Events Around the Parish

Knights of Columbus

Free Throw Championship
Local Level Competition

For Boys and Girls Ages 9 to 14
January 18, 2015 at Noon
Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. Entry forms are available from:

Spelling Bee Local Competition

For Boys and Girls Up to Age 16
January 18, 2015 at 2:00PM
Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. Entry forms are available from:

March for Life 2015

Washington, DC
January 2015

The Life & Family Evangelization Office is leading a pilgrimage to Washington, DC for the March for Life in January 2015. Parish and school groups from around the diocese will be journeying to our nation's capital to stand up for life. Please keep all the pilgrims in your prayers in the coming months.

For more information about this pilgrimage, For more information about the March for Life,

Downtown Chicago
January 18, 2015

Want to join a bunch of life-loving, fun, joyous folks on a Sunday in mid-January? Then come to the March for Life in downtown Chicago on Jan. 18 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM! This year, new Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will attend, in addition to Congressmen Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and other pro-life speakers. Former Miss America and GOP congressional candidate Erika Harold will emcee the event.

If you're going to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22, this is the perfect event to kick off a pro-life week. And if you can't make it to the national march, then join the fun with us in Chicago! Check out the Facebook page for the March for Life Chicago for details. The Catholic Conference of Illinois is a sponsor of the March!

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

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.

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:



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: