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, 6:00 pm vigil (French)
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:30 pm (Spanish)

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Wednesdays: 8:30 am - 11:30 am, 6:00 - 7:00 pm & First Fridays: 8:30am - 11:30 am (all 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 - 3:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - Noon
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
LEGACY PLANNING PRESENTATION

Please join us for our Women's Club meeting on Tuesday, March 28, at 1:00 pm in the small hall. We will listen to a presentation given by Meegan Wright of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Legacy Planning. Everyone in the parish is invited to attend. No RSVP needed.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

LENTEN PREPARATION

WHAT IS LENT?

NEW BOOK STUDY

The 7 Secrets to Divine Mercy by Vinny Flynn reveals the richness and beauty of God’s mercy. Come join us on Thursdays, beginning on February 23, from 10:00-11:00 am in the small hall to learn more about God’s gift of mercy. Books can be ordered on Amazon. If you have any questions please email, text, or call Laura McKenna at 813-340-9305 or [email protected].

YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATES

Wow, what a jam-packed week we had…and so much more is to come!

This past weekend, we had 24 teens complete their Confirmation Retreat at Mary Help of Christian Center in Tampa.

Please pray that seeds were planted in their hearts and that the Holy Spirit completes the work He has begun in them!  They will be confirmed in about a month, on April 21st, so please offer extra rosaries for them.

There will be a Spanish Men’s Conference on Saturday, 4/15/2023 from 7:30am to 3:00pm.  The theme is “The Eucharist in Your Life” and tickets are $35 per person.  The location is in the Social Hall of Nativity Catholic Church (705 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL.) All men from our Spanish Mass are welcome. For more information, please contact Thomas at [email protected].

FRIDAY YOUTH NIGHT KEEPS ON GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!

3/10/2023 FROM 7PM TO 9PM FOR GRADES 7 AND UP (AGES 13-18)

Last Friday, we had a blast, and we are excited to do it again this upcoming Friday!

We have lots of board/card games, as well as a Wii videogame system and sports gear (balls and frisbees) for some outside fun.  There will be free food, snacks, and drinks…so invite others and come ready to hang out with friends, share faith, and have some fun!

HELP PLEASE!!!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR FOUR VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE THE YOUTH GROUP MEAL ON ONE FRIDAY NIGHT PER MONTH.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING YOUR TIME AND TALENT (AND FOOD), PLEASE CONTACT THOMAS AT [email protected].

THANK YOU

From Sister Marie Therese: "I am writing today to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love, your generosity, and kindness in helping others. I would like to let you know that the community of Holy Cross offered a huge amount of money ($1,602) that will fund my Religious Order in helping the orphans in many different ways. Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of so many children who will benefit from this money. I cannot thank you enough for your love and generosity. I promise to keep you in my prayers as I ask God to continue to bless, to protect, and to guide you. With best wishes and God's blessing."
TAKE 5 WITH BISHOP PARKES

FR. LEO TALKS ABOUT DISCIPLESHIP DAY

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS MEETING

Our Eucharistic Ministers met together and had a delightful morning on Saturday! After sharing breakfast, they watched Father Michael O'Conner's explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and were trained/retrained in order to better serve in their ministerial capacity. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in this ministry, please contact the parish office!

SOUPER BOWL THANK YOU

From Thomas Myers: “Wow...everyone rocked it today...we collected almost 3 full tables of donated food items to serve the poor and needy in our parish community! All the parishioners were overjoyed to see the teens serving and getting involved. We are so proud of the teens, and you should be, too. Their sacrifice really paid off in the end… Indeed, they let their light shine. Hopefully God blessed them as much as they blessed others today.” Thank you to everyone who donated to our food drive! God bless you all!

LENTEN LITURGY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY

On Saturday, February 4, various liturgical ministries met under the leadership of Fr. Emery to discuss the upcoming Lenten season. We also celebrated the birthday of our head sacristan, Helen Jahnke. Thank you to everyone who attended!

HOLY HOUR FOR FAMILIES

Please join us as we pray for our families Friday, February 3, and every first Friday, 10—11am. We all have family members who need prayers: whether they are ill, away from the Church, need employment, or any other need, or thanksgiving. We will meet in the church as we lift our families up in prayer during adoration. 

MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST

Magnificat of St. Petersburg is excited to welcome all women to our next MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST from 9:30 AM—12:30 PM, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, held in the Parish Center at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Please also join us for St. Jude’s parish Mass held in the Church at 8:15 AM. If you are looking to refresh and renew your spirit, our Holy-Spirit, joy-filled morning will feed you physically with a delicious breakfast, and spiritually with words of wisdom by one of our local priests, as well as the Rosary, and praise and worship led by Francesca Ani! Then hear Barbara’s delightful witness on how an early life-changing encounter with Christ led her to a world-wide ministry as an evangelist, a pastor and eventually to a joyful “coming home”.  For your protection, we will observe social distancing, with no more than 6 per table. Reservations are $18.00 each; tickets are on sale until February 18, 2022. No tickets are sold at the door, and seating is limited due to social distancing. Please respond early to allow time for the USPS to process your request.

Please make your check payable to “Magnificat” and mail to:

Linda Barron, Treasurer
6069 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

For questions or more information: Email to: [email protected], or text to Linda at (727) 415-2693, or Jane (727) 452-7404.

POPE BENEDICT XVI

Obituary for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away in the Lord on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, which the 95- year-old Pope emeritus had chosen as his residence after resigning from the Petrine ministry in 2013.  His death was a result of advanced age.

To read more, please click here.

To watch the funeral live, please click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNHE3mjiiFw

BINGO

Every Monday. Doors open at 4pm. First games start at 5:45pm. Bring a friend! $12 to start. We look forward to seeing you there!

NEW PARISH PRAYER

Please join us in our new parish prayer:
 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
You call us to build your Church,
Not of bricks and mortar, but of living stones.
Give us your Holy Spirit to transform us so that,
Nurtured by the Eucharist,
We may courageously strive to respond to your call
To make disciples for your glory and the salvation of the world.
Amen.
 
Señor Jesucristo, nos llamas a construir tu Iglesia, no de ladrillos y cemento, sino de piedras vivas. Danos tu Espíritu Santo para que nos transformes para que, nutridos por la Eucaristía, podamos responder  alientemente a tu llamada de hacer discípulos para tu gloria y la salvación del mundo. Amén.
COFFEE AND DONUTS

Please join us in the small hall after the 8am & 10am Masses for coffee, donuts, and fellowship. Thank you to the Women’s Club for hosting!

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

Kami, Katie, Anne-Marie, Simo, Josephine, Terry, Bill, Maria, Holly, Doris, Zima, Craig, Sharon, Mike, Robert, Phyllis, 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, Meza Family, Miguel, Nick, Sharon, Frankie, Kathy, Lisa, Pam, Frank, Sara, Nick, Lynn, Sarah Kristen, Joseph & Theresa, Pierotti Family, Sarah, Maggie, Dyllan, Elba, Artie & Halai, Annie, 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, Angie, Don, Justine, Maria, the Agars, Eleanor, Fr. Tom, Arlene, Brooke, Vincent, Larry, Daniel, Kristen, Susan, Donna, Evelyn, Carmelita, Meg, Allen, Candy, Geegee, Marc, Betsy, Chrissie, Lucille, Kayla, Austin, Tracy, Jan, Lainey, Carol, Gary, June, Janice, Bill, Kathleen, Joseph, Sherrie, Norma, Laura Lee, Efrain, Lawrence, William, Francisco, Josephina, Juana, Eusebio, Francisco, Virginia, Dolores, Louisa, Jaime, Zaida, Anne Marie, Jenny, Miriam, Tommy, Camille, Monique, Marcellus, Jessica, Jay, Norton, Anne, Marietta, Taso, Lleya, Robert, Margaret H., Tina V., Frank, John, Linda, Idania, Stacey, Louis, Steve, Marge, Mrs. Blue & daughter, Emily, Walter, Nicholas, Helen, Kay, Mary Lou, Chris, Debora, Mariza, Halina, Leeann, Janet, Gary, Bill, Joseph, Cathleen, Helen, Gus, Kathleen, Philip, James, Carlos, Teresa, Cynthia, Josie, Mike, Miriam, Felix, Estrella, Ramos Family, Natalie, Robert, Richard & Maryann, Caceres Family, Scott, Jeffrey, Michael, Carol, Paul, Richard, Denise, Scott, Gloria, Dean, Frank, Ed, Kurt, June, Matt, Ricki, Sr. Williams, Joseph, Jennie, Melina, Miss Beede, Jeffrey, Cele

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EXPOSITION

SLEEPING MATS FOR THE HOMELESS

Sleeping Mats for the Homeless is meeting again at 1pm in the small hall. Please be sure to join us! Snacks will be provided.
YOU'RE INVITED

Please join us for our weekly devotional activities:

  • Exposition of the blessed sacrament—Wednesdays and First Fridays from 8:30—11:30 am (followed by solemn benediction)
  • The rosary is recited daily at 7:30 am
  • The miraculous medal novena is recited Mondays & Wednesdays after the 8am Mass
  • A rosary for priests is recited on Thursdays before the noon Mass
  • The divine mercy chaplet is recited on Fridays before the noon Mass
  • A holy hour for families takes place at 10 - 11am every First Friday
LAY CARMELITE MEETINGS

The lay Carmelite community # 1048 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm here at Holy Cross. For more information, please contact [email protected]

WEEKLY MASS READINGS

Weekly reading

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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/

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!

DISPENSATION ENDED

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

 

For instructions on how to sign up, please click here

ONLINE GIVING

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

Let Us Adore Jesus

The Bishops of the United States are calling for a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. They believe that God wants to see a movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.”

These three years will culminate in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States in almost fifty years. Almost a hundred thousand Catholics will join together in Indianapolis for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage toward the “source and summit” of our Catholic faith.

In late 2019, a Pew Study indicated what many had long suspected. Few Catholics, approximately 30 percent, fully believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

This stark reality inspired the Bishops of the United States to action. More than an event or a program, they envisioned a true Revival to rediscover the source and summit of our Faith through a deep commitment of prayer, pilgrimage, and worship on the part of the entire Church in the United States.

The advent of the pandemic only accelerated these plans, revealing their urgency and importance. Too many Catholics still have not returned to Mass to celebrate the central mystery of the Church.

Taking its title from the Bread of Life discourse in John’s Gospel, “My flesh for the life of the world/Mi carne para la vida del mundo,” the Eucharistic Revival is not a step-by-step plan or a series of meetings; it is a grassroots call and a challenge for every Catholic across the United States to rekindle the fire of love and devotion for the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

Over three years, every Catholic diocese, parish, school, apostolate, and family is invited to be a part of renewing the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

For more information, please visit dosp.org/revival/

SYNOD ON SYNODALITY

Pope Francis is inviting the Catholic Church to journey together, specifically through the Synod on Synodality. The Diocese of St. Petersburg participated in the Diocesan phase of the Synod between October 2021 and March 2022 through listening and discernment sessions rooted in the Holy Spirit. A report has been created to highlight the feedback that has been received. Click here to read this repot in full: https://dosp.org/synod/. This information represents the many voices that responded to the Holy Father’s invitation to pray for and reflect upon the future of the Church.

More information on the Synod:

Pope Francis will invite bishops from across the world to Rome in October of 2023 for a Synod to discern ways to engage more people in the decision-making process that affects the whole Church. The theme is: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” A synod is a meeting of bishops, gathered to discuss a topic of theological or pastoral significance.

Leading up to this gathering, local dioceses will be consulting with local Catholics and others to create a report to submit to their national bishops’ conference. Pope Francis commenced this initiative the weekend of Oct. 9-10, 2021 with an opening session and a Mass. The theme for the “Synod on Synodality” is Communion, Participation and Mission:

  1. Communion– Bringing people together as communities in the local Church begins this prayerful insight into the ways of the Holy Spirit. When the Church gathers for the Eucharist, and what flows from it, is when the necessary self-understanding of the mission of the Church is best understood. Thus, the dialogue at this level is rooted in the life of the ecclesial communities and parishes.
  2. Participation– The reflections that the local Churches and communities are undertaking regarding the pandemic form the context of how the Church looks forward, not backwards, to revitalizing its mission of bringing the Good News to all. The gentle call of invitation to the full practice of Catholic life, with the Eucharist at the center of all the Church does, is an integral part of the “walking together.”
  3. Mission– Understanding the local situation will feed necessarily into an overview of the mission in the whole diocese. Like a mosaic, the vision is formed of the needs for renewal so that mission to all people is firmly rooted in the life of the local community who gather, by gentle invitation by the Lord, to worship him, to be sanctified by him and to exercise both an individual and collective prophetic voice.

For more information, please visit https://www.dosp.org/synod/

PRAYER FOR THE CATHOLIC MINISTRY APPEAL

More numerous than the stars in the sky are your blessings, O Good and Gracious God. You have called us to spread the Good News of your Son, Jesus Christ, through our words and actions. Strengthen our faith and open our hearts to care for all our brothers and sisters, especially those who need us the most. Help us to understand the difference we can make, the love we can share and the lives we can bring to Christ through our Catholic Ministry Appeal. We pray that your grace, O Lord, will lead us to be your loving heart and hands today. Amen.

Más numerosas que las estrellas en el cielo son tus bendiciones, oh Dios bondadoso y compasivo. Nos has llamado para anunciar la buena nueva de tu Hijo, Jesucristo, mediante nuestras palabras y acciones. Fortalece nuestra fe y abre nuestros corazones para que cuidemos de todos nuestros hermanos y hermanas, especialmente aquellos que más nos necesitan. Ayúdanos a comprender la diferencia que podemos hacer, el amor que podemos compartir y las vidas que podemos acercar a Cristo a través de la Campaña para los Ministerios Católicos. Oramos para que tu gracia, oh Señor, nos lleve a ser hoy tu corazón y tus manos amorosas. Amén.