Crafts, Games and Social Time!

YOU are invited to join us for conversation, fellowship, and/or playing games or working on crafts  on Thursday, October 19, 9:30am in the Social Hall.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

We extend an invitation to you to join us for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this Thursday, October 19, at 7:00pm at St. Mary. 

Take this time to listen in the quiet to what the Lord has to speak to you.


Our Gifts and Needs – What are they?  Where are they?


What and where are the gifts and needs we have here in St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish, gifts that can help us be ever more faithful friends of Jesus, and the needs of others both near and far that Jesus would have us care for? Asking and answering these questions is the work of our Parish Pastoral Council. Might you be interested in helping ask and answer them? Or, do you have your own questions and curiosity about just what the Pastoral Council and its important work are within the Parish? Please contact me personally, or any of our current Council members, with your questions and expression of interest (all our names and contact information are listed in the Bulletin).                                -Fr. Dan 

Work Of Our Hands  

Enjoy a fun, relaxing evening finding out more about the goods and services provided by our parishioners at the Work of Our Hands Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 11:00am to 4:30pm and 6:00 to 7:30pm and on Sunday, Nov. 5, 11:00am to 12:30pm, in the Social Hall.  You may find that special gift you’ve been looking for!  Questions? Contact Lisa Kautza, 515-964-7687 or

Trunk or Treat!

Our S.T.O.R.M. Youth (7th-12th graders) invite you and your family to TRUNK or TREAT on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the parking lot at St. Mary. (If it rains we will be in the Social Hall.) Please bring new socks and underwear to be donated to local charities. Wear your costume (non-scary please) and “trunk or treat” at the different cars. Be sure to vote for your favorite decorated car or costume. Games, candy, popcorn and hot cocoa will all be FREE! All Parish families, friends and surrounding community members are welcome to attend!


If you are interested in helping or hosting a trunk, please contact Melissa Kahler at 515-290-2830.


Blood Drive


Thursday, October 26, 3:00-7:00pm in the Social Hall. Each blood donation saves up to three lives and more than 100,000 units of blood are needed yearly. It’s not too early to sign up to donate! An appointment sign up is in the vestibule at St. Mary or contact Tim & Lisa Kautza, 515-964-7687 /, to donate or help at the drive.


Mark your calendar for our work day on Saturday, October 28, 9:00 to Noon at both Churches. There are a lot of things to do so we hope you can come and help out!!  If you can't stay the entire time, come when you can!!


The Blessing Box 

The Blessing Box provides food to more than 30 families each month and is open three times each month, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday and from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays.  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 during hours of operation at the Elkhart Christian Church or be placed in The Blessing Box collection box near the 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.  

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         $ 49,771.64       $ 48,121.64     $ 8,230.36


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          $379,571.20             $64,338.15                   $183,785.60