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 and First Fridays: 8:30 am - 11:30 am (followed by solemn benediction).

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
The sacrament of penance is available every Saturday at 3:00 pm, and Sunday at 11:30 am, 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 - 2:00 pm (summer hours)
Friday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
GULF COAST CATHOLIC

Introducing a new, local Catholic news website!

"Gulf Coast Catholic was created by the Diocese of St. Petersburg to serve Tampa Bay, the Suncoast and the Nature Coast. We share positive and relevant articles that help you live your best Catholic life. Bishop Gregory Parkes is the publisher and Teresa Peterson is the Content Manager. You can reach us at [email protected]."

https://gulfcoastcatholic.org/

SLEEPING MATS FOR THE HOMELESS

Sleeping Mats for the Homeless (a new Holy Cross ministry) is meeting again this coming Wednesday, September 8, at 1pm in the small hall. Please be sure to join us! Snacks will be provided.
 
Men, women, youth, are all welcome to join. We need cutters, ”plarn” makers, and people who can crochet. Sleeping mats made from plastic bags provide insulation, repel bugs, and are waterproof. Mats will be donated to various organizations that care for the homeless. For more information, please contact the parish office.
BLUE MASS

DIOCESAN HISPANIC MASS

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

Be Prepared In the storms of life, we turn to God and pray that we will be spared from harm. We are also called to take the necessary precautions to protect the precious gift of life and to minimize damage to property. Here are a few helpful reminders:

Evacuation Shelters:
If you are elderly or have special needs, please contact your county’s Emergency Management Office to preregister prior to any storm if you will need to evacuate.

Mass Participation:
All parishioners are urged to use good judgment when deciding if conditions are safe to travel to Mass. In the event that roadways are not clear and weather conditions are unsafe to travel, the faithful are reminded that the obligation to participate in the Sunday Mass does not apply when there is grave difficulty in fulfilling this obligation (Code of Canon Law, Canon 1248 §2).

News and Updates:
If a storm threatens our area, please visit the Diocese of St. Petersburg website for the latest updates relating to parish and school closings.

Also, follow the diocesan Twitter https://twitter.com/DioStPete and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DioStPete/ and Spirit FM 90.5 for the latest news updates.

Resources from around our Diocese:
Florida Department of Emergency Management: www.floridadisaster.org

Citrus County Emergency Management: www.sheriffcitrus.org/emergencymanagement.php

Hernando County Emergency Management: www.hernandocounty.us/departments/depart ments-a-e/emergency-management

Hillsborough County Emergency Management: www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/publicsafety/emergency-management

Pasco County Emergency Management: www.pascocountyfl.net/365/EmergencyManagement

Pinellas County Emergency Management:
www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/

For more information, visit:
www.dosp.org/insurance/hurricane-season

Prayer for Protection During Hurricane Season
O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order and returned to its former quietude. You are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control: the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land, and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem, where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.

FORMED.ORG WEEKLY WATCH LIST

This week’s FORMED weekly watchlist is The War of the Vendée, the moving story of France's little known religious civil war in the years following the French Revolution. Click here to watch this inspiring movie for free on FORMED.org!

From FORMED.org: "In 1793, after enduring three and a half years of Church persecution under the architects of the French Revolution, a small band of faithful peasants and nobles from the Vendee region of France began a Catholic "counter-revolution." This is the unknown, heroic story of the valiant, six year struggle of the people of that small section of western France to restore their Holy Religion and their King. Steeped in the spiritual influence of St. Louis de Montfort, and wearing their rosaries and emblems of the Sacred Heart, their sacrifices resulted in countless martyrdoms, and ultimately won the restoration of religious freedom for all of France. This beautiful film is a love-letter to the Vendean people, and was produced to honor the memory of these brave men and women who willingly sacrificed their lives, "for God and King.""

PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF ST. JOSEPH

Please join us for the month of September as we ask St. Joseph to intercede for us and obtain for us the virtue of FEAR OF THE LORD. This prayer will be recited after all daily Masses and before all weekend Masses. 

Great Saint Joseph, who are the director, the friend, and the protector of those souls who desire to be perfect, you who did learn from Jesus and Mary how to conquer the powers of hell, and to practice all virtues, obtain for me the grace of FEAR OF THE LORD. Beloved Saint Joseph, my father, my guide, and my model, you  ho have so much zeal for the glory of Jesus Christ, and for my sanctification, please listen to my petition. I have the sweet confidence that you will not reject it. Your goodness will supply that which is lacking in my fervor, and according to the depth of your love for me, and of your power with Him Who has deigned to be called your Son, you will favorably hear me. Amen.

ADORERS NEEDED

We are in need of individuals to sign up for an hour (or more!) of adoration during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday and First Friday mornings. Please use the sign up sheet in the narthex. If you would like more information, please call the parish office!

EXPOSITION

YOU'RE INVITED

Please join us for the following!

  • Rosary: every Monday through Saturday, beginning at 7:30 am
  • Rosary for Priests: every Thursday, beginning at 11:30 am
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy: every Friday, beginning at 11:45 am

For instructions on how to sign up, please click here

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

José, Rose, Andrew, Sonny, Allison, Marty, Roia, Rose, Jim, John, Carol, Anna, Virgil, Gus, Dianne, Rebecca, Barbara Lilly, Elaine, Jacob, Donald, Mitchell, Faith, Mary, Meghan, Paul, Edith, Peggy Anne, Sylvia, Jean Ann, Felicitas, Adolfo, Jesus, Ileane, William, Jacob, Jeremy, Miranda, Lydia, Annette, Angela, Cecelia, Christine, Jill, Finnley, Jim, Lupita, Jeremiah, Jared, Phyllis, Natalie, Virginia, Jenn, Joe, Rick, Bud, Donna, Susan, Denise, George, Carmelita, Margaret H., Gianna, Tina, Laura, John, Edward, Gail, Karon, Beth Anne, Joe, Evelyn, Gerry, Ben, Mr. & Mrs. Verstappen, Victor, Karen, Rose Marie, John, Maureen, Colin, Paul, John, Joseph, Peggy, Kami, Katie, Anne-Marie, Simo, Josephine, Terry, Bill, Maria, Edward H., Holly, Doris, Zima, Craig, Sharon, Mike, Robert, Phyllis, Elaine, Jodi, Carly, Ann, Sharon, Beverly, Emily, Lynn, Mary Lou, Catherine, Roger, Maria, Alfredo, Eleanor, Dayana, Janet, Marilyn, Mary Ann, Bobby, Charlie, Christina, Peggy H., Mark, Renee, 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, Miguel, Nick, Sharon, Frankie, Kathy, Lisa, Pam, Frank, Sara, Nick, Lynn, Sarah Kristen, Joseph & Theresa, Pierotti Family, Sarah, Maggie, Dyllan, Elba, Artie & Halai, Annie, Marie, 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

LOAVES & FISHES DONATIONS NEEDED

We need your help! Our "Loaves & Fishes" ministry, which feeds the hungry through Pinellas Hope, needs your donations! Please make checks out to Holy Cross, being sure to note what the contribution is for. Contributions may be dropped off at the parish office, mailed to us, or left in the Sunday offertory. Thank you for your generosity!

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Spanish) - September 19, 2021

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 19, 2021

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Pentecost 2021

Easter 2021

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ONLINE GIVING

DISPENSATION ENDED

Bishop Parkes has written a letter about the end of the General Dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation.

 
PARISHIONER REGISTRATION & UPDATE FORM

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!

YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH

Pope Francis has announced that 2021 will be the Year of Saint Joseph! Look out for our weekly bulletin which will feature a page dedicated to the life and devotion to this great saint. For more information about the pope's announcement, please click here. St. Joseph, pray for us!

SUPPORT OUR SEMINARIANS

Our seminarians have been in a quarantine "bubble" at seminary since March of 2020, when not home on summer break. Their quarterly breaks were cancelled in order to keep them safe and healthy, so they were away from family, friends and their parish homes for an extended period of time.

Please consider supporting our seminarians through prayer, letters and cards of encouragement, care packages, or however you would like. They will appreciate it very much!

For an updated list of our current seminarians, please click here

MEALS ON WHEELS

Do you have challenges getting out of your home to buy groceries and prepare meals?  Meals On Wheels of Tampa may be able to help.  Serving the Tampa area for 45 years, a caring volunteer will deliver freshly cooked meals to your doorstep.  The cost of the meals depends on your situation. They will work with you to find a price that fits your budget. If this might help you or someone you know, please call their office at 813-238-MEAL to learn more about this important mission.