Holy Cross Catholic Church

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Adult Catechism

The adult catechism ministry is a vibrant and essential part of our faith journey. With a mission to deepen the understanding of our rich Catholic tradition, it offers a nurturing environment for learning, reflection, and discussion. Through exploration of Church teachings, this ministry empowers participants to grow in faith, strengthen their relationship with God, and foster a deeper connection with their fellow parishioners. It is an opportunity to delve into the profound wisdom of our faith, embracing the lifelong process of spiritual growth and renewal.

Contact: Tony Chaoui [email protected]

 

Bible Study

In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear the account of the Ethiopian whom the apostle Philip baptized after opening his understanding to the Scriptures (Acts 8: 26-40).

The Bible study program is passionate about helping believers connect with God through study of sacred Scripture. Parishioners and visitors alike are offered the opportunity to come together to study the four senses of Scripture and the practical ways this deeper understanding can be applied in the lives of each of the faithful.

Here are some advantages of joining the Bible Study Program at Holy Cross:

  • Illuminates our daily Scripture daily reading.
  • Defends us against doctrinal error.
  • Amplifies our service as disciples.
  • Expands our understanding of the truths of the Catholic faith.
  • Deepens our relationship with Christ.
Contact: Kristen Noakes-Fry [email protected]

 

Book Study

Book Study at Holy Cross is made up of parishioners who meet to discuss books focusing on spirituality and growth. It is open to anyone interested in reading and discussing Catholic literature, from devotional and theological works to the biographies of saints and even fiction. The books are chosen by the group and are not limited to any single genre of literature. Everyone is welcome to join in and participate.

Contact: Laura McKenna [email protected]

 

Caminar Adelante

In an era where faith is often challenged by a multitude of questions and uncertainties, the Spanish Adult Catechism Ministry emerges as a guiding light, providing a nurturing space where individuals are encouraged not just to seek answers to their spiritual inquiries but also to engage in dialogue where they can share their insights, perspectives, and experiences. This dynamic exchange paves the way for a deeper and more meaningful connection to the Catholic faith as they draw from the wellspring of the Catholic tradition to find support, inspiration, and guidance.

Contact: Pedro Ojeda [email protected]

 

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic adoration is an invitation to intimate conversation with our Lord and Savior, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. It is a place for us to pour out our souls to God, who waits to give himself to us completely. It is he who is saying, “I am always here for you.” We look at Jesus and Jesus looks at us. We allow the gaze of God to penetrate our deepest selves and transform us with his love—love like no other. Your holy hour will be spent in silent prayer and meditation. Bring your own prayer books, read the Bible, pray the rosary, or just sit and enjoy the peace that comes from simply being in the presence of God.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the main church takes place every Wednesday and first Friday of the month following the 8:00 am Mass. The adoration chapel is open each day between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm except for certain times during the holidays. Should the church be closed for inclement weather or some other reason, the chapel will be closed as well.

Contact: Laura McKenna [email protected]

 

Home Enthronement of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The ministry of the enthronement of Our Lady as queen of the home invites us to respond to Christ's call made during his Passion as he said, “behold your mother”, which is also an invitation to take Mary into our homes.​ We recognize Mary's great place in God's plan of salvation for his people. She is queen in the truest sense of the word, for she rightly reigns at Jesus' side over the kingdom he established: the kingdom of God in heaven, and his kingdom in the hearts of men. 

As Queen of heaven and earth she enjoys a special place in the Sacred Heart and in ours. She is both the mother of Jesus and is our mother as well. Mary is the primary and most important intercessor between her Son and us, while Jesus is the intercessor to the Father for us. Embracing her as queen of our home is a profound way to invite her presence into our lives, uniting us more deeply with the kingdom she and her Son so lovingly reign over. Blessed virgin Mary, queen of heaven and earth, pray for us!

Contact: Maria & Reinaldo Rojas [email protected]

 

Small Groups

Small Groups is a new ministry. Ron and I live across the parking lot in 5 Towns and will be starting the first Small Group meetings with residents of our community, in September. All of you are invited to form and join small groups throughout the Holy Cross parish family.

The goal of this ministry is:

  • to bring parishioners together in a small group setting in someone’s home,
  • to build friendships with others who share our faith,
  • to talk about how our faith applies to our daily lives, what God is doing in our lives, and
  • to grow in faith, love, support and encouragement for one another.

We have experienced a deep personal tragedy and know that being in the company of people of faith, who care about you, and understand  your difficulties, can be tremendously uplifting. A person could attend a Small Group meeting, for example, and prefer not to even speak, but just listen, and still benefit from the presence and blessings of the Holy Spirit upon everyone who is present. We know from experience how powerful is the gift of friends who will laugh with you, and provide support, encouragement, and prayer through all the ups and downs of life.

We invite everyone to consider joining, or becoming a leader, of a Small Group. We would be happy to answer your questions and provide more information. You can call the office and leave a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, forms will be available in the narthex for you to take home, complete, and return to the church so we can contact you if you have some interest. Thank you very much.

Contact: Debbie & Ron Meledandri [email protected]

 

Spiritual Direction

The spiritual direction ministry at Holy Cross is committed to creating a sacred space where you can explore your faith journey openly and with deep spiritual companionship. Your relationship with God is at the heart of every conversation with your spiritual director, and our spiritual directors are here to facilitate and guide this intimate connection. While they may offer prayer suggestions, their primary mission is to empower you to discover God's presence in all aspects of your life, thereby enriching your faith experience. We encourage you to reflect on this opportunity, and when you feel ready, please don't hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment with a spiritual director at your convenience, embarking on a journey of spiritual growth and insight. 

Contact: Laura McKenna [email protected]