Formation of a new Parish Council. 

This is an exciting opportunity!  Are you interested in providing guidance and making decisions that impact the future of SMHC?

Click here for information and also for a self-nomination form. 

Can Drive

NCYC teens will be hosting a can drive to help cover the expenses of the conference for 10 of our SMHC teens. Please start saving your empty cans for our drive to be held the month of September. There will be a trailer parked at St Mary’s. Thank you for your continued support!  

Parish Bike Ride


Saturday, Sept. 21. We are starting in Bondurant at the Lake Petocka trail head at approximately 6:30pm and will be riding 12 miles to Green Castle Tavern in Mingo. After a stop there, we will turn around and ride back. Join us for the entire ride or meet us at the Tavern for fellowship!



Blessing of Pets


To celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), Patron Saint of ecology and animals; we will have a blessing for your pets and animals on Saturday, October 5, 10:00am on the lawn behind Holy Cross Church.


Parish Picnic

Our picnic is less than a month away and you do not want to miss it!   Join us after Mass on Saturday, October 5, for our Oktoberfest Party!  Dinner, drinks, games, and FUN are all included in this event! 


A link to RSVP to the event can be found at:

A link to donate to the event can be found at:

Please mark your calendar now and plan to join us!

Prizes Wanted!

 We will be playing BINGO! at our picnic and would like to have prizes for our winners! Do you have any new or like new items that would make fun prizes that you’d like to donate? If so, please bring them anytime before the picnic and place them on the designated table in the Social Hall or in the box at Holy Cross. Thank you! 


Parish Work Day


Mark your calendars now to help out at our work day on Saturday, October 19 from 9:00am to Noon at both St. Mary and Holy Cross. Many hands make light work!


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.  

2019 Annual Diocesan Appeal

                                                                               Parish Goal           Pledge Total          Payments        Amount Due

                                                                                  $48,797                   $34,844                $32,532              $16,265 

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   

                                                            $442,014.35               $424,579.35                     $17,435                      $206,289.68