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 Are Here to Help!
If you are, or someone you know is, in need of assistance please contact the parish office.
Parishioners who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at Mass and parish events. We will continue to have masks and hand sanitizer available.
We’ve returned to a Communion line. If you wish to receive on the tongue, please be in Fr. Andrew’s line (he sanitizes after each). Social distancing is still expected to be practiced to the extent possible. Extra seating remains in the social hall for those who prefer to sit there.
Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, or have been exposed to the virus (considered 15 minutes within 6 feet of known or suspected COVID-19 case), or shown symptoms at any time in the previous 10 days are to stay home.
The obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Mass has been restored in our Diocese. There will always be cases where individuals are excused or dispensed for serious reasons These reasons would include, but are not limited to, personal illness, known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, or if you are a caretaker of a member of the vulnerable population and your participation in Mass would expose him or her to a significant risk of contracting COVID-19. If you are unsure of your situation, please consult with Fr. Andrew who can assist you in your discernment.
A noon Mass will be offered on the fourth Sunday of every month beginning in August for anyone who would like to attend. More elements of our tradition are included, for example at certain times the priest faces the same way as the people, incense, inclusion of some Latin. A potluck meal, catechesis, and/or fellowship will follow. Please contact Fr. Andrew if you plan to attend the meal let him know what you might be able to bring.
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.