Help Needed with Snow Removal

We are looking for volunteers to do two-week shifts now through mid April at St. Mary. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Drew Hanlon, 515-367-3367 / Thank you.

Cornucopia Collection


Please return your food items to St. Mary the weekend of Nov. 17/18.  . If you know of a family in your community that can benefit from receiving a food basket, please contact Melissa Kahler, 515-290-2830 or Andrea Fisher 515-240-5059 to arrange delivery options. Thank you! 


Pictorial Directory!  

To celebrate our church family and strengthen the bond within our parish, we welcome you to be part of our upcoming directory.  Photography sessions begin on Monday, November 19; sessions are still open to reserve!   Photo sessions are Nov. 19, 20, 23, 24, 29, 30, and Dec. 1.

The online scheduling is open to book your family's photo session. CLICK HERE  to schedule your family.  If you need assistance in scheduling your appointment, please call the parish office.  


Each family that participates receives a free family photo, a printed directory, and access to an electronic version. Christmas cards and other picture packages will be available for purchase. For questions, please contact Tammi McClain, tammimcclain71@gmail.

Included in this directory will be a parish roster consisting of names, address, phone and email.

           If you do not wish some or all of this information to be included you MUST contact the Parish Office.


Work of Our Hands Festival


Enjoy a fun, relaxing time sampling food and finding out more about the goods and services provided by St. Mary-Holy Cross parishioners at the Work of Our Hands Festival, Saturday, December 1, 1:00 - 4:45pm & 6:00 - 7:00pm and Sunday, December 2, 11:00am - 12:30pm. Ethical Trade goods, created by artisans in developing countries, Honduran El Zapote Coffee, and other new products will also be available for purchase. You might find that special Christmas present you’ve been looking for. There will be wine and cheese on Saturday and coffee and donuts on Sunday. Join us for our Festival!!



Ladies Christmas Party

We gather on Wednesday, Dec. 5 following 6:00pm Mass and then share a meal and time together. Join us!! We will be collecting personal care items to donate to our three community Food Pantries.  More information coming soon.

Senior Citizen's Breakfast


Senior Citizens of our Parish are invited to breakfast on Friday, December 7. We will gather in the Social Hall for food and fellowship following 9:00am Mass. RSVP to the Office by Tuesday, December 4 if you are able to join us.


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: Everyone’s participation is need! Thank you.


              Parish Goal             Pledge                Total Payments                Balance Due

                                                                                     $ 53,806             $ 46,275                 $ 43,088.50                     $ 10,717.50 

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