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!

Winter Weather Cancellations:  If North Polk School is in session and cancel, dismiss early, or cancel evening activities due to weather, events here at the parish are cancelled. In most instances, Masses - both daily and weekend - will not be cancelled, so please use your own judgment. If we need to cancel weekend activities it will be on the three major TV networks and WHO radio. 

We Are Here to Help! 

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

Masks Continue to be Required in Parish Buildings:  Although Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds dropped the mask requirement, Bishop Joensen has extend the mask requirement at all public Masses, sacramental celebrations, and other events in Church buildings through Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, at which time it will again be reconsidered. This decision corresponds to the recommendations of public health experts within the local medical community.    Read more here. 

~ Fr. Andrew is celebrating our regular weekday and weekend Mass schedule.   Masks are required for our Liturgies. 

         ~ An additional Mass at Noon on Sunday has been added for those to whom an exemption applies.

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

St. Mary-Holy Cross Resuming Mass Guidelines

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.

                                               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.