Hospitality and Fellowship
“When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.” (Mt. 25:35)
Jesus teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least among us, we welcome Christ Himself.
Hospitality is a gift from God and an expression of a joyful heart. God gives His love to each one of us. As God loves us, He calls us to love one another. When we share God’s love by making all feel welcome and important, that love grows and multiplies. If we share the gift of hospitality, we try to help all in our parish family believe that, “We are pilgrims on a journey; we are travelers on the road; we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.” Sometimes this means a genuine smile during the exchange of peace at Mass. Sometimes it is in helping with coffee and donuts or setting up for various functions. Sometimes it may be inviting others to join a ministry you enjoy. As members of the Church of the Holy Cross, we all need to work to help assure that, “All are welcome in this place.”
The Church of the Holy Cross Altar Society is comprised of all women of the parish 18 years and older. The mission of the Altar Society is to provide the needs and supplies of the altar and sanctuary. The Altar Society is tasked with purchasing the bread, wine, altar linens, vestments, candles, and other necessities for the altar. General Altar Society meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Tuesday evening of the month. The Altar Society assists in organizing many areas of fellowship that encourage spiritual growth through faith and socialization.
Under the General Altar Society, there are four Circles, which meet in effort to fulfill specific needs of the church or to fulfill a specific mission. It is also a wonderful way to develop Christian friendships and enjoy religious activities. Circle meetings are held both during the day and/or in the evening to accommodate the Circle member’s schedules.
Altar Society Circles
Altar Society Page Circles are composed of Altar Society members with their own autonomy and meet regularly in fellowship to assist the main body of the Altar Society in its functions. Holy Cross currently has four different circles, including a circle for stay-at-home moms (Holy Family).
Monthly book discussions are open to all men and women who like to read and who enjoy a lively conversation of thoughts, opinions and relevant experiences. Reading a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, the structure is a very casual, friendly discussion. To join, just read the recommended book (see the web site for each title and an excerpt) and then come to the scheduled discussion. We usually meet the last Tuesday of the month, at 7 pm in the lower level of Holy Cross.
Catholic Divorce Ministry
Catholic Divorce Ministry (CDM) needs volunteers to help start the ministry to bring support within our parish to those suffering the grief of the end of a marriage.
If not yourself, do you know of someone who has survived divorce, is an active Catholic, and wants to support others beginning the painful process of separation and divorce? A volunteer can start slowly—ideally working within our parish to get support groups opened. CDM can grow faster if only we can find blessed volunteers willing to serve. Please call the parish office or Fr. Roger.
Coffee & Donuts
A variety of groups are involved in hosting coffee and donuts each week. All parishioners are invited to the lower level of church following the 9:00 AM Mass each Sunday morning for coffee, donuts, and fellowship. Volunteers to serve are organized by the Altar Society.
Newsletter: Our Parish Newsletter “Crossings” is published bi-monthly. Articles are submitted from ministries within the parish along with articles from Holy Cross School and Trinity Jr/Sr High. Volunteers write, print and publish our newsletter.
Website: The parish website, www.holycross-hutch.com, provides online information about the parish and its activities, as well as suggested resources for religious study. Ministry schedules are posted as well as the weekly bulletin and “Crossings”.
Twitter: The parish twitter feed includes upcoming events reminders and photos of current events. Feed often includes retweets of national and international Catholic current events.
Facebook: The parish Facebook needs volunteers to post photos, reminders, current events and links to national current events
Harvest House is an organization whose members are fifty-five years of age or older. Our mission is to provide a social organization for seniors to encourage them to remain active, make new friends and enjoy fun filled activities. We do activities outside of the building including social, religious and community related experiences. We welcome all three parishes to come join us for the get together & socialize.
Everyone is equal & loved, come have fun with us.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service Organization dedicated to the Church and Community. Members participate in various activities throughout the year supporting the Church, Catholic Education, Birthright, Respect Life organizations, Seminarians, Mentally Handicapped, local youth, and many other noteworthy projects. Monthly meetings bring members together to conduct business and promote fraternity.
More information: Knights of Columbus Page
Prodigal Prayer Group
What do you call a loved one who never goes to Mass, only attends Mass at Easter or Christmas or professes they are no longer Catholic? The correct term is a prodigal. This situation is not hopeless and you are not helpless. Many prayers have been offered and answered in our group which is for anyone who has struggled with the anxiety of loss of family church members. We have discovered the act of praying for them helps us to learn to let God direct them in His own way, which is not always our way. Tri-Parish Prodigal Prayer Groups. Our Lady of Guadalupe (Church) Tuesday 6:00 pm, Holy Cross (lower level) Wednesday 10:15 am and St Teresa (Adoration Chapel) Thursday 5:00 pm. every week.
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Large Quilts The mission of this ministry is to present queen-sized quilts to Parish Organizations to use for their fundraising. We ask these organizations to only pay for having this item quilted, which is minimal. The group benefits by enjoying a close bond with fellow quilters. We usually meet once a week to work together in our homes. We need those who can sew, cut, or iron, with all levels of ability welcomed.
For the most part, we use fabrics donated to us by parishioners. We welcome any fabric you’d like to pass onto us.
Lap Blankets These quilters work independently in their own homes to make lap blankets for shut-ins in retirement homes as well as those being cared for at home. The Eucharistic Ministers for the Homebound deliver these blankets to our parishioners. We also pass them onto Catholic patients at the Hospice House. Two of our parishioners attend to any Catholic coming to the Hospice House. They receive our blessed blankets and a blessed medal and scapular. When the person attended has died, the family has the blanket as a memory of the outreach and care offered by Holy Cross.
The fabric is cut to size and ready for you to sew. The finished product is about 40” x 50”. It’s fun and easy sewing.
Large Quilts: Emily Arpin
The mission of the Shawl Ministry is to knit or crochet shawls that can be given for: undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress, nursing a baby, bridal shower or wedding gift, ordination, there are endless possibilities! We all need a little extra care now and then and know you are being prayed for by the person making the shawls. It is a gift freely given with no strings attached. Before one begins the knitting or crocheting process, a prayer can be said dedicating the work of your hands and the intentions of the receiver. Made in prayer, as prayer, for prayers; the shawls are passed on hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart.
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Have you ever had to move to a different location? This can be a blessing and a wonderful adventure, or it can be daunting and lonely---especially if you do not feel welcomed by those in a new parish. Hospitality is an important Biblical principle. Hebrews 13:1-2 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! We each need to reach out to those we don’t know or recognize each week at Mass. Even if they have been in the parish for 15 years, now you have a new acquaintance. However, if the persons are new, you will have made them feel welcome at Holy Cross, and probably have made their day.
The members of the Welcome Committee make a special effort to make all new to the parish feel a part of their new church family. We make phone calls, visit with newcomers, take a gift (created by the committee), and answer questions. We try to make the move and adjustment easier and a wonderful experience. Please join us to welcome all.