FAITH FORMATION NEWS
Classes begin this Sunday, September 20th, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, in classrooms 1 & 2!
If you haven't already, please bring your registration packet with you to this first class.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Julie Sneddon at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there!
FORMED.ORG WEEKLY WATCH LIST!
Wednesday, September 23, is the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), a mystic and the only priest to have the stigmata in the history of the Church. Click here to watch a movie called Padre Pio: Between Heaven and Earth, free on FORMED!
"Based on the historical records and the personal testimony of his fellow friars, this is the amazing true story of the life of the famous stigmatic monk, St. Padre Pio, who died in 1968." - From FORMED.org
CATECHISTS & ASSISTANTS NEEDED
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
SVDP THANK YOU
The Holy Cross chapter of St. Vincent de Paul helped 23 people (mostly new clients) in the month of August with $75 credit each towards their utility bills. Thank you for your dedication!
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP PARKES
For more information on Faithful Citizenship, please click here
FIRST COMMUNION AT HOLY CROSS
Due to Coronavirus, Holy Cross has organized small groups for her First Communion Students. The months of July and August bring joy, excitement and celebrations to the Parish family. These celebrations give relief to the community as we struggle amidst the coronavirus novel. The courage to live the Gospel and to celebrate these sacraments are found in the power and the strength we receive from the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Congratulations to our First Communicants, Class of 2020!
ROSARY FOR PRIESTS
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 & 6:00 pm vigil
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:30 pm (Spanish)
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 11:30 am (in the church, followed by solemn benediction)
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
The sacrament of penance is available every Wednesday at 10:00 am, Saturday at 3:00 pm, and Sunday at 11:30 am
The chapel is open for adoration and personal prayer every day from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
*we are not open to visitors at this time, so please give us a call at 727-546-3315
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WEEKLY MASS READINGS
Readings for the week of September 20, 2020
- Sunday: Is 55:6-9 / Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 [18a] / Phil 1:20c-24, 27a / Mt 20:1-16a
- Monday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13 / Ps 19:2-3, 4-5  / Mt 9:9-13
- Tuesday: Prv 21:1-6, 10-13 / Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34. 35, 44  / Lk 8:19-21
- Wednesday: Prv 30:5-9 / Ps 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163  / Lk 9:1-6
- Thursday: Eccl 1:2-11 / Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17bc  / Lk 9:7-9
- Friday: Eccl 3:1-11 / Ps 144:1b and 2abc, 3-4  / Lk 9:18-22
- Saturday: Eccl 11:9—12:8 / Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17  / Lk 9:43b-45
- Next Sunday: Ez 18:25-28 / Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [6a] / Phil 2:1-11 or 2:1-5 / Mt 21:28-32
WELCOME, JULIE SNEDDON!
Please join us in Welcoming Julie Sneddon our new Faith Formation Director here at Holy Cross! Julie comes to us from Cincinnati OH where she has taught in public schools, charter schools, Sylvan Learning, and Huntington Learning, as well as most recently teaching history and catechism at the junior high level at St. Lawrence School in Cincinnati. Julie was baptized and confirmed in 2011 after many years of struggling with the question of “what’s missing?” She is happy to say that, by the grace of God, she has found her way home to the Catholic Church, and she looks forward to getting to know the parishioners here at Holy Cross, serving the families in Faith Formation, and calling our parish her new home!
HOLY CROSS RECOGNIZES "HEROES"
Holy Cross Parish honored volunteers from four ministries for their commitment and courage to demonstrate the virtues and the spirit of missionary discipleship: Romulo, Marta and Pablo Castillo from Building and Grounds ministry for their commitment to maintaining the parish campus; Alejandra and Eduardo Padilla from The Keepers of the Cross who clean the Church building and its vicinity; Jesus and Angelica Espino for their leadership in Loaves and Fishes, the Holy Cross outreach ministry that provides food to Pinellas Hope; and finally, Millie Haylock and Blanca Velazquez for their dedication to the continued education of our Faith Formation students. Many Thanks and Congratulations to our “Heroes” for their faithfulness to the spirit of missionary disciple and their response to the call to Courageously live the Gospel.
PARISHIONER THANK YOUS
Some notes from parishioners that we wanted to share! Thank you for your feedback!
"Just wanted you to know, [my husband] and I have visited 2 other churches since covid, and Holy Cross is by far the cleanest and most beautifully marked off for pews and communion line. Thank you."
"I would like to compliment you and your staff on the way the church has been arranged to deal with the Covid 19 situation. It looks very dignified and functional. Much better than blue painter's tape that I've seen elsewhere."
FACE MASKS MANDATORY
Please note that face masks are mandatory in the church. Thank you for your cooperation.
- Mondays & Tuesdays: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
- Wednesdays: 8:00 am, 12:00 pm & 7:00 pm (Spanish)
- Thursdays & Fridays: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
- Saturdays: 8:00 am, 4:00 pm vigil & 6:00 pm vigil
- Sundays: 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:30 pm (Spanish)
Please click on the image below for more information about returning to Mass.
REMEMBER TO REACH OUT
If you know someone who is alone during this difficult time, please remember to reach out to them with a phone call. It makes all the difference in the world to someone who is lonely, anxious or afraid!
PARISHIONER REGISTRATION & UPDATE FORM
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:
- You may receive verification letters to sponsor individuals for sacraments, receive sacraments yourself or your child (i.e. baptism, confirmation, matrimony)
- You will have the opportunity to establish easy online giving and receive end of year tax contribution statements
- You will receive important communications from the parish that non-registered parishioners won’t receive
- 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!