Exploring Franciscan Spirituality, Youth Opportunities, Spaghetti Supper, our Parish Pastoral Plan, Bishop's Annual Appeal

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Explore Franciscan Spirituality

Holy Cross joined the global Franciscan community with the arrival of Fr. Andy Santamauro a few years ago. To help Holy Cross parishioners - and any others in the area - learn more about Franciscan spirituality, the parish's Spirituality Committee has scheduled a number of events.

Next up: The opportunity to read and discuss a book by one of the Franciscan community's most noted authors, Fr. Richard Rohr. Holy Cross is forming reading/discussion groups that will enable individuals to read and then reflect and discuss in small groups on the content of Fr. Rohr's book, "Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go" - and how it might inform our individual spiritual growth.

Plan to attend our Franciscan Spirituality Reading Group launch this Monday evening, Jan. 23, 6:30 PM in our parish hall. All are welcome to participate. Invite others in the community that may be interested. Read more about this event.

SAY IT LOUD! Holy Cross Youth Spring Trip to DC

Our pariish's Faith Formation team is completing plans for the 2017 Spring Youth Trip to D.C. They willl be visiting the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, touring the Basilica at the Catholic University and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., monument and celebrating Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church, among other activities. They also will have a private college tour at Howard University. Cost per youth is $300 including lodging, two meals, and activities. 

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Knights of Columbus #3390 has scheduled a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the Holy Cross Spring Youth Trip. Plan to support this effort by taking a night off from cooking at home and buying a spaghetti dinner at Holy Cross. 

Spaghetti Dinner Details:

Friday, February 3. 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Holy Cross Parish Hall

  • Buy tickets in advance; $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 3-12; $20 per family
  • Buy tickets at the door: $6 for adults; $4 for children; $25 per family

Holy Cross HBCU College Fair: Igniting the Flame for Higher Education

Holy Cross is co-sponsoring a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Fair. The event is being hosted by the Bull City Youth Group. Details follow:

When: Saturday, February 18, 1:30-3:30 PM
Where: 2438 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, NC
For: Middle School and High School Students


  • Dr. Allison Mathews, Howard University graduate; Ph.D., sociology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Curtis Byrd, financial advisor; Master's in Accounting, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Jaye Pratt, youth track and fitness coach; NCCU alumnus
  • Landy Tate: MTSU graduate, public relations; NCCU law school

Attendees will also meet with STEAM (science technology, engineering, arts and math) professionals, and receive door prizes. In addition to Holy Cross, sponsors are Triangle City Music, Socialotus Media Group, and Bull City Express Track Club. Register today and follow announcements on Facebook at fb.me/holycrossbullcity.

A Parish Pastoral Plan | Your suggestions are requested

Fr. Andy is developing a Five-Year Pastoral Plan for Holy Cross and he is requesting the input of all parishioners on three key parts of the plan. Please read his blog post for this week and complete the brief online survey. There a link to the survey within Fr. Andy's blog post. 

Bishop's Annual Appeal

The inclement weather at the start of the year delayed the mailing of pledge forms from the diocesan offices for this year's Bishop's Annual Appeal, but the message about the importance of this annual diocesan-wide drive is being shared at all parishes. Fr. Andy's Corner includes blog post about the significance of the annual appeal and the goal set for Holy Cross. Please read Fr Andy's blog post about the BAA and prayerfully consider how you can participate. 



Tags: Youth Trip, Pastoral Plan, Reading Groups, Franciscan Spirituality, spaghetti supper

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