Masks Required at Mass

 

Bishop Joensen requires masks to be worn by everyone (unless medically exempt) at Mass in every parish. This shows our love for others by protecting them. Our faith calls us to be Good Samaritans and to be mindful of the common good.  


                                                                                                                                   Looking for Additional Lectors!

 

Would you be interested in being a lector for our Masses? If so, or if you have questions, please contact Fr. Andrew.

 

                                                                                                             Sponsor a Bible

 

Help us put the Word of God in our First Communicants' hands. Cost is $30 to sponsor one Bible and we have 28 that need sponsored. If you wish to sponsor a child please mail or drop off a check with Bible written in the memo to St. Mary or Geneveve and Tracy will be available after Mass on the weekend of February 6 & 7, with envelopes for those who wish to contribute in person. Thank you for prayerfully considering this lifelong gift to the children.

 

                                                                                                  Fish Fries Are Coming!

 

                                                                     February 19, March 5 & 19           Drive-Thru only


              More info to come!

 

                                                                                 It’s Not Too Late to Save Lives!

 

Our blood drive is Thursday, January 28, 3:00 to 7:00p.m. in the Social Hall. This is a safe and easy way to serve others! Blood is always in short supply and especially now. Your donation of life-supporting blood will help save or sustain the life of three others. LifeServe Blood Center provides a disinfected and sanitized environment. The whole process will take less than an hour with the actual donation taking about 10 minutes. LifeServe personnel and donors are required to wear a mask. Appointments are required for added safety. 


To schedule your appointment sign up in the vestibule of St. Mary or click here , then log in or create an account. If you have difficulties or questions, please call LifeServe Blood Center at 800-287-4903 and mention you would like to sign up for the Elkhart Community Blood Drive on January 28.  

AND for this particular blood drive we’re offering “a pint for a pint” so come donate a pint and enjoy homemade soups at the canteen! 

Contact Lisa or Tim Kautza (kautza@netins.net or 515-964-7687) if you’d like to volunteer to help in the canteen or can provide cookies, bars or other snacks.  

 

                                                   Snow Removal Assistance Needed!

 

We have about 2 + months until we don’t have to worry about snow; but for now, could you help out with sidewalks, etc. (no parking lot though!) at St. Mary on the weekend and/or during the week?  Please help out by signing up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094ea4a722a2fb6-snow for a time slot or slots .  Thank you!  For more information please contact Bill Schmitt, 515-291-8005.

 

                                                                                   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 in 2021 for June, July, November and 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 kautza@netins.net or 515-964-7687.

 

                                                                                                                      The Blessing Box Requests Food Donations

 

The Blessing Box could use our help with hams and monetary contributions. They provide  ham with the Christmas meal are in need of additional contributions for the more than 30 local in-need families. If you are able to contribute, please bring donations to The Blessing Box located in Elkhart Christian Church which is open the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 to 10:00am and the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:00pm. 

 

                                                             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 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                   $47,852                   $46,952                        $2,604

 

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