Events Around the Parish

20th Annual Great Lakes Catholic Men's Conference

"Walk the Talk"

NIU Holmes Student Center, DeKalb, Illinois
Saturday, November 22, 2014
8:50AM - 4:00PM

“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life ” John 14:6

A dynamic team of speakers will help you to understand authentic masculinity and heroic virtue, inspiring you to stand up for God and help transform our world and our culture. From their personal experiences, you'll hear how you can direct your time, thoughts, and energy toward forming a personal relationship with God. Come and gather new insights that will help you find a new meaning for your life, gain a game plan for holiness, set your faith on fire and renew your commitments to God, Church, family and others.

Featured speakers include:

  • Eric Scheidler Executive Director of Pro-Life Action League
  • Collin Raye Famous Country Singer
  • Rev. Robert Barron Popular Speaker, author and theologian Creator and host of the PBS series “ Catholicism”
  • John Pridmore Former mobster who had a major conversion and is now a speaker and evangelist
  • Master of Ceremonies: Wayne Messmer, National Anthem singer for the Cubs

Our parish is selling tickets, purchase one after Mass $35 Early bird registration deadline is November 4th

Help and Healing

Holy Cross Catholic Church has chosen to undertake a new ministry for our parish called Help and Healing. This team will minister to the needs of victims of domestic violence or abuse. We are currently looking for people who would like to assist with this Ministry. If you have an interest, please contact Gael Hanauer at:  or Deb Bacorn at:  or call the Parish Office at 630-879-4750.

Enriching Lives Ministry

Please take 10 to 15 Minutes twice A Month to Make A Lonely Senior Happy by Ed Barsotti

Yes, I’m probably bugging you too much again about writing a note to lonely seniors but there are so many of them in our area. I’ve seen over and over again just how much it means to them to simply receive a card with words of love and compassion for them. There truly are too many lonely seniors in homes and in senior residences. Please take roughly 10 to 15 minutes twice per month to help make their lives happier. I’ve included the story below once again for your reading. Please contact the ministry (see below) if you are interested.

We Want to Restart Entertaining the Seniors But WeNeed You!

(Editor’s note: For two or three years, parishioners and others entertained “slightly to considerably” dependent
seniors at all our area senior residences. The seniors and the entertainers and assistants simply loved it! Most all of these seniors are lonely and oftentimes sad. Please help cheer them up.) Our ministry is attempting to restart entertaining seniors but we need your help. We need someone (or two people) to lead this activity. This person or these people will schedule entertainment sessions with senior resident staff and the entertainers. We also need assistants to help bring the seniors to/from the entertainment. Our goal is to have assistants helping perhaps once every month to month and a half. Please contact the ministry (see below) if you are interested.

Need Assistance, Or Know Of Somebody Who Does?

To join the Enriching Lives Ministry, Click on 'Want to Join Ministry?' at our newly-revised website above.

Enriching Lives Ministry Sign-up Sheet

Helpline phone: 630 879-4750 x-321

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St. Michael Bereavement Ministry

st michaelA thought to ponder ~ Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen.
~ St. Gertrude the Great

Today we celebrate All Souls' Day which is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. Each of us have members of our family or friends who have touched our lives and have shown us God's love, but He has called them to their eternal reward. We miss them deeply as we offer them back to God in thanksgiving for His gift of them in our lives. Because God has blessed our lives with these special people, our Church honors these loved ones today, November 2nd, the Feast of All Souls.

The St. Michael Ministry of Compassionate Care invites all parishioners to join us in prayer this evening, November 2nd, at the Annual All Souls' Memorial Candle Lighting Service which will be held at 7:00 PM in the Church. We remember and pray for the repose of the souls of all of our deceased parishioners, family members, friends, all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and most especially those loved ones who have died between November 2013 and October 2014. Please join us for the All Souls' Memorial Candle Lighting Service tonight! All are welcome at this meaningful and inspirational service!

It is important for us to pray for our beloved departed.
Let us pray:
God of Love and Compassion,
You look with tenderness on Your beloved sons and daughters
Who have been saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus.
We ask You to show that same embracing compassion and tender mercy
To all whom You have called from this life.
May they enjoy the fullness of the risen life with Jesus...
And all the saints, bathed in Your glory, light, and tender mercy. Amen.

May all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

The Funeral Liturgy Team is willing to meet with any parishioners who would like to pre-plan their Funeral Liturgy.  This is a great gift of love for yourself and for your family. We will gladly meet with you at your convenience, just call to arrange an appointment with Mary Ann Sestak at 630-879-8525 or Bob Pogwizd at 630-262-3395.

Holy Cross Boy Scout Troop 21 Annual Wreath Sale

Instructions on how to order: Please visit: WWW.TROOP21WREATHS.COM to order your wreaths today!

  • Select from our fresh greens selections.
  • Select none under troop association.
  • After payment info, under special instructions please add “Holy Cross” and if you would like home delivery or pick up at school.

A tithe will be donated back to the parish community

Delivery at Holy Cross will be Mon. Nov. 24th
Problems or questions? Email Ryan at:

Blue Mass

Everyone is invited to attend and worship in appreciation of our First Responders, their families, and the safety and security they provide.

November 6th, 2014 at 7:00pm

Holy Angels Church – 120 S. Lancaster Ave., Aurora Sponsored by Knights of Columbus #4849

Cholesterol Screening

Saturday, November 15th 8:00AM-11:00AM in Donovan Hall. The cost is only $39.00 (a $200 value).

Fasting cholesterol screenings include: TC, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, Glucose, Non-HDL and Heart Risk Ratio. A finger prick gives you results in 5 minutes. Call 630-879-4750x122 for an appointment.

American Heritage Girls (AHG)

AHG is a Christian, faith-based, non-profit organization for girls. AHG's program is similar to scouting and teaches many life skills. The mission of AHG is to “build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.” The all girl units within the AHG troop structure, provide a nurturing environment for learning and building positive relationships. Through the AHG program, girls are enriched physically, mentally, and spiritually through a diverse range of badge activities, community service projects, camping, and outdoor programs. Our troop is diverse with members from area Catholic schools, public schools, and homeschool groups.

Our Troop meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 7:00-8:30PM in Donovan Hall.

For further information visit: or contact: Susan Mertka (630) 262-0458

Box Tops for Education

Our school will earn 10 cents for every Box Top Label that you cut from products you already buy. Please help us by cutting them out, and placing them in the box located on the table in the narthex. All money earned goes toward enhancing the children’s education. For more information about this wonderful program please go to:

Saint Martha
Hospitality Ministry

St. Martha served Our Lord - She wasn’t in the spotlight, she didn’t receive spectacular miracles. She simply served Jesus.This ministry provides hospitality for parish funeralluncheons, parish receptions and other various parish events. If youwould like to join this ministry or have any questions please contactKathleen at:

St. Martha served Our Lord - She wasn’t in the spotlight, she didn’t receive spectacular miracles. She simply served Jesus.

Volunteer Signup Form

Invitation to Serve

Society of St. Vincent dePaul (SVDP)

Are you a naturally caring, compassionate and giving person? Were you blessed with parents and other role models in life from whom you learned that the joy of living is giving?

For more information, leave a message on the St. Vincent dePaul Help Line: 630-879-4750 x 307 and we will return your call.

Who Needs to Take
Protecting God's Children?

Any person 18 years and older who comes in contact with children in any of the programs we offer here at Holy Cross. That includes, RE teachers, parent volunteers, chaperones, nursery help, classroom helpers, scout leaders... again, anyone who comes in contact with children.

Want an easy way to take this class
in the comfort of your home?

It’s now available online through the VIRITUS website!

  • Go to:
  • On the left side of the page click on: Protecting God’s Children
  • Click on: VIRITUS training schedules (
  • Click on: Protecting God's Children Classes
  • Click on: Online Instructions
  • Follow prompts.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Trust: God has a plan for your marriage Concerned about the possibility of having another) child right now? Natural Family Planning (NFP) includes methods of avoiding, postponing, or achieveing pregnancy all in accordance with God's plan for your sexuality and marriage. NFP methods are 99% effective in avoiding pregnancu. Learn more at: or by calling 815-399-4300 x38

Déjà Vu Thrift and
Consignment Shop

St. Vincent de PaulSt. Vincent de Paul's Thrift & Consignment Shop is in great need of gently used or new winter clothes, especially for babies, children, teens and women. Of special need are coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots and snow pants. Another need is for bedding and linens. We ask that donations be dropped off at the DeJa Vu shop located at 427 South 4th Street in Geneva between the hours of 10:00AM - 4:00PM if possible. If not, they can be left on the front porch anytime. Tax receipts are available upon request. Pick-ups can be arranged by calling the shop at 630-232-6621. Also, check out our Furniture Warehouse & Showroom located at 911 Sullivan Rd., Aurora (in the Belmont Machinery Co. Bldg) which is open for business on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00AM - 1:00PM. Come see a great selection of gently-used bedroom, dining room and living room furniture along with tables, chairs, lamps, pictures & more!

If you can help us or want more information, contact Bernie Schlameuss at 630-841-1070 or email

Volunteers Needed

Holy Cross Meal Ministry

The Holy Cross meal ministry offers an opportunity to serve others through meal delivery. The meals ministry serves parishioners providing ready-to-eat meals. Our meals ministry meets needs within the church body during challenging times, such as severe illness, convalescence, new baby, or grief. If you would like to learn more, serve in this ministry, or know of a family that would benefit, please contact Kathleen at:

Greeters Are Needed

 Share your gift of hospitality by being Jesus’ voice and smile as your fellow parishioners come to worship at Holy Cross Church. It will only take 20 to 30 minutes of your time once a month. We are in need of greeters for the 4:15PM Saturday Mass and 6:30AM and 11:15AM Sunday Masses. Your love of serving Jesus is the only requirement for this rewarding ministry.

Please call Jean Porter at 630-879-2223 or the parish office at 630-879-4750 or via email at:



Events Around the Community

Aurora Central Catholic
Open House

Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:30PM to 8:30PM

  • for students and their families
  • tour the campus and meet with faculty and staff

Contact Admissions Director, Brian Casey at (630) 907-0095 X 109 or for more info.

Rosary High School
Open House

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:00PM

  • -for parents and their daughters in grades 5 through 8
  • -begins with a program in the auditorium followed by presentations in each academic department
  • -meet students, faculty and staff, and learn about Rosary’s athletic programs and extracurricular activities.

For more information, contact Meg Olsen at (630) 896-0831 x12 or visit our website at:


Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry

foodBatavia Interfaith Food Pantry
100 Flinn Dr., Batavia

The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, volunteer agency that is directed and operated by community and local church volunteers throughout the Fox Valley. Those who visit and use the Food Pantry are our neighbors and friends: people with disabilities, seniors, low income families, and families who have lost their jobs. Holy Cross has a monthly collection the first weekend of each month. Our next collection is the weekend of November 1st/2nd. We are responsible for collecting non-perishable food items and paper products. All donations should be brought to church and placed in the coat closet in the narthex.

Hours of Operation for the Food Pantry:

  • Monday Evening 6:30PM to 7:30PM
  • Tuesday Afternoon 1:00PM to 3:00PM
  • Thursday Evening 6:30PM to 7:30PM
  • Friday Morning 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Questions, or to volunteer, please contact Christina at via email or (630) 482-2395 for more info.

What is Hesed House?

There are MANY ways for ALL to get involved with the ministry of helping our homeless. Holy Cross provides relief for Hesed House on the first Friday of each month.

Our next time of service will be
November 7, 2014.

Interested in this ministry? Contact Carole Meeker at 630-761-4252 or via email: