Pastoral Council

Connecting across all parish ministries, groups and other stewardship activities.

The Pastoral Council at Holy Cross is a conduit of information between the various ministries and groups within the parish and the pastor of the parish. The council aims to encourage and support good stewardship principles among parishioners through active involvement in the parish's many ministries and groups. 

Minutes of the Pastoral Council will be posted in the sidebar of this page, so that the parish community can be informed. 

We Need You for the Pastoral CouncilNominations being accepted now 

Holy Cross will have three vacant positions on the Pastoral Council effective July 1 and is currently soliciting self-nominations to fill these vacancies. Holy Cross parishioners who are age 18 or older, baptized Catholics, active members of the parish, and not an employee of the parish are encouraged to consider this opportunity to be of service to their faith community.

Those who are interested, after prayerful discernment, are encouraged to download and complete this brief nomination form and return it to the box in the Gathering Space by Sunday, April 7, 2019. 

Following are expectations for Holy Cross Pastoral Council members.

  • Enthusiasm about the future direction of the parish.
  • Commit to attend regularly scheduled 60- to 90-minute meetings on the second Tuesdays of the month and any called special meeting with a three-day notice.   
  • Willingness to attend a Pastoral Council half-day retreat and orientation/training.
  • Willingness to listen, to speak respectfully and honestly, and to work through discernment to reach a consensus.
  • Ability to work well with others, to be flexible, and to be open with people and and their ideas.
  • Ability to articulate Pastoral Council actions and goals to parishioners.
  • Ability to inspire and empower others.

Holy Cross Mission Statement

Holy Cross Church was founded by the Society of Jesus to serve the African American Catholics of Durham. We are a people baptized in Christ. We gather to worship the Lord in joy, to proclaim the Gospel, and to serve the Durham community, as well as, the needs of the whole people of God. Our special character as an African American parish continues to shape our worship, our ministries, and our contribution to the wider church.


Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes 2019
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