Celebrating our diversity with a Caribbean Mass

Connecting with our parish history

Holy Cross Catholic Church is holding its Sixth Annual Caribbean Mass at 10:00 AM on June 5, 2016. The Mass showcases the diversity of cultures represented in the parish by adding Caribbean syncopation and rhythms to the hymns. There will be a reception for Holy Cross parishioners following Mass with Caribbean-style dishes prepared and served by members of Holy Cross who are from the Caribbean region.

The Caribbean Mass honors the memory of Dr. Norman Cordice, an early organizer and founding member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. On December 25, 1939, he hosted the first Mass for what has become the Holy Cross community; the Mass was held at his dental office in Durham.

Born in St. Vincent, West Indies, Dr. Cordice came to the United States as a teenager and attended Meharry University in Nashville, Tenn., before moving to Durham to start his dental practice. From that first Mass on Christmas Day until his death in 1987, he was an active member of the parish.

A growing Caribbean connection 

In 2010, eight Holy Cross parishioners asked to have a Mass that reflected some of their home country culture as a way to celebrate both this aspect of the parish’s cultural diversity and Dr. Cordice’s role as a founding member. The first annual Caribbean Mass was held on August 28, 2011, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his death.

Holy Cross now has a number of parishioners with cultural roots in the Caribbean region, including Antigua, Belize, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, St. Croix, St. Kitts and Trinidad.

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