Ladies Christmas Party!

 

Join us Monday, December 12! We will worship together and then enjoy a hot bowl of soup. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We will play games and fun will be had. We are collecting socks to deliver to local shelters.

 

                                                                                                           Fellowship Time!!

Join us to work on your crafts, play games and for fellowship on Thursday, December 15, 9:00am in the Social Hall!!

                                              Advent Reconciliation Service

 

You are invited to celebrate God’s love and forgiveness at our Advent Reconciliation Service on Sunday, December 18 2:00pm at St. Mary. We will have additional priests here to assist with individual confession.

 

                                                                                                          Pray the Rosary on Wednesdays 


We will pray the Rosary at 6:00pm on Wednesdays when Religious Education is in session. You are invited and encouraged to join in this prayer. The intention of the Rosary will be for our parish. 


                                                     Snow Removal

 

We are asking for volunteers for weekend and/or week day time frames to help with snow removal of sidewalks, etc., at St. Mary. We have a snow blower. Here’s the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094EA4A722A2FB6-snow1 . Thank you in advance for helping our parish!

 

Many thanks to all who helped last year and a grateful thank you to Nick and Todd Volz for removing the snow from the parking lot at St. Mary every year, and to Laurie Phelan for taking care of snow removal at Holy Cross each year. We appreciate you!! 

 

Volunteers Needed to Prepare Our Parish Meal for Homeless Families

 

Our parish has been preparing a meal for the families at the Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter on the second Sunday of each month for more than twenty years. We need volunteers currently for all months in 2023 except February, March, May, and November. One or more families or groups can volunteer to prepare and deliver a meal (about 10 families up to 34 people). Covid precautions are taken and 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. To volunteer or to find out more, please contact Lisa or Tim Kautza at kautza@netins.net or 515-964-7687.

 

We are grateful to the following parishioners who prepared meals this past year: Rebecca and Will Bates, Arlene and Todd Anderson family, Larysa Lamberti family, Kris Sexton, Carol Weber, Pat and Gail O’Connor, Alleman Parishioners, RE students, JoAnne Meusburger, Brenda and Mike Renoe family, Knights of Columbus, Matt and Angie Miller family, and Sharon Morris; some of who prepared more than one meal. Thank you for your generosity!

 

                                                                                  Have an Accounting/Finance Background?

 

We are looking for two additional parishioners with this type of background to serve on our Finance Council for a three year term. Term begins as soon as you are ready to serve. If interested or have questions, please contact Heidi Ackerman, heidimdittmer@gmail.com, or Sue Tollefson, suet@iowacubs.com. Thank you for considering serving your parish in this way!

 

                                                                                                                                 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! 

 

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

 

Liturgical Ministers: We are looking for additional lectors, ushers and Host distributors for our Masses. Training provided. If you have questions about these ministries or are interested in serving, please contact the office.


Wine & Cheese and Coffee & Donuts:  If you would like to host this, please contact Barb at bliske@saintmaryhc.org or 515-367-2685. Thank You! If we get enough volunteers we would be able to go back to offering this once a month for each Mass.

 

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, sschmidt@saintmaryhc.org / 515-689-9949.

Thank you for considering these volunteer opportunities!


                                                                                                                                   Preserving Our Parish History

 

Recently, Laurie Phelan approached the Parish Council about the history of Holy Cross Church. Larry Sauer met with Laurie to discuss what action we might take to preserve the history of our parish past, present and future. We currently have two history books, one from 1875 – 2000 for Holy Cross and one from 1885 – 1985 for St. Mary’s. That is twenty-two years ago for Holy Cross and thirty-seven years ago for St. Mary’s. Each year our elder parishioners, who have a wealth of information, are passing without having been asked to share what they know about our past. At the Pastoral Council meeting on March 8, 2022, it was decided that our parish should begin to document, in writing and visual imagery, the history of our parish past, present and future. With that in mind we are looking for three to five parishioners, young and old, who would like to join a work group to be involved in this most important endeavor. If you are interested, please contact Larry Sauer at sauerld@outlook.com / 515-710-2421 or Laurie at laurie.c.phelan@gmail.com.

 

The following comes from the bishop's updated COVID-related protocol, 3-1-2022:


Based on the new CDC guidance, and in consultation with local medical experts, the Diocese states that masks are optional for the faithful and clergy during Mass and other indoor activities.  Masks are no longer required during the distribution of Holy Communion. Everyone is encouraged to discern the use of masks based on their own health and potential immunity to COVID-19. 

For Diocesan updates please go to https://www.dmdiocese.org/resources/worship/coronavirus.


We will continue to have masks and hand sanitizer available.