Please wear Your Mask!

When you come to Mass, please wear your mask. While you may not fear getting sick, it’s an act of charity and love to do what we can to prevent others from getting sick. Thank you for doing all you can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

                                                                                     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, annedavis06@gmail.com.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                   YOU Are Needed!

SMHC High School/College Students & Adults:  We are in need of volunteers to assist with our EDGE program.  If you are interested in helping and could spare 3-6 hours a month we would LOVE your help! If you are interested in learning more or want to help, please contact Melissa, 515-290-2830 or Andrea 515-240-5059. We will be happy to share information about our EDGE program with you. We have had a wonderful EDGE core team in the past and look forward to adding new people. Thank you for considering helping grow our young church!


 We are in need of a few adults to teach in our Religious Education program on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Geneveve (515-556-4150 / gloraditch@saintmaryhc.org) or Tracy (515-520-7981 / tmiller@saintmaryhc.org). Thank you! 


Please consider volunteering for our Confirmation Program!  For more information please contact Nicole Cory, 515-313-3014 or 

ncory@saintmaryhc.org.


                                                                                               Blessing of Pets

 

To celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of ecology and animals; we will have a blessing for your pets and animals on Sunday, October 4, at 1:00pm in the parking lot at St. Mary. 

                                                                                                                                                 Annual Life Chain

 

On Sunday, October 4, from 2:00 - 3:30pm, LIFE CHAIN invites us to stand along Merle Hay Road from University to Douglas Avenues and pray for 90 minutes, while holding a sign with an approved pro-life messages. Signs are available for pick up at St. Theresa Catholic Church (1230 Merle Hay Road). For additional information please contact Ruth Kabitzke at 515-965-1343. Join us to help protect those who cannot protect themselves.

 

                                                              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.   

                                                                                                                                            Three Volunteers Needed!

We’re looking for volunteers to provide an evening meal on the second Sunday of December for guests at Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter.   One or more families can volunteer to prepare and deliver a meal.  Currently because of COVID - 19, the shelter does not allow meal providers into the shelter and accepts the meal at the front door.  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.  Peace of Christ to all during this unsettling time.

  

                                                                                          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 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                   $42,777                   $39,432                        $10,124

 

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