Events Around the Parish

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


Since last summer, I have been visiting a man named Earl Pederson at the Holmstad. He is a great guy and has been such a blessing to visit
every other week or so. It's amazing for as much as we think we are brightening up these individuals’ weeks, they are doing the same to
those of us who visit them on a regular basis. It's been a privilege to have met Earl along with many other seniors that ELM has put me in
contact with over the last six years or so. Thanks again and God bless this ministry for everything it does for Holy Cross and this community.


You may not be aware that we have restarted the immensely popular entertainment at senior residences in the area. A number of parishioners
and others have volunteered to entertain the seniors already … BUT WE NEED MORE. Any kind of entertainment is great. We need assistants as well.

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 ~ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. ~ The Sign of the Cross

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast is celebrated one week following Pentecost Sunday. The Holy Trinity is fundamental to our Catholic faith, but it is also our greatest mystery. As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The dogma of the Holy Trinity states that the Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three ersons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all equally God and they cannot be divided. Perhaps it would be helpful to think of them as:

God the Father as our Creator. God the Son as our Savior. God the Holy Spirit as our Comforter.

May our lives be blessed today and always by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit..our Trinity of Faith, Hope and Love!

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

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.

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

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.

Vocation Camps 2015

Registration forms for all three camps are available at:

(for Girls Entering 7th Grade - College)

Camp will begin with check-in at 6:00 PM on Sunday, June 21, 2015. After you are settled into your room we will have a Mass at 7:00PM for you and all your family members if they are able to attend, then camp/retreat will commence after Mass. The camp will end at 11:00AM on Wednesday, June 24th. There will be separate discussion groups for those who are seniors and college-aged.

Meet some of the Sisters that will be at our Camp/Retreat this year.

  • Franciscans Sisters of the Eucharist, Meriden, Ct.
  • Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family, Kankakee, IL
  • Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, Woodbridge, NJ
  • Dominican Sisters, St. Cecilia Convent, Nashville, TN
  • Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria, IL
  • Disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Prayer Town, TX

(for Jr. High Boys Entering Grades 7-9)

Camp begins with check-in at 6:00PM on Sunday, July 12, 2015 and ends at 11:00AM on Wednesday, July 15th. Parents and siblings are welcome to come on Sunday for an opening Mass at 7:00PM, with camp commencing after Mass.

(for Young Men Entering 10th Grade - College)

The retreat begins with check-in at 6:00PM on Sunday, July 19, 2015 and ends at 11:00AM on Wednesday, July 22rd. Parents and siblings are welcome to come on Sunday for an opening Mass at 7:00PM. The retreat will commence after Mass. There will be separate discussion groups for those in college and high school