Community Service 

Jesus Asks Us to Feed the Hungry 

Only four more volunteers needed.  We’re still looking for three volunteers to provide a Sunday evening meal for guests at Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter on the second Sunday of September, November and December this year. One or more families can volunteer to prepare and deliver a meal, although the shelter prefers that no more than five people actually be present at the house at a time. Volunteers can pay for the meal themselves, be reimbursed by the parish, or receive a Gift-In-Kind receipt that you can use for a tax deduction.  To volunteer or to find out more, please contact Lisa or Tim Kautza at or 515-964-7687.


FRANCISCAN COMMON VENTURE SUMMER SERVICE PROGRAM has several upcoming opportunities to share your time and talent in service to others. Due dates for applying are fast approaching! For more information, or to apply, please contact Sr. Shell at 563-583-9786 or or visit for a full listing. Here are two to choose from:

The Wild Rose Center, Busby, MT: April 20-27, 2020
4-6 women & men volunteers (Age 20+).  The Center is always in need of various tasks in preparing for the upcoming retreat season: cleaning, organizing, minor repairs, yardwork, rebuild the front steps, shore up a deck and assemble a gazebo. Volunteers will stay at the Wild Rose Center, a spirituality center. Volunteers will be invited to learn the history of the events contributing to the Battle of the Little Big Horn; and explore the Native American culture, including the sweat lodge--a holy place where Native Americans renew their connection to the cosmos and to God. NOTE: Arrival is on Monday with departure on the following Monday. COST: $125/person to help cover housing and other costs; plus bring $50 for food purchase on site. Application Due Date: March 23

Rescue Mission & New Hope Catholic Worker Farm, Dubuque, IA: May 31-June 6

2-4 women & men volunteers (Age 20+). New Hope Catholic Worker Farm offers an experience of gardening, service to the poor, creation care, justice, reflection and community building. The Dubuque Rescue Mission offers the opportunity to participate in positive solutions to homelessness. Come see the life-giving interconnections! Some meals will be with the staff and clients. Evening meal is with the Sisters of St. Francis. Accommodations are at a local retreat house. Arrival is on Sunday with departure on Saturday. COST: $115/person to help cover food, housing and other costs.  At least one of the volunteers will need a car for transport to/from the service site. Application Due Date: May 4

Food Pantry Collection

Please bring non-perishable food items to Mass the 3rd full 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.


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.