Community Outreach

Everyone, at some time or another, can use a little assistance.
Here are some groups who can lend a hand or provide support in a time of need.

Respect Life

If you are pregnant (or think you may be) and you need assistance, or if you know someone else who needs assistance with a pregnancy, the Respect Life Committee can put you in touch with someone who can help.

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Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry

Batavia Interfaith Food PantryVolunteers Needed!  Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity without a large time commitment? 

Help our neighbors at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry in a fun and rewarding environment. 

The pantry is currently experiencing a great increase in client volume during
these tough economic times and we can help them meet their needs. 

Holy Cross is one of several parishes and congregations in Batavia who supply volunteers to stock pantry shelves and assist client shopping during select Tues. afternoons and Fri. mornings. 

Please contact Christina Surtz at 630-482-2395 or csquared44@aol.com if you would like to help at the pantry
or for more info.

Aurora Deanery Center Special Needs Steering Committee

The Mission of the Aurora Deanery Center Special Needs Steering Committee is to provide assistance to Catholic Parishes within the Aurora Deanery by providing resources and training for catechists and families of special needs persons.  We are also available to assist the Priests, Religious and all Parish Ministers in efforts in include all people in the activities of the Church as much as possible.  For more information, contact Claire Perez at auroraareacenter@sbcglobal.net or 630-859-3922

Hesed House / PADS

Hesed House / PADSPublic Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) serves as the primary provider of services to homeless individuals at Hesed House.Through multiple programs, PADS is equipped to assist homeless individuals and families with all aspects of their lives.

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Ministry of Care

Ministry of CareMembers of the Ministry of Care visit and bring Holy Communion to those who are unable to worship with us here at Holy Cross due to illness, disability or convalescence. To schedule a visit to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish secretary (630) 879-4750.  A bible discussion is also held weekly at both Heritage Woods and Homstad.  Ministry of CareThe Ministry of Care, along with the Enriching Lives Ministry, also provides bus service for seniors to Mass from Heritage Woods, Homstad & Riverrain.

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Enriching Lives Ministry

The mission of this new ministry is to spiritually and emotionally enrich the lives of the elderly, home-bound, disabled, sick, and lonely, and any other people needing more companionship and love through Jesus' boundless love for all people by providing friendship, caring, assistance, enjoyable times, spiritual and social fellowship, transportation to Mass, Confession and other church functions, etc. . and love to these people on a long-term basis.

Enriching Lives Ministry Sign-up Sheet

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St. Michael Ministry of Compassionate Care

St. Michael Ministry of Compassionate CareSt. Michael Ministry of Compassionate Care carries on with support after a funeral by providing ongoing care for Holy Cross parish members as time passes and the full impact of the death and loss becomes real and apparent in their everyday lives. We are a parish family and it is our hope that this type of caring will be meaningful and helpful to those in our midst who are grieving and hurting.

If you have questions, please call the parish office at (630) 879-4750 or Mary Ann Sestak at 879-8525.

Giving Tree

Giving TreeThe Giving Tree provides Christmas gifts for individual families and various organizations throughout the Fox Valley area. These facilities include:

  • Riverain
  • Batavia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
  • Valley Sheltered Workshop
  • Hesed House
  • Crisis Pregnancy
  • Batavia Access Toy and Clothes Closet
  • Headstart
  • Sacred Heart parish
  • St. Mary's parish

If you would like more information, please contact Julie Phillips: pkjphillips@sbcglobal.net or Laura Kania at 630-406-7907..

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Society of St. Vincent de PaulOrganized locally, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul witnesses God's love by embracing works of charity and justice. The Society works with other people of good will to assist in relieving need and to address its causes. There is no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ. If you are in need of assistance, please visit the St. Vincent de Paul website for more information.

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Growing In Virtue

It’s not easy growing up in today’s mixed-up society with many challenging decisions to make about love, sexuality, and more. This web site is devoted to YOU! This web site is devoted to providing adolescents and teens with tools and resources to help them take an active role in shaping their futures, their dreams, finding real love, and becoming who God intended them to be!

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Meal Outreach Ministry

Meal Outreach MinistryThe purpose of the Meal Outreach Ministry is to serve the parish by providing meals to families in crisis such as a family member in or just home from the hospital, a family member with a serious illness or injury or a grieving family. We also bring meals to families who are welcoming a new child into their home. Meals provide a way to say we care and we suppport you through this difficult time or as a way to celebrate the gift of new life.

There are three ways to get involved in the Meal Outreach Ministry:

  • Most importantly refer parishioners who would be helped by this ministy. Families shy away from referring themselves. They need you to advocate for them.
  • Volunteer to cook and deliver meals to families. Your name will be placed on a list and you will be called as needed, four to six times a year.
  • Let us know if your family would be helped by the meal ministry. We will bring hot meals to your door. You do not need to invite us in.

If you would like to refer a parishioner or volunteer to help cook, please contact Kelli Meyer at (630) 389-0618 or send an email.

RSVP Seniors

RSVP SeniorsRSVP Seniors is a retired senior volunteer program that uses the gifts and talents of retired people to help the Batavia community of senior citizens. RSVP seniors provides:

  • rides to seniors
  • delivery of golden diner meals
  • installation and maintenance of smoke detectors
  • financial assistance for prescription medications (using donated funds to assist needy seniors with prescription drug costs)

For more information, please contact Nancy Brenski at nbrensky@att.net or contact the parish secretary.

Déjà Vu Thrift Shop

svdpDéjà Vu sales benefit the Southeastern District of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul (SVdP). The SVdP assures that 99 cents of every dollar received goes to those in need. This upscale resale and consignment store features jewelry, books, furniture, clothes, toys, antiques and art among other items in its 12 themed rooms.

Are you looking for someplace to donate those former "treasures" that decorate your home now that the Barn Sale is no longer here? Have you considered donating them to our store, Deja Vu, in Geneva? We are in need of all types of household items and knick-knacks. You can drop off a donation anytime from 10:00AM to 4:00PM Tuesday thru Saturday at the shop. And, while you're there, do some shopping and find new "treasures" to replace the ones you're donating! Remember, 100% of the profits from the store go to help the poor in the community.

For more information please vist the St. Vincent de Paul website.

Déjà Vu Furniture Warehouse

stvincentSt. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift & Consignment Shop is pleased to announce that its Furniture Warehouse & Showroom located at 911 Sullivan Rd., Aurora (in the Belmont Machinery Co. Bldg) will be open for business every Friday and Saturday from 9:00AM - 1:00PM. Come see their selection of gently used bedroom, dining room and living room furniture along with tables, chairs, lamps, pictures & more!

For details visit the St. Vincent de Paul website.

Divorce and Beyond

Divorce and BeyondDivorce and Beyond is a 10 week program at Holy Cross for women and men designed to address the issues confronting those who are experiencing divorce. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact the parish secretary.

Golf Fellowship

Men and women of the parish, are you interested in golfing regularly and having fun with other Holy Cross parishioners?  If so, please contact Robert Turner at 630-879-7097 or email.

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