The Easter Season, VBS, and Our Community Garden

Fr. Andy, in his Pastor’s Corner message, invites us to be excited in this Easter season – about our faith, about spring, about new life.

While the Easter treats may be gone, the message of God’s love expressed through Christ’s sacrifice continues to unfold as we anticipate first Ascension Thursday on May 5 and then Pentecost on May 15. Those who chose to ‘add on’ time in prayer and reflection during Lent may consider continuing daily scripture readings to get a glimpse of the excitement – and the challenges – of the early apostles.

There is much to be excited about here in our parish, where we continue the faith journey of those before us. This spring, we have a number of young children preparing for their First Reconciliation and First Communion on May 1. Please continue to pray for them. We also have exciting outreach activities in the works.

Save the Date for VBS: June 13-16

Our faith formation team is preparing for an exciting Vacation Bible School for our youth and those in the greater community. VBS at Holy Cross is taking children on an Egyptian journey this summer. Households with young children – ages 3 to 10 – are asked to ‘Save the Date’ for this year’s program, to be held June 13-16.

The theme this year is “Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace” – an exciting Bible-time adventure. Children will explore Pharaoh’s palace, experience some real-life drama, hear some amazing music and even learn a bit about how the Egyptians made mummies. Oh yes, there also will be tasty snacks and high-energy games, and info for parents to keep the conversation going at home. So save the date and budget for the small fee that is being charged this year: $20 for the first child in a household; $5 for each additional child.

VBS at Holy Cross this year is opening its doors to the community, so help spread the word – and watch for more details in the coming weeks. Contact Jeanetta Hopkins, Holy Cross’s director of religious education, if you would like to volunteer with VBS or have any questions.

The Garden Season is under way at Holy Cross

Holy Cross community garden volunteers did a great job helping to get the growing season off to an early start this year. There’s plenty more to do, of course – and still time and space for those who would like a garden plot of their own.

Thanks to the energetic efforts of youth and adults who tackled weeds with hoe and hand – and helped put starter plants in the ground – way back in February, the garden beds are now sprouting potatoes, peas, cabbages, kale, lettuce, radishes and more. Volunteer cantaloupes from last year have been transplanted, giving them more growing room, along with flowers and new herbs. And so far, the electric fence seems to be keeping the deer out of the garden beds.

What’s next?

We have a new section of the garden that needs to be prepared, to provide new beds for those who want to join the garden this year and room for additional crops to share through Catholic Charities.

We also need to build structures for climbing vegetables and a few benches for resting in the garden. The goal is to build five A-shaped trellises by the May 7 and additional smaller structures for existing raised beds. A few more raised beds will be built as needed for new household garden ‘renters.’ Anyone with construction skills – or who wants to learn – is invited.

The plan is to have Saturdays – 11 AM – 3 PM in April and May be garden work days (if it’s not raining). Ongoing garden maintenance and harvest work will continue throughout the summer, fall and early winter. Volunteers can sign up to help any time, for an hour or longer. Teens and other youth are welcome to invite friends to help. Those under age 14 are asked to have a parent on site.

Assistance also will be needed with the harvest – gathering produce, rinsing and packing it, and delivering to Catholic Charities on Tuesdays, for distribution on Wednesday mornings.

A donation of $25 is requested from those who will have a garden bed within the community garden. That will help cover the cost of seeds and other materials for the garden. Garden plot ‘renters’ are asked to assist with maintenance and harvesting of the community beds.

Volunteers are invited to bring a lunch or snack and something to drink. The garden project has a small supply of adult-sized gloves to loan out and a small collection of gardening tools. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own tools as well.

The garden project is not all work. There’s plenty of time to get to know other gardeners while tending the crop … and the Holy Cross Community Garden group will hold a ‘get to know each other’ picnic meeting later this spring.

Contact Anna Rzewnicki, garden project coordinator, to reserve a spot or to volunteer.  

Tags: Easter Season, Vacation Bible School, VBS, Community Garden, Holy Cross garden

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