Our two churches, located in rural Northern Polk County,bring together members from13 school districts and 23 communitiesto pray, serve, minister, socialize,and grow in our Catholic Faith.
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The following comes from the bishop's updated COVID-related protocols. He writes:
"The Diocese is now recommending, not requiring, masks for parishioners over the age of five during all indoor liturgies and other indoor parish events. Although recent evidence has shown that breakthrough infections can occur in vaccinated individuals, and that vaccinated individuals can be contagious, it is also the case that infection is less likely for vaccinated individuals, and the risk of severe symptoms is much less likely. There are still ample benefits to vaccination, and our Catholic moral teaching consistently affirms the value of vaccination both for individuals and for the common good."
"Additionally, masks will be required for all clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion during the distribution of communion."
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 .
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.