marketing Committee. This committee will review results from the parish wide survey, and interpret results to develop a plan to increase Mass attendance from currently registered and potential new parishioners, and to address process improvement and other action items as needed.  Work with the Pastor, the Priests, the Business Office, the School Principal, and all Parish Ministries to ensure specific programs and points of emphasis throughout the year are communicated and marketed correctly to our parishioners on an ongoing basis, via both written and electronic means.  If interested, please contact Joe Graziano at or at 515-991-4830.

Social/Fellowship Committee- The Parish Vision Committee is seeking
parishioners to join the new Social/Fellowship Committee. This committee is
responsible for the engagement of parishioners by creating social oriented
events. Some events both large and small, will include opportunities for the
entire parish to come together and other events will celebrate the unique
traditions and customs of our parishioners. If interested, please contact Katie
Fitzgerald at  or at 515-238-0502.