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Events & Opportunities

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Parish Music Coordinator Job Opening

This is a paid position and averages 10 hours during most weeks, though more around the busier times of year, specifically Christmas and Easter. Anyone who is interested in serving in this capacity should contact Fr. Ross for more information at 515-367-2685 or

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Teen Mental Health Workshop

If you are an adult looking to learn more about teenage mental health, please join Nicole Cory in a 6 part workshop at St. Mary’s. We will be using content created by Sister Josephine Garrett, a licensed Counselor, author and speaker. Spread the word, all are welcome!  We will meet Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11 & 18, at 7:00pm in the Social Hall. 

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The Mass

Please join us for an in-depth conversation regarding The Mass. We will gather on Sunday, June 9, 11:00am-1:00pm  in the Youth Room downstairs at St. Mary.

We hope you become involved in our Parish community. 

Click here for our Parish Time and Talent Form to fill out

and return to the Parish Office. Thank you for becoming involved!  

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Parish Potluck & Game Day!

Sunday, June 30, 11:00am - 3:00pm: Please join us for a potluck lunch and games for the whole family after Mass at St Mary. We will have a family kickball tournament and activities for younger children too!

Serve Homeless Children

Families of St. Mary – Holy Cross parish have been preparing a meal for homeless children and their families at the Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter on the second Sunday of each month for more than 25 years. Volunteers are needed in 2024 for August and December. One or more families or groups can volunteer to prepare and deliver a meal (about 10 families up to 34 people) to the shelter in Des Moines. Up to 3 people can now prepare the meal on-site. Volunteers can pay for the meal themselves, be reimbursed by the parish, or receive a Gift-In-Kind receipt that can be used for a tax deduction. This is the only homeless shelter in the Des Moines area that accepts complete families, both parents and children. To volunteer or to find out more, please contact Lisa or Tim Kautza at or 515.964.7687.

An Opportunity To Meet Other Parishioners!

Hosting wine & cheese or coffee & donuts is a great way to meet and get to know other parishioners! If you have not hosted before, we can pair you up with someone who has.  Please contact the parish office with questions or if willing to help. Host wine & cheese: First Saturday in September. Host coffee & donuts at Holy Cross: First Sunday in July,  August or September. Host coffee & donuts at St. Mary: First Sunday in July, August or September. Thank you for considering this opportunity! 

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Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) 

Every gift, regardless of the size, is vital to the success of  reaching our assessment of $51,458. Please prayerfully consider how you can support our Diocese and in turn, our parish.  Please mail your gift (checks made out to  Diocese of Des Moines) to the Diocese or drop in the collection basket at Mass. You can also donate online at; choose our parish from the “Designate” dropdown. Thank you to those who have already made a gift!

Parish Goal        Pledge Total        Payments       Amt, Due 

  $51,458              $42,495              $41,395         $10,063


Looking For a Way to Become More Involved With Your Parish and Local Community? 

   Wine & Cheese and Coffee & Donuts:  Hosting wine & cheese or coffee & donuts is a great way to meet and get to know other parishioners! If you have not hosted before, we can pair you up with someone who has. Please contact the parish office with questions or if willing to help.  

   Liturgical Ministers needed:  8:00am Mass at Holy Cross: lectors.  5:00pm Masss at St. Mary: Altar Servers; 10:00am Mass at St. Mary: lectors and Ministers of the Eucharist.  Please let the office know if you are interested in helping with any of these.

   The Blessing Box Food Pantry is seeking volunteers to help box items to distribute to families on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Please contact Tammi McClain at 515-290-3904 if interested. 

   Calling All Musicians! We would love to have you join our music ministry to participate during Mass! We are happy to provide training and have you sing or play with mentors. Teenagers welcome! If interested and would like more information, please contact Sue Schmidt, / 515-689-9949.

Thank you for considering these volunteer opportunities!

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History of St. Mary - Holy Cross

Were you married at St. Mary or Holy Cross or had other family historical events related to our parish for which you have photos or documents? Larry Sauer is looking for mementos of these events that we could borrow to have reproduced for preservation and display in future St. Mary-Holy Cross history books. The plan is to find a display case for other historical artifacts that can be displayed too.  If you would like to share your history with our parish, please contact Larry at 515-710-2421. Thank you! 

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