September 17, 2021
Greetings Holy Cross!

This Sunday we will celebrate Holy Cross Day! It takes place on September 14th each year, and so we are merely transferring the feast to this weekend. While we celebrate Christ’s passion and crucifixion on Good Friday, the “Exaltation of the Cross”, or the “Triumph of the Cross” is celebrated and dedicated to the Cross itself as a symbol of salvation. The date we celebrate on may seem odd at first thought. September, after all, is entirely in ordinary time, the post-Pentecost period of the liturgical calendar that is marked by green, whereas Holy Cross’s festal color is red. The date correlates to the completion of construction of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre (September 13th) and it’s consecration with the Cross present the next day (September 14th).

Emperor Constantine initiated an archaeological expedition in 327 AD, guided by Bishop Macarius of Jerusalem. He was empowered by Constantine to discover the Holy Sepulchre, and Constantine’s mother Helena joined them in the quest. Bishop Macarius began excavations of Calvary and Helena found along with the sepulchre the crosses of the two thieves crucified with Jesus, and Christ’s. Macarius determined them to be authentic, and Constantine ordered the construction of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre which stands to this day.

From “Ecclesiastical Histories” by Socrates and Sozomenus, chapter XVII: “Since, however, it was doubtful which was the cross they were in search of, the emperor’s mother was not a little distressed; but from this trouble the bishop of Jerusalem, Macarius, shortly relieved her. And he solved the doubt by faith, for he sought a sign from God and obtained it. The sign was this: a certain woman of the neighborhood, who had been long afflicted with disease, was now just at the point of death; the bishop therefore arranged it so that each of the crosses should be brought to the dying woman, believing that she would be healed on touching the precious cross. Nor was he disappointed in his expectation: for the two crosses having been applied which were not the Lord’s, the woman still continued in a dying state; but when the third, which was the true cross, touched her, she was immediately healed, and recovered her former strength. In this manner then was the genuine cross discovered.”

Perhaps this is all legend, perhaps it is all truth, likelier it is a mix of both. Whatever or however you believe, the message of the Cross is one that emperors, bishops, and ordinary Christians have always sought after, either to control or liberate. What is the message of the Cross to you? How will you carry your Cross? What will others see in your carrying it, miracles, pilgrimage, the upending of the ways of the world? May your contemplation and meditation on the Holy Cross bring your closer to the divinity within yourself and others, and may we be compassionate companions as we walk with Christ, this day and always.

In the hope of the Holy Cross,

Rev Richard
Welcome Finley Dicus

We're delighted to welcome Finley Dicus to Holy Cross and our Tech Team. A message from Finley:

Hello everyone! I’m Finley and I will be taking over the livestream for Miles as he goes off to school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO). I have been friends with Miles and worked with him for many years. Both me and Miles attended Carlsbad High School’s broadcasting program for four years, where I produced the sports live streams for two years. For the next two years I will be attending Mira Costa community college and so will be in the area. I cannot wait to get started here at Holy Cross and meet everyone!
Thank you Miles

Two Sunday's ago was Miles last Sunday with us. Miles has left to begin his studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We give our thanks to Miles and wish him well in his studies and first year of college.
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Worship at Holy Cross
We use a screen to project the service bulletin. If you prefer your own worship booklet please download the booklet using the button below to your phone or tablet, or print a copy at home, and bring it with you. We are doing this for health precautions and to be better stewards of God's creation (reduce paper waste) - thanks for your understanding.
Miss last Sunday's service? Watch it below.
Video on Demand (VOD): All past service video's are available on our YouTube channel here.
Rooted in ancient monastic tradition, this is a perfect way to end the day.
Watch for our mid-week check-in newsletter with the service links.
Christian Formation
We're on hiatus. Look for upcoming information on future programs.
Visioning Ministry
Visioning Updates
September 18th

I met with our new diocesan Canon for Mission Jason Evans before going to Wisconsin. He has been particularly helpful in my thinking about all this and will be there for at least some of the BC retreat in Julian (November 19-21 at Camp Stevens). For one thing, beyond resources I’m now going through, he reframed Holy Cross’s situation to me as less one of a church plant and more of a church redevelopment, or congregational redevelopment. Whatever we choose to do next, it will be less church planting that a redevelopment project for this reason: we have an existing congregation that has been through consequential changes, so we are not starting from scratch, we are adapting to a new way of being, in a new space, place, and mission field. As such, we have a lot of resources at our fingertips to make a successful redevelopment really take off. We’ve seen this in some ways already, between the AV system, the continuity of the Altar Guild, and the congregation that stills shows up on Sunday. We also know that we have a new mission field not just because of the change in location, but because of the new people we’ve seen coming over the past months. This is still during a global pandemic, so the fact that we are still strong in many areas, despite still grieving our former building and the shorter drive for many of us, is a clear sign that the Holy Spirit is with us on this journey.

Church redevelopment was never what any of us thought we’d be doing during my call process with you all, but the pieces are all there for Holy Cross. A faithful community, generous giving, and the ability to broadcast beyond what we had before are all keys to success for our redevelopment. We already have what we need, our quest in visioning is how we apply it to the identity we know we have, and how we might be transformed moving forward. That seems like an attainable, achievable goal for us at Holy Cross!

I also want to thank Tom Mauro and Mae Chao for offering their services as potential members of the Visioning Team along with the Bishop’s Committee. I am still putting together resources for the kickoff Visioning Retreat which will be at Camp Stevens in Julian November 19th-21st. If you are interested, please let me know! The BC will prayerfully discern whom else we might call, as we hope to have five to seven congregants help in this conversation along with he BC.

Re. Richard


Prior Updates
August 6th

As part of our ongoing visioning and discernment for the future, and due to the nature of our question from our Bishop, i.e., does Holy Cross desire to be a church plant of the diocese in Oceanside, I’ve had to adjust aspects of our visioning process. Donald Romanik, who had agreed to lead this process, has agreed to scale back on the long-term (5-10 year) strategic thinking that he typically does. Instead, he will now remain a strategic thinking partner with me moving forward, rather than leading the process for us as a congregation. He is happy to continue in this capacity, and we discussed a couple of innovative possibilities for how Holy Cross can function in the future. More on this to come! To continue reading click here


July 16th

As you all know, the Bishop’s Committee is preparing for a visioning ministry/process to help the congregation determine our calling as a community and how that will relate to any future location. While the Bishop’s Committee and Bishop Susan have the final say on any such matters in terms of decision making, we emphatically want this to be a congregationally informed discussion. The result of this process will be the visioning ministers’ recommendations to the Bishop and the Bishop’s Committee.

Our first step will be to clearly identify our values, who we are, who we want to serve, who we want to become as we grow into our next milestone. continue reading here
Ministries and Outreach
All Saints Cemetery Clean-up

Katie is unable to lead the All Saints Cemetery ministry for the next month. However if anyone would still like to go, John from St. Michael’s, volunteers at the cemetery every Tuesday morning (she haven’t had to unlock the gate herself in months), and it’s a pretty safe bet for anyone who would like to help out, particularly in her absence, to go. Lots of space and fresh air, masks only required if having close conversations.

Contact Katie via call or text at 619.990.2298 or via email at for more information or to let her know you're joining in.
Wounded Warriors

Our Wounded Warrior healthy snacks visits continue twice monthly. Donations in any amount will help offset the difference between food contributions from area merchants and the additional cost of the snacks. We continue to get a warm reception from the Wounded Warrior Battalion staff and the Marines and sailors recovering from wounds, injury and illness. Contact Tom Mauro at 847.989.0305 for more information about this ongoing ministry
You may make a financial donation, via:
  • Check: made out to Holy Cross with “wounded warriors” on the memo line (Please mail your check to the church: 2647 Gateway Rd, Ste 105 #290, Carlsbad, CA 92009 or bring it with you on any Sunday and place it in the collection plate located just inside the the door in the sanctuary);
  • Zelle: (send to: please note “wounded warriors” on the memo/what's this for line;
  • Faithstreet: select "Wounded Warrior Outreach" from the dropdown menu.
Giving and Tithing
Thank you to all for your continued pledges and donations. These are integral to our ability to continue our mission, ministries, as well as to stay current on all of our financial obligations.

If you have not yet pledged, pledges are welcome at any time and you may do so by clicking the button below and completing the online pledge form or click here for a PDF to email to Mike at or mail to the church office at 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009. If you haven't already pledged this year please prayerfully consider supporting this blessed community of faith with a pledge.
MAILING ADDRESS: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009
Please be sure to update your recurring pledge payments to our new mailing address.
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee (BC) meetings are the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. The BC will not meet in August due to summer travel schedules, the next regularly scheduled BC meeting is Thursday, October 21st via Zoom. If there is something for which you wish to bring to the BC's attention, you may reach out to our Wardens, Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho, or any BC member. Their contact information is in the church roster or you may reach them at the church office:

Meetings are open and anyone may attend. Please reach out to Rev Richard for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.
Pastoral Care
Whenever you have a concern or problem you would like to discuss confidentially, when a loved one is ill or has died, or whenever a visit with someone from Holy Cross may be of help to you, please contact Rev. Richard at 715.492.0297 or the church office at 760.930.1270. Our clergy and members of our lay Pastoral Care team are commissioned to bring God’s grace and offer a time of listening, companionship, and prayer with those who are unable to attend worship or otherwise are in need of receiving such care. Short-term counseling, crisis intervention, and referral to other social service providers are also available.
Please hold all on our prayer list in your prayers:
If you would like to be added to the Prayers for Comfort, or would like to add someone else (please get their permission first) or add a family member to the Prayers for the Departed, please contact the church office at: email or 760.930.1270. Please mention 'Prayer List' in the Subject line and include whether the prayer request is for "Comfort" or for the "Departed".

Individuals will remain on the prayer list for 4 weeks. Please contact the office if you wish to have someone added for another 4 weeks.
Prayer for Discernment:
Brian Petersen, Candidate for Holy Orders, as he continues to discern God's call for ordained ministry and as he attends seminary.

Prayers for Thanksgiving
For our hosts at Oceanside Sanctuary, and for this community of Holy Cross.

Prayers for Comfort:
For for Randy, Art, Tom, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Jen, Ruth, Dawn, Michael, Brian, Barb, Mia, Betty, Ray & Karen, Bruce, Grayson & Abrienne, Betty, Craig & Keith, the McCurdy family, Cliff, Richard, Vincent, Belle, Mary, Karin, the people of Afghanistan, all who have been affected by the hurricanes and flooding, all who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially Pam, Linette, and Carolyn, those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus, and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause.

Prayers for those celebrating Birthdays
Marian, Edie, Emily, Jean, Allyson

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
Patrick & Kylie

Prayers for those Traveling
Notes of Care
Thinking of you. Humming bird watercolor card illustration
If you would like to be added, or suggest someone to be added (please get their permission first) to Notes of Care please contact the church office at: or 760.930.1270

Note: If you have lost a member of your family and would like us to include you and your family in "Notes of Care" please provide the name and relationship of your loved one, the date they entered into glory, and the address of where you would like notes of care sent.
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers those who are unable to be with us in worship and reach out to them to let them know they are missed.

Tom Andreas
1930 W San Marcos Blvd Spc 234
San Marcos, CA. 92078

Arlene Cull
4714 Athos Way
Oceanside, Ca 92056

Allen & Cathie Zych
4014 Layang Layang Circle #J
Carlsbad, CA. 92008

In the Diocese and Beyond
As we move through the Season of Creation this fall, the EDSD Creation Care Task Force and a number of churches in our Diocese are hosting events, services, and more to help us engage in learning and work focused on care for the earth, one of God’s most precious gifts to us. Here is the complete calendar of offerings. To learn more about the EDSD Creation Care Task Force, contact Deann Rios at
Diocesan Vaccination Policies for Staff and Events
by Bishop Susan Brown Snook

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has been committed to loving God and our neighbors through public health policies that help ensure healthy practices within our diocese. Now that the Pfizer vaccination has been fully approved by the FDA, EDSD’s Executive Council met on Saturday, August 28, 2021, and approved a new COVID-19 policy. This policy applies to employees of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, and to diocesan events such as Clergy Conference, Diocesan Convention, and the Good News Festival, until further notice. The diocese is not issuing directives for employees of congregations or for congregational events, but we recommend these policies for your Vestry or Bishop’s Committee to consider adopting or adapting for your congregation. These policies do not apply to events that are organized and managed by outside (though affiliated) groups, such as Cursillo, Episcopal Community Services, or RefugeeNet.
Click here to continue reading
How You Can Help Refugees

The Episcopal Church's refugee resettlement agency, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). EMM, the refugee and migration ministry of The Episcopal Church, needs your support to welcome our Afghan allies to communities across the country. EMM is one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies tasked with the challenging and life-saving work of supporting Afghans who arrive with parolee status. The Afghan Parolee Services program provides very limited support only for parolees for the first 30-90 days; your donations can ensure they have a safe place to live and access to basic needs during and beyond that period. EMM will need to provide at least $3,000 worth of housing and cash assistance for each person arriving on parolee status.  

  • Donate to Neighbors Welcome: Afghan Allies Fund
  • Financial support is critical at this time. Donations to the Neighbors Welcome: Afghan Allies Fund will provide the housing assistance, medical services, and financial support for basic necessities.

  • Map of EMM Affiliate Partners
  • Connect with an EMM local affiliate. Visit affiliate websites, sign up for their emails, and stay tuned for ways you can volunteer to support their work. If you are not near an EMM affiliate, please visit to find opportunities closer to you.

To find out more information or to join our diocese’s interest group on border and migration ministries, please contact our Border and Migration Missioner, Troy Elder, at

How to Help: Members of the Military

Resources for veterans dealing with grief and anger over the situation in Afghanistan are available here through the VA website. Our diocese’s Missioner for Military Ministries, The Rev. Frank Munoz, is also available to talk with any veteran who would like a listening ear. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and shares in the sorrow many veterans are feeling. He will share with our diocese anything he finds about helping with tangible needs of the families of those killed this week. He can be reached at
In all the emergencies that confront us, our faith assures us that Jesus Christ is present with those who suffer. His suffering in his life on earth demonstrates his compassion for our world and the people who are in danger, fear, and pain. May God be with all who suffer in this perilous and conflicted time, and may Christ bring peace and comfort in this stricken world.

Additional Opportunities

Find out how to stay involved in the work of advocacy in ensuring the U.S. government honors its commitments to our Afghan allies at  

To contribute financially to provide for housing, medical and financial support, and expanded community sponsorship to serve our Afghan allies, visit to make a secure donation online, or text “EMMALLIES” to 41444.
Diocesan Convention Changed to Virtual Meeting
Saturday, November 5-6

Diocesan Convention 2021 will be held virtually November 5-6. The virtual environment allows EDSD to provide live workshops and presentations from across the Episcopal Church. With expanded offerings, new workshops, and guest speakers, you can enjoy a safe, educational, and energizing convention from the comfort of home--or as a delegation at church.

While we were all looking forward to an in-person convention this year, the continued uncertainty around the prevalence of COVID variants, partial vaccinations, and concern for public health, the decision was made to host Convention virtually. This change reduced the cost of Convention. EDSD will issue a partial refund to those who have already registered.  

Registered delegates will be provided with a zoom link and voting code via email the week of Convention. Visitors can enjoy the live broadcast through the Diocesan YouTube channel.

Visit for regular updates and registration information.

The Diocesan Convention agenda is listed below. (This agenda may change slightly as we draw closer to the event).

Friday, November 5
2:00 - 5:00pm Convention Workshops
5:15pm Opening Prayer and Conversation between Bishop Susan Brown Snook and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Saturday, November 6
8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am Convention Opening Worship
10:30am Business of Convention begins

Please email the Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty, with any questions regarding convention deadlines.
Good News Festival Rescheduled to Dec. 2022!
As you know, our diocese has been looking forward to welcoming Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for a Revival here in the Diocese of San Diego this year. We have also been keeping a close eye on the COVID situation, as we want to make sure that our festival gathering is safe for all involved. After prayer and careful consultation, we have decided to reschedule the Good News Festival for Dec. 9-11, 2022. Presiding Bishop Curry is still coming, and the Town & Country has graciously agreed to honor our commitment, one year later. While it’s disappointing to reschedule, we want to make sure that our event is held as safely as possible, with the opportunity for a large group to gather in person and celebrate. We thank co-chairs Susan Jester and Martin Hall, and the committee they are leading, for all the great work that has gone into planning so far!
The extra year will offer us an opportunity to reboot the Year of Evangelism. Originally scheduled for 2021, our ability to do some of the things we had hoped for in the Year of Evangelism has been limited by COVID restrictions. Stay tuned for more information about a Year of Evangelism in 2022 that will include revival opportunities in congregations, training and support in doing evangelism in your communities, and other ways to grow in faith and discipleship! We are praying for a true spirit of renewal to come into our diocese as we emerge from this COVID time. In 2022, more than ever, our communities will need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ!

If you have questions regarding the festival, please feel free to contact the Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty, who is always happy to help.
Humor Corner
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: The Rev. Richard Hogue - **
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Walter Edelman
** office hours: Sunday - Thursday 9 am - 5pm. Fridays and Saturdays are his Sabbath days. Rev. Richard will always be available for pastoral emergencies regardless of the day, but asks that you understand he will not be responding to general emails, text messages or phone calls on his Sabbath days as he is trying to get the rest that God requires of all of us.

Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl
AV Tech Guru: Jack Cater
AV Tech Asst: Miles Fesler

Leadership - Bishop's Committee ("BC")
Sr. Warden: Karen Sanchez -
Jr. Warden: Katie Ho
Members at large: Mike Collier, Marci Stafford
Treasurer: Larry Sebastian
Clerk: Robyn Hill

Contact information:

Church office: 760.930.1270
Mailing address: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, CA. 92009
To contact any of our clergy, staff, or BC members that do not have an email address listed above please use the church email address, your message will be forwarded to the individual. If you wish to contact them in confidence please indicate that in your message and we will ask the individual to contact you.

As a reminder, due to COVID-19, staff is working remotely. The office email and voice mail is monitored regularly. In the event of a pastoral emergency please contact Rev. Richard directly.

*** To contact the Bishop's office or another member of the diocesan staff ("EDSD"):
EDSD phone: 619-291-5947
EDSD staff directory:

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