Third Sunday of Advent
December 14 - December 20, 2014
Christmas Mass Times
December 24th, 2014: 4:00PM, 6:00PM and Midnight
December 25th, 2014: 6:30AM, 9:00AM and 11:15AM ***
*** Please note that the Christmas Day Mass times ARE NOT
all the same as the regular Sunday Mass times
Solemnity of Mary Mass Times
Holy Day of Obligation
December 31st, 2014: 4:15PM
January 1st, 2015: 12:00AM (Midnight), 8:00AM, 9:45AM
Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Hours
Closes December 24th, 2014 at 9:00AM
Reopens December 25th, 2014 at 7:00PM
Upcoming Dates to Remember
- Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve Mass Times: 4:00PM, 6:00PM and Midnight
- Dec. 25th - Christmas Day Mass Times: 6:30AM, 9:00AM and 11:15AM
- Dec. 31st - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, A Holy Day of Obligation - Anticipatory Mass 4:15PM
- Jan. 1st - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, A Holy Day of Obligation - Mass Times: 8:00AM and 9:45AM
The ‘One Thing’ Is Three study
by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC
The ‘One Thing’ Is Three, written by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, is a study of Catholic theology written for anyone who wants to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the great mysteries of the faith. This study is designed so anyone can dive deeper in their faith and understanding, even those of you who are very busy. The ‘One Thing’ Is Three is written in two parts. First, a crash course in Catholic theology, and second, a study of the opportunities to share and live the works of mercy. Insights, not only from St. Ignatius Loyola, but also St. Louis de Montfort, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maria Faustina, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. John Paul II. In the words of Peter Kreeft, Ph.D. this study is, “…dangerous. It brims with wisdom and wonder, and with enthusiastic and infectious joy.” Bishop David Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay, WI, says, “I highly recommend this book (study) for anyone who loves the Church and seeks a deeper understanding of her teachings.”
You can read the book on your own in as little as a week, or you can take advantage of the opportunity to share the journey with a group over the course of ten weeks. See the registration forms in the narthex or on the parish website for more information and to sign up. We will be taking registration forms through December 1st for this third Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, study. Don't Miss Out!
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, 1:00AM and 8:00PM. Hourly Captains’ duties are to find a sub when needed for their hour or fill in when a sub cannot be found.
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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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.
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.