Holy Cross Catholic Church

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Mass Times

Monday: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am, 12:00 pm & 7:00 pm (Spanish)
Thursday: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am, 4:00 pm vigil
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:30 pm (Spanish)

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Wednesdays: 8:30 am - 11:30 am, 6:00 - 7:00 pm & First Fridays: 8:30am - 11:30 am (all followed by solemn benediction).

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
The sacrament of penance is available every Saturday at 3:00 pm, and Wednesday at 6:00 pm, or by appointment.

CHAPEL HOURS
The chapel is open for adoration and private prayer every day from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - Noon
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Our Values & Mission Statement

SCAM ALERT

Please remember that you will NEVER be contacted by Fr. Emery via text message, email, or social media for money or personal information. Never reply to suspicious messages!

MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE

Please be aware of the following change to the Mass schedule: beginning Monday, April 1, we will no longer have the 12:00 pm (noon) daily Mass. If you have scheduled intentions for any noon Mass after March 31, they have been reallocated for you to the next available opening. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office. Thank you!

ST. JUDE APOSTLE RELIC

DATE: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
CHURCH: St. Paul Catholic Church
ADDRESS: 12708 N Dale Mabry Hwy - Tampa, Florida 33618 (813) 961-3023
VENERATION OF THE RELIC BEGINS: 2:00 PM
SPECIAL MASS IN HONOR OF SAINT JUDE: 7:00 PM
VENERATION ENDS: 10:00 PM

DATE: Thursday, February 29, 2024
LOCATION: Cathedral of Saint Jude the Apostle
ADDRESS: 5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, Florida 33710 (727) 347-9702
VENERATION OF THE RELIC BEGINS: 2:00 PM
SPECIAL MASS IN HONOR OF SAINT JUDE: 7:00 PM
VENERATION ENDS: 10:00 PM

ONLINE GIVING

Did you know your generosity not only supports Holy Cross but is also an act of worship and discipleship? Investing in what matters to God strengthens your relationship with him and allows us to be a blessing to others. Check out how easy it is to give online!

NEW PARISHIONER TESTIMONIAL

"Dear Father Emery, I wanted to take a moment to thank you. You have an amazing, devotional, and so inviting church. I see Jesus in you so many times. Especially the way you engage with our children. I guess that's why I'm writing you. To thank you for seeing a better part of the Catholic Church. It's such an honor to be part of your Holy Cross family. I'm grateful to God for bringing me home!! May God bless and keep you. Your sister in Christ. Thank you!"

LENTEN DAILY REFLECTION EMAILS

This year in lieu of the Little Books, we will be sending out a daily email containing Lenten reflections. We will begin sending these messages on Ash Wednesday and will continue throughout the entirety of Lent and Holy Week. Make this a part of your Lenten discipline! These messages will be sent to all who already receive our weekly eblast. If you are not signed up for our eblast, please call the office or email Marie Meza at [email protected] to join our mailing list. Also be sure to check your junk folder to ensure that our messages aren’t being mislabeled. God bless you and prayers for your fruitful Lenten experience!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Join us for stations of the cross beginning next Friday, February 16 directly following the 8:00 am Mass (English) and at 7:00 pm (Spanish). A plenary indulgence is available to all participants under the usual conditions. “Oh cherished cross! Through thee my most bitter trials are replete with graces!” - St Paul of the Cross.

JOIN OUR TEAM OF USHERS & GREETERS!

Our Hospitality ministry greets visitors, guests, and members in a special way that makes them feel welcome as they participate in our liturgies and other parish events. Disciples are especially needed during our 4pm Saturday Mass. Contact Renee Hall at 727-466-8201. Let's create a vibrant Holy Cross community together!

LECTORS WANTED!

The Lectors ministry is looking for more disciples to join our team! Consider joining us and sharing the privilege of proclaiming the Word of God during Mass. Contact Chris Capista at 215-692-3165.

PARISH LENTEN MISSION

Topics for each evening:
1. Heart Transplant (Sunday night)
2. The Personal Touch (Monday night)
3. The Joy of Generosity (Tuesday night)

HEART TRANSPLANT--No, we are not talking medical procedure here, but perhaps something far more critical to life. God calls us to a radical transformation--a progression from "who we are now" to "what He created us to be". The spiritual surgery he desires to perform is challenging indeed, but nothing can be more rewarding than being a man or woman after "God's own heart". We will learn about dealing with the "seven deadly pallbearers of character". (Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered).

THE PERSONAL TOUCH----Nobody nowadays has a shortage of "things to do". But in the "busyness of life", it's possible to miss out on that which is ultimately most important and of eternal value. A vibrant and living faith grows when we truly seek to establish and maintain a "personal touch" (relationship) with Jesus, and then extend that touch to family, neighbor, and all of those he puts in our path.

THE JOY OF GENEROSITY----The Holy Scriptures declare that “There is more happiness in giving than receiving.” This kind of giving is not limited to money. The Christian is called to “giving” in every aspect of life. The scriptures point a clear path to experiencing the “joy of generosity”.

ST JOSEPH TABLE

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Feast of St Joseph with us on Tuesday March 19, after the 8:00 am Mass. St Joseph bread and sweets will be served in thanksgiving for his intercession. Please bring breads, pastries, cookies and cake to be Blessed and shared. Thank you to the women's club for hosting! There will be a short member's meeting for the month of March after the celebration.

MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT - BINGO

Bingo is a beloved and timeless game of chance that brings people together for a thrilling combination of fortune and camaraderie. It has long been a tradition in parishes all across the country. This ministry provides a social outlet and support for people who enjoy having fun and making friends, therefore bingo plays a dual role, bolstering parish finances while also serving as a crucial social gathering for many. Bingo offers an opportunity for members and non-members of our parish to come together in an informal atmosphere to share good times and laughter and perhaps go home a winner! Bingo is held every Monday in the parish center. Doors open at 4:00 pm, with games starting at 5:45 pm. Contact: Michael (Mike) Hayek – [email protected].

FAITH FORMATION NEWS

PRAY FOR PEACE IN ISRAEL & PALESTINE

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Stay connected with our vibrant parish community! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on the latest news, events, and inspiring messages. Be part of our digital community and journey together with us as we grow in faith, share in fellowship, and spread the love of Christ. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with us and to be a part of our online parish family. Follow us today on Facebook and Instagram and let's walk this faith journey together! Our handle is Holycrossstpete

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SANCTUARY INTENTIONS

Consider dedicating altar flowers, a sanctuary lamp, or the altar bread and wine for a week for a living or deceased loved one. Call the office to schedule.
 
  • Altar Flowers $200
  • Tabernacle Flowers $75
  • Our Lady Flowers $75
  • Altar Bread and Wine $20
  • Sanctuary Lamp $10
All funds go towards sanctuary expenses. Contact the parish office to schedule! 727-546-3315.

Blog Summary

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Queridos amigos,

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Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Spanish) - November 26, 2023

Queridos amigos,

Hoy celebramos la solemnidad de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, El Rey del Universo. ... Read More »

PRAYER LINE

Please note that names will be automatically removed from this list after three months. Please call the parish office to add a name to this list.

Please pray for the following

Glenn, Mary, Lynn, Sandra, Sally, Nick, Frank, Ed M., Paulette, Frank, Bozana, Mary Ellen, Sharon, Patty, Carlos, Maria Julia, Paula, Pam, Catherine, Amanda, Pat, Dennis, Lauren, Grace, Heidi, Scott, Lisa, Dawn Marie, Declan, Bodhi, Zora, Meza Family, Miguel, Nick, Sharon, Frankie, Kathy, Lisa, Pam, Frank, Sara, Nick, Lynn, Sarah Kristen, Joseph & Theresa, Pierotti Family, Sarah, Maggie, Dyllan, Elba, Artie & Halai, Annie, Jeanie, Anne, Lynn, Chuck, Carl, Bella, Bill, Montana, Eli, Susan, Karen, Fran, Diane & Troy & Family, Lori, Patricia & Anthony, Paul, Kathy, Maryann, Mario, Anthony, Christina, Joseph & Lucy, Chuck, Robert, Missa, David, Chuck, Sue Ann, Tina, Angie, Don, Justine, Maria, the Agars, Eleanor, Fr. Tom, Arlene, Brooke, Vincent, Larry, Daniel, Kristen, Susan, Donna, Evelyn, Carmelita, Meg, Allen, Candy, Geegee, Marc, Betsy, Chrissie, Lucille, Kayla, Austin, Tracy, Jan, Lainey, Carol, Gary, June, Janice, Bill, Kathleen, Joseph, Sherrie, Norma, Laura Lee, Efrain, Lawrence, William, Francisco, Josephina, Juana, Eusebio, Francisco, Virginia, Dolores, Louisa, Jaime, Zaida, Anne Marie, Jenny, Miriam, Tommy, Camille, Monique, Marcellus, Jessica, Jay, Norton, Anne, Marietta, Taso, Lleya, Robert, Margaret H., Tina V., Frank, John, Linda, Idania, Stacey, Louis, Steve, Marge, Mrs. Blue & daughter, Emily, Walter, Nicholas, Helen, Kay, Mary Lou, Chris, Debora, Mariza, Halina, Leeann, Janet, Gary, Bill, Joseph, Cathleen, Helen, Gus, Kathleen, Philip, James, Carlos, Teresa, Cynthia, Josie, Mike, Miriam, Felix, Estrella, Ramos Family, Natalie, Robert, Richard & Maryann, Caceres Family, Scott, Jeffrey, Michael, Carol, Paul, Richard, Denise, Scott, Gloria, Dean, Frank, Ed, Kurt, June, Matt, Ricki, Sr. Williams, Joseph, Jennie, Melina, Miss Beede, Jeffrey, Cele, Jason, Elizabeth, Johnny, Genesis & Family, Brandon, Baby John, Carly, Robert, Fresher, Robert Jr., Sue, McEarhan, John, Cathy, Dinah, Robert, Anthony, Dave, Anna, Pasquale, Speranza, Mary, Jared, Christian, Will, James, Lauren, Will, Garber Family, Lizzy, Jimmy, Sue, Lucille, Tina, Janice, Sofia, Frank, Garver Family, Merlita, Nadine, Rick, Joanie, Michael, Dennis, Tyler, Mary, Brian, Anastasia, Steve, Dcn Rick, Pamela, Robert

PARISH PRAYER

Please join us in our parish prayer:
 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
You call us to build your Church,
Not of bricks and mortar, but of living stones.
Give us your Holy Spirit to transform us so that,
Nurtured by the Eucharist,
We may courageously strive to respond to your call
To make disciples for your glory and the salvation of the world.
Amen.
 
Señor Jesucristo, nos llamas a construir tu Iglesia, no de ladrillos y cemento, sino de piedras vivas. Danos tu Espíritu Santo para que nos transformes para que, nutridos por la Eucaristía, podamos responder  alientemente a tu llamada de hacer discípulos para tu gloria y la salvación del mundo. Amén.
YOU'RE INVITED

Please join us for our weekly devotional activities:

  • Exposition of the blessed sacrament—Wednesdays and First Fridays from 8:30—11:30 am (followed by solemn benediction). Also Wednesdays from 6:00—7:00 pm (followed by Mass in Spanish)
  • The rosary is recited daily at 7:30 am
  • The miraculous medal novena is recited Mondays & Wednesdays after the 8am Mass
  • A rosary for priests is recited on Thursdays before the noon Mass
  • The divine mercy chaplet is recited on Fridays before the noon Mass
  • A holy hour for families takes place at 10 - 11am every First Friday
SLEEPING MATS FOR THE HOMELESS

Join us in the small hall on Wednesdays, from 1:00—2:30 pm. No experience is necessary! Snacks are provided! Join us in this beautiful ministry to bring comfort to the homeless while sharing in fellowship and fun. “If a brother or sister has nothing to wear..., and you say to them, ‘Good-bye and good luck! Keep warm..., but do not meet their bodily needs, what good is that?” (James 2:15-16). Contact: Pat Morrison – [email protected]
BEQUESTS & TAX FREE CONTRIBUTIONS

Bequest information

Did you know that you can name Holy Cross in your will or trust to help continue the mission you proudly participate in? To observe the best method for naming this parish in your will or trust, please ask your attorney to use the following terminology: “I give devise, and bequeath (amount, article, stock, etc.) to Gregory L. Parkes, as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and his successors in the office, for the use of Holy Cross Church, 7851 54th Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709.”

Tax free charitable distributions

Congress has permanently enacted qualified charitable contributions from your traditional IRA accounts. These distributions can be used to satisfy all or a portion of your Required Minimum Distribution. These distributions are free of federal and state income tax. Additionally, these gifts help you to avoid the Medicare high income surcharge and can help to reduce taxes on your social security benefits. Distributions must be made directly from your IRA account to Holy Cross Catholic Church.

DO'S AND DON'TS

PARISHIONER REGISTRATION & UPDATE

Every Catholic Should Be Registered in a Parish

Beside the active support and involvement that the registration enables, the parish registration is also a mandatory condition for sacraments such as baptism and matrimony.

It is therefore important to register at your parish as soon as you start attending Mass there regularly. Here’s why:

  1. You may receive verification letters to sponsor individuals for sacraments, receive sacraments yourself or your child (i.e. baptism, confirmation, matrimony)
  2. You will have the opportunity to establish easy online giving and receive end of year tax contribution statements
  3. You will receive important communications from the parish that non-registered parishioners won’t receive
  4. The parish will know the demographics and respond to needs. Further, the Diocese will know that our parish has a healthy base of registered, active parishioners

Please click here for our form, and be sure to answer each item so that our records for you are complete!

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

For more information, please visit dosp.org/revival/

PRAYER FOR THE CATHOLIC MINISTRY APPEAL

More numerous than the stars in the sky are your blessings, O Good and Gracious God. You have called us to spread the Good News of your Son, Jesus Christ, through our words and actions. Strengthen our faith and open our hearts to care for all our brothers and sisters, especially those who need us the most. Help us to understand the difference we can make, the love we can share and the lives we can bring to Christ through our Catholic Ministry Appeal. We pray that your grace, O Lord, will lead us to be your loving heart and hands today. Amen.

Más numerosas que las estrellas en el cielo son tus bendiciones, oh Dios bondadoso y compasivo. Nos has llamado para anunciar la buena nueva de tu Hijo, Jesucristo, mediante nuestras palabras y acciones. Fortalece nuestra fe y abre nuestros corazones para que cuidemos de todos nuestros hermanos y hermanas, especialmente aquellos que más nos necesitan. Ayúdanos a comprender la diferencia que podemos hacer, el amor que podemos compartir y las vidas que podemos acercar a Cristo a través de la Campaña para los Ministerios Católicos. Oramos para que tu gracia, oh Señor, nos lleve a ser hoy tu corazón y tus manos amorosas. Amén.

TOGETHER IN HOLINESS

The Diocese of St. Petersburg is partnering with the St. John Paul II Foundation to sponsor a special event for married couples. “Together in Holiness,” a marriage conference that inspires spouses and empowers parents, will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, in St. Petersburg. This conference includes dynamic presentations, childcare, Mass, Adoration, Confession, and more! To learn more, contact [email protected].

BULLETIN THANKS

Please be sure to patronize the businesses listed on the back of our bulletin! They keep our bulletin in print!