Masks Continued to be Required in Parish Buildings


 Although Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds dropped the mask requirement, Bishop Joensen has extend the mask requirement at all public Masses, sacramental celebrations, and other events in Church buildings.  This decision corresponds to the recommendations of public health experts within the local medical community. 

For Diocesan updates, resources and livestream Masses, please go to 

At St. Mary and Holy Cross we continue to keep the ribbons on every other pew for social distancing. 

                                                          Purchase a Flag for Holy Cross Cemetery


We will be installing new flags to add to the already 135 American flags that we display four times per year in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorialize your special someone with a flag that will be flown on Memorial weekend, Fourth of July, Labor Day weekend and Veteran's Day.  Your flag pole will be marked with a laser engraved tag that identifies the honoree and the donor. Price is $175 which includes the flag and pole, identifying label, base installation, raising and lowering the flag and flag storage. Contact Barb at the parish office with your request by Sunday, May 2nd and provide her with identification label information and payment (checks made payable to Lynn Schreurs). Contact Lynn (515-577-8147) if you have any questions. Reminder---we only install new flags once a year prior to Memorial weekend. 


                                                                         Upcoming Parish Council Opening

St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish Council was established just over a year and a half ago in an attempt to help Father Andrew guide and make decisions for our Parish family. This Council was established with six parishioners with representatives from both St. Mary's and Holy Cross. Our aim is to have each new member serve a three year term with two members rotating off each year. Now that the Council is established, we are looking for up to two new members to join. This June the Parish will hold a vote (if necessary) for new members who are interested. If you are interested, or anyone you know who might be, please feel free to reach out to any of the current Parish Council members for more information.  

                                                                                                                                   2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal 

Bishop Joensen has sent a letter and pledge card to each family of the parish asking to support the work of the Diocese. Please consider how you are able to help and mail your pledge card to the parish office or drop in the collection basket.  If donating by check, please make it out to the Diocese of Des Moines and we will forward it to them. You can also donate online at, using the “Designate” dropdown to choose our parish. Thank you for your continued generosity for this appeal. Our assessment this year is $51,038.


                                                                                                      Blood Drive

Our blood drive is Thursday, May 27, 3:00 to 7:00pm in the Social Hall. What safer and easier way to serve others than to donate your life-supporting blood that will help save or sustain the life of three others. LifeServe Blood Center provides a disinfected and sanitized environment. Blood is always in short supply and especially now. The whole process (registration, confidential health history interview, donation, and post-donation rest in our canteen) will take less than an hour with the actual donation taking only 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 use this link to choose your donation time and 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 May 27.


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

                                                                                                                                  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.


                                                                                             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 for 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 or 515-964-7687.


                                                                                                                                                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 with questions.

Deanne Sandbulte – Board President


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.  

     2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal


                                                                            Parish Goal              Payments              Unpaid Pledges            Amt. Due

                                                                              $51,038                      $28,882                        $5,783                     $22,156



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