Community Service 

Disaster Relief

- The rain is gone but the nightmare of those affected by Hurricane Florence isn’t over. Thousands of evacuees are still not home, rivers are rising, many lack power and at least 36 people have died. Though it was downgraded to a tropical storm when it made landfall, Florence has caused extensive damage in North Carolina and South Carolina. Contributions can be sent to the Diocese of Des Moines with a note marked Hurricane Florence or make an online gift at https://dmdiocese.thankyou4caring.org/pages/donation-form---hurricane-florence. Funds generated will be divided between Catholic Charities USA and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for affected churches and schools.

 

- More than 400 people have been killed in India from one of the worst monsoon seasons in the last 100 years. The southern state of Kerala has more than 1 million people who have left their homes. We have three priests from that part of India who are serving the people of our diocese: Fathers Thomas Kunnel, Antony Mathew and Tom Thakadipuram. You are invited to make an online gift at https://dmdiocese.thankyou4caring.org/pages/donation-form---kerala-flood that will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.  

 Thank you for your generosity in helping those in need. 

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. 

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.