Palm Sunday  


Palms will be blessed Sunday morning and made available for a few days in the church at St. Mary.  Come pick up palms for your family; maybe stay and read the Passion of our Lord.   

               

                                                                     Be respectful of the distancing mandate.


                                                                                                                Interested in Joining a Virtual Prayer Meeting?!?


We will be setting up meetings for small groups to reconnect and share our faith during this trying time and holy season.  We could have a Palm Sunday meeting and Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil meetings, and beyond.  All it would require is to obtain a Zoom app and set up a time that would be good for everyone.  Some have more free time now, so it might be just the thing to do! Ideas and suggestions are more than welcome! Contact Barb at the office, bliske@saintmaryhc.org / 515-367-2685, with what you would be interested in doing and a couple of days/times that would work for you. It would be nice to ‘see’ you all online!  

UPDATE:  Seems may be some hacking on Zoom so we are looking at our options.  

Probably won't have this set up for Palm Sunday meeting.  

We'll keep you posted.

 

                                                                    "Keep the Faith" Car Cruise

 

A big shout out to those who joined the caravan last Sunday and drove through Elkhart, Holy Cross Cemetery, Farrar, Maxwell, Cambridge, Slater, Sheldahl and Polk City, or came along for part of the drive. Fr. Andrew gave a blessing and the lead car was driven by Lynn and Chris Schreurs, a yellow 1937 yellow Chevy with “Keep the Faith” on the door and US flags waving. We were joined by a few parishioners along the way, having the largest number of cars at 18. We were met by numerous parishioners at Holy Cross Cemetery and a few others along the route waved as we drove by! It was so good to see some of our parishioners! And it was a lovely day to cruise the countryside! From Elkhart start to finish we cruised for just under an hour and a half! We send out a super thank you to Lynn and Chris Schreurs for putting this together and lifting our spirits!

 

What are other ideas for social distancing gatherings you might have for our parish?

 



                                          Stations of the Cross were videoed at St. Mary so you have the opportunity to pray them at home.

https://youtu.be/l-NtqZUF9uo    Part 1

https://youtu.be/orQBcb1yib8      Part 2 


K of C / Confirmation Community Work Day scheduled for April 18 is cancelled.

 

                                                                                                                        Only Three More Volunteers Needed 

 

We’re still looking for three volunteers to provide a Sunday evening meal for guests at Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter on the second Sunday of April, September, November and December this year. One or more families can volunteer to prepare and deliver a meal, although the shelter prefers that no more than five people actually be present at the house at a time. Volunteers can pay for the meal themselves, be reimbursed by the parish, or receive a Gift-In-Kind receipt that you can use 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.

 

                                                                                           The Blessing Box

It is important at The Blessing Box that we continue to meet the nutritional needs of our clients while also keeping all involved safe and protected from spreading or contracting COVID-19. It has been suggested from the Food Bank of Iowa to change the way food is given out. Starting March 26th The Blessing Box will start a drive through food pantry. Clients will drive up near the sidewalk used to go into the pantry. A volunteer will come to the car to get the clients information and give further instructions. New clients will be asked to fill out 2 short forms. Clients will receive a box of food with both perishable and nonperishable items according to their family size. Families that have children home with them will receive an additional bag of food if needed. The drive through pantry will continue through the April open dates; April 4th 9-10 am, April 9th and 23rd 6-7 pm.

Please note that the USDA has reported that transmission of COVID-19 has not been proven to be transmitted through food or packaging. The safety of our clients and volunteers is a high priority during this time. The Blessing Box board members thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. Please check our Facebook page, The Blessing Box Elkhart IAfor updates or email ElkhartBlessingBox@gmail.com with questions.

Deanne Sandbulte – Board President

Needs

The Blessing Box provides food to more than 30 families monthly and is open three times each month, 9:30–10:30am on the first Saturday; and 6:00–7:00pm on the second and fourth Thursdays.  Most needed:  Peanut Butter, jelly and canned meats.  On-going food needs are canned meats, breakfast cereals, low sodium canned vegetables and soups, and low sugar canned fruits.  Consider holiday meal foods, too. Food donations can be delivered to the Pantry when open at the Elkhart Christian Church or be placed in the collection box near our Parish Office. Tax-deductible donations can be made payable to The Blessing Box, c/o Elkhart Christian Church, P.O. Box 97, Elkhart, IA 50073.  


2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal 

This Appeal gives us the opportunity to act together as a Diocesan family and support programs and services that our parish could not provide on its own. Information and pledge card have been mailed to each household. Please prayerfully consider what you are able to give and mail your pledge to the parish or donate online here, being sure to designate our parish for proper credit.  Every gift, regardless of size, is vital to reaching our assessment. Please join us to continue God’s work of spirituality, charity and education. Thank you. 

                                                                      Parish Goal             Pledge Total           Payments                 Amount Due

                                                                         $49,556                   $12,015                     $8,120                         $41,436

 

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