Holy Cross Catholic Church

Holy Cross Catholic Church

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

FASTING & ABSTINENCE

Don't forget that Ash Wednesday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence! Here are the ground rules:
 
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics between the ages of 18 to 59 years (inclusive). On days of fasting, one full meal is allowed. Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.
 
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday are days of abstinence.
2021 LENTEN SCHEDULE

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BISHOP PARKES' LENTEN MESSAGE

FLOWERS FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER

Please consider making a donation towards our Easter flowers on behalf of your loved one/s to give glory to God during our Easter celebrations.

We will also be accepting donations for altar flowers for Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday, which may be dedicated to the honor or memory of a loved one.

Please make arrangements at the parish office. Thank you!

FORMED.ORG WEEKLY WATCH LIST!

This week’s FORMED watchlist is East Coast Shrines: National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, a documentary about this modern saint, her life, and the shrine dedicated to her in Bensalem, PA. Click here to watch this video for free on FORMED.org!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Church Sanitizers after the 4:00 Saturday Vigil Mass: Please stay behind to help our sacristan, Norberto, sanitize the church after the 4:00 pm Saturday Mass. We need at least three more volunteers.

Keepers of the Cross Volunteers Every Other Friday: Please lend a hand as we have only three volunteers (Helen, Shirley, and Dinah) who clean the entire church every other week. We need at least three more volunteers who can help out on a regular basis. The next cleaning date will be Friday, February 19, from  1:00 pm until finished.

None of these tasks will be completed without generous volunteers, so thank you in advance for your help.

PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYER

The Confraternity of Eucharistic Adoration for Life (CEAL) invites all clergy, religious and laity to take part in the “40 hours of Prayer for Peace and Healing in the World.”

Participants are invited to commit to one hour in prayer during this event, which will begin Monday, March 15, 6:00 a.m. and will continue through Tuesday March 16, 10:00 p.m. Prayer materials will be provided through e-mail.

To participate, please sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449adae23abfa7-40hours1.

If you have questions, you may contact Father Bob Romaine, at St. Paul Parish, Tampa: (813) 961-3023 or [email protected].

EXPOSITION

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!

USCCB LETTER - COVID VACCINE

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. Do these new vaccines align or conflict with the Church’s teaching on life? Were they developed using aborted fetal cells? It’s a complicated issue but this statement provides guidance for the faithful.  

Read the full text here https://www.usccb.org/moral-considerations-covid-vaccines

FAITH FORMATION NEWS

Thank you for your Prayers!

Holy Cross Confirmation students attended their Confirmation retreat on Saturday, February 20. We were fortunate enough to be invited by St. Jerome to gather with their students at Mary Help of Christians in Tampa…all expenses paid! Thanks be to God for His many Blessings!

Important Dates

First Holy Communion (for registered grades 2 & 3) is scheduled for noon on Saturday, May 1. Confirmation (for registered Confirmation students and RCIA) is scheduled for noon on Saturday, June 5 at St. Catherine of Siena

Faith Formation Director: Julie Sneddon at 727-546-3315.

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
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."

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 (in the church, 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 personal prayer every day from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

For instructions on how to sign up, please click here

PRAYER LINE

If you or a family member are in need of prayer, please call the parish office at 727-546-3315, giving the person’s name and the reason for prayers. 

Please pray for the following

José, Rose, Andrew, Sonny, Allison, Ann Marie, 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, Susan, Lydia, Annette, Angela, Cecelia, Christine, Jill, Finnley, Jim, Lupita, Jeremiah, Jared, Phyllis, Natalie, Virginia, Jenn, Joe, Rick, Bud, Donna, Maryann, Susan. Donna, Susan, Denise, George, Carmelita, Margaret H., Gianna, Tina, Laura, John, Edward, Gail, Karon, Beth Anne, Joe, Bev, Bob, 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, Mary Ann, 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, Miguel, Nick, Sharon, Frankie, Kathy, Lisa, Pam, Frank, New Family, Sara

Lent 2021

Souper Bowl Food Drive

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

PATRICK MADRID

For more information, please click here.

FACE MASKS MANDATORY

Face masks continue to be mandatory and not optional. At the direction of the Pastor, please leave your face mask on during Mass.

ONLINE GIVING

BISHOP PARKES PODCAST

For more information, please click here!

Blog Summary

2nd Sunday in Lent (Spanish) - February 28, 2021

Queridos amigos,

En este segundo domingo de Cuaresma, me gustaría que nos tomáramos un ... Read More »

2nd Sunday in Lent - February 28, 2021

Dear friends,

On this second Sunday of Lent, I would like us to take ... Read More »

1st Sunday in Lent (Spanish) - February 21, 2021

Queridos amigos,

“Rasga vuestro corazón, no vuestras vestiduras, y vuélvete al Señor tu Dios” ... Read More »

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!

UTILITIES ASSISTANCE

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.

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!