29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 19 - October 25, 2014
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
It has been said that if a priest is a saint, that his people will be holy. In turn, if a priest is Holy, then his people will be good. Likewise, if a priest is good, that his people will be mediocre. Finally, that if a priest is merely mediocre, that his people will be lost.
This, of course, is a broad over-generalization, but the nugget of wisdom behind it can teach us something very important. The bottom line is that no matter where you are called, and no matter what line of work God asks you to do, the best way to make a difference in the lives of others is to make a difference in one’s own life! It is not enough to simply do what one is asked to do. We must always seek to improve who we are, in particular in the area of developing our relationship with God, because it is in improving who we are that we will be able to rub off on others to greater effect. The most disastrous thing that we can do in life is to view our work, the things that are expected of us, or our callings, as checklists of things to get done. Oftentimes it is very possible to get the work done, but without a zeal or fervor that will yield good fruit. We have been created to be saints, and not mediocre laborers. So today, let us each ask ourselves what we need to do, or what we need to cease doing, so that we can take the steps to a greater goodness, holiness, and saintliness!
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.