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

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 ~ Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord. ~ John 6:57

Today is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi which translated from Latin means "Body of Christ." It is also called the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This is the feast which reminds us of the greatest gift of the Holy Eucharist which is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. At every Mass we focus our attention on the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. He gave us this divine gift of Himself at the Last Supper on the night before He died. He told us, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."

The effects of the Eucharist are like the effects of food for our body. Food sustains the life of our body and the Eucharist sustains the life of our soul! The Eucharist gives us the grace we need to deny ourselves and to live our lives for Christ. We are so blessed to receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ! When we receive Him in Holy Communion, He becomes part of us and He sustains us! Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed! As we receive the Eucharist, we should be mindful of this sacred experience and give Him our heartfelt thanksgiving for the privilege of  receiving Him! 

On the days that you are not able to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion say this prayer and send your Guardian Angel in your place.

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion
Go my Angel Guardian Dear, To Church for me, the Mass to hear; Go kneel devoutly at my place, And treasure for me, every grace.
At the Offertory time, Please offer me to God Divine; Pray for all, I hold most dear, Be they far or be they near. Remember too, my own dear dead, For whom Christ's Blessed Blood was shed.
At the Communion bring to me, Christ's True Self; my food to be. And as my pledge, His holy grace, To see Him face to face. And when the Holy Mass is done, Then with His blessings, Come back home again to me, Your humble and grateful one! Amen. by~Essie

Thank you, my Lord and my God, for this precious Holy Communion with You! May I love You more and more!

O Sacrament most holy! O Sacrament divine! All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

On June 24th we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. His birthday is six months before his cousin, the Christ Child. John was set apart by God to fulfill a special prepare the way of the Lord! We also celebrate the summer solstice near the time of John's birth which means that we have reached the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. That is not a coincidence because one of John's remarkable quotes was: "He must increase, while I must decrease." (John3:30) The days will continue to decrease in the length of daylight from now until the winter solstice which occurs in late December which is, of course, the time of Christ's birth! After all, John did come to testify to the Light of Christ!

With the grace of our Holy Communions and the testimony of John, may we practice humility in our daily lives by "decreasing" from our worldly ways and "increasing" in our spirituality! Thank you, John, for being our "voice crying out in the wilderness" every summer...year after year! Thank you for "lighting" the way for us!

Nature reveals God's wonder, power, and love for us. It is summer...get outdoors and enjoy His creations!

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:

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

Diocese Of Rockford Gold And Silver Wedding Anniversary Mass

Couples celebrating Silver & Gold (25th & 50th) Wedding Anniversaries in 2014 are invited to a special Mass and light reception in their honor at the Cathedral of St. Peter on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2:00 PM with Bishop David J. Malloy. Couples celebrating 25, 50, 60, 65, 70 or more years of marriage in 2014 will be eligible to receive a certificate to mark the special occasion. Those wishing to attend should contact the Life & Family Evangelization Office at (815) 399-4300 or sign up at: by July 28, 2014. A confirmation letter will be mailed in August to all those couples who sign up by the end of July for this event.

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.

Open House For Retiring Pastor Rev. John A. Slampak

Sunday, June 29th
Blessed Sacrament Church
2:00PM - 4:00PM
801 Oak Street - North Aurora, IL
Blessed Sacrament will be hosting an Open House in the Parish Hall for Father Slampak, who is retiring. Friends are invited to join parishioners for this time of recognition of Fr. Slampak and his selfless service to Blessed Sacrament over the course of the past 10 years. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks and cake will be served.

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.

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!