Maxwell Parade!!
We are asking for donations of unopened seed packets to be thrown out at the Maxwell parade on Saturday, August 4th.  Seed packets could be flowers, vegetables, fruits, ANYTHING.  Parade theme is "135 years and still growing."  We will put stickers on them for St. Mary-Holy Cross inviting people to grow with us.  A container is available in the vestibule of St. Mary and in the entryway of Holy Cross.  Reply via this email if you would like to walk with other parishioners in this parade.  Thank you!!

We Need YOU!

We are looking for small group leaders for our upcoming Confirmation year. Commitment time is 4-6 hours per month. Please let Nicole Cory ([email protected], 515-313-3014) know if you are interested or if you know someone who would be a great leader!

If you are interested in this and/or being part of our planning team, please join us at our next meeting Monday, July 23, 6:00pm in the Social Hall.

You are invited to be a Friend of St. Francis!

 We gather next on Wednesday, July 25, 6:30pm in the Social Hall. We plan for a South Sudanese Refugee to speak at St. Mary's on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  Updates will be given on ways to support and advocate for immigrants, and the growth of our community garden.  Any ideas as to how we can continue to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis are most welcome.

Join us for a Parish bike ride on Saturday, August 18, at 7:00pm, starting in Slater. 

The Blessing Box Needs 

The Blessing Box provides food to more than 30 families monthly and is open three times each month, 9:30–10:30am on the first Saturday; and 6:00–7:00pm on the second and fourth Thursdays.  Most needed:  Peanut Butter, jelly and canned meats.  On-going food needs are canned meats, breakfast cereals, low sodium canned vegetables and soups, and low sugar canned fruits.  Consider holiday meal foods, too. Food donations can be delivered to the Pantry when open at the Elkhart Christian Church or be placed in the collection box near our Parish Office. Tax-deductible donations can be made payable to The Blessing Box, c/o Elkhart Christian Church, P.O. Box 97, Elkhart, IA 50073.  

2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal 

Please prayerfully consider what you are able to give to this Appeal. Pledge cards are available in the vestibule can be returned in the collection basket at Mass or to the parish office, or you may donate on the Diocesan website: Everyone’s participation is need! Thank you.


              Parish Goal             Pledge                Total Payments                Balance Due

                                                                                     $ 53,806             $ 41,230                 $ 39,556.25                     $ 14,249.75 

Sharing God’s Gifts Diocesan Campaign

Thank you for your continued support; we appreciate your timely payments for this Campaign.

 Pledged                  Payments                   Balance Due              SMHC Received   

                                                                 $443,909.35          $406,450.85             $37,458.50                    $197,225.43