Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Come experience Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:00pm at St. Mary on Thursday, March 15. Take this time to listen in the quiet to what the Lord has to speak to you.

A special invitation to our Youth to attend Adoration!! 

Stations of the Cross 

Join us Friday, March 16 at 6:00pm to pray the Stations of the Cross 

Knights of Columbus serving their fish fry from 5:00-7:00pm that evening in the Social Hall.

Silhouette Stations of the Cross 

We, S.T.O.R.M. Youth Ministry, invite you to journey through the Stations of the Cross with us on Friday, March 23, 6:00pm at St. Mary. The teens have been preparing a unique and powerful prayer experience.  We have presented these Stations for a number of years and every year we hear moving testimonies about them. We invite you to come, sit back, pray and reflect as the Stations come alive right before your eyes. 

Following the Stations, please join us for a Lenten meal in the Social Hall prepared by our Confirmation Students.


An Invitation to Help


The Knights of Columbus are looking forward to Lent and the Fish Fry meals they will serve on March 16.  They would like to extend an open invitation to anyone who is interested in helping out in the preparation, serving, and cleanup.  You can come for as little or as long as you'd like. They start prep work around 8:30am and serve food from 5:00 to 7:00pm.  You can reply to Jon Hand, 515-460-0050 / or just show up. Thanks!


Lenten Reconciliation Service

You are encouraged to attend our Service next Sunday, March 18, 2:00pm at St. Mary. Additional priests will assist with individual confessions. Let us seek the mercy of God as we open our hearts to the presence of Christ who gave his life so we could have peace. Come experience the healing power of Christ!


If you are unable to attend our Reconciliation Service,here are Services in the Des Moines area: 

St. Mary of Nazareth, March 18, 3:00pm

St. Luke the Evangelist, March 18, 4:00pm

Ss. John and Paul, March 19, 7:00pm​

St. Catherine of Siena, March 22, 6:00pm

St. Anthony, March 24, 9:15am 

The Mass As You Have Never Seen It Before


Through a unique learning experience, including powerful cinematography and workbook resources, you will come to see the Mass and the priesthood in a dramatically new way. Altaration is designed to stir thought, create conversation, dispel myths, and inspire you to a deep and lasting love for the Mass. The goal of Altaration is not to fill your head with information but to pierce your heart with transformation.


After experiencing the “why” behind the “what” of the Mass, you will

… Enter prepared

… Participate with sincerity

… And exit with purpose!


Please join us for this 5 part workshop held Sundays after 10:00am Mass on March 18, 25, April 8, 15 & 29, lasting no longer than an hour. 

Light Snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Nicole Cory, 515-313-3014 (calls & texts welcome), or at 


Pampered Chef S.T.O.R.M. Fundraiser  

Our catalog party is open through Sunday, March 18! Catalogs are available in the vestibule. Ordering details are included with the catalog. Funds raised will help pay for youth to go to Steubenville St. Paul in July. This is a Eucharistic centered retreat for high schoolers and is held at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN. 


Parish & Friends Bereavement Group


The “Mourning Coffee Club” meets Mondays at 10:00am in St. Mary’s Conference Room. We offer a supportive community where we not only share fellowship with others who are in this new stage of life, but also learn about the process of grieving and how to become more comfortable during this difficult period of readjustments. 

Come discover where you are in your journey and in your ability to cope … and … if you’ve successfully closed that window, we welcome you to also come and share the tools you’ve used in times of crisis. 

Call or text your interest and questions to Paula Garoutte at 515-306-6633 or email


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.


Jesus Christ Superstar


Join us for this movie on Palm Sunday,  March 25, 3:00pm (2:30pm potluck snacks) in the Social Hall. Jesus is portrayed as a very ''human'' person in this movie recounting the last week of His life and is from the surprising point of view Judas Iscariot. It is in a rock-opera format and dares to look at a classic religious story with a very different perspective.


The music is fantastically engaging. Copies of lyrics and an interpretation of the various scenes to assist in understanding the connection of the movie to Scripture, will be available on the table in the gathering area to take home and review in advance of the showing. 


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.  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 pews and 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               $ 5,490                        $ 3,940                              $ 49,866


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