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!

Our parish is registered on AmazonSmile!  Now when you shop, our parish receives a donation!  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1204945 .  

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 and WHO radio. 

We welcome Fr. Tim Hurd as celebrant of our weekend Masses.

The Ignite! Campaign 

Q & A: How will this Campaign be an investment in our parish? Our parishes are the cornerstones of our faith communities. Part of the funds raised through the campaign will be returned to parishes so they can further advance their missions and make capital improvements. Bishop Joensen is calling on all of us to make a gift to the Ignite! Campaign. Your support will positively impact the future of our parish and by extension, the Church in Southwest Iowa. Thank you! You can mail your pledge to the parish office or pledge online at: dmdiocese.org/giving/ignite/give-now.


Nov. 25 Update    Goal              Pledged          Collected

                                $360,000       $151,450          $56,114


Pastoral Assistance

If you are in need of pastoral assistance, please contact Fr. Michael Amadeo (515-249-5015) 

or Decon Terry Schleisman (515-669-6158/digiterrry@netscape.net).

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.