Final days of Lent - and reflections on St. Maximilian Kolbe relics

Also - Time to sign up for the Durham CROP Hunger Walk


Just in case you haven't see other announcements ... remember to move your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 AM Sunday, March 13 and ends at the same time on Sunday, November 6. 


We are entering our final days of Lent, and next Sunday, March 20, we will be celebrating Palm Sunday. Every household with children knows about the Easter Bunny - and Holy Cross will have its annual Barbara Graham Easer Egg Hunt on March 26 (check back later for details), but these final weeks of Lent offer opportunities for ongoing faith formation that brings us back to focusing on the Triduum - the three days that begin with Holy Thursday, continue through Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Sunday morning's celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Final details for Triduum services at Holy Cross will be in next weekend's message. In the meantime, you can read about the Triduum on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's website. 

The March edition of NC Catholic has a number of stories for these coming weeks, including one about incorporating faith-development practices into your family time ... and here's one about The Resurrection of Jesus: The Core of our Faith. It includes a sidebar about palm weaving.

One last NC Catholic story to point out describes the process of restoring stained glass windows that will be used in the new cathedral. They had been made in the 1920s for a church in Philadelphia. It's an interesting read for those who like art and church history - or for children who are just curious about stained glass windows. Our own diocese made a bit of history this week when the dome was lifted to the top of the new cathedral framework. WRAL recorded it. Brings back memories of those old erector sets ... only on a massive scale, of course. 


Whether you like to walk or prefer to cheer others on and offer your sponsorship support, you can help the Durham CROP Hunger Walk raise funds to help alleviate hunger in Durham and globally. CROP stands for Communities Helping to Relieve Hunger. Read about this global program that has been working to alleviate hunger since the 1960s.

You can support the Holy Cross team or individual Holy Cross walkers by making a donation online or by making a donation in person when asked for sponsorship by a team member. If donating online, just type Holy Cross Catholic Church or the name of the parish 'walker' that you'd like to sponsor into the search bar at the top of the web page. You also can get your walking shoes ready and join the Holy Cross CROP walk team, and gather up pledges of your own. Joyce Ellis and Debbie Hilliard will be in the gathering space this weekend to register walkers ... and the walkers will be seeking sponsors, donor envelopes in hand. It's a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon - rain or shine! 

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE | Prayers and Reflections

Holy Cross had a great many visitors from many parishes in the region - including Fayetteville and Fuqua Varina - during the three-day stop of the Relics of St. Maximilian Kobe Pilgrimage. Several people had requested the Litany and other documents used during the reflections and services. These are attached. Watch for a summary of Fr. Andy's homily in the near future.

Kolbe Reading One | Kolbe Reading Two | Litany of St. Maximilian Kolbe 

GARDENING UPDATE | And a request for your 'sprouted' potatoes

Planting potatoes on Good Friday seems to be a farming tradition throughout the country - sometimes praised, sometimes not. In this region, this year, we've had a good bit of warm weather this past week, but can anticipate a bit more cool weather before the summer heat kicks in. So, we are planning to plant some potatoes on Good Friday. 

We did get a good bit of the cool weather greens and seeds planted, and several trays of starters to be transplanted later - tomatoes, peppers and more. You can read about our great garden kickoff day last Sunday. We are still collecting sprouted potatoes for the garden. If your kitchen has potatoes that have sprouted, don't toss them; bring them to church and put them in the 'Sprouted Potato' basket that's on a counter near the door. They'll be planted on Good Friday - or sooner. The garden committee also welcomes any extra plants that you may accumulate as you work in your own gardens. We're creating flower beds for use in the church, so welcome any extras or transplants you may accumulate as you thin out or plant your garden. And remember - all are welcome to join the Holy Cross Garden Committee - for an hour, a day, or the full season. - Garden Committee update






Tags: NC Catholic magazine, Holy Cross Community Garden, Garden, Triduum, Easter, Durham Crop Walk, Maximilian Kolbe, Lent

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