July 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

We are moving toward the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time and the annual summer celebration of our nation’s independence this coming Friday and Saturday honoring the 4th of July.  The parish office will be closed Friday in observance of the national holiday.  Celebrate safely amid the ongoing and real concerns of the pandemic.
Weekend Mass streamed live 4:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil – available anytime after to watch on Holy Cross Easton YouTube using the same link.  Link always available through the parish homepage.
Yesterday with the assistance of the Diocesan Human Resource Director I ended the Secretary and Youth Minister positions here at the parish.  I am very grateful to both Gail and Brendan for their commitment and service to Holy Cross Parish.  Gail began working part time in the parish in the late 90’s and Brendan just completed one year.  A new Director of Faith Formation will assume the educational components of the Youth Minister position, and a new Administrative Assistant position will incorporate responsibility for the increased technological needs of a 21st century parish.  It is unfortunate that these terminations coincide with the ongoing challenges of the lingering pandemic, however, the decisions would have been made as we transition from one fiscal and catechetical year to another. Please join me in keeping Gail and Brendan in our prayers during this time of transition.
The first weekend of the month is Outreach Sunday in the Parish.  The agencies we regularly support are Mainspring, Birthright, Family and Community Resource, My Brother’s Keeper, Louison Shelter, , and We Do Care. You can send-in, drop-off to the parish drop box to the left of the parish center main door, or donate online (choose the agency as the fund) monetary donations to support the listed agencies.  Please make checks out to Holy Cross Church and write the agency’s name on the envelope or memo line.  Our parish finance manager Debbie Kelley will compile and send one donation check to the agencies in July.
You may also bring the following items bagged and tagged with the agency’s name with you to Mass this weekend:
Father Bill’s/Mainspring: deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo,     conditioner, combs, canned vegetables
Birthright: baby wipes, diapers, small drug store gift cards
Family & Community Resources: canned soup, pasta and sauce, mac & and cheese, rice, canned fruit & vegetables, side dishes, toiletries
My ‘s Brother’s Keeper: cooking oil, salt, pepper, spices, flour, sugar, baking mixes, pancake mix and maple syrup, sponges, foil, plastic baggies/ wrap, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, paper goods, dish-washing liquid
Louison Family Shelter: snacks for kids lunches, baking mixes, canned goods, macaroni and cheese, juice, pasta, birthday supplies.
Thank you as always for your generosity and thoughtful support.
Graduating Seniors, Congratulations Class of 2020!  The Fr. John J. Murphy, C.S.C. Scholarship is available to you if you have been a regular and active member of the parish.  Follow this link to the application form.  Applications are due in by Wednesday, July 29th.
The 79th Annual Catholic Appeal continues. Through your thoughtful generosity we are more than halfway to our parish goal of $32,509.  96 parishioners have donated/pledged $18,724.  Add your name and donation to our parish total this week.  The Appeal officially ends July 31st.
“See All The People”:  Rui Rosa, Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Fall River.  Rui Rosa is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Catholic Social Services (CSS). He is happy to serve on our 2020 Catholic Appeal Speakers Bureau and recently filmed an iPhone “selfie” video telling the story of his family’s journey to the United States and how critical assistance through Catholic Charities helped them to achieve their dreams. His testimonial is an inspiring, personal look at how the Appeal brings about hope for so many. Please watch the video of Rui’s story on The Catholic Foundation’s Vimeo page.
Enjoy the 4th and stay safe and well.
God Bless,
Fr. Brad