Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
March 2 - March 8, 2014
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Mass
- April 12th, Anticipatory 4:15PM
- April 13th, 6:30AM, 8:00AM, 9:45AM, 11:15AM
Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper
- April 17th, 7:00PM
Good Friday Service, the Passion of the Lord
- April 18th, 12:10PM and 7:00PM
Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass
- April 19th, 7:30PM
Easter Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord Mass
- April 20th, 6:30AM, 8:00AM, *9:30AM*, 11:15AM
*Time change for Easter Sunday only*
Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy - One-Woman Play
Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00 PM at the Batavia Fine Arts Center.
Tickets will be on sale on the parish website, in the narthex, and the parish office beginning March 15th.
Cost: $14 per ticket or $40 per family (immediate family please.)
This is a beautiful one-woman dramatization of the life of St. Maria Faustina. This is a not to be missed evening of faith, prayer, and openness to God.
For more information call the parish office 630-879-4150 or email: email@example.com
Consoling the Heart of Jesus Retreats
Are you hoping to grow in holiness this Lent? If your answer is “Yes,” we have an enriching opportunity to enhance your Lenten journey and lead you closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Prayerfully consider attending one of the weekly sessions of Consoling the Heart of Jesus Retreats, beginning the first week of March and running for ten weeks. The form is similar to the 33 Days of Morning Glory Retreats held here last fall.
New Online Giving at Holy Cross
Holy Cross Parish is now offering Online Giving, a web-based electronic contribution application.
We are providing this service so that you have the options to manage your parish support online or with your offering envelopes. Online Giving allows you to start, stop and change your contributions at any time and it helps you maintain your giving even if you cannot be here at Mass. This allows the parish to better manage our income, especially during bad weather or vacation times. You can choose to do a one-time gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system. Even if you typically use your offering envelopes, you may wish to contribute online to a particular collection. It's easy and convenient. With this new Online Giving you do not have to contact the parish bookkeeper to sign up or make changes. You can use your checking/savings account or major credit cards, and the funds will be automatically transferred to our parish bank account. This system is convenient for the parish and it's convenient for you because you can make changes at any time. You can see reports of your contribution history. Online Giving is very easy to use and requires no special knowledge other than how to access the Internet.
To enroll in Online Giving complete the following steps:
- Go to our parish website: www.holycross-batavia.org
- Click on the link to Online Giving.
- Click on Create New Account and fill in all the information.
- Next you will receive an email to validate your account.
- Log into your Online Giving account.
- Navigate to "My Payment Methods," enter your preference and submit!
Note to those currently using our Electronic Funds Transfer program: You may continue using this method. However, if youwish to switch to Online Giving just contact the parish office tolet us know, and then sign up for the new program followingthe steps above. Call 630-879-4750 ext. 101, or email Pat Noerrat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quiet time spent with the Lord is the best form of prayer. We need a Eucharistic Adorer for a number of hours on our schedule. A list of times is located on the table by the Adoration Chapel. If you can help, contact Patricia Roatch at (630) 879-4750 x-110 or email.
Click here to see the hours of need or for more informaton on Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
We are in urgent need of adorers on:
In addition, Hourly Captains are needed for midnight and 1:00AM. Hourly Captains’ duties are to find a sub when needed for their hour or fill in when a sub cannot be found.
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Parish Gala: Celebrate the Knight
Join Us for our Annual Parish Gala
Celebrate the “Knight”
March 22, 2014 at Piper’s Banquets, Aurora
Purchase your tickets after Mass in the narthex, in the Parish and School Offices or online at: http://www.events.org/holycrossgala
by Fr. Keith Romke
Putting God and Family First
Recently, after hearing that a friend’s young son was feeling called to the priesthood, I told him that as long as he remained close to God and to his family that God would make his vocation clear. He responded with a big smile and stated, “Yep, because those are the two most important things . . . God and family.” This amazingly profound line was followed by a question from his little sister who said, “But what about dogs?” I think that all of us have things like dogs in our lives. We have things that are important to us and that we can’t imagine living without. We might understand that God and Family have to be first but still ask ourselves, “What about work, my hobbies, my happiness, my ideas, and my plans for my life?” All of these things are important, but deep down we know that if God isn’t being put first, then everything else won’t work right! Ultimately this comes down to a question of TRUST! We have to ask, “Do I trust that by putting God and His plans first, that I will, in fact, be choosing what is best for me AND that this will make me the most happy that I can possibly be in this life?” If yes, then proceed forward with joy! If not, don’t worry, prayerfully ask God to teach you to trust . . . and then once the answer becomes yes, you will be filled with peace as you carry out His will for you to love Him and your family.
Prayer for Religious Liberty
Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.