An Opportunity to Serve Your Parish!

 

We are looking for two additional parishioners with an accounting/finance 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!

 

                                  Help with Avenue of Flags

 

Could you assist with raising the flags on Saturday, July 2 at 10:00am and/or retiring them on Monday, July 4 at 5:00pm? Each session lasts about half an hour. Please contact Lynn Schreurs, 515-577-8147 / lschreurs@msn.com, to volunteer, for more information, or if inclement weather.

 

                                                                                     Senior Appreciation Social


Are you retired (or about that age!) and want to join others for Mass, breakfast, and conversation? Join us at 8:00am for Mass followed by a breakfast on First Friday, August 5, at St. Mary. Mark your calendar now! More details to come. 


                                                                                                                                             Are You Being Called? 

Have you ever wondered how many volunteers it takes to...

  

Make our three weekend Masses successful?

* Lectors: 3

* Host Distributors: 2

* Altar Servers: 7

* Ushers: 10

* Musicians: at least 6

 

Host Wine & Cheese and Donut Sunday each month?

* Donut Sunday at Holy Cross: 2

* Wine and Cheese at St. Mary: 4

* Coffee & Donuts at St. Mary: 4

 

Help with or donate at our Blood Drives?

* 10 helpers and about 50 blood donors 

Give of your time and talents! 

If you would like to learn more or volunteer for any of these, please contact the parish office, bliske@saintmaryhc.org / 515-367-2685.

 

                                                                                2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal


Bishop Joensen is sending a letter and pledge card to each family of the parish asking to support the work of the Diocese. Please consider how you are able to help. Pledge cards can be mailed to the parish office or dropped in the collection basket. If donating by check, please make out to the Diocese of Des Moines. You can also donate at https://www.dmdiocese.org/giving; choose our parish from the “Designate” dropdown. Our assessment is $54,744.

                                                                       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 Fr. Andrew at Fr.Andrew@saintmaryhc.org.


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.

 

Snow Removal Assistance Equipment Provided - People Power Needed!  Could you help with snow removal of sidewalks, etc. at St. Mary? We have weekend and/or weekday time frames. Instructions/schedule of events provided. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094EA4A722A2FB6-sidewalk. Contact Bill Schmitt with questions, 515-291-8005. 


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. 


If you wish to receive Communion on the tongue, please receive from Fr. Andrew (he sanitizes after each).

We will continue to have masks and hand sanitizer available.


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


                                                              Holding Tiny Hands
This a nonprofit run by parishioners Bob and Susan Selby.  They are asking for volunteers to make masks for parents of preemies and other critically ill infants in the neonatal intensive care units of Blank and Mercy.  If you are able to help, please use these instructions with specificationsWhen you are finished please reach out to Susan Selby by phone or email to arrange for pickup, 515-441-0324 or susan@holdingtinyhands.orgSusan is also happy to answer any questions that you may have.   

     2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal

 

                                                   Parish Goal              Pledge Total             Payments           Outstanding Pledges           Amount Due

                                                       $54,744                     $45,340                    $42,615                         $2,725                                  $12,129


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