Community Service 

The Gift of Life!! 

Our blood drive is Thursday, January 31, 3:00 to 7:00pm in the Social Hall. Bring your friends!! There is a high need for blood now due to elective surgeries and the holiday season.  Get a free pair of holiday socks if you donate at this Drive; get a free t-shirt if you are a first time donor! An appointment sign up sheet is in the vestibule or you may contact Tim and Lisa Kautza, kautza@netins.net or 515-964-7687 to make an appointment. Please give your email address as well so a reminder can be sent to you. Also, let Tim and Lisa know if you are able to assist before, during or after the Drive. 


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 volunteer@chatholiccharitiesdm.org. 


Franciscan Common Venture – a volunteer program sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, provides the opportunity for persons age 20+ to contribute their time, commitment and talent in service among people who are poor. There are multiple service opportunities from work crews doing minor repairs and cleaning to helping hand harvest corn for use in Native American ceremonies. Long-term service is also available. If interested, contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF; 3390 Windsor Ave; Dubuque IA 52001; Phone:  563-583-9786; e-mail: balekm@osfdbq.org;   OR visit our website for a full listing and a downloadable brochure:  www.osfdbq.org/commonventure


Franciscan Common Venture - 2019 Service Opportunities

Give a gift of service this year!  Share your time and talents with others -- for a week (or longer). Your heart will never be the same!  Join Franciscan Sisters and others in community, service and prayer.  If interested, contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF:  e-mail:balekm@osfdbq.org; or phone: 563- 583-9786. Visit our website for a listing and a downloadable brochure: www.osfdbq.org/commonventure


Food Donations Needed for The Blessing Box

The Blessing Box, the Elkhart Community Food Pantry, opened its doors in January.    Donations will continue to be accepted and most needed 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; kautza@netins.net.


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.