The Parish Office has varied hours through February 3rd. 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 (except Mondays January 25 and February 1) so please call or email him first. 

Always contact him in an emergency — no matter day or time. 


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 at Mass  Click here for additional information from Fr. Andrew and Bishop Joensen's letter of November 11th.

Update from Bishop Joensen:  On November 6th, the diocese implemented a regathering policy adjustment, made out of concern for the physical and spiritual health of the people of our diocese, and to protect our gathering around the Eucharistic table and worshiping together through these upcoming months. Due to the rising COVID cases throughout the Diocese of Des Moines, the increased hospitalizations, and the anticipated difficulties that the winter season will bring, the Diocese of Des Moines has suspended all parish and diocesan sponsored or hosted social events, beginning on November 23rd through February 2.

    The diocese remains in phase III of regathering, which allows for public worship and additional parish functions, but is adjusting the policy to temporarily prohibit parish and diocesan sponsored or hosted social events. While we hope for the ability to resume social gatherings on January 11th, we do recognize that the suspension may need to be extended at that time. 

~ Fr. Andrew is celebrating our regular weekday and weekend Mass schedule. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask to our Liturgies.                         Click here to find out how to make a cloth face covering. 

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

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.

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                                               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: 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.