Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 27 - August 2, 2014
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 You can choose to do a one-time gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system.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 you wish to switch to Online Giving just contact the parish office to let us know, and then sign up for the new program following the steps above. Call 630-879-4750 ext. 101, or email Pat Noerr at: 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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by Fr. Keith Romke
As I sat down to begin writing this week's column, I received a text message with following quote: "Quit running away from everything and start running toward something." I think that this quote can be a very helpful thing to keep in mind when pondering vocational discernment. I frequently encounter young men who are fairly certain that they are called to the priesthood, yet are unwilling to take the final step to enter seminary because they are not 100% sure that it is where they are called. While this may initially make sense, I believe it could be likened to a young man waiting to ask a young lady out on a date until he is 100% positive that she is the one whom he is called to marry. This, of course, would be silly, because the point of dating is to further discern if one is called to marriage with that individual. In light of this, I believe that if one has been discerning a particular call for quite some time yet is not yet 100% sure, they should run toward it and see what happens. If it ends up being a good fit, then it is a great thing, if it ends up not working out, then it is still a good thing because it will have served to narrow one’s options. So today, be not afraid to run toward wherever you feel the Lord calling!
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.