Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 24 - August 30, 2014
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 You can choose to do a one-time gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system.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 you wish to switch to Online Giving just contact the parish office to let us know, and then sign up for the new program following the steps above. Call 630-879-4750 ext. 101, or email Pat Noerr at: 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:
We currently have no adorers scheduled for Thursday at 1:00AM.
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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Earn Your Halo
One of my very favorite works of art is the “Navicella” by the 14th century painter Giotto. This image depicts St. Peter after walking out of the boat towards Christ . . . and subsequently falling into the water when he took His gaze off Christ because he was preoccupied with the wind and the waves around him. This image is beautiful for many reasons. First, it allows us to remember that Peter truly was able to walk out on the water and to do what was seemingly impossible so long as His focus was on Christ. Secondly, the image depicts the exact moment when Peter cried out, “Lord save me!” Giotto shows us what happens the moment that we cry out to God for help. He arrives, has mercy on us, and saves us from our mistakes and weaknesses. Finally (my favorite part!) if we look closely at the other disciples in the boat we will see that they each have halos above their heads, indicating that these men became saints. If we look above Peter’s head we see no such halo. Does this mean that Giotto had something against Peter and was protesting his sainthood? Absolutely Not! In this image Peter represents each of us who have not yet won our halos but who are nonetheless called to win our halos and to achieve sanctity by listening to Christ and following where He calls. So let’s go out there and win our halos!
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.