Youth and Adult Programs, Pink Tea, Holiday Donations, Sweet Potatoes and more

Opportunities for faith formation, service and fun

Special Events Coming Up at Holy Cross 

AAMEN Bake Sale will be held after Mass this Sunday, Oct. 22, in the multipurpose room. AAMEN will also host the First Sunday Fellowship and Reception after Mass at Holy Cross on November 5, kicking off Black History Month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Holy Cross women are again hosting the annual Pink Tea, Saturday, October 28, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the multipurpose room. Donations this year will go to the Cornucopia Cancer Support Center in Durham. For more information, contact Ava Thompson,

November ... a Time to Remember | Celebrate All Saints Day on Nov. 1 (a Holy Day of Obligation) at Holy Cross, at the 8:00 a.m. Mass or the 7:00 p.m. Mass. All Souls Day, Nov. 2, is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead and will be celebrated at Holy Cross during our regular 8:00 a.m. Mass. Parishioners are reminded to bring in a card with the names of their deceased loved ones that they would like to have remembered during the month of November. Blank cards are available in the gathering space; completed cards will be in the sanctuary throughout the month of November.

Youth Notes

Youth Faith Formation's Christmas Play this year is "The Christmas Game Show," to be presented at noon on Sunday, December 10. All parish youth are invited to participate. Those who have not yet been cast for a part are encouraged to come to the next rehearsal, as there are still parts to fill. Rehearsal schedule: 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 19, Dec. 3, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Adult Faith Formation

'Meet' Six Saints who had a key role in the Catholic Reformation ... and learn how powerful and beautiful is the human heart's free response to God's generous grace as we study the role of six saints who led the Church's rebirth from the ashes of confusion caused by the Protestant Reformation.

Deacon Phil and other members of the parish's Spirituality Committee are presenting this six-part series, True Reformers: Saints of the Catholic Reformation. This program is open to all at Holy Cross and area churches who are interested. Each session includes a video presentation followed by discussion. The sessions will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Holy Cross. There is no charge to participate.

  • Nov. 6 | St. Thomas More, The Age of the Author
  • Nov. 13 | St. Ignatius of Loyola, Soldier for Christ
  • Nov. 20 | Saint Philip Neri, The Apostle of Joy
  • Nov. 27 | St. Charles Borromeo, The Good Shepherd
  • Dec. 4 | St. Teresa of Avila, A Study of Perseverance
  • Dec. 11 | St. Francis de Sales, Pastor of Souls

This series uses print and video materials, "True Reformers: Saints of the Catholic Reformation," published by the Augustine Institute. Contact Deacon Phil or Eric Crump for details. Read more about this topic.

Related event in the area: St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill is hosting a Celebration of Common Prayer ... From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation, 1517-2017. on Friday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m. Raleigh Catholic Diocese Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama and Lutheran NC Synod-ELCA Bishop Tim Smith will preside. View details here.

Outreach Ministries

Thanksgiving Project 2017 - Donations | The Holy Cross Outreach Committee is inviting parishioners to "Share your Blessings" with those less fortunate as we approach the holiday season. accepting financial donations to support purchase of groceries for 60 Catholic Charities families. A $25 donation will provide groceries and a frozen turkey for one family to have a nice holiday meal. Envelopes are in the pews for cash or check donations. Make checks payable to Holy Cross with Thanksgiving Project in the memo line. Place donations in the collection basket during Mass this weekend or by Nov. 5. 

Thanksgiving Project 2017 - Hands-on Help | Volunteers are requested to help with packing the meals on Saturday, Nov. 18, to have them ready to give to families that day.

Volunteers are asked to arrive in the multipurpose room by 8 a.m. to pack the groceries and turkeys. Families will be arriving between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to receive their meal packages. For more information, contact the parish office or Art LaPerre at 919-451-3760 or by email at

Sweet Potato Harvest | The Holy Cross Sharing Garden's sweet potato patch is ready for harvesting. Volunteers are welcome to help harvest and clean the sweet potatoes next weekend - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, and for about two hours after Mass on Sunday, Oct. 29. A portion of the harvest will be added to the parish's 'Share your Blessings' Thanksgiving Project meal packages, and the rest will be given to Catholic Charities for their weekly distribution of food to families in need.

The garden has yielded just over 605 pounds of vegetables thus far this year and cool season crops are still growing. Thanks to all who have helped in any way. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the weekly harvest (Tuesday evenings, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and ongoing weeding and garden maintenance. Contact Anna or Deacon Phil Rzewnicki at 919-961-0205 or

Casserole Ministry | Volunteers for this Holy Cross outreach ministry prepared 16 casseroles that were delivered to Urban Ministries this past week, helping to feed 160 people. Thanks, all who make time for this nourishing ministry.

Families Moving Forward | Volunteers for this ministry are always welcome. Registration forms and other details are available on the information table in the gathering space.

Ongoing Food Donations - Backpack Buddies | Did you know that one in four children in North Carolina is at risk of hunger? Backpack Buddies is designed to provide children in low-income household with kid-friendly meals for the time when school lunches and breakfasts are not provided. (Read more here).

Holy Cross is accepting donations of individual portion containers of tuna, canned chicken, pasta with meat, and beans; 100% juice, breakfast bars and cereals, Ramen noodles and canned pasta, low-sodium vegetables and fruit packed in fruit juice, individual milk boxes, and individual snack containers (crackers, raisins, pretzels, granola bars).

Ongoing Food Donations - Catholic Charities | Holy Cross continues to collect donations of packaged food for families served by Catholic Charities in Durham. Read more about donation options and all our ministries serving through the Holy Cross Peace, Justice, and Human Development Commission.



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