The parish office is closed Thursdays during the summer.

Fr. Parker does not have set office hours when he is here at the parish. To reach him, please email, call or text: or 515-720-3434. 

Bridge Replacement on NE 126th Avenue: Bridge replacement project over Interstate 35 (exit 96) west of Elkhart begins at 7:00am on Wednesday, March 29, until November 2023, weather permitting. Click here for current detour route information or call 511. 

There are other road closures around Elkhart, please check for those as well. 


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!

Pastoral Assistance

If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact  Fr. Ross Parker at 515-720-3434.  If a family member is in a care facility, home-bound, or hospitalized, and they wish a visit please contact Fr. Parker at or 515-367-2685.

We Are Here to Help! 

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


Based on the CDC 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

                                               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.