Parishioners who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at Mass and parish events. We will continue to have masks and hand sanitizer available.


If you wish to receive Communion on the tongue, please be in Fr. Andrew’s line (he sanitizes after each). Social distancing is still expected to be practiced to the extent possible. Extra seating remains in the social hall for those who prefer to sit there. 


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.


The obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Mass is restored in our Diocese. There will always be cases where individuals are excused or dispensed for serious reasons These reasons would include, but are not limited to, personal illness, known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, or if you are a caretaker of a member of the vulnerable population and your participation in Mass would expose him or her to a significant risk of contracting COVID-19. If you are unsure of your situation, please consult with Fr. Andrew who can assist you in your discernment.   

For updates please go to: 

Diocesan updates be found on the diocesan website.

                                                                        Support Our Youth attending NCYC!

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 6 from 10:00am to 3:00pm — the St. Mary-Holy Cross NCYC youth and adult attendees will be serving breakfast and lunch in the city park at Maxwell for Old Settlers for a free will donation. Thank you again for your continued support! 


                                                                                                                                              Opportunities to Serve

We are looking for additional lectors, ministers of the Eucharist and ushers for our Masses. If you have questions about these ministries or are interested in serving in this way, please contact Fr. Andrew at Training provided.

 We would like to gather after Mass once again for coffee and donuts and wine and cheese but are in need of people to host  them. We have coffee and donuts on the last Sunday of the month at Holy Cross, wine and cheese on the first Saturday of the month at St. Mary and coffee and donuts on the first Sunday of the month at St. Mary. If you have questions or would be interested in being on a schedule to host one of these, please contact Barb Liske,, and let her know which you would like to host. Thank you! 


                                                                       Calling All Musicians!


Do you like to play the piano or sing at Mass? If so, we would love to have you join the music ministry at St. Mary-Holy Cross to participate during Mass. Accompanists can play on the organ, piano or electric piano. We understand that you are all busy, so schedules are flexible and provided on an advance two month notice. We are happy to provide training and have you sing or play with mentors. Teenagers are welcome! If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sue Schmidt at 515-689-9949 or e-mail


                                                                                                      Love Your Neighbor


Donors at our blood drive have saved or sustained more than 3450 lives in 7 years. We hope you will seriously consider donating if you have never done so before and join the usual 40 regular donors. It only takes 20 minutes plus about 5 minutes to check your health history and vitals to ensure you’re healthy and 15 minutes in our canteen with beverages and treats homemade by parishioners. Jesus directs us to love our neighbors and this is one easy way to do so.  


Your donation will help someone with planned or emergency surgeries, child birth, blood disorders, cancer treatments, anemia, serious burns, and more. Do you know someone who received a transfusion or maybe you have yourself? That blood was donated by someone like you. It’s always in great demand. There’s no substitute for REAL human blood. 


Consider donating at our drive 3:00 – 7:00pm, Thursday, August 26, at St. Mary.  Donors 16 or 17 years old need a permission form at their first donation. Forms are available in the vestibule of St. Mary Church. You can sign-up to donate there, too, or you can find a permission form or sign-up on line at We hope to see you there!! Questions? Contact Lisa and Tim Kautza,; 515-964-7687.


                                                                                                                                    2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal 

Bishop Joensen has sent 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 and mail your pledge card to the parish office or drop in the collection basket.  If donating by check, please make it out to the Diocese of Des Moines and we will forward it to them. Pledge cards are also availalbe at Church. You can also donate online at, using the “Designate” dropdown to choose our parish. Thank you for your continued generosity for this appeal. Our assessment this year is $51,038.


                                                                                                                                       Parish Volunteers Needed


Our parish has been preparing a meal for the families at the shelter on the second Sunday of each month for a couple of decades. We need volunteers for December. One or more families can volunteer to prepare and deliver a meal. Covid precautions are taken as meal providers will not need to enter the shelter and masks are to be worn.  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. Please share your love with some families who are experiencing unexpected and dire changes to their lives. To volunteer or to find out more, please contact Lisa or Tim Kautza at or 515-964-7687.


                                                               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.   

                                                                                                                                                 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. The Blessing Box now has 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. 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 with questions.

Deanne Sandbulte – Board President


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.  

     2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal


                                                                            Parish Goal              Payments              Unpaid Pledges            Amt. Due

                                                                              $51,038                   $44,806                          $6,474                      $6,232



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