Ministries and Groups

Ministry Info

Altar Servers

Altar Servers are young men and women of the parish (5th grade and up) who serve at the various masses and services at Holy Cross. If you are interested in becoming an altar server, please contact the parish secretary.

For more information, please contact Greg Norris at (630) 879–0706 .

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American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is a Christian scouting organization for girls 5-18 years of age.

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Art and Environment

The Art and Environment group enhances our regular and special liturgical celebrations through its creative efforts in floral arranging, banner making, fabric hanging, and table cloth and vestment making. The group also maintains these items.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Baptism Preparation

Members of the Baptism Preparation ministry provide instruction to parents prior to their child's baptism assisting with Baptism preparation and faith development. The Baptismal ministry assists in the development of the parish and the growth of the church.  The time spent teaching is a time for deepening the faith commitment of the parents so they can step up as role models for their children.

Baptism Preparation classes are held the third Sunday of every month following the 8 a.m. Mass in St. Jules Hall. Please contact the parish secretary to sign-up to attend a class.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry

Members of Holy Cross staff the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantryon the second and fifth Tuesdays of the month and the fifth Friday. We also collect food at Holy Cross on the first Sunday of every month. 

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Boy Scout Troop #21

Boy Scout Troop #21 Our purpose is to provide your son with safe but exciting scouting adventures, while developing leadership and outdoor skills. Through scout leadership and patrol spirit, we promote teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem. The skills and experiences gained through scouting will stay with your son throughout his life.

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Buildings and Grounds Committee

The Buildings and Grounds Committee advises the Pastor on the maintenance and improvement of the physical properties of the parish. Sponsors some annual volunteer work projects on the grounds. Bi-monthly meetings. 3 year term.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Catholics Celebrating Adoption

The mission of Catholics Celebrating Adoptionis to raise the awareness of the gift of adoption and to promote adoption as a viable alternative in the formation of families.

Members plan the annual adoption liturgy which occurs during November and also provide information on adoptions via handouts and seminars. Our members are always available to discuss adoption with anyone expressing an interest or desire for more information.

For more information, please contact Denise Mroz at (630) 406-0574 or denise.mroz@sbcglobal.net.

Community Life Committee

The Community Life Committee sponsors many events throughout the year such as Cougars Baseball Night, Irish Fest, Movie Night, etc. Please come join the fun of preparing for the special events during the year. Monthly meetings. One year term.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Cub Scout Pack #121

Cub Scout Pack #121 is for boys in first through fifth grades.  The purpose of scouting is to teach boys respect for their community, faith and the environment as well as to impart upon them a sense of duty and responsibility to those around them. Cub Scout Pack 121 is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and locally with the Three Fires Council.

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Divorce and Beyond

Divorce and Beyond is a 10 week program for women and men designed to address the issues confronting those who are experiencing divorce. 

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Education Commission

The Education Commission is a consulting body to help determine the religious education needs of the entire parish; children and adults. The Commission helps implement the needed programs and policies. Monthly meeting. 3 year term.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Enriching Lives Ministry

The Enriching Lives Ministry spiritually and emotionally enriches the lives of the elderly, home-bound, disabled, sick, and lonely and others needing companionship and love through Jesus' boundless love.  ELM provides friendship, caring, assistance, enjoyable times, spiritual and social fellowship, transportation to Mass, Confession and other church functions.

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Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration relies on parishioners signing up for one hour slots to take a regular opportunity to pray and worship before Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. 

For more information, please contact Fran Nicklas at (630) 973-9559 or adoration@holycross-batavia.org.

Evangelization Committee

The Evangelization Committee promotes and coordinates Adult Formation Programs such as the Guest Speaker Series and the Light of the World Evangelization Parish Retreat. Our goal is to help the adults of our parish grow in their faith through these programs.

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Finance Council

The Finance Council is created pursuant to Cannon Law for the purpose of serving and advising the pastor on all budgetary and financial issues related to the parish. Bi-Monthly meetings with intervening committee meetings. 3 year term. For more information, please contact William Jacobson or the parish secretary.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Giving Tree

The Giving Tree provides Christmas gifts for individual families and various organizations throughout the Fox Valley area. These facilities include Riverain, Batavia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Valley Sheltered Workshop, Hesed House, Crisis Pregnancy, Batavia Access Toy and Clothes Closet, Headstart, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's parishes.

For more information, please contact Joann Spang at (630) 879-6939.

Greeter Ministry

Members of the Greeter Ministry are present in the Narthex before each Mass and extend a warm greeting to everyone as they arrive.

For more information, please contact Carole Dunn at (630) 879-3988 or dunn.lirot@att.net.

Hesed House (PADS)

Hesed House (PADS) volunteers help run the emergency overnight shelter (PADS) at Hesed House in Aurora from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. on the first Friday evening/Saturday morning of every month.  Volunteers cover three shifts at Hesed House:

  • 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • 11:30 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.
  • 4:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Duties include serving dinner, preparing lunches, making/serving breakfast, etc., and vary according to shift worked. 

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Hospitality / Coffee & Donuts

Hospitality / Coffee & Donutsvolunteers host coffee and donuts most Sundays after the 8 a.m. and the 9:45 a.m. Masses. 

For more information, please contact Bernie Schlameuss at bschlameuss@comcast.net.

Knights of Columbus #2191

The Knights of Columbus #2191is an order of Catholic men and their families, dedicated to promoting the concepts of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

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Lectors/Commentators

Lectors/Commentators are Confirmed adults and youth who proclaim God's Word at our liturgies. After training, they are commissioned as Lectors. 

For more information, please contact Cindy Augustine at (630) 406-6541 or cindyaugustine@holycross-batavia.org.

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Light of the World Evangelization

Light of the World Evangelization is a parish retreat which will help all people to have a living encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee exists to promote good liturgies in our Catholic tradition. The Committee prepares for all celebrations in the liturgical year and other special celebrations and services. Co-ordinates the various liturgical ministers, (such as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, servers...). Works with Pastor and Music Director. Monthly meetings. 3 year term.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Meal Outreach Ministry

The purpose of the Meal Outreach Ministry is to serve the parish by providing meals to families in crisis such as a family member in or just home from the hospital, a family member with a serious illness or injury or a grieving family. We also bring meals to families who are welcoming a new child into their home. Meals provide a way to say we care and we suppport you through this difficult time or as a way to celebrate the gift of new life.

There are three ways to get involved in the Meal Outreach Ministry:

  • Most importantly refer parishioners who would be helped by this ministy. Families shy away from referring themselves. They need you to advocate for them.
  • Volunteer to cook and deliver meals to families. Your name will be placed on a list and you will be called as needed, four to six times a year.
  • Let us know if your family would be helped by the meal ministry. We will bring hot meals to your door. You do not need to invite us in.

For more information, please contact the Meal Outreach Coordinator at mealoutreachministry@yahoo.com.

Men's Group

The Men's Group is composed of a group of Men that meet every Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. These meetings include discussions of the Bible, Apologetics and what it means to be a Catholic man in todays world. 

For more information, please contact Marv Kombrink at (630) 485-0222 or marv@kombrink.com.

Ministry of Care

Members of the Ministry of Care visit and bring Eucharist to those who are unable to worship with us here at Holy Cross due to illness, disability or convalescence. Their ministry takes them into homes, hospitals and nursing homes.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Ministry of Praise

The Ministry of Praise is people praying individually for the needs of the parish community and the world. A monthly letter keeps them in touch with the parish.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry provides the music and leads the singing at the liturgy. The Music Ministry includes the Cantors and Instrumentalists and the various choirs (Adult Choir, Contemporary Choir, Children's Choir, Youth Ensemble and Resurrection Choir).

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Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council exists to support and advise the pastor in his spiritual and temporal efforts to lead Holy Cross Parish in fulfilling the mission of the Church. The Council provides a forum for communication between key parish committees (e.g., Stewardship, Finance, Liturgy, Education, and Evangelization), and has specific responsibility for the annual Parish Appreciation Banquet. Monthly meetings. 3 year term.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Project Gabriel

Project Gabriel assists women in a crisis pregnancy through the birth and until the child's first birthday. Through the parish acting as The Good Samaritan, each mother is assigned 2 Angels to help meet her emotional, spiritual, and material needs.

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Religious Education

Religious Education at Holy Cross serves youth in grades 1 through 8 and their families, as well as the catechists who serve in this ministry. It is divided between Children's Ministry (grades 1-4) and Early Teen Religious Education (grades 5-8). Religious Education also includes the preparation for the Sacraments of Reconcilliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

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Respect Life Committee

The Respect Life Committee promotes life in every phase, from conception to natural death. One means of accomplishing this is to provide contact information for women experiencing crisis pregnancies.

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an experience of learning and discernment for:

  • Catholics who want the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation
  • Catholics who want to learn more of their faith
  • non-Catholics or those not baptized who are thinking of joining the Church

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RSVP Seniors Program

The RSVP Seniors Program uses the gifts and talents of retired people to help the Batavia community of senior citizens. We provide rides to seniors, deliver golden dinner meals, install and maintain smoke detectors and provide financial assistance through donated funds for prescription medications. 

For more information, please contact Nancy Brenski at nbrenski@mfire.com.

Sacristans

Sacristans are responsible for ensuring that the sacred vessels, altar, and general worship space are prepared for the celebration of the Mass. They are also responsible for coordinating the lectors, commentators and extraordinary ministers and leading the before Mass prayer with them. After Mass and after the sacred vessels are purified, the Sacristan is responsible for cleaning them, putting them away and ensuring the worship space is restored to normal. 

For more information, please contact Bill Stankevitz at (630) 406-0183 or patnbills@earthlink.net.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. 

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St. Michael Ministry of Compassionate Care

St. Michael Ministry of Compassionate Care carries on with support after a funeral by providing ongoing care for parish members as time passes and the full impact of the death and loss becomes real and apparent in their everyday lives. We are a parish family and it is our hope that this type of caring will be meaningful and helpful to those in our midst who are grieving and hurting.

All members of the parish are invited to join. Meetings are held the third Thursday of February, April, August, October, and December from 6:30- 8:30 PM in St. Therese.

For more information, please contact Mary Ann Sestak at (630) 879-8525.

Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee exists to promote the practice of Christian stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure in the parish. It fosters prayer, awareness programs, and the annual stewardship appeal. Bi-monthly meetings. 3 year term.

Time and Talent Flyer

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Usher Ministry

The Usher Ministry helps in making sure litugries and other functions are conducted in an orderly manner. They help with seating, greeting, emergency medical or other needs, etc. The only requirement to become a member of the Ushers Ministry is a desire to be helpful to the parish and its members, and to serve in a responsible manner in terms of meeting schedule commitments. The ushers serve at all weekend and Holy Day Masses and other liturgical functions. The Ushers Ministry is open to any Confirmed parishioner.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.

Vacation Bible School

Holy Cross Vacation Bible School is a Catholic day camp open to all children between the ages of 4 year old pre-school and fifth grade. The camp is run by volunteer adult parishioners who are ably assisted by committed and enthusiastic teens from the Holy Cross community.

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Why Catholic

Why Catholic is an adult formation program based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Participants meet in small faith sharing groups which meet for 6 weekly sessions, with each session lasting about 90 mintues. Sessions are held 2 times per year, during the Lent and Advent seasons.

For more information, please contact the Planning Committee at whycatholic@holycross-batavia.org.

Windmill Seniors Program

The Windmill Seniors Programprovides an opportunity for seniors to gather monthly for lunch, fellowship, spirituality and entertainment. 

For more information, please contact Nancy Brenski at nbrenski@mfire.com.

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry at Holy Cross is divided into two separate groups based on age. Youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades participate in K.O.R.E. (Kids Operating with Real Enthusiasm), while students in high school participate in the High School Youth Ministy.

For more information, please contact the parish secretary at (630) 879-4750.