June: Celebrating our Youth, Caribbean Connections, Garden

Special events include Recognition Sunday, a Caribbean Mass, Garden Gatherings

Ah, June! As the weather tries to sort itself out, shifting from hot to cool, very wet to dry, many of us are already in the summer mindset. That includes several parish ministries. 

Youth Ministries

At Holy Cross, it's time to put the spotlight on our youth who are commencing the next stage of their lives. This Sunday, June 11, we have our Graduation Mass and Reception. Congratulations to all our graduates, and best wishes as you begin the next stage of your lives!

It's also time to help our youngest parishioners (ages 3 to 10) to get a solid start on their faith development, with Vacation Bible School, June 13-15. This year, the theme is Rome: Paul and the Underground Church. Our Faith Formation team could use a few more volunteers, and there's still time to register your children. View details here or contact Jeanetta Hopkins. 

Garden Notes

The changeable weather seems to be perfect for the parish's community garden, which has already yielded 22 pounds of produce from two 'Tuesday Harvest' days: greens, beans, squash, a few peppers have been delivered to Catholic Charities the past two Wednesday mornings. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the garden or how you can help (one-time or throughout the summer) is welcome to attend the garden ministry's Second Saturday meetings, after the Vigil Mass. Bring a snack to share, and a change of clothes to tackle a few garden chores, if you have time to stay and help. Volunteers are also welcome to sign up to help with picking veggies and cleaning/packing them for delivery to Catholic Charities by 9 AM Wednesdays. And, of course, volunteers are always welcome to help weed and water. You can adopt a single part of the garden, or just help with whatever needs to be done. Send an email message to Anna Rzewnicki or talk with her or Deacon Phil Rzewnicki after Mass. 

The parish community garden is one of several outreach ministries that help Catholic Charities and other organizations assist in meeting the needs of others. Read about our outreach ministries here. And remember, the needs of others do not disappear with the holidays. Your donations of time, talent and treasure are welcome throughout the year. 

Cabbages and other greensThis year, the garden is also growing a variety of flowers - like these in the vase in our gathering space - for use in the church. The flower garden is outside of the electric fence that protects the vegetables, and includes lots of lillies and other perennials.

Church leaders in charge of flowers for the altar or parish celebrations are welcome to cut flowers from the parish flower garden. The more that the flowers are picked, the more they'll be producing new flowers. Volunteers are welcome to help keep the flower beds weeded and watered. 


Celebrating our Caribbean Roots: June 25 Mass

A number of parishioners moved to the Durham area from the various Caribbean countries, and are part of the history of Holy Cross. Once a year, Holy Cross celebrates this connection with a Caribbean Mass and reception featuring foods from the region. Read about the parish's Caribbean roots and the Caribbean Mass. 


Tags: Holy Cross Community Garden, vacation bible school, VBS, graduation

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