Live Lent this Year

Set aside time to build your friendship with God

Live Lent 2018: Shift the focus to what you do

Lent this year starts on February 14 – Valentine’s Day – a day when we setting aside time to do something special for those we care about.

Holy Cross invites members of the parish – and the greater community – to take that idea to the next level, to set aside time to build your friendship with God by participating in a faith-sharing discussion group and our Parish Revival. 

LIVE LENT: Small-group Faith Sharing

The Holy Cross Spirituality Committee, starting the weekend of January 27-28, is signing up individuals to participate in small group discussions as part of the parish’s Live Lent program. They also are asking for several volunteers to serve as group leaders. Leaders and group members will be using materials from the Live Lent program developed by RENEW International.

What does this involve? Participants will:

  • Gather weekly in small groups
  • Get inspired by the Sunday Gospel readings
  • Explore Old Testament Insights
  • Reflect and pray each day of the week
  • Take action in everyday life

The goal of Live Lent is to help participants make the most of this season of preparation for Easter and spiritual renewal. It also will help individuals prepare their minds and hearts for the Holy Cross Parish Revival in March (see more below). 

The Live Lent program is being presented by the Holy Cross Spirituality Committee. Ask any member of the committee if you have questions. Members are Vera Alston, Laurence Batterson, Eric and Lori Crump, Helen Hudson, Sara Reams, Deacon Phil Rzewnicki, Joe Spina and Ava Thompson. You can also send an email message to Ava Thompson at (Ava also leads the parish's Peace, Justice and Human Concerns Commission.)

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be prayed Fridays during Lent, starting at 7:00 p.m. and concluding with Benediction. Deacon Phil will preside, inviting participants to lead prayers at the stations. Children are welcome!

PARISH REVIVAL: Three Evenings in March: Save the Date!

Brother Douglas McMillan, OFM, Conv.Brother Douglas McMillan OFM Conv., is a religious brother and member of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, the same province as our pastor, Fr. Andrew Santamauro, OFM Conv.  

Religious Brothers serve in varied Apostolates. Br. McMillan is a speaker, presenter and spiritual director. He is stationed at the Shrine of St. Anthony In Ellicott City, Maryland, which offers a place to experience the Spirit in a powerful way.

He will be presenting the parish Revival on the evenings of March 6, 7 and 8 at Holy Cross.

The Holy Cross and other choirs will be sharing their musical gifts during the retreat, and a reception after the final session will provide opportunities for fellowship. This retreat is open to all. Additional details will be posted here as they become available.


Following is the schedule of Lenten Reconciliation Services at Piedmont Deanery parishes in the diocese.

2/20 | 7pm - St. Mary and Edward Roxboro - English & Spanish

2/20 | 7pm - Holy Family Hillborough - English & Spanish

2/27 | 7pm - St. James Henderson - English & Spanish

2/28 | 7pm - Immaculate Conception - Durham English & Spanish

3/5 | 7 pm - St. Matthew Durham - English & Spanish

3/6 | 7 pm - St. Bernadette Butner - English & Spanish

3/13 | 7 pm - St. Thomas More Chapel Hill - English & Spanish

3/19 | 7 pm - St. Julia Siler City - English & Spanish

3/20 | 7 pm - Duke Catholic Center Durham - English & Spanish

3/21 | 7 pm - Newman Catholic Center Chapel Hill - English & Spanish


The Holy Cross RCIA team has been meeting regularly since last fall with five adults as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation or to become full members of the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil Mass. Please continue to keep them in prayer.

Ash Wednesday, February 14: Mass and ash distribution will be at 8 a.m. As Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, the Liturgy of the Word with ash distribution will be at 12:15 p.m. (no evening service).


  • Holy Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
  • Good Friday, March 30, 3 p.m.  
  • Easter Vigil, March 31: 8:30 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday Mass, April 1: 10:00 a.m.

Lenten resources:

  • Parish LIVE Lent small group faith-sharing program
  • Parish REVIVAL
  • A supply of the Little Black Book Lenten devotional booklet will be provided for the parish.
  • An overview of Lent and reflections that you may find helpful as you enter into this season. Click here to view or download and print. 
  • Reconciliation Services in the Deanery: Details to come when available. Note that Reconciliation hours at Holy Cross are 4:15 p.m. Saturday, prior to the 5 p.m. Mass.


Sunday, February 25 - 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Holy Cross.

Join us as we bring our diocesan celebration of Black History Month to a musical close with this multicultural celebration, including the following: 

  • AAMEN Gospel Choir
  • Holy Cross Choir
  • Holy Name of Jesus Spiritual choir (with youth ensemble)
  • Holy Name of Jesus Hispanic choir
  • Swahili Community choir


Re-Imagine Evangelizing to a New Generation: Faith Development Day 2018, Thursday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m. at Holy Infant Catholic Church, Durham. Click for details

Piedmont Deanery Reconciliation Services: Details will be provided as they become available. Remember: Holy Cross reconciliation is available Saturdays, 4:15 p.m., prior to the 5:00 p.m. Mass. The reconciliation room is on the right as you enter the sanctuary.

Mother-Daughter Tea: a “girl only” event designed to address the topic of adolescence for girls in grades 6-8, Saturday February 3, 2018, 9:00am until 1:00pm at Saint Mark Catholic Church and Feb. 17 at St. Michael's in Cary. Click for details

Doorways: There are several Doorways programs scheduled in the diocese, starting with The Creed, a session that presents a theological foundation in the doctrine of the faith. Participants will deepen their knowledge of the basic beliefs stated in the Creed. Various dates, locations. Check the diocesan website for details about this and other Doorways sessions.

Safe Environment Training, Feb. 1, 12-2:00 p.m., St. Michael, Cary, for those whose parish work brings them in contact with children. Click for details

Tags: mall-group faith sharing, Parish REVIVAL, Musical Black History Month Celebration

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