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 (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
LECTORS NEEDED

Are you called to serve the Lord by reading His Word at Sunday or weekday Mass? Lectors are fully initiated, practicing Catholics whose lives witness to the Word which they proclaim. We want to hear from you! For more information, please contact Joan Terrell at [email protected] or 727-458-3717

DISPENSATION ENDING

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

 
BISHOP PARKES' EASTER MESSAGE

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!

APRIL WE PRAY FOR FAITH

During the next few months we will be focusing on a virtue of St. Joseph's which we will pray for after each Mass. For the month of April, we will be asking him to intercede for us with God for the grace of FAITH.

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 FAITH.

Beloved Saint Joseph, my father, my guide, and my model,

you who 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.

JOIN US FOR THE ROSARY IN MAY

The month of May is dedicated to our blessed Mother, Mary. Please join us each Saturday morning during May at 7:30 a.m. at the Grotto to pray the rosary.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions and the limited seating at the Grotto, may we suggest bringing a lawn chair or  a blanket to be placed on the lawn to be more comfortable.

In case of inclement weather, the rosary will be said in the church.  

FORMED.ORG WEEKLY WATCH LIST!

This week’s FORMED watchlist is St. Joseph: Old and New, the first part of a four part series on this great saint, presented by Dr. Ben Akers. Click here to watch this series for free on FORMED.org!

From FORMED.org: In this Year of Saint Joseph, proclaimed by Pope Francis to be December 8, 2020, through December 8, 2021, Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down to reflect on the earthly father chosen by the Heavenly Father for his Son, Jesus Christ. This four-part series will begin by looking at Joseph from the Old Testament and comparing him with Saint Joseph from the New Testament, and then move into reflections on three of Saint Joseph's titles; Guardian of the Redeemer, Patron of the Universal Church, and Patron of the Domestic Church. View all episodes of the Saint Joseph series.

FAITH FORMATION NEWS

IMPORTANT: First Holy Communion Updates

(2nd & 3rd Grade Students Only)

First Holy Communion for 2nd & 3rd Graders have 6 classes remaining plus rehearsal (see below) before receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on May 1st . Attendance is mandatory for the remaining classes and rehearsal to receive the sacrament. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie Sneddon, (Faith Formation Director) at our Parish Office. The final class schedule and special event schedule is as follows:

Regular Sunday Classes Remaining:

April 18

April 25

May 2

May 16

May 23

Mandatory Special Events:

Saturday, April 24—Holy Communion Retreat 9 – Noon

Friday, April 30—Holy Communion Rehearsal 7pm

Saturday, May 1—Holy Communion 12pm

Sunday, May 2—May Crowning 10am Mass

No classes will be held on May 9 (Mother’s Day)

Parents, please add these dates to your calendars!


IMPORTANT: Confirmation Updates

(8th Grade Saturday class and RCIA)

Confirmation Class has 3 mandatory classes remaining plus rehearsal (see below) before the Conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation on June 5. Attendance is mandatory for the remaining classes and rehearsal to receive the sacrament. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie Sneddon, (Faith Formation Director) at our Parish Office.

The final schedule is as follows:

April 17

May 1

May 15

June 4—Confirmation Rehearsal, 6:30pm, St. Catherine

June 5—Sacrament of Confirmation, 12pm, St. Catherine

No Confirmation class May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend)


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

EXPOSITION

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."
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

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!

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

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, 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, 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, Sara, Nick, Lynn, Sarah Kristen, Joseph & Theresa, Pierotti Family, Sarah, Maggie, Dyllan

Easter 2021

Holy Week 2021

Lent 2021

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

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

BISHOP PARKES' CONSECRATION

Bishop Gregory Parkes will consecrate parishes, schools, ministries and the people of the Diocese of St. Petersburg to St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ. This will take place at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, in St. Petersburg at 12 noon on Saturday, May 1st, the Memorial of St. Joseph, the Worker. All Catholics are encouraged to prepare for this consecration through prayer and study. For more information, please click here

What: Third Annual Marian Congress-Virtual 
Theme:  “Mary Welcomes You With Open Arms”  
Keynote: Father Chris Alar, MIC
Mass with Bishop Parkes: At 11:30 a.m., Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate Mass and lead participants in a renewal of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All Catholics are encouraged to participate virtually. Click here to learn more.

Blog Summary

4th Sunday in Easter (Spanish) - April 25, 2021

Queridos amigos,

Hoy celebramos lo que se llama “Domingo del Buen Pastor”. Después de ... Read More »

4th Sunday in Easter - April 25, 2021

Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate what is called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” After telling us ... Read More »

3rd Sunday in Easter (Spanish) - April 18, 2021

INFORMACIÓN SOBRE DISPENSAS PARTICULARES

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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!