We Are Here to Help! 

If you are, or someone you know is, in need of assistance due to restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic, please contact the parish office. We will do our best to match your needs to our resources. Also, if you are willing to help in some way, please email Barb. 

Holy Cross can only accommodate about half the number of parishioners typically attending Mass so those parishioners have been divided into two groups by last name. Group #1 includes last name beginning with A-I. Group #2 includes last name beginning with J-Z.   Parishioners are invited to attend Mass at St. Mary on their off week at Holy Cross.   Thank you for your understanding.

August 9:  Group #1 last name A-I
August 16:  Group # 2 last name J-Z
August 23:  Group #1 last name A-I
August 30:  Group # 2 last name J-Z

From Fr. Andrew:         

Greetings, again, everyone.

      On multiple occasions I have heard people say that the pandemic will go away after the election.  While the cynical part of me is inclined to believe that, I also remember that as Christians, we do not live according to politics.  Thankfully, we have a much higher calling.  Christ, we are told, is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, he who was, is, and always will be.  Meanwhile, illnesses and elections come and go.  Like Peter in the gospel reading this Sunday, if we take our attention away from Christ, then we will sink.  But also like Peter, if we allow Christ to pull us back up, he will.

From a treatise On the Incarnation of the Lord by Theodoret of Cyr, bishop

      "Jesus tells us: "Just as my human nature, which I took from you, has won its resurrection in virtue of the Godhead that dwelt in it and with which it was united, just as this nature has shed decay and suffering and passed over to incorruptibility and immortality; so, in the same way, you too will be set free from the grievous slavery of death: you too will cast aside your corruptible nature and your sufferings and you will be clothed with impassibility."

      To this end he imparted the gift of baptism to all mankind through his apostles.  Go, he said, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Baptism is a kind of symbol and type of the Lord's death, which is why Paul says: If we have shared with God's Son in a death like his, we shall certainly share in his resurrection.

 From the Diocese:  Regathering for Mass

          This document outlines the general guidelines for Phases 2 and 3.    Note:  Currently the maximum number of participants for phase 3 is 100 people, not 50 as stated within this document. 

It needs be said again that the Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended, and that vulnerable persons and those who interact with them do well to stay home, even as this poses a continued sacrifice on their part. Please await your own parish’s resumption of Masses.  Practicing these self-disciplines is a grace-filled act of charity for others, who equally hunger for our Eucharistic Lord.  This discernment tool  is a regular reminder to all of us of our need to be honest with ourselves about our health status and our need to be charitable toward others.

For the latest please go to https://www.dmdiocese.org/resources/worship/coronavirus .

                                               A New Way to Tithe!

Our parish has been looking into offering online giving and we are currently able to offer this opportunity through the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa. They have provided all parishes with a secure link: https://catholicfoundationiowa.org/make-a-donation/parishes-and-schools-relief/. Using the drop down menu, you can choose our parish (St. Mary/Holy Cross Parish - Elkhart) and make your donation. Contributions made through this platform will be treated as tithes to our parish. There are no fees associated with this, so ALL of your donation will go to our parish.  The Foundation will send all gift acknowledgement letters.

Holding Tiny Hands, a nonprofit run by parishioners Bob and Susan Selby, is asking for volunteers to make masks for parents of preemies and other critically ill infants in the neonatal intensive care units of Blank and Mercy.  If you are able to help, please use these instructions with specifications When you are finished please reach out to Susan Selby by phone or email to arrange for pickup, 515-441-0324 or susan@holdingtinyhands.orgSusan is also happy to answer any questions that you may have.   


The link below leads to the diocesan website and Bishop Joensen's communication about the virus and a lot of other information. 


Holy Mary, Comfort of Sick. Pray for Us. 

~ St. Mary’s Church is open for private prayer.   

~ Fr. Andrew is celebrating our regular weekday and weekend Mass schedule. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask to weekend Liturgies.

~ Fr. Andrew is resuming Reconciliation from 4:00-4:30pm on Saturdays at St. Mary, but will be in the CRY ROOM. You may also  scheduled by appointment with Fr. Andrew (Fr.Andrew@saintmaryhc.org).

~ If you need to come to the parish office, please contact Fr. Andrew or staff ahead of time to be sure someone is here, or make an appointment. 

~We continue to communicate through email, our website and our facebook page.

Click here to find out how to make a cloth face covering. 



Our two churches, 
located in rural Northern Polk County,
bring together members from
13 school districts and 23 communities
to pray, serve, minister, socialize,
and grow in our Catholic Faith. 

Please join us!