Welcome to Holy Cross Catholic Church

A Message from the Pastor...

WelcomeWe would like to welcome you to Holy Cross Church, a Roman Catholic Parish faithful to the Pope and the Magisterium. We are a thriving Spirit-filled evangelizing family, centered on a deep love of the Eucharist and Our Lady as expressed and lived through orthodox offerings of the Holy Mass.

Stregthened by Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, daily offered sacramental Confession and numerous ministries, Holy Cross continues to be blessed and to witness the power of the healing merciful love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

May God Bless you through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

Parish Registration

Anyone living within the boundary area established by the Diocese of Rockford may register in the parish by stopping by the parish office.

In general, the Holy Cross community includes all of Batavia and portions of Geneva, North Aurora and Sugar Grove. If you have questions regarding with which parish you should register please contact the parish office.

Click here for an on-line version of the registration form. Print out the form and drop it off at the parish office.

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Sacraments

Baptism

Participation in a baptism preparation class is mandatory for infant baptism. Parents are encouraged to attend the class as early as possible - up to 3 months prior to the arrival of their baby. Sessions are held in St. Jules Hall on the 3rd Sunday of every month following the 8:00AM Mass. Baptism dates are assigned at these sessions. Baptisms are held immediately following the 4:15PM Saturday evening Mass. Please call the parish office at 630-879-4750 to register for this class or for more information.

First Reconciliation and
First Holy Communion

Youth participate in the sacramental preparation program coordinated by the Children’s Religious Education Minister in their 2nd grade year.

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Confirmation

Youth participate in the sacramental preparation program coordinated by the Early Teen Minister and are confirmed in their 8th grade year.

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Marriage

Only registered parishioners are eligible. Arrangements are to be made by calling the parish office at least 6 months in advance.

Anointing of the Sick

Please notify the Parish Office if you or someone you know will be hospitalized or confined to their home and would like to be anointed by a priest.

Holy Orders

If you or someone you know is interested in the priesthood, please call Fr. Romke at the Diocesan Vocation Office or call Fr. Parker.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

An experience of learning and discernment for Catholics who want the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation or who want to learn more of their faith, as well as non-Catholics or those not baptized who are thinking of joining the Church.

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Parish History

In a small Batavia farm home, 140 years ago, one dedicated priest and a dozen people of faith and courage, began a journey that would bring our present Holy Cross Community to this place, and this time. These pilgrim people, ancestors of some of our present church members, left a legacy of hard work, sacrificial giving, and above all, hope for the establishment of a community built on faith and love, one for the other.

Timeline

  • 1854 - Father Sullivan gathered in a farm home east of Batavia with a dozen or so faithful people to worship.
  • 1857 - The first marriage was recorded at this parish in Batavia.
  • 1870 - The Holy Cross Parish properly began in 1870 with the arrival of Father Pendergrast (1871-1875). Holy Cross began as a mission parish of St. Patrick Church in St. Charles.
  • 1896 - Under the direction of Father Ratz, the cornerstone of the original Holy Cross Church (Wilson St. at Van Buren) was laid. Although the economic climate was very troublesome, Father Ratz and the parishioners were able to build the church thanks to donations of time, money and materials. The cost to build the church was $12,000.
  • 1897 - The church building was completed in the summer of 1897. The church was dedicated June 15, 1897 by Father Mooney, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The church sat approximately 300 people.
  • 1959 - Work was begun on a one story building which would consist of four classrooms and a multi-purpose hall, which would serve as a gymnasium and assembly room for the school.
  • 1960 - The school opened its doors in 1960 for seventh and eighth grades. The school continued to operate until June of 1975.
  • 1967 - After having served the parish since 1929, the Right Reverend Monsignor William J. Donovan retired from active pastoral duties. He continued to reside in Holy Cross Parish until his death in 1987.
  • 1988 - We welcome the Reverend Stephen St. Jules as Pastor. Meetings were begun to discuss the needs of enlarging Holy Cross. The need for more worship space, classrooms, parking and office space was addressed.
  • 1990 - A site of about 14 acres was purchased for the building of a new Holy Cross parish facility at the southeast corner of Main Street and Deerpath Roads on the West side of Batavia.
  • 1992 - Groundbreaking for the new Holy Cross facility took place in early September, the same day as the parish picnic. The number of registered families was roughly 1,150 at this time.
  • 1994 - In early April, under the direction of the Reverend Stephen St. Jules, Pastor, the cornerstone for the new Holy Cross Church was laid. The church was dedicated on April 8, 1994 by The Most Reverend Arthur J. O'Neill, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford. Regular services at the new church began on this date. The new church seats in excess of 1,000 persons with an attached chapel seating approximately 80 persons. There is parking for approximately 350 vehicles. The total project cost was roughly $6,000,000.
  • 1995 - The number of registered families now stands in excess of 1,725 (about 5000 parishioners).
  • 2000 - Holy Cross continues to grow. The number of registered families now stands at 2,200.
  • 2001 - We welcome the Reverend Daniel J. Deutsch as Pastor.
  • 2002 - Facilities expansion studies begin as a result of ever increasing parish population and demands on our facilities.
  • 2004 - Capital Campaign: Building on our Family of Faith results in over $5M for the building of the new Catholic Education and Community Center (CECC)
  • 2007 - Diocesan approval to begin building CECC
  • July 8, 2007 - Groundbreaking for CECC
  • August 24 , 2008 - Dedication of the Holy Cross Catholic Education and Community Center (CEEC) by Bishop Thomas G. Doran.