The four Catholic dioceses of Iowa invite RAGBRAI riders and support teams to experience the hospitality of our Catholic entities along the 2023 RAGBRAI route. Following are a list of Masses, confessions, adoration, meals and even showers during your week-long ride.
Be sure to check back often as events are added and for any changes in the schedule.
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We pray you have a safe journey through the four Iowa dioceses. Website links to the dioceses are via the buttons below.
RAGBRAI photo courtesy of the Davenport Diocese Catholic Messenger/Barb Arland-Fye
Saturday, July 22
Sioux City – The Cathedral Parish, St. Boniface Church will offering a blessing of the bikes at 3:45 p.m. at the church 703 W. Fifth Street. Mass with Diocese of Sioux City Bishop Walker Nickless will be celebrated at 4 p.m.
Bishop Heelan Catholic High School has indoor housing available. They have an indoor track with around 100 camping spots available. Air conditioning, multiple bathrooms, showers and food available on-site. They are near a bike trail and a few blocks away from the Tyson Center. Cost is $25 per camper - they will accept groups or individuals. Email email@example.com for more information.
Sunday, July 23
Kingsley – at this first stop after Sioux City, the Knights of Columbus and St. Michael Catholic Church will host a Dad’s Belgian Waffles breakfast at the community center. It is two blocks off the route, but there will be signage to direct riders. The Knights and the parish will be serving all you can eat waffles, sausage and a drink. Restrooms, air conditioning and free cold water jug refills will be available for the guests.
Storm Lake – Masses will be held at 9 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. in Spanish at the church at 320 Seneca Street. Father Brent Lingle will be the presider.
The St. Mary School Athletic Boosters are planning to open the school locker rooms from noon to 6 p.m. to provide shower facilities for $10 with towel provided. The tentative times are Noon – 6 p.m. The school is at 312 Seneca Street.
The St. Mary School Athletic Boosters also plan to offer a meal in the air-conditioned parish center at 300 E. Third Street from 4 to 7 p.m. Menu includes pork loin sandwich, green beans, chips and lemonade or water for $10. Soft serve vanilla ice cream will also be available for $5.
The Storm Lake Knights of Columbus Council is hosting a spaghetti and pie meal for $16 at the air-conditioned Columbus Club at 1507 E. Lakeshore Drive. (Directly across from the RAGBRAI venue main stage at King's Pointe.)
Monday, July 24
Storm Lake - a 7 a.m. Mass will be held at the church at 320 Seneca Street.
Carroll – Confessions are available at St. John Paull II Parish, St. Lawrence location at 2 p.m., followed by Mass with Father Patrick Behm at 3 p.m. The church is at 1607 N. West Street.
The St. John Paul II Parish Men’s Club is hosting a RAGBRAI Pork Chop Supper starting at 4 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church location – Collison Hall at 1607 N. West Street. The group is serving boneless pork chops, baked potatoes, corn and homemade desserts for $10 per plate.
Kuemper Catholic High School Booster Club will offer public showers with towel rental available at 109 S. Clark Street. The boosters will be grilling burgers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will have bags of ice available.
Tuesday, July 25
Ames – Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 5 p.m. with Father Kyle Digmann. The church address is 2210 Lincoln Way.
Wednesday, July 26
Madrid – For those taking the century loop right off of Highway #210 where Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. by Father Tim Johnson at Ascension Parish St. Malachy Church location, followed by adoration available until noon. The church is at 207 Gerald Street.
Des Moines – Diocese of Des Moines Bishop William Joensen will celebrate Mass at 5 p.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High Street. Tours will be available at 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Confessions will also be available from 4-5 p.m. Bike valet parking available - volunteers at the site to monitor the parked bikes. (Diocese not responsible for theft or damage.)
Thursday, July 27
Tama – Mass will be celebrated by Father Michael McAndrew at St. Patrick Parish in Tama at 4:30 p.m. with a dinner to follow. Address is 900 Park Street.
St. Patrick Parish in Tama is serving a meal at 5:30 p.m. in their gym, which is connected to the church. They will be serving freshly grilled pork loin fillets, baked potatoes, other sides and brownies.
Friday, July 28
Coralville – Diocese of Davenport Bishop Thomas Zinkula will preside at a 6:15 p.m. Mass at St. Thomas Catholic Church at 3000 12th Avenue in Coralville.
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