April 20 - April 26, 2014
Easter Sunday Mass Schedule
Easter Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord Mass
- April 20th, 6:30AM, 8:00AM, *9:30AM*, 11:15AM
*Time change for Easter Sunday only*
New Online Giving at Holy Cross
Holy Cross Parish is now offering Online Giving, a web-based electronic contribution application.
We are providing this service so that you have the options to manage your parish support online or with your offering envelopes. Online Giving allows you to start, stop and change your contributions at any time and it helps you maintain your giving even if you cannot be here at Mass. This allows the parish to better manage our income, especially during bad weather or vacation times. You can choose to do a one-time gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system. Even if you typically use your offering envelopes, you may wish to contribute online to a particular collection. It's easy and convenient. With this new Online Giving you do not have to contact the parish bookkeeper to sign up or make changes. You can use your checking/savings account or major credit cards, and the funds will be automatically transferred to our parish bank account. This system is convenient for the parish and it's convenient for you because you can make changes at any time. You can see reports of your contribution history. Online Giving is very easy to use and requires no special knowledge other than how to access the Internet.
To enroll in Online Giving complete the following steps:
- Go to our parish website: www.holycross-batavia.org
- Click on the link to Online Giving.
- Click on Create New Account and fill in all the information.
- Next you will receive an email to validate your account.
- Log into your Online Giving account.
- Navigate to "My Payment Methods," enter your preference and submit!
Note to those currently using our Electronic Funds Transfer program: You may continue using this method. However, if youwish to switch to Online Giving just contact the parish office tolet us know, and then sign up for the new program followingthe steps above. Call 630-879-4750 ext. 101, or email Pat Noerrat: email@example.com.
Quiet time spent with the Lord is the best form of prayer. We need a Eucharistic Adorer for a number of hours on our schedule. A list of times is located on the table by the Adoration Chapel. If you can help, contact Patricia Roatch at (630) 879-4750 x-110 or email.
Click here to see the hours of need or for more informaton on Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
We are in urgent need of adorers on:
In addition, Hourly Captains are needed for midnight and 1:00AM. Hourly Captains’ duties are to find a sub when needed for their hour or fill in when a sub cannot be found.
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Vocations Corner: Looking Back
Nothing helps me to focus on who I am and I what I am called to do more than visiting our seminarians for the diocese at their respective seminaries. Not only is it a chance for me to change up the routine a bit, but there are a couple other highlights as well. First, it is a hopeful experience because wherever I go I am blessed to see anywhere from 50 to 200 seminarians from throughout the United States coming together in prayer to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! It is incredible to look out during Mass and see so many young men whose hearts are aligned with our Lord to the point of following Him to the altar. This gives me so much hope, and I hope that it brings you hope for the future of our Church as well! Secondly, when I visit our seminarians, I find that I am rejuvenated personally. Going back to seminary, where my journey to priesthood began, offers me an opportunity to look back and to ask myself if I have become the priest that I wanted to be when I was studying. As you can imagine, the answer isn’t always yes. This awareness then gives me the opportunity to change what needs to be changed so that I can bear more fruit for Christ. My question for you is this: Spiritually, are you where you wanted to be when you first became excited about the faith or about your vocation? If not, ask God for the courage to change what needs to be changed so that you can flourish with the help of God.
Prayer for Religious Liberty
Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.