Holy Cross Catholic Church

BISHOP PARKES' THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

ADVENT CHALLENGE FOR RENEWAL

What is this journey in between the event we call “birth” and the one we call “death”? Is the journey taking you somewhere, or are you leading yourself to some kind of destination – a destination that could extend beyond your last breath? What do you want from your life during the in between? The questions are there. And, the answers are too.

This book was donated by a parishioner as a gift to our parishioners, and we are excited to offer The Search for free on FORMED. This advent challenge is meant to renew your relationship with Christ through the book study alongside the video series. Books will be available for free this weekend. Visit: www.FORMED.org/TheSearch

BISHOP PARKES' ADVENT MESSAGE

FORMED.ORG WEEKLY WATCH LIST!

Monday, November 30, is the feast of St. Andrew, Apostle. Please click here to watch St. Andrew: After the Upper Room by Fr. Ambrose Criste, for free on FORMED.org!

"Explore the lives of the Apostles — Who are they? What is their story? Whom did they influence? How did they lay the foundations of the Church as we know it? Begin with St. Andrew, presented by Fr. Ambrose Criste, O.Praem." - From FORMED.org

PLENARY INDULGENCES FOR THE HOLY SOULS

Plenary Indulgences

A plenary indulgence may be gained once every day (from November 1 - 8) for an undesignated soul in Purgatory by fulfilling the following  conditions:

  1. You must be in a state of grace, free from attachment to all sin, venial and mortal. The Church recommends that you maintain this state by going to confession at least once every two weeks.
  2. Receive Holy Communion on the day that you plan to receive the indulgence.
  3. Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, such as one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.
  4. Visit a cemetery and pray for the souls of the dead. 

Changes to the Plenary Indulgences Available in November

Normally, this special plenary indulgence is only available from November 1 - 8 every year. This year, however, due to the pandemic, Rome has extended the opportunity for the entire month of November. This means that you may obtain the plenary indulgence eight times (once per day), but that these indulgences can be obtained any day of the month, from November 1 - 30, 2020. 

BISHOP PARKES ADVENT REFLECTIONS

FAITH FORMATION NEWS

Religious Education

All Faith Formation Classes (to include RCIA) will be meeting for the first three Sundays in December as follows:

December 6

December 13

December 20

There will be no classes on December 27 and January 3.

After the break, Faith Formation classes will resume on Sunday, January 10.

RCIA will begin on Sunday, December 6 and will meet on Sundays, 11:15 am–12:15 pm in rooms 1 & 2 with Mr. Tony Chaoui and Mr. Jose Carrera. We wish to thank Tony & Jose for volunteering to lead adult faith formation. We greatly appreciate their time and talent.

We are made to Know, Love and Serve the Lord in this life and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

REMINDER: Our religious education classes meet every Sunday 11:15 am–12:15 pm and ALL students are required to attend. Drop off is no earlier than 11:10 am and pick-up is no later than 12:20 pm. An adult is required to pick up all

children. Please respect our volunteer Catechists’ time and pick your children up on time, this is GREATLY appreciated! All catechists and students are required to wear face masks as well as practice social distancing.

Did you know that tomorrow is the beginning of the Novena of St. Andrew, better known as the Christmas Novena? Why not begin a Christmas Family Tradition and pray this beautiful Novena with your families?

RCIA

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic, or wants to know more about the Catholic Faith? Please contact Julie Sneddon at 727-546-3315.

WILD GOOSE

Wild Goose is a video series on the Holy Spirit by Fr. Dave Pivonka on FORMED. Please join us in a Zoom meeting on Thursdays from 10:00-10:45 as we discuss the video of the week and deepen our knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Email and computer required. If you are interested please email Laura at [email protected] or call at 813-340-9305.

EXPOSITION

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

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.

UTILITIES ASSISTANCE

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
Wednesday: 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 - 8:00 pm

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

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
BISHOP PARKES SOCIAL MEDIA

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Blog Summary

First Sunday in Advent (Spanish) - November 29, 2020

Queridos amigos,

El Adviento es un tiempo de expectativa. En otras palabras, es un ... Read More »

First Sunday in Advent - November 29, 2020

Dear friends,

Advent is a time of expectation. In other words, it is a ... Read More »

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Spanish) - November 22, 2020

Queridos amigos,Hoy celebramos la solemnidad de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo. Iglesia y ... Read More »

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."
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. 

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!

POPE FRANCIS' NEW ENCYCLICAL

Pope Francis released his third encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti, On Fraternity and Social Friendship” on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in Assisi, Italy. An “encyclical” is a letter that is a teaching document by the Holy Father. This letter is addressed to all people who will accept it and reflect on the invitation to dialogue. Click here to read.

MASS SCHEDULE
  • 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
  • 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

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!