Parish News Blog for May 2018

Town Hall Meeting, Healthy Brain Aging presentation, photos, reviews & updates


May 6, 10:00 a.m. | First Communion during Mass. 

May 8, 7:00 p.m. | Holy Cross Parish Town Hall Meeting. The Parish Council will present the implementation schedule for the five-year plan tasks that were discussed at the last town hall meeting. This is an important meeting; please make time to attend.

May 12, 6:00 pm. | Health and Wellness ministry presentation. Topic: Healthy Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s, presented by a representative from The Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (Bryan ADRC). All are welcome. See flyers in the gathering space for more info. Coordinator Ogo Udemadu reports that this ministry focuses “mainly on teaching and creating awareness through delivery of educational materials to members.” It has 10 members, including physicians, nurses, social workers and more. Ministry members meet after Mass, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month.

May 13, following 10 a.m. Mass | The Men's Society will be hosting a Mother's Day Brunch, in the multipurpose room. 

May 19, 11:30 a.m. | Deadline for Holy Cross College Scholarship Applications. Details here

May 20, 12:00 p.m. | Pentecost Sunday Mass, a combined celebration bringing together those who typically worship at our Saturday Vigil and Sunday morning Masses, followed by fellowship. 

May 20-21, evenings | Holy Cross parishioners are invited to help with the parish's volunteer service for Families Moving Forward, which helps families in transition from homelessness. Elizabeth Deshaies is our lead contant. You may reach her via email. Watch for an update about this community service and check for details in the gathering space. 

Photo of Renee Nixon, promoting her new play, "WORRIED."June 16, 2 p.m. | Holy Cross Community Day to view the play, “WORRIED,’ written and directed by Renée A. Nixon (Read about Renee and her production here.) Note: This presentation of 12 monologues about all the things in life that worry us is for adult audiences. Additional presentations on June 7, 10, 15, 23 and 24. Cost is $10 per ticket; purchase at Contact Renee at for additional details.

June 24, 10 a.m. | Holy Cross Caribbean Mass. A special Mass recognizing parishioners from the Caribbean region and Dr. Norman Cordice, an early organizer and founding member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church who was born in St. Vincent, West Indies. Read more.


April 29 | Holy Cross welcomed Bishop Zarama for Mass and a reception. At the conclusion of Mass, he gave special recognition to the teens who were Altar Servers that morning, commending them for their service. View photos and learn more about our new bishop

March 31 | Lots of Smiles at the Barbara Graham Easter Egg Hunt, thanks to those who are helping to keep this tradition alive at Holy Cross. View photos here


Holy Cross First Communion Service Project | Thanks to all whose donations of toiletries and gently used suitcases enabled our First Communicants complete their service project. Our children decided they wanted to help other children who are homeless and in foster care make transitions to new housing arrangements with dignity. Parishioners' generous donations helped make their project a success. 

Bishop’s Annual Appeal | Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s campaign, which ended on April 30. Thirty-four percent of Holy Cross’s parishioners – 107 families or individuals – pledged $26,035 in support of the campaign, which brought us to 44 percent of the parish’s goal.

Rice Bowl Donations | Thanks to all who supported the Operation Rice Bowl this year; donations totaling $939.85 will make a difference for the poor and marginalized locally and globally.

CROP WALK DUHAM | Donations are still coming in but at last count, the parish team contributed more than $1,000 toward this annual fundraiser. Thanks, all who contributed and walked, including Anthony Wilson and Judy Gill, in photo with Debbie Hilliard, who served as Crop Walk coordinator for the parish. 

The Holy Cross Community Garden | In our parish’s back yard, the Holy Cross Community Garden is already showing signs of a promising growing year. With the help of a few new members, most of the raised beds have been planted, and new sections of planting rows are being prepared. Also, a new blueberry patch has been added and plans are in the works for a young children’s garden, providing opportunities for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles of children ages 10 and younger to introduce the children to the wonders of nature and help them understand that veggies don't just arrive at the grocery store. The Garden Committee also welcomes ideas from the youngsters about what they would like in their garden. Encourage them to send ideas by email to or to talk with Anna or Deacon Phil Rzewnicki after Mass any weekend.

Interested in volunteering a few hours now and then? Here’s a link to a Google sheet that has details about what’s going on in the garden and opportunities to sign up to help. We're also glad to sign off on community service hours for students who are looking for ways to complete that requirement for their schools.

Care for Our Common Home | The public celebration of Earth Day has come and gone, but in reality, every day offers opportunities to learn more about our home planet. Revisit Pope Francis’ message, “Teaching Kids Not to be Bullies, Including Bullies of the Environment” 


Fundraiser for Holy Infant Catholic Church | The parish is holding a raffle; grand prize is a 2018 Acura MDX. Tickets are $100; only 1200 will be sold. Details and purchasing info is here.

The NC Central Band was among those performing at the Sunday Supper Fundraiser Sunday Supper | Several Holy Cross parishioners were among those attending this fundraiser for the planned Catholic Charities Durham Food Pantry filled the American Tobacco District’s outdoor entertainment, where participants enjoyed a meal of beans, rice and enchiladas, the presence of the NC Central marching band and live music. The diocese reported this week that the event raised $100,000 toward this new initiative.

Drive out Hunger Golf Outing, June 11 | If you’re a golfer, consider participating in the Catholic Charities’ Inaugural “Drive Out Hunger” Golf Outing at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities food pantries across the diocese and provide groceries to the 16.5% of North Carolina families who lack reliable access to healthy meals. For more information and to register, please visit or call (919) 821 – 8142.  

Workshops, Retreats and Enrichment Programs

  • August & November 2018 | Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends. Jesus is the good shepherd and laid down his life for us that we may have new life. Give your marriage new life by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. Upcoming weekends are Aug 3-5, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC, and Nov 9-11, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, NC. Early sign up is recommended. Click here for more information or call 704-315-2144.
  • Retrouvaille - A Lifeline for Marriage – Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It is designed to provide the tools to help get your marriage back on track. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way. You will not be sharing your struggles with other people. You will hear from couples that have been through the program themselves. They will share their journey from brokenness to reconciliation.  This program has helped couples experiencing all levels of marital difficulty, even those in deep misery. For confidential information, call 800-470-2230 or 434-793-0242, send an email to, or visit the web site at
  • Divorced? Remarried?  Planning to marry someone who is divorced?  Do you have questions about freedom to marry in the Catholic Church?  Did you know that the Tribunal is available to answer these and any other questions you may have about remarriage in the Church?  Please contact Mrs. Vikki Newell 919-821-9759 with your questions, or you may wish to visit online at for further information.
  • Single/Single Again Ministry | If you are a single, separated, divorced or widowed person, you are invited to join us at our monthly Mass held at Cardinal Gibbon High School chapel at 5:30 pm. A pot-luck social follow Mass. 2018 Masses will be held May 20 and June 17. For more information contact Celia at or visit or on facebook

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