September 21 - September 27, 2014
Padre Pio Healing Mass
Tuesday, September 23rd
7:15PM in the Church
We will distribute St. Padre Pio holy oil
and bless everyone after Mass
with a relic of this beloved saint.
We can ask him to heal us individually,
help friends and family members, and intercede
for the healing and peace of our parish.
Padre Pio Pray For Us
Quiet 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:
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.
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by Fr. Keith Romke
One of the most dangerous things that we can face in the spiritual life is idleness. Of course, being too busy to spend any time with God is problematic too, but being idle can cause us to end up filling our God-given time with all kinds of meaningless things that lead us nowhere. I mention this because often when we don’t know exactly where God is calling us or what our next step in life should be, it can be very easy to simply sit back and wait for God to hit us over the head with a sign that makes it clear where He is guiding us. After all, we are always told that we have to be willing to listen and to be quiet so that we can hear God’s voice. This is true, but at the same time we need to be willing to actively put ourselves in a position to let God speak to us. In other words, we have to have an “active receptivity.” Here is an example: when women who feel called to religious life want to know what they should do in order to know which one of the thousands of orders they are called to, I tell them to pick one, visit there, and see how it feels. If it is a good fit and one is filled with peace, then I’d say they are doing well! And if it doesn’t seem like a good fit, that’s fine too, because you’re narrowing down and honing in on where God may be calling. Either result is good! The important step is being willing to take actions in the first place!
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!
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: email@example.com.
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.