Community Service 

Special Collection 

The weekend of November 4/5,  we will take up a collection to provide financial aid for those devastated by Hurricane Maria. You may also send a donation directly to the Parish Office or donate online at  All contributions will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts and provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses.  Please continue to pray for those affected. 

Food Donations Needed for The Blessing Box

The Blessing Box, the Elkhart Community Food Pantry, opened its doors in January.    Donations will continue to be accepted and most needed are: meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), tuna or canned chicken, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, canned fruit in its own juice or water, low-sodium canned vegetables, olive or canola oil, spices, low-sugar whole grain cereals, healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit), beans, and rice.    Cash donations are also welcome payable to The Blessing Box and sent to The Blessing Box, c/o Elkhart Christian Church, P.O. Box 97, Elkhart, IA  50073.  Interested in volunteering? Contact Tim Kautza; 515-964-7687;

St. Joseph's Emergency Family Shelter

Volunteers Needed:  Our parish has responded to Christ’s call to feed the hungry by preparing meals once a month for families at St. Joseph’s Emergency Family Shelter in Des Moines for 20 years with 50 parish families and organizations contributing.  Thank you so much.  By providing meals, we help make the families there feel cared for and we help take a burden off of staff who would be cooking if the meals weren’t provided.  By St. Joe’s calculations, our generosity in bringing a meal every month saves Catholic Charities more than $3000 every year.  We are looking for volunteers to prepare a single meal in one month.  If you have not done this before we can team you up with someone who has.  If interested, please contact Lisa and Tim Kautza for details, 515-964-7687;

Food Pantry

Contact:  St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish Office

Donations of non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry are collected on the third (3rd) Sunday of each month, at all the weekend Masses.   Additionally at all these Masses, a monetary collection is taken.  Donations collected are given locally to one of the following:  Maxwell Food Pantry; Red Rock Community Action Center in Ankeny; Huxley Food Pantry, St. Mary's Food Pantry in Des Moines or St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter in Des Moines.  

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) also accepts cash donations for area Food Pantry's.

Prayer Requests 

If illness or a crisis strikes your family or friends, don't hesitate to contact us so members of our Parish may offer prayers for your needs.  For requests or to participate in our prayer chain, contact Barb Liske or at 515-367-2685 or fill out this online form.