Welcome Father Andrew!  


Join us after weekend Masses on August 25 and 26 to welcome and get to know Father Andrew.  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.   Please join us!


Missionary Visit 

On August 4/5 we welcomed Fr. Fortunatus from Tanzania, Africa. He talked about their financial need in supporting their 28 seminarians and for wells to be dug so people would not have to walk 14 miles round trip a day to get water. If you would like to donate toward their needs, envelopes are available in the vestibule (checks payable to the parish) and please return it in the collection basket at Mass August 18/19 or directly to the parish office by Tuesday, August 21.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated! 


Parish Bike Ride! 

Saturday, August 18, 7:00pm. We’ll meet in the lot by the park in Slater. This ride is for all ages and rider abilities. We will ride to The High Trestle Bridge or beyond. For those that would like less miles, a group will stay at The Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid. Questions? Please contact Tammi McClain, [email protected] or 515-290-3904.

We Need YOU!

We are looking for small group leaders for our upcoming Confirmation year. Commitment time is 4-6 hours per month. Please let Nicole Cory ([email protected], 515-313-3014) know if you are interested or if you know someone who would be a great leader!  If you are interested in this and/or being part of our planning team, please join us at our next meeting Monday, July 23, 6:00pm in the Social Hall.


Blood Drive

Thursday, August 30, 3:00 - 7:00pm in the Social Hall. Your blood is needed by people who will undergo planned or emergency surgery, suffer serious accidents, or need frequent transfusions. Please help by making your vital donation of life-saving blood! Sign up in the vestibule or contact Tim & Lisa Kautza, 515-964-7687/[email protected] to make an appointment. Please include your email address so a reminder can be sent. We are also in need of assistance with set up and tear down, and to help during the Drive. Please let Tim and Lisa know how you can help. Thank you!


An Evening with One of the Lost Boys of Sudan

Our Friends of St. Francis invite you to an evening with Dhoal Larjin, whose life is witness to the transforming power of God’s love in the midst of daily adversities and numerous atrocities. As a nine year old Dhoal was one of the Lost Boys of South Sudan. He was abducted and coerced to become a child soldier. His journey from that life to a refugee camp, education, and in 2005, resettlement in Des Moines will be shared. 

Dhoal’s presentation is appropriate for teens and adults. 

There will be an opportunity to make a tax deductible free will offering to The Larjin Fund.

St. Mary Church Social Hall, Wednesday, September 26, 6:30pm.

Refreshments will be served.   

No RSVP is required for individuals or small groups. 

However, let us know if you plan to bring a large group or class to the event so we can plan accordingly.


  For more information please contact Marion Panyan, (515) 321-6395 / [email protected] 

The Blessing Box 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.  

2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal 

Please prayerfully consider what you are able to give to this Appeal. Pledge cards are available in the vestibule can be returned in the collection basket at Mass or to the parish office, or you may donate on the Diocesan website: http://www.dmdiocese.org/ada-online-giving-instructions.cfm. Everyone’s participation is need! Thank you.


              Parish Goal             Pledge                Total Payments                Balance Due

                                                                                     $ 53,806             $ 42,530                     $ 41,142                           $ 12,664 

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   

                                                            $443,909.35               $413,499.50                  $30,284.85                   $200,749.75