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: email@example.com or Deb Bacorn at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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.
Helpline phone: 630 879-4750 x-321 E-Mail:email@example.com
St. Michael Bereavement Ministry
A 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
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 purpose...to 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.
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
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: www.rockforddiocese.org/anniversary 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
Open House For Retiring Pastor Rev. John A. Slampak
Sunday, June 29th
Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry
With 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.