The Gift of Life!!


Our blood drive is Thursday, August 31, 3:00 - 7:00pm in the Social Hall. Bring your friends!! Please make your vital donation of life saving blood!  An appointment sign up is in the vestibule or contact Tim and Lisa Kautza, 515-964-7687/, to make an appointment. Please give your email address as well so a reminder can be sent to you. Please also let Tim and Lisa know if you are able to assist with set up, tear down and/or help during the drive.


We Like Our Feet Wet! 


We’re seeking new volunteers to lend a hand in watering the 13 trees planted at St. Mary Church grounds last spring.  A group of 8 parishioners have helped them through the summer and we’re looking for others who might help them make it through the fall (September – October).  We ask volunteers to water (at least 1 gallon per tree) once during an assigned week. Fr. Dan has set up a watering system that allows us to reach all but two trees with a hose. Find a friend (spouse, kids, organization, community) to help. Please notify Tim Kautza (515-964-7687/ by August 18 if you’re willing and able to help. These gifts of God’s hand (and Tracy Kangas sweat and treasure) now need additional hands to help them through the fall so they can grow to be enjoyed by, and for the benefit of, future generations of St. Mary – Holy Cross parishioners and all others on Earth who breathe the oxygen they produce.


New Blessing Box Hours & Needs

The Blessing Box Food Pantry, located at 252 South  Washington Avenue in Elkhart, is now open the first Saturday of every month with donations of fresh produce (and other food items) accepted from 9:00-9:30am, then open for food distribution until 10:30am. The Blessing Box remains open the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 6:00–7:00pm. Clients enjoy homemade foods (especially breads) distributed fresh and frozen; packaged individually and dated. Current special food needs are canned meats, breakfast cereals, jelly, and syrup.  Please spread the word about the food pantry to friends and relatives who may be in need of food supplements.  Donations can be delivered to the pantry when open or placed in the box by our Parish Office to be delivered by Parish Youth, and tax deductible checks can be made payable and sent to The Blessing Box, c/o Elkhart Christian Church, P.O. Box 97, Elkhart, IA 50073. We thank the many parishioners of St. Mary – Holy Cross Parish for your financial and food support and  volunteer work.

Clothing Drive


Do you have clothes that you haven’t worn for awhile? Now is the time to gather them to donate to our drive being held September 9 - 22. Please pack them in plastic bags or boxes with lids. We will have a trailer available in the parking lot at St. Mary’s. Thank you to Nick Volz for providing the trailer. Your donations assist Hope Ministries.


Annual Diocesan Appeal 

This Appeal gives us the opportunity to act together as a Diocesan family and support programs and services no single individual or parish can offer.  Bishop Pates has sent information and a pledge card to each household. Please prayerfully consider what you are able to give and mail your pledge directly to the Diocese.  Every gift, regardless of the size, is vital to the success of the Appeal. Please join our Parish and the Diocese to continue God’s work of spirituality, charity and education. Thank you.

Parish Goal       Pledge Total        Payments       Balance Due 

                                                                                         $ 56,442         $ 49,521.64       $ 46,171.64     $ 10,270.36


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          $372,139.54             $71,769.81                   $180,069.77