Community Service 

Rice Bowl: Encounter Lent, Companions on the Journey  

We encounter Andrise, a teacher in Haiti who knows the importance of forming young people who will give back to the community—and their country. Reflect on the role teachers have played in bringing you closer to God and your community. How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities? Visit for more. 

Rice Bowls are located with the Lenten Resources.  

Opportunities to Share the Journey

Join with Pope Francis, Bishop Pates and Friends of St. Francis over the next two months in their initiative Share the Journey – Love Your Neighbor to welcome migrants and refugees fleeing poverty and conflict in their search for a better life for their families.  You can …

… join the second and final book study of Enrique’s Journey (Sonia Nazario) March 19 at 6:30pm in the Social Hall. Used copies are available online for $5.00-6.00+ and there’s still plenty of time to read this true, eye-and heart-opening story. 

… welcome newcomers to our diocese by contributing financially March 24 - 25 to a special Catholic Charities collection for those in need including refugees and Latino people.

… contribute personal care and/or cleaning items for refugee resettlement in the diocese in collection boxes April 4-23

… open your hearts to poor and vulnerable brothers and sisters through a reflective One on the Journey prayer walk in the Social Hall April 7 - 23.

… keep your eyes open for eye-opening factoids on migration and refugees in the bulletin from now through April and beyond. 

… find out more about Catholic teaching in the brochures provided by Bishop Pates “Welcoming the Refugee and Migrant” in the vestibule until they’re gone. 

… have specific questions answered after Masses at St. Mary Church April 21 & 22 by Sol Varisco, former immigration program director of our diocese and current executive director of Justice For Our Neighbors.


Watch for more details about all.

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;

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; Impact Community Action Partnership in Ankeny; Huxley Food Pantry, Catholic Charities Food Pantry in Des Moines or Catholic Charities Emergency 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.