HOLY CROSS ENEWS | March 3, 2016

In this issue:
BAA reminder | Garden Sunday (teens, other youth, adults) | KC's Fish Fry and Stations of the Cross | Maximilian Kolbe Relics Schedule (updated) | Lenten Communal Penance Service .. and more 

RESOURCES FOR THOSE IN NEED | Bishop's Annual Appeal

"Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least of my brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40

Back in January the bishop, through a video presentation asked all of his parishioners to prayerfully consider donating to the 2016 Bishop's Annual Appeal. Throughout the past two months I have reminded, asked, and in a half jest, whole-hearted way pleaded with you to participate in this wonderful endeavor to help the poor, the marginalized, and the youth. We are just over half way through the initial appeal and with seven weeks to go to reach a goal of $46,187.00, we have pledged $3225.00. In other words, we have less than two months to pledge $42,962.00.

The Bishop's Annual Appeal is a yearly event that each parish is obligated to participate in, so I am here with a BAA update and a request. Please fill out your pledge cards and send in them in to our office, or drop them in the collection basket during mass. 

As was stated in the video, every cent that is donated to the Annual Appeal goes directly to organizations that minister to the poor and to the homeless. Nothing goes towards the diocesan operating budget or towards the Cathedral Building Project. All monies go towards the poor and marginalized.

Finally, I know that we have just SUCCESSFULLY completed an initial campaign to raise our offertory. And for your promised generosity I am truly grateful and humbled. And now I am asking you to continue that generosity with the Annual Appeal. Every little bit helps. If every family gives something, we can show the bishop that we are 100% behind his efforts to help the poor and marginalized. So please, give prayerful consideration to donating to the Bishop's Annual Appeal. View a diocesan update and the video and donate-on-line option

Fr. Andy
TIME TO START THE GARDEN | Sunday, March 6 after Mass & Fellowship
Holy Cross teens and youth: Garden seeds are in, so it's time to put the cold crops in the ground. You are all welcome to join the Parish Garden Group in planting cabbage, lettuce, radish and more .... and to start trays of seeds that will become starters to be planted later this spring. 

All adults interested in the Parish Garden Group are invited to come out to the garden after getting a refreshment at First Sunday Fellowship.  Bring a change of clothes and come prepared to spend 30-60 minutes helping get the garden off to a good start for this year!
OUR LENTEN JOURNEY | Add at least one thing as you continue your journey toward Easter

Interest has been growing so the original schedule has been extended to allow more time for personal veneration and reflection. See below:

Friday, March 4 | 9 AM - 3 PM  and 7 PM - 8 PM
Saturday, March 5 | 11 AM - 6 PM, with a special service, 11 AM - 12 PM
Sunday, March 6 | 9 AM - 1 PM, with remarks during the homily

Special Events 

Check the diocesan Communal Reconciliation Services schedule for opportunities for this Sacrament in the area.

KC's Fish Fry | Friday, March 4, 5-7:30 PM, $8 per plate, eat in or carry out. Proceeds support seminarians in the diocese. Eat in, then come with your children to the Stations of the Cross. Deacon Phil will offer a brief explanation to help them understand this special service. Spend some time in prayer before the Relics of St. Maximilian as well. 

First Weekend Fellowship | After Mass this weekend

Gardening Kick-off Sunday | March 6, 11:30 AM - take a few minutes for fellowship and a snack, then change into garden clothes and head out to help plant the first of the cold crops - lettuce, radishes, collards - and plant starter plants that will go into the garden later. Younger children will help with the starter plants; teens, older children will be in the garden. All members of the Parish Garden Project are welcome to meet at a table during Fellowship to get acquainted and started planning for the growing season. Look for Anna Rzewnicki and Deacon Phil.

Sprouted potatoes in your kitchen? Bring them to the 'sprouted potatoes' basket in the Holy Cross kitchen, starting this weekend. We'll be planting them on Good Friday.  

Scripture reading and discussion | Wednesdays, 6:30 PM

Stations of the Cross followed by Exposition and Benediction | Fridays, 7 PM 


Durham Crop Hunger Walk | March 20, 9:30 AM - 12 PM. Join the Holy Cross Crop Walk team this year, and help to end hunger one step at a time. Haven't done this before? Need an update? View details  and talk with Deborah Hilliard and Joyce Ellis, Holy Cross coordinators. Great family event. Not interested in walking? Then consider making a donation by sponsoring a Holy Cross walker. Watch for details coming soon.

Save the Date for VBS at Holy Cross |  June 13-16. The theme this year is Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace. Invite friends, family to attend with your children.


Breakfast of Champions | March 4, 7 PM | A presentation by the Cardinal Gibbons High School's Mixed, Women's and Men's Chorale Ensembles. Admission is free.

National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS | begins Sunday, March 6. The week begins with a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church and ends on Thursday, March 10, with a service at Emmanuel AME Zion Church. Donations of nonperishable foods and household product will be accepted at Antioch Baptist Church, on March 12 until 9 AM. Call 919-402-1881 to have donations picked up.

Padre Pio Mass | March 19, 9 AM, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Raleigh. Sponsored by the Padre Pio Prayer Group. Rosary and prayers will follow Mass. This Mass is celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes on the third Saturday of each month. Details

Durham Senior Games and Silver Arts | Begins April 18; registration deadline, March 25, 5 PM. For all adults age 50+. Details at Durham Parks and Recreation or contact Dreda Guion at Holy Cross. View a YouTube video about this annual event. 

Women's Cursillo Weekend | March 31-April 3, Short Journey Center, Smithfield. Details and registration info Questions? Ask Deacon Phil or Anna Rzewnicki  

Project Rachel Weekend Retreat | April 29-May 1, for men and women suffering from an abortion. Location: Avila Retreat Center. Registration deadline is April 15. Details: send a message to Project Rachel.