Community Service 

Food Pantry Collection

Please bring non-perishable food items to Mass the 3rd weekend of each month; we will also take up a monetary collection. Thank you for your continued generosity in sharing with those in need. 

Cards for Home-Bound and in Care Facilities

If you know someone who might like to receive cards from parishioners, please ask them if we may put their address in the bulletin so cards can be sent.


Franciscan Common Venture Service Opportunity

Six volunteers, 20 years of age and older, are needed for a week of service Aug. 11-17, at the St. Augustin Indian Mission School in Winnebago, NE. Volunteers will assist in the hand harvest and processing of corn to be used in meals for sacred events and rituals. Other volunteer work could include painting, minor repairs, cleaning and gardening. Possibility of attending a Pow-Wow and other cultural rituals.  Cost is $175/person. Applications due by JULY 15th. For more information and/or to apply contact Sr. Shell at 563-583-9786 or  The FCV program is sponsored by the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters.

Renovation of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Our Diocese is facilitating contributions to resurrect and rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral. Individual contributions can be remitted to: Diocese of Des Moines, Notre Dame Rebuilding Fund, 601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309. To make a credit card or “online” contribution, please call 515-237-5008. Donations received will be used totally and solely for the assistance of Notre Dame Cathedral and those affected by the tragedy. While mourning the loss of a significant icon of faith, we are grateful that much was spared and Notre Dame will continue to serve as a visible inspiration for us. Heartfelt thanks to all contributors for their generosity.


Helping the Flood Victims

If you have an interest in assisting families and parishes displaced by the flooding along the Missouri River personally or as a parish group, please contact Deb Powers at Catholic Charities at 

St. Vincent DePaul 

Donations are needed at our 1426 6th Ave. and 520 Army Post Rd. locations. Store proceeds are used to fund programming that serves the local community, with clothes also being given out in our clothing pantry. If you are unable to drop donations off, please call 515-282-8328 to schedule a pick-up. Furniture items are especially needed during these cold months. Thank you for helping us help others!


Volunteer Needs with Catholic Charities

Can you assist with any of the following?

Hygiene Training – help teach refugees proper hygiene cleaning to keep their apartments nice and clean. (Tuesday, Friday 1:00 – 3:00pm.)

Apartment Setup – help set up refugees’ apartments by moving around furniture and putting dishware and cleaning supplies in the correct places. (Thursday, Friday 1:00-3:00pm)

Financial Literacy – help teach financial literacy at our Outreach Center with Shontrelle Johnson (3rd Tuesday each month, 10:30 – 11:30am)

To start volunteering with Catholic Charities of Des Moines or if you have questions, contact Kaitlin Damerval 515-237-5091 or volunteer at 

Food Donations Needed for The Blessing Box

Donations most needed for The Blessing Box, the Elkhart Community Food Pantry, are meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), tuna or canned chicken, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, canned fruit in its own juice or water, low-sodium canned vegetables, olive or canola oil, spices, low-sugar whole grain cereals, healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit), beans, and rice.    Cash donations are also welcome payable to The Blessing Box and sent to The Blessing Box, c/o Elkhart Christian Church, P.O. Box 97, Elkhart, IA  50073.  Interested in volunteering? Contact Tim Kautza; 515-964-7687;

Food Pantry

Contact:  St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish Office

Donations of non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry are collected on the third (3rd) Sunday of each month, at all the weekend Masses.   Additionally at all these Masses, a monetary collection is taken.  Donations collected are given locally to one of the following:  Maxwell Food Pantry; Impact Community Action Partnership in Ankeny; Huxley Food Pantry, Catholic Charities Food Pantry in Des Moines or Catholic Charities Emergency Shelter in Des Moines.  

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) also accepts cash donations for area Food Pantry's.

Prayer Requests 

If illness or a crisis strikes your family or friends, don't hesitate to contact us so members of our Parish may offer prayers for your needs.  For requests or to participate in our prayer chain, contact Barb Liske or at 515-367-2685 or fill out this online form.