Events Around the Parish

Lenten Alms Boxes
Feed the Poor

Helpful Tip #2 for filling your Lenten Box!!! Eating out for lunch is overrated. Brown bag some leftovers and put that $8.50 into your St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Alms Boxes. Giving a little to those who have little, can help a lot. More boxes are available in the narthex by the Poor Box. Please return boxes to the collection baskets in the narthex by Easter.

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: gaeljoan@hotmail.com  or Deb Bacorn at: debbacorn@aol.com  or call the Parish Office at 630-879-4750.

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: jmprsp@scbglobal.net

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: kathleen_dietz@hotmail.com

Enriching Lives Ministry

Thank You!

A big THANK YOU to all our volunteers. Without you our ministry couldn’t happen.  Your example of doing God’s  work has brought many people closer to God. A little kindness and compassion means so much to those you share  it with. So many of you respond positively whenever an e-mail request to help is sent out. There are so many wonderful heartfelt stories I hear from those we help and those who volunteer. You are doing God’s work. God Bless all of you.

Please Sign-Up To Receive Help Requests

The ELM ministry from time to time sends out special requests to its mailing lists. These requests go out  approximately once every two to three weeks and cover things like taking a senior to Mass once per month, picking up something for a senior, ocassionally helping with yard or housework for a needy family or senior, etc. Members do not respond to the e-mails unless the particular request is something they would like to do or have  their family do. Consider joinning the Special Requests ELM ministry. It does not commit someone to a long-term commitment but one which requires helping someone in need a few times. We could use you. Thank you in advance!

If you are interested in joining the Enriching Lives Ministry, please fill out and submit the form below:

Enriching Lives Ministry Sign-up Sheet

Helpline phone: 630 879-4750 x-321 E-Mail:holycross.batavia.elm@gmail.com

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St. Michael Ministry of  Compassionate Care

st michaelA Thought to Ponder ~ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above! ~ James 1:17

Here we are on the Fourth Sunday of Advent...the Advent Season has passed so quickly this year, but we seem to say that every year!

Our loving Christ Child arrives in our hearts and homes this week! Make way for His coming! He is the real Spirit of Christmas as He brings us the greatest and perfect gift of Himself and His love for us! God is with us!

Love came down on Christmas Day so many years ago
And brought the greatest happiness the world would ever know!

Peace came down on Christmas Day to fill the hearts of men
With all the sweet tranquility each Christmas brings again!

Joy came down on Christmas Day as angels came to earth
Heralding the miracle of our Savior's birth! ~ Anonymous

Let us rejoice on this day that Christ was born! May the Peace of the Christ Child surround you and yours this Christmas Day and beyond!  Treasure the Peace of Christmas in your heart and in your memories!

A Blessed and Merry 'Mary' Christmas to all!
~from~ The St. Michael Ministry of Compassionate Care Members
O come, let us adore Him!

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: www.ahgonline.org or contact: Susan Mertka (630) 262-0458 susanmertka@gmail.com

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: http://www.boxtops4education.com

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: kathleen_dietz@hotmail.com

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: www.dioceseofrockford.org
  • On the left side of the page click on: Protecting God’s Children
  • Click on: VIRITUS training schedules (www.ceorockford.org)
  • 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:
rockforddiocese.org/nfp 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

Events Around the Community

What is Hesed House?

Hesed House is our local PADS Homeless Shelter located in Aurora, IL and run by charitable donations and volunteers.

Holy Cross Parish volunteers the first Friday of each Month.

We are looking for two Hesed House volunteers to work an overnight shift.

  • The commitment is every other month on the first Friday night beginning in July.
  • Please email Jennifer Mott-Mueller email if you're interested. Thank you, and God bless!

Attention All Hesed House
Cooks and Volunteers

This ministry is in desperate need of more cooks and shift volunteers. Please consider helping out this wonderful ministry. Hesed House is feeding 200 people dinner each evening, with 100 sack lunches and 130 breakfasts being served each day. Cooks are asked to donate a certain item to complement our set menu each first Friday of the month. Recipes are supplied. Some months you may be asked to simply purchase items such as sandwich bags, cold medicine or laundry soap, other months you may be asked to bake desserts or make a main dish. For more details, call Jennifer Mott-Mueller at 630-879-8266.

Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry

foodWith the continuing economic difficulties, the client roster at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry increases weekly and the pantry serves more than 400 hundred families every month. Did you know our parish supplies monthly volunteers to help at the all-volunteer run Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry? Please consider joining us for an occasional morning or afternoon shift. Volunteers are most needed on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. If sharing your time is not possible, please consider sharing your resources; nonperishable and monetary donations are appreciated! Questions, or to volunteer, please contact Christina at via email or (630) 482-2395 for more info.