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The Season of Lent

Crown of Thorns

Lent -- The Road to Easter

As Catholics honor the crucified and risen Savior through liturgy and worship, our prayer is that, through the penitential time of Lent, we can find the grace we need to cast off sin, and rejoice in the light of Easter...

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Parish Mission

Fr. Brian Mullady

Easter Mission
April 18th-21st, 2010
7:00PM in the Churhc

Fellowship During Lent

Friday Fish Fry

Don’t forget that The Knights of Columbus Council 219 hosts a Fish Fry on Friday nights during Lent (except Good Friday) from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at Riverview Banquets, 1117 N. Washington (HWY 25), Batavia.

Irish Fest

Saturday, March 13th following the 4:15PM Mass
Join us for an evening of food and fellowship in the Gym.

Annual St. Joseph Table

Friday, March 19th following 5:30PM Mass and 6:00PM Stations of the Cross in Donovan Hall

What is the St. Joseph's Day Table? St. Joseph was the protector of the young Mary and her Child, Jesus and the guardian of the spiritual home of Christians, the Church, and of the material home too. This tradition began during a severe drought in Sicily. In desperation people asked St. Joseph to intervene. They promised, if rain came, they would prepare a big feast in his honor. The tradition says their prayers were answered. In gratitude, huge banquet tables were set up in public and poor people were invited to come and eat as much as they wanted.

We need volunteers to help set up, serve, cook, tear down as well as drop off desserts, hors d'oeuvres, cheese trays, veggie trays or any kind of "meatless"foods that are easy to serve. If you are interested in helping, contact Michelle Fritz at 630-879- 5247 or Angela Lempke at 630-879-3952.

Speaker Series

Fr. Leo Pantalinghug
Grace Before Meals

Monday, March 22nd at 7:00 in the Church

Fr. Leo will be addressing the importance of the family meal and how to avoid the fast food mentality. All are welcome.  He is a captivating speaker and would be enjoyed by youth of high school age and adults of all ages. There is no charge for the event.  A freewill offering will be accepted at the door. Please come and bring friends.  Although Fr. Leo is a Catholic priest, his message can be enjoyed across all faiths. This is a great opportunity to invite a Catholic to come home.

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Quick Answers to Quick Questions About Lent...

Where does the word “Lent” come from?

“Lent” comes from an old English word meaning “spring”. As the earth gradually comes to life after the cold winter, so we try with the help of God’s grace to bring some spiritual life to our souls. It lasts 40 days because it is based on Christ’s stay in the desert for 40 days and the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert.

What’s Ash Wednesday all about?

Ash Wednesday begins the Season of Lent. People traditionally go to Mass this day to receive Ashes on their foreheads in the shape of the Sign of the Cross. It’s a visible way to show a person’s inner resolve to do penance, works of charity, and acts of prayer during this holy season. The ashes we use come from the palms that we received last year on Palm Sunday.

Why Do We Use Ashes?

The use of ashes is thought to have begun with Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century. In the Old Testament, ashes were used as a sign of humility and mortality as well as sorrow and repentence for sin. Receiving ashes on the head as a reminder of mortality and a sign of sorrow for sin was a practice of the Church by the 10th century. The ashes are burnt palms. In some places the ashes are put on the forehead in the sign of the cross as a reminder of the anointing with oil in Baptism. In other places, ashes are scattered on the top of the head.

What should we do during Lent?

Just look at some of the great suggestions below...

What are Lenten Regulations for Fast and Abstinence?

ABSTINENCE: All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence.

FAST: All adults are bound by the law of fast from the beginning of their nineteenth year up to the beginning of their sixtieth year.

EXPLANATION: The law of abstinence means that a person is bound to abstain beginning the day after one’s fourteenth birthday. The law of fast means that adults are bound to fast from the day after their eighteenth birthday until the end of the day of their fifty-ninth birthday.

APPLICATION: The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat and food prepared with meat or meat by-products. The law of fast allows only one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a day, and prohibits eating between meals. In the United States, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.

EXCEPTIONS: Women who are pregnant and persons who are sick are not bound by the law of fast.

Do I have to go to Confession during Lent?

The answer is “Yes!” We are all in need of God’s mercy. Not to receive this Sacrament is to really deprive ourselves of one of the best ways to receive God’s forgiveness. I think you will find our parish provides great opportunities for you to really come close to God. It’s all a matter of setting priorities. You will never regret setting a little time aside for the Lord during Lent. Don’t forget to fast. Remember to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays! It’s cool to be Catholic, especially during Lent. Be proud of who you are and the faith you possess. My prayer for you is that you come closer to the Lord in the next few weeks. A blessed season of Penance and Prayer to you!


Fr. Dan

Spiritual Reading
Books are available in the narthex

Total Consecration
to Mary

Begins the 1st Sunday of Lent and finishes during Holy Week. The consecration allows us to grow in our relationship with Christ through Mary. Books are available for purchase at the parish office.

Diary of St. Faustina

Parishioners are encouraged to read the Diary of St. Faustina, the Saint of Divine Mercy. Just 10-14 pages a day will allow you to complete the diary by Easter. Books are available for purchase in the parish office.

The Sacrament of Penance

Lent is a time of penance and especially a time for us to repent for our sins and embrace the Mercy of God.

Confessions are

  • Monday - Friday from 7:00AM-7:55AM
  • Tuesday evening from 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • Saturday from 9:00AM-9:45AM and 3:00PM-3:45PM
  • Sunday 9:15-9:45AM.

Parish Lenten Penance Service

Wednesday, March 3rd at 7:00PM
with many priests available to hear individual confessions.

Examination of Conscience

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Prayer Time

Fasting and Abstaining

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only. Fasting is a biblical prayer form that is stressed during Lent.

Sunday Masses

Saturday Anticipatory 4:15PM;
Sunday 6:30AM, 8:00AM, 9:45AM, and 11:15AM.

Daily Masses

A great way to become a better friend of Christ is to meet Him daily in the Eucharist. Daily Mass is shorter than Sunday Mass, lasting less than one half hour. Come join us Monday through Friday 6:30AM, 8:00AM, 5:30PM, and Saturday 8:30AM.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic AdorationOur Perpetual Adoration Chapel is open Sundays 1:00PM thru Saturdays 1:00PM.


Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Prayed on rosary beads, the Chaplet is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist. We pray the Chaplet on Tuesdays after the 8:00AM Mass and Saturdays at 4:00PM.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy
with Eucharistic Healing Service

Every Tuesday evening at 6:00PM, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed followed by a Eucharistic Healing Service. Anyone who needs healing in body, mind or spirit is encouraged to attend.


If you’re looking for a simple but meaningful way to improve your prayer life, join in the recitation of the Rosary on Monday mornings at 9:15AM in the Church, or Monday through Friday at 6:00AM and 7:30AM, and Saturday at 8:00AM.

Stations of the Cross

Each Friday during Lent we pray the Stations of the Cross at 12:10PM and 6:00PM. Come to church for this beautiful service. It lasts about 30 minutes and is a great way to appreciate exactly what Christ did for us by dying on the Cross to save us all. A Soup Supper provided by the St. Vincent dePaul Society is available after the 6:00PM Stations.

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Mass / Confession / Community Prayer

Holy Cross is blessed with an abundance of times to receive the sacraments throughout the week. In addition the regularly scheduled Mass and Confession Times, there are many times throughout the week and month in which parishioners get together for some community prayer time. All are welcome.

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Mass Times

Sunday Masses

  • Saturday 4:15 p.m. (Anticipatory)
  • Sunday 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:15 a.m.

Weekday Masses

  • Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday 8:30 a.m.

Holy Day Masses

  • 7:00 p.m. (Anticipatory)
  • 6:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Confession Times


7:00-7:55 a.m.
7:00-7:55 a.m.
6:00-7:00 p.m.
7:00-7:55 a.m.
7:00-7:55 a.m.
7:00-7:55 a.m.
9:00-9:45 a.m.
3:00-3:45 p.m.
9:15-9:45 a.m.

Virtue-centered Examination of Conscience

Stations of the Cross

Holy Cross Stations Audio

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

  • Tuesday mornings at 8:30AM
  • Saturday afternoons 4:00PM

Chaplet of Divine Mercy
with Eucharistic Healing Service

  • Tuesday evenings at 6:00PM

Perpetual Adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament

  • Sunday 1:00PM - Saturday 1:00PM

Eucharistic AdorationClick here for more information on how to sign up to become a regular Perpetual Eucharistic Adorer.

Daily Rosary

  • Monday through Friday at 6:00AM and 7:30AM
  • Saturdays at 8:00AM

Family Rosary

  • Every Monday at 9:15AM

Rosary for Life

  • First Saturday of each month at 8:00AM

Prayer Vigil for an
Increase in the Dignity of Life

Join the Respect Life Committee in the Holy Cross Adoration Chapel for an hour of prayer on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00AM.

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