Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time
September 28 - October 4, 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.
First Friday Benediction
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by Fr. Keith Romke
One of the questions that is frequently asked right before a big life decision has to be made is, “How can I know for sure that this is the right decision and that this is, in fact, where God is calling me?” I believe that there is only one correct answer to this question, and that is this: You Can’t! The hard truth of reality is that we never will know for sure what the next best step is unless we are talking about objective morality – right from wrong. (Then we can certainly know what we are supposed to do!) This shouldn’t make us fearful nor should it paralyze us into refusing to take the next step at all! Rather, we simply need to rephrase the question. Instead of asking, “Do I know for sure?” we should ask, “Do I believe that this is where my discernment is leading me at this moment and, if this isn’t where I’m supposed to be, can I trust that God will direct me onto what is the right path?” Hopefully, viewing the journey that we are called to take in this light will lead us to realize that so long as we continue to strive to do God’s will, we will end up there, regardless of whether or not we are absolutely certain of what the next step should be. The important part is desiring to move in God’s direction and being willing to take the steps necessary to do that.
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 You can choose to do a one-time gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system.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: firstname.lastname@example.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.