28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 19 - October 25, 2014


Family Life Chain 2014 Respect Life Sunday

Sunday, October 5th

In front of the Planned Parenthood Building
New York St. and Oakhurst Dr., Aurora, IL
2:30PM to 3:30PM.
Middle School and High School Students
bring your PARENTS,
get your Rosaries in hand and join us.
You must provide your own ride!!
We are planning to carpool
from the Holy Cross parking lot at 2:00PM.

Adoration Update

Adoration UpdateQuiet time spent with the Lord is the best form of prayer. We need a Eucharistic Adorer for a number of hours on our schedule. A list of times is located on the table by the Adoration Chapel. If you can help, contact Patricia Roatch at (630) 879-4750 x-110 or email.

Click here to see the hours of need or for more informaton on Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

We are in urgent need of adorers on:

  • Monday Midnight
  • Tuesday 1:00PM
  • Wednesday Midnight, 6:00AM
  • Thursday 7:00AM
  • Friday 10:00AM
  • Saturday Noon, 2:00AM

In addition, Hourly Captains are needed for midnight and 1:00AM. Hourly Captains’ duties are to find a sub when needed for their hour or fill in when a sub cannot be found.

Thank you for listening
to the call of our Lord!

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Vocations Corner
by Fr. Keith Romke

Relationship – Identity – Mission

I’d like to propose that, in order to know where we are called, we must first understand who we are, and in order to understand who we are, we have to know where we come from. So often in life, we assess ourselves based on what we do, we look at people who have done great things as “somebodies” and those who haven’t shown much, to be “nobodies.” We may feel like we are of little worth if we struggle in life and don’t seem to see great results from our efforts. This assessment of what we do thus affects how we view ourselves, which can, in turn, affect our relationships. God, however, wants us to see things in the exact opposite way! 

We begin by looking at our relationships. From the moment of our baptism, we are brought into the relationship of being sons and daughters of God! We must NEVER lose sight of this fact, because it gives us a profound and extraordinary dignity. This relationship defines who we are and gives us our Identity! And only when we accept and acknowledge this identity, are we able to receive our mission. Look at Mother Teresa, the things that she did were seemingly small in the eyes of the world, but she did what she did with love as a response to her identity that stemmed from her relationship with God. Now, I’d say that she had pretty good results! So today, accept your identity from God, and let that identity reveal your mission.


New Online Giving at Holy Cross

Holy Cross Parish is now offering Online Giving, a web-based electronic contribution application.

We are providing this service so that you have the options to manage your parish support online or with your offering envelopes. Online Giving allows you to start, stop and change your contributions at any time and it helps you maintain your giving even if you cannot be here at Mass. This allows the parish to better manage our income, especially during bad weather or vacation times. You can choose to do a one-time gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system. Even if you typically use your offering envelopes, you may wish to contribute online to a particular collection. It's easy and convenient. With this new Online Giving you do not have to contact the parish bookkeeper to sign up or make changes. You can use your checking/savings account or major credit cards, and the funds will be automatically transferred to our parish bank account. This system is convenient for the parish and it's convenient for you because you can make changes at any time. You can see reports of your contribution history. Online Giving is very easy to use and requires no special knowledge other than how to access the Internet.

To enroll in Online Giving complete the following steps:

  • Go to our parish website: www.holycross-batavia.org
  • Click on the link to Online Giving.
  • Click on Create New Account and fill in all the information.
  • Next you will receive an email to validate your account.
  • Log into your Online Giving account.
  • Navigate to "My Payment Methods," enter your preference and submit!

Click here to access Online Giving

Note to those currently using our Electronic Funds Transfer program: You may continue using this method. However, if you wish to switch to Online Giving just contact the parish office to let us know, and then sign up for the new program following the steps above. Call 630-879-4750 ext. 101, or email Pat Noerr at: pnoerr@holycross-batavia.org.


Prayer for Religious Liberty

Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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