Parish News Blog for June 2018

Gardening, Student Recognition, more

It's Gardening Season for the Peace, Justice and Human Concerns Commission

The first crop of the season has been harvested, and there's plenty more coming, thanks to this spring's abundant rainfall - and the planned installation of a drip irrigation system to keep the garden evenly watered throughout the growing season (donations are welcome to help cover the cost). 

Parishioners are invited to check out the garden after the First Weekend Receptions and Garden Tours following the June 2 and 3 Masses (this Saturday and Sunday). Members of the garden committee are co-hosting the receptions following the both liturgies, and several members will be in the garden showing people around. It will also be an opportunity to learn how youth and adults can participate.

Photo of Warren Harris, Catholic Charities Staff Member, with Garlic HarvestWarren Harris, with another member of the Catholic Charities staff at its Durham office, received the first delivery of produce from the Holy Cross Garden on May 29. The 90-plus garlic bulbs had been growing in the garden since last fall, and were harvested and delivered this week - 17 pounds' worth. 

There's quite a variety growing in this year's garden: cherry and regular tomatoes; several varieties of sweet and hot peppers; kale and collards; bush beans and pole beans, sweet and red potatotes and eggplants; leeks, onions and bunching onions; lettuce, spinach and radishes; cantelopes and cucumbers; red and sweet potatoes; flowers and herbs, and more.

Sharing with our homebound parishioners

The garden committee welcomes those visiting the homebound of our parish to stop by the garden to pick a few vegetables, flowers and herbs for those they are visiting. Those decorating the altar and tables for Mass and receptions are also welcome to pick flowers from the flower bed located at the entrance to the garden (the more flowers that are picked, the more flowers we'll have bloomig all summer). For assistance, contact Anna or Deacon Phil Rzewnicki - or come to this weekend's Garden Tours. 

The garden has a number of new members this season but more volunteers are always welcome, especially to help with harvesting, rinsing and packing the produce on Tuesday evenings, and weeding and replanting throughout the growing season.

Youth Recognition

June also is the time the parish recognizes our youth for their achievements in the past year. All parish youth are encouraged to download and complete this Youth Recognition Form and turn it in by 5 p.m. on June 5. Drop it off this weekend at the Faith Formation Office or send by email to Youth will be recognized at a reception following the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 10. 


This is our Early Edition of our June News Blog. Check back after June 5 for additional information, including photos from the wonderful Mothers' Day Reception hosted by the Holy Cross Men's Society and the Garden Tour and light reception hosted by the Garden Committee, part of the Holy Cross Justice, Peace and Human Development Commission. 



Tags: first weekend receptions, student recognition, gardening

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