Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 17 - August 23, 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 You can choose to do a one-time gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system.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!

Click here to access Online Giving

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: pnoerr@holycross-batavia.org.

 

Adoration Update

Adoration UpdateQuiet 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:

  • Sunday 7:00PM
  • Monday Midnight, 6:00AM, 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 4:00PM
  • Tuesday 5:00PM
  • Wednesday Midnight, 7:00PM, 9:00PM
  • Thursday 6:00AM, 5:00PM, 11:00PM
  • Friday Noon, 7:00PM
  • Saturday Noon, 2:00AM

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.

Thank you for listening
to the call of our Lord!

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Vocations Corner
by Fr. Keith Romke

When young men and young women enter my office to talk about vocations, I always strive to give them tools and ideas that will help them discern where they are called. But the number one thing that I encourage them to do is, of course, to pray! We can think to ourselves all we want about what we would like to do and about what our plans are, but if we truly strive to follow God’s will, then I think it makes sense that we have to ask Him to tell us where it is that He is calling us! That being said, here is a great prayer to help one be open to God’s will:

O Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me, I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, And the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire to please You. And I know that if I do this You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to make my journey alone.

~ Thomas Merton

 

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.

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