St. Cecilia

Who We Are

St. Cecilia is a Roman Catholic Church of 1792 families (approximately 5,000 members) located in Ames, Iowa. Ames is the home of Iowa State University. St. Cecilia is known for the quality of its liturgy, and very involved parish members who offer their time and talents in a great variety of parish ministries and services. A strong Pastoral Council and Faith Formation Commission along with the pastor oversee an active Finance Council, Stewardship Committee, Social Justice Committee, Liturgy Committee and Parish Life Committee. The parish sponsors a variety of adult faith formation opportunities, has a strong vibrant Youth and Young Adult ministry, a Pre-K through Grade 5 grade school, an active faith formation program for children not enrolled in the parish school and a wide range of social outreach opportunities coordinated by the Social Justice Committee. We strive to be a community of Gospel hospitality to all who come. The parish also offers extended Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration throughout the week in addition to the regular schedule of liturgical services. The parish also has a Spanish speaking community and Mass is offered each Sunday in Spanish and parish programs are tailored to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking members and their children. Programs are also tailored to meet special needs individuals.

Our Services

What to Expect

What are services like?
Liturgically, we are a Roman Catholic community and so worship is carried out according to the church established rites of the Catholic church. Liturgical ministries open to lay men and women are encouraged and a great number of our parishioners are involved in these. A variety of musical genres are employed to meet the tastes of this large diverse community. Readers are well prepared as is the homily. Every attempt is made to both honor our tradition and speak to contemporary life.

What is the community like?
Saint Cecilia's parishioners are friendly and compassionate.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are most welcome to visit us. The pastor would be very willing to meet you and answer any questions you might have. No pressure is given to "join up." However, should you have such an interest you would have the opportunity to visit with a staff member about such a specific request at a mutually agreeable time.


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  • John brandal
    The priest and members that visited me while I was in Mary Greeley were fantastic, I enjoyed the prayers and conversation. Your visits made my recovery time pleasant. [email protected]
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