October is the Month of the Rosary


We are looking for volunteers to lead the Rosary 20 minutes before each weekend Mass in October. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Anne Davis, annedavis06@gmail.com. Thank you. 

It's Back!

Join us Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00pm in the Social Hall, to chat about ANYTHING you want to share and discuss. This is a great opportunity for community building within our parish. ALL are invited to join us. Hope to see you there! And yes, we will have popcorn!

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 / panyan@mchsi.com. 

Olive Wood Art

 Holy Land Olive Wood Art carvings will be available for purchase the weekend of September 29/30 at St. Mary and Holy Cross. Generation after generation of families have taught their children to carve religious figures from olive wood by hand. The olive tree is an ancient symbol of peace, wisdom, glory, power and pureness. In purchasing items, you help these artists to support their families and their presence in the Holy Land. 

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 of pets and animals on Sunday, Sept. 30, 1:00pm on the lawn behind Holy Cross Church.


Pictorial Directory! 


Photo sessions are Nov. 19, 20, 23, 24, 29, 30, and Dec. 1, and take about an hour. Appointment sign up begins Oct. 6.  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.


Parish Work Day


Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 13 to spruce up our buildings and grounds at St. Mary and Holy Cross. Time frame is 9:00am to Noon; if you can’t come for the entire time, come and help out as long as you can. This is a great opportunity for service hours for our youth!


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