St. Theresa Pastoral Care Ministry Leaders
Father Mark Neal, Pastor
Office Phone Number: (515) 279-4654 x 301
Father Mark is the Pastor at Saint Theresa. Father Mark has numerous responsibilities but as the Pastoral Care Shepard he visits with parishioners the week of First Friday and parishioners who are patients in local hospitals. Father Mark anoints parishioners and celebrates life at Funeral Masses. He hears confessions during our Confession & Lunches and Celebrates the sacrament of anointing at our Healing Mass in October and April and our special Memorial Mass in November.
Father Mark's favorite saint is Saint Joseph. He admires his quiet demeanor and how he lived his life in action, loving and caring for his family (Mary and Jesus).
Lauren Schroth, Pastoral Care Minister
Office Phone Number: (515) 279-4654 x 308
As the Pastoral Care Minister, Lauren builds relationships with parishioners and serves as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, bringing Christ to those she visits. She visits parishioners who are home bound, living in retirement communities and patients in local hospitals. Lauren emails prayer requests to prayer warriors and manages our parish medical equipment lending "library." Lauren attends every funeral at Saint Theresa. In addition, Lauren plans our monthly senior lunch and learn events, welcoming a fun guest from the community to teach something new. She also organizes our two annual Healing Masses and special Mass of Remembrance. Lauren contributes a "parishioner spotlight" to the quarterly parish newsletter where she shares a unique story about one of our parishioners she has built a relationship with.
All in all, Lauren seeks to serve with love and her favorite quote is "Be who YOU are and be that perfectly well" -Saint Francis de Sales. Lauren believes that we all have gifts and talents from the Lord to share. She feels so blessed to be working at Saint Theresa where she can share her gifts. With a degree in health administration and background in various senior living communities, Lauren can be a great resource. She loves sharing treasures of the Faith and learning about the Saints! She updates the "Saint of the week" page on this website every week! Go learn more about one! It's never too late to learn more about the faith!
If you would like to send in a prayer request, borrow a walker, learn more about a saint or would just like to say, "Hi!" please reach out! Lauren can always be quickly reached by email but you may also give her a call on her office phone and she will get back to you when she is in the office!
St. Theresa Parish Office Information
Address: 1230 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Phone Number: (515) 279-4654