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.
Please join us!
We welcome Fr. Tim Hurd as celebrant of our weekend Masses.
Ignite! Campaign: What to Expect
October 8 & 9 marks the official start of our Ignite! Campaign. All 80 parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines are participating in this milestone effort. We are in the third of three waves that are running throughout 2022. This month you will receive a case statement and a letter from Bishop Joensen and Father Amadeo inviting you to participate. After receiving the letter, you may hear from a volunteer who will be available to answer any questions and encourage you to participate. Volunteers will NOT know what is being requested of you. Please know that the request for your support will be an invitation, not an expectation. Consider the request a starting point as you discern what is feasible and meaningful for you and your family.
If you are in need of pastoral assistance, please contact Fr. Michael Amadeo (515-249-5015).
Fr. Amadeo Named Canonical Administrator of St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish
On July 1, Bishop William Joensen appointed Fr. Michael Amadeo, pastor of OLIH in Ankeny, as Canonical Administrator of our parish, effective July 14.
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 protocol, 3-1-2022:
Based on the new CDC guidance, and in consultation with local medical experts, the Diocese states that masks are optional for the faithful and clergy during Mass and other indoor activities. Masks are no longer required during the distribution of Holy Communion. Everyone is encouraged to discern the use of masks based on their own health and potential immunity to COVID-19.
We continue to have masks and hand sanitizer available.
For Diocesan updates 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.