The following comes from the bishop's updated COVID-related protocols. He writes:
"The Diocese is now recommending, not requiring, masks for parishioners over the age of five during all indoor liturgies and other indoor parish events. Although recent evidence has shown that breakthrough infections can occur in vaccinated individuals, and that vaccinated individuals can be contagious, it is also the case that infection is less likely for vaccinated individuals, and the risk of severe symptoms is much less likely. There are still ample benefits to vaccination, and our Catholic moral teaching consistently affirms the value of vaccination both for individuals and for the common good."
"Additionally, masks will be required for all clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion during the distribution of communion."
We continue to have masks and hand sanitizer available. If you wish to receive Communion on the tongue, please go to Fr. Andrew (he sanitizes after each).
Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, or have been exposed to the virus (considered 15 minutes within 6 feet of known or suspected COVID-19 case), or shown symptoms at any time in the previous 10 days are to stay home.
October is the Month of the Rosary
Please join us in praying the Rosary twenty minutes before each weekend Mass in October.
If you’d like to lead the Rosary, please email Anne Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Online Silent Auction
Our Auction is currently Live on our Silent Auction Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/236689164994968/ . It runs through Sunday, October 17 at 5:00pm. Lots of great baskets to support all our youth at St. Mary - Holy Cross. If you aren’t able to attend the auction, but would like to support the youth, feel free to email one of us and we will let you know how. We appreciate all our parish’s support.
Please consider joining your Knights of Columbus for some fellowship on a Sunday afternoon car cruise on October 17th following 10am Mass at St Mary’s. We are planning a 3 hour cruise to visit four freedom rocks in the area – Bondurant, Maxwell, Boone and Minburn. If you have a classic car we would love to see it! You can also cruise in your daily driver or ride along with someone else. No registration necessary, just show up!
Community Service Day
On Saturday, October 23 the Confirmation students will team up with the Knights of Columbus for our 4th annual Community Service Day. The rain makeup date will be October 30. If you or someone you know is looking for some help with yard work or anything outside of the house, please fill out the form in the vestibule (in the entryway at Holy Cross) and drop it in the box provided. We will not be offering help inside of homes this year to limit contact with homeowners. You are welcome to contact Nicole Cory, 515-313-3014, or Doug Jones, 515-238-4745, if you have questions.
Trunk or Treat is October 27
Being that our EDGE group is so small this year we are asking for your help in providing candy for Trunk or Treaters. If your are able to help please consider donating a few bags of individually wrapped candies. There will be a box in the vestibule labeled “Trunk or Treat” Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Are You Looking For a Way to Become More Involved With the Community?
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.
The Blessing Box is also collecting items for the upcoming holiday food boxes that will be distributed. We are seeking donations of canned green beans and french fried onions. If you are able to assist, please put your donation under the table outside the cry room. Thank you for your generosity.
Do you know someone who received a transfusion? That blood was donated by someone like you. It's always in great demand. There's no substitute for REAL human blood and it is always in great demand! Consider donating at our drive on Thursday, November 4, 3:00 to 7:00pm in the Social Hall. Donors 16 or 17 years old need a permission form at their first donation; forms are available at St. Mary. You can sign-up to donate there, too, or find that form or sign-up at https://www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. We hope to see you there!! After you donate, have a beverage and parishioner's homemade treats! Questions, contact Lisa and Tim Kautza, email@example.com; 515-964-7687.
Parents, please join us during the 6:30pm Religious Ed session each week as we grow in our own faith and support each other as we work to create strong Catholic values in our homes. Please know that our topics will be chosen based on the requests of the group. We will meet in the Conference Room in the Office area. If you have any questions please reach out to Michele Hand at 515-460-0239. All are welcome to join at any time; see you Wednesday!
I Can Help!
Assistance with Religious Ed Programs:
Our Purpose Program (Confirmation 9th & 10th Grade) is seeking volunteers for the upcoming year. If you or someone you know would be a good fit to help with the next generation of our parish, please contact Nicole Cory, firstname.lastname@example.org / 515-313-3014.
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, email@example.com / 515-689-9949.
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 Fr. Andrew at Fr.Andrew@saintmaryhc.org.
Wine & Cheese and Coffee & Donuts
We would like to provide this once a month after each of our Masses and are looking for people to host them. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Barb Liske, firstname.lastname@example.org / 515-367-2685.
Thank you for considering these volunteer opportunities!
Thank you to those who have been so generous to this year’s assessment. Additional monies received from those paying on their pledges will be refunded to the parish!
2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal
Parish Goal Payments Unpaid Pledges Refund
$51,038 $52,837 $3,693 $1,799
Sharing God’s Gifts Diocesan Campaign
Thank you for your continued support; we appreciate your timely payments for this Campaign.
Pledged Payments Balance Due SMHC Received
$440,234 $426,919 $13,315 $207,460