Community Service 

Friends of St. Francis Ask For Your Assistance

We will be collecting the items below for the next few weeks to help with the urgent needs of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program. They’ve had high-volume arrivals for April and May; almost one fifth of the numbers expected for the entire year have arrived, or are expected to arrive, this month. Collections containers are available at both Churches. Any donation makes a positive difference! Thank you!

• Twin, Full, Queen bedding - sheet sets, blankets, comforters             • New Pillows            • Laundry Detergent                         • Dish-washing Liquid 

• Toilet Paper                        • Paper Towels                    • All Purpose Cleaner


Community Blood Drive 

Our blood drive is Thursday, May 30, 3:00 to 7:00pm in the Social Hall. Each blood donation saves up to three lives and more than 100,000 units of blood are needed yearly. An appointment sign up sheet is in the vestibule of St. Mary or you may contact Tim and Lisa Kautza, or 515-964-7687, to make an appointment. Please give your email address as well so a reminder can be sent to you. Please also contact Tim and Lisa if you are able to assist with any of the following: helping to unload the van and set up (about 2:00pm) and/or helping to return the supplies to the van (about 7:45pm). Light lifting. Volunteers are also needed to assist during the drive. 


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.


Renovation of Notre Dame Cathedral 

Many gasped in unbelief as they witnessed the leaping flames from 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.