Holy Cross offers ministries and organizations in all areas of the church. The following ministries and organizations are considered Service ministries or organizations.

Altar Society

The Altar Society consists of a small group of loyal, dedicated persons who volunteer their time in a variety of on-going housekeeping duties relating to the Sanctuary.  These persons take pride in fulfilling this important, though largely unnoticed service. Their faithful, silent and efficient attention to detail provide and impeccable environment surrounding the Sanctuary and the Church.  Periodic meetings are held to reschedule duties.

Bereavement Ministry

This Ministry is in the process of formation.  This Ministry hopes to offer help and emotional support to those who have just experienced a death in the family. Being present to those who have lost a loved one is a wonderful way to proclaim the love of Christ to others.

Members of the Bereavement Ministry will be trained to help the family in the preparations for the funeral Mass.  It is hoped that some members of the committee will contact the family on a regular basis for a couple of months following the death to make sure that their spiritual and emotional needs are being met.

If you would like to participate in this Ministry, please contact Pat Ryan by email, or by phone at (727)546-9654.

Columbiettes

The Columbiettes is an order within the Knights of Columbus community specifically for women. Like the Knights, the Columbiettes are focused on spirit growth and supporting their community. Contact President Merlita Jones at (727)399-2043 to join.

Finance Committee

The function of this committee is to advice the Pastor on financial matters of the Parish.   By overseeing the finances of the Parish, the Finance Committee strives to ensure that the resources of the Parish are used for the good of the Parish. The Finance Committee keeps our Parish family informed by publishing the Annual Financial Statement.  We rely heavily on the generosity and support of our parishioners.  We encourage participation in the Stewardship Program and the Bishop’s Annual Pastoral Appeal to keep this Parish an active, vital member of the Diocese.

The Finance Committee meets at least quarterly in the Rectory Conference Room on an evening that is mutually agreeable to those involved.  If you feel that you could be of assistance in advising the Pastor of financial matters, please contact the Finance Committee for more details.

 

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus, a fraternal order of Roman Catholic men, was founded in 1882 by Rev. Michael J. McGivney.  The Knights of Columbus promote the Catholic faith by advertising in newspaper and magazines, sponsoring social activities, athletic events, contributing to numerous charitable and educational projects, and work to promote Catholic interests.

Members of our Parish actively participate in the local chapter of The Knights of Columbus. Contact Grand Knight Larry White for more details, he can be reached at (727)519-5349.

Liturgy Committee

Sacred Liturgy is the most important way that the Catholic Church and its followers give glory, praise and honor to God.  The members of the Liturgy Committee endeavor to use their gifts and talents to assist the clergy in providing inspirational, educational, challenging and meaningful liturgies for the whole assembly.

Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 8:40 a.m., September through May, in the Library.  Anyone interested in being a part of this ministry should call the contact person listed in this directory.

 Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Mission of the Society is to help those less fortunate and suffering in a spirit of justice and charity by the personal, and one-on-one involvement of its members with those in need.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of lay persons founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and his companions.

The Society is open to all who wish to live the Faith by loving and serving their neighbors.  No work of charity is foreign to the Society.  Vincentian help can include any person-to-person assistance that promotes human dignity and integrity.  The Society is concerned not only with relieving need, but also with redressing the situations that cause it.  We serve people in need, regardless of creed, opinion, color, caste or origin.

“You have the poor with you always.”  (Matthew 25:11) The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is available as time and resources permit.

The entire group gathers twice a month (Second and Fourth Tuesdays at 6:00pm) for spiritual direction and to discuss opportunities to serve the poor.  We are always in need of more volunteers to help in this important out-reach ministry.