The Parish Office has varied hours through February 3. Please call or email to be sure someone is here before stopping by.

Fr. Andrew will be available and in the office off and on during this time, except Mondays, January 24 & 31,

so please call or email him first. Always contact himin an emergency — no matter day or time.

St. Mary’s Church building will be open 10am to 8:00pm during this time. 

 

Winter Weather Cancellations:  Whenever North Polk School is cancelled, dismissed early, or evening school activities are cancelled due to weather, classes, meetings and activities here at the Parish will be cancelled as well. In most instances, Masses - both daily and weekend - will not be cancelled, so please use your own judgment. If the need to cancel weekend activities arises, this information will be on the three major TV networks.

WELCOME!

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!

We Are Here to Help! 

                                                        If you are, or someone you know is, in need of assistance please contact the parish office.                                                                 

The following comes from the bishop's updated COVID-related protocols.  He writes:

The Diocese continues to strongly encourage masks at all indoor liturgies and other events, especially for those who are unvaccinated and without natural immunity, as a small sacrifice that can assist our health care professionals and help all members of our community feel comfortable worshiping together.

 

"Additionally, masks will be required for all clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion during the distribution of communion."


 If you wish to receive Communion on the tongue, please go to Fr. Andrew’s line (he sanitizes after each).  We will continue to have masks and hand sanitizer available.

    

The obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Mass has been restored in our Diocese. There will always be cases where individuals are excused or dispensed for serious reasons These reasons would include, but are not limited to, personal illness, known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, or if you are a caretaker of a member of the vulnerable population and your participation in Mass would expose him or her to a significant risk of contracting COVID-19.  If you are unsure of your situation, please consult with Fr. Andrew who can assist you in your discernment. 

   Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, or have been exposed to the virus (considered 15 minutes within 6 feet of known or suspected COVID-19 case), or shown symptoms at any time in the previous 10 days are to stay home.

                                                              Diocesan updates be found at https://www.dmdiocese.org/resources/worship/coronavirus .


~ Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Wednesdays 4:45 to 5:15pm and Saturdays 4:00-4:30pm in the confessional at St. Mary.  You may also  make an appointment with Fr. Andrew .   


                                               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.