Programs & Ministries

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CORI Training

All volunteers at Holy Cross must participate in (only) one CORI training and an annual background check.  You can contact Marie Chabot at (508) 238-2235 or mchabot@holycrosseaston.org for more information.

Altar Servers

Serving at the Altar of the Lord is an important parish ministry for our younger parishioners beginning in 3rdgrade.  Altar servers assist the priests and deacons in holding the Roman Missal while offering prayers, receiving the community’s gifts to God, serving at the Altar and other various tasks needed during liturgies, our communal times of prayer.  If you are a parishioner and interested in serving, please contact Fr. Brad either by email bmetz@holycrosseaston.org or phone 508-238-2235.

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Worship & Spirituality

The Worship and Spirituality Commission is composed primarily of representatives from the various liturgical ministries in our parish. The commission meets periodically to discuss and plan for seasonal and specific liturgical celebrations at Holy Cross Church such as the Advent Season or the annual Memorial Mass for parishioners and family members who have died in the past year. For more information contact Leslie VanLaarhoven at (508) 238-8013 or lesglo3260@yahoo.com.

Liturgical Ministries

The liturgical ministries at Holy Cross Parish (or at any Catholic church) are the following: the Lector who proclaims the Word of God at our Sunday liturgy; the lay Communion Minister who assists with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and brings Communion to the sick and shut-ins in the parish; Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers) who greet people at Sunday Mass, take up the collection and help seat people at Mass; and Altar Servers who assist the priest at Mass. For more information contact Father Brad at (508) 238-2235 or bmetz@holycrosseaston.org.

Music Ministry

The parish Music Ministry has over 50 parishioners involved in the four choirs that provide music at parish liturgies. The children’s choir, grades 2-6, sings weekly at the 8:30 a.m. mass. The adult choir sings weekly at the 10:00 a.m. mass. Our youth choir sings weekly at the 5:30 p.m. Sunday youth mass. In addition, our Resurrection Choir provides music at parish funeral masses (Mass of Christian Burial). Cantors provide music of a more traditional style at the Saturday 4:00 p.m. mass. Each choir has its unique repertoire and style to enhance that mass. The music is carefully selected to fit the needs of our singers and instrumentalists. It is both a rewarding and fun ministry. Rehearsal time is easy to fit busy schedules. For more information contact Chris Iannitelli at (508) 654-4721 or ciannitelli@wbridgewater.com.

God’s Squad

Our “God’s Squads” at Holy Cross are composed of men, women, teens and families who generously give their time for the maintenance of our worship space. We are divided into several teams that rotate cleaning the church with one team cleaning each week.  Some of our duties include vacuuming, sweeping, polishing and dusting.  The fruit of our labor is a clean and beautiful worship space for all to enjoy.  Come and see if this ministry is for you.  for more information contact Donna Cunha at (508) 238-1339 or donnacunha@verizon.net.

Seasonal Decorating of the Church

This group of dedicated parishioners decorates the church for the various liturgical seasons and major feast days, such as Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter.  For more information contact Anne Iannitelli at (508) 580-0726 or agtelli@comcast.net.

Funeral Hospitality

One group of parishioners provides a welcoming ministry to guests coming to the parish for a Mass of Christian Burial.  They might also serve as communion ministers or lectors when needed.  A second group provides hospitality for families setting up the parish great room for a reception after the funeral mass.  For information contact Father JIm at (508) 238-2235 or jfenstermaker@holycrosseaston.org.

Wedding Coordinators

Each couple preparing to be married at Holy Cross Parish meets with a parish wedding coordinator to plan the processional and recessional of the ceremony. The wedding coordinator, along with the presider, runs the wedding rehearsal, and is present at the wedding to assist the wedding party. For more information contact Katie Schwartz at (508) 238-5564 or katieschwartz5@gmail.com.

Faith Formation Catechist/Table Leader Ministry

Our Faith Formation program teaches the children of our parish about their Catholic faith. Children in grades 1-5 meet on alternate Sunday mornings with a parish catechist (teacher), ideally with at least two teachers per classroom. These classes meet from 9:30 -11:00am. Our 6th grade and 7th grades meet in a traditional classroom setting on alternate Sunday afternoons from 4:00 -5:15. Grades 8 & 9 (Confirmation 1) also meet on alternate Sundays from 4:00-5:15, but in a different setting; Marie Chabot, our Faith Formation director, teaches those classes in the great room, with the students sitting at round tables. Both classes depend upon “table talk,” with one older teen or adult at each table to keep the discussion flowing. Our Confirmation 2 program (Grades 10) meets in a similar fashion, with adult table leaders as well. Because of our large numbers, we have two sections of Confirmation 2 class, meeting on alternate Sundays from 6:30 – 8:00pm. We are always in need of teachers for the younger grades, table leaders for the upper grades, and subs. Please contact Marie Chabot at mchabot@holycrosseaston.org or 508-238-2235 at for more information.

Confirmation Preparation Program

Preparation for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Cross is designed to guide and assist our youth with the lifetime decision to live a good moral life and to follow Jesus Christ in the Catholic tradition through regular participation in liturgy and reception of the Eucharist, prayer, and service to others.  The Confirmation Preparation program at Holy Cross begins in Grade 9 and continues in Grade 10 and beyond.  Once a candidate has shown active participation in all aspects of the program for two years, the candidate will then enroll in catechesis for the rite and rituals of the sacrament.  The sacrament will be conferred in the Spring of the candidate’s second year of Confirmation preparation.  Most candidates are confirmed in the Spring of Grade 10.  For detailed information please see our Faith Formation Handbook or contact Marie Chabot at (508) 238-2235 or mchabot@holycrosseaston.org.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Each Sunday during the 8:30 a.m. mass the children are escorted to the church hall to hear the Word of God at their own level. Adult volunteers, who serve as catechists, make a commitment of approximately six times per year for about 15-20 minutes. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the faith with our young children, and probably one of the most rewarding programs that we offer. Jesus is certainly visible in the faces of our young children. For more information contact Jackie Hazel at (508) 297-1177 or Quest1177@gmail.com.

Youth Ministry

The parish’s Youth Ministry offers two programs for youth in grades 7-8 and in high school.  The parish’s comprehensive Youth Ministry program features all eight components of youth ministry as set out by the United States Bishops.  Those are community life, catechesis (learning), advocacy,  evangelization, service, leadership, pastoral care, and prayer and worship.  For more information contact visit the youth ministry page on this website.

Bible Study

Bible Study meets in the Parish Center on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Both groups cover the same material:  a specific book of the Bible or a Bible theme. It is an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of Scripture and out Catholic faith. For more information, contact Fran Long at (508) 238-2255 or franlong313@aol.com.

Seeking God with Deacon George

Like it or not, people of faith are still just people, with all their flaws. Are they hypocrites? If so, then I’m in good company. I am just as imperfect and sinful as the next person. And this is the reason we gather–not because we are perfect and good, but precisely because we are not. We need support of other believers in our own life of faith. We gather to help each other be better than we are. (Karla Maternach)  Seeking God with Deacon George is held on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. All are encouraged and welcome to attend, when you can, to discuss how God works in the modern world. You can come and listen or bring a subject that we can all discuss. For more information contact Deacon George Zarella at (508) 238-2235 or gzarella@holycrosseaston.org.

Holy Cross Spiritual Book Club

This group of parishioners meets in the parish library on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. to discuss spiritual books, either current or classics. The discussions are lively, and participants find them both enjoyable and beneficial to their spiritual lives. For more information contact Virginia Polanski at 781-341-0878 or vpolanski145@verizon.net.

Landings

Welcoming returning, inactive and questioning Catholics – If you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church, or are questioning your faith, know that Holy Cross Parish has been thinking about you. We invite you to be an active part of us again. LANDINGS is an eight-week program that offers “a safe place to land”, a place for listening and for being heard, a place for asking questions and for reconnecting with the faith as an adult. During the eight-week LANDINGS program, a small group of active Catholics, some of them “returnees” themselves, meets with a small group of inactive or returning Catholics to share and explore their faith together. For more information contact Harold Smith at 508-238-1899 or hrsmith@comcast.net.

Intercessory Prayer Group

The Holy Cross Intercessory Prayer Group meets on the last Wednesday of every month in the Brother Andre Chapel after the 9 a.m. mass.  Prayers of intercession are offered for all of the petitions in the Parish Prayer Box.  If you wish to place a name or intention in the Prayer Box or wish to be involved in this ministry, contact Fran Long at (508) 238-2255 or franlong313@gmail.com.

We Do Care

We Do Care helps young widows and widowers deal with their loss, supporting the individual and the family.  Grief support groups, social meet ups, and events are planned throughout the year.  For more information visit facebook.com/wedocaregriefandloss, or contact Julie Enos at 774-274-8317 or enosjulie@gmail.com.

Cursillo

Cursillo is an active three-day learning experience in basic Christianity featuring practical insights into an everyday life of faith and service. The weekend, held at Holy Cross Retreat House in Easton, is a back-to-basics approach to our relationship with God that deepens and rounds out what we may already know about our faith through prayer, reflection, group activities and fellowship.  It is enjoyed by active and less active Christians alike.  For more information contact Diane Cheevers at dmcheevers@verizon.net or 508-230-3268, Jim Lane at FallRiverCursillo@gmail.com or 508-238-0889, or Father Jim.

Men’s & Women’s Cursillo Reunions

Two groups, for men and women who have lived Cursillo and are interested in growing in their faith through friendship and prayer, gather to support each other as we seek to live our everyday lives with Christ. We share our thoughts on how piety, study or Christian action have affected our lives, or a moment we felt especially close to Christ. The men’s group meets on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. in the parish library, and the women’s group on the first and third Fridays at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact Jim or Donna Lane at FallRiverCursillo@gmail.com or 508-238-0889

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is an ancient rite in the church restored at the Second Vatical Council.  It is an important program in the church primarily for those who desire to become members of the Catholic Church–those who are unbaptized and baptized non-Catholics.  Here at Holy Cross this program is also open to anyone who desires a “refresher” class in the Catholic faith.  The RCIA program, led by a team of lay catechists, runs from September through Easter.  For more information contact Nancy Donahue at (508) 230-9088, nancy.donahue85@gmail.com.

Summer Vacation Bible School

Children in grades K through 5 are invited to spend one week in mid-August learning about their faith and scripture through fun activities, including stories, song, dance, crafts and drama. Daily themes reinforce the general theme of each summer’s vacation bible week. For more information, contact Margaret Dwyer Hogan at (508) 297-1954, mmdmph1997@gmail.com.

Vocation Committee

Holy Cross is committed to praying for and promoting vocations to priesthood and religious life, sacramental married life and supporting single people.  Please continue to keep our entire parish family in your prayers as well as we all listen to the ways that God is calling us to cultivate and use God’s grace in our lives!  Join fellow parishioners in taking about and planning activities promoting God’s call.  For more information, please contact Father Brad at (508) 238-2235 or bmetz@holycrosseaston.org.

Social Action Commission

The Social Action Commission coordinates all the parish outreach programs into the Easton and the Greater-Easton communities. The parish supports on a regular basis Birthright, Louison Shelter, MainSpring House, My Brother’s Keeper, Family and Community Resources, and Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, as well as the annual Giving Tree collection.  This committee sponsors various activities throughout the year that allow the community to support each of these ministries.  For more information contact  Claire Smith at (508) 238-1899 or claire.smith@comcast.net.

Outreach Sunday

On the first Sunday of each month parishioners are invited to donate items, listed in the previous Sunday bulletin, in support of the ministries which Holy Cross Parish Supports: Birthright of Taunton, Louison Shelter, MainSpring House, My Brother’s Keeper, Family and Community Resources, and Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center.  Every weekend of the first Sunday of the month, food and supplies are brought to each mass for distribution to the above charities.  Special efforts are made on behalf of these and other charities when the need arises.  For more information contact coordinator Amy Goffredo at (508) 230-7275 or closetoshore@gmail.com.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Inspired by Gospel values, the St. Vincent de Paul Society leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. The Holy Cross Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society serves the needs of the Easton community. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. For more information contact Gail Shea at(508) 238-2235 or  gshea@holycrosseaston.org.

Respect Life Committee

The Respect Life Committee is committed to supporting our Holy Cross Mission by focusing our efforts specifically on the celebration of God’s gift of life. Our goal is to inspire through prayer, education and charity the respect for all human life from conception to natural death. The Committee sponsors activities that allow the community to unite in order to support and honor Life as a gift that should be cherished and protected. For more information, contact Claire Smith at (508) 238-1899 or claire.smith@comcast.net.

Meals at MainSpring House

Holy Cross Church Parishioners serve dinner on the third Saturday of each month at MainSpring House Shelter in Brockton. A sign-up board is placed in the church vestibule two weekends before each meal for specific needs. For more information or questions, please contact Cathy Downes at (508) 742-5957 or cathy.downes@verizon.net.

Louison Family Shelter

The Louison Family Center is a facility that provides shelter to 24 families.  Louison houses anywhere from 24 moms and dads and upwards of 35 kids at any given time.  Holy Cross provides a monthly meal to the families at Louison.  We also participate in the meal, often holding babies, playing with kids or just eating with the families.  Holy Cross has provided this ministry for over 18 years.  For more information contact Robin Durgin-King at (508) 824-3747 or robindurgin_king@hotmail.com.

Louison Shelter Birthday Bags

The parish helps children living at Louison Shelter to celebrate their birthdays with bags that contain supplies for a festive birthday celebration.  The parish periodically asks parishioners to donate balloons, candles, birthday decorations, birthday cards, cake fixings, birthday gift bags, and other items.  If interested in donating toward or assisting with putting together these birthday bags, contact Isabella Hoffman at (508) 238-0392 or thecoloradoans1@msn.com.

Giving Tree

During the Advent Season our Giving Tree collects Christmas gifts for a number of needy families in the area referred to us by various local agencies or known to be in need by the pastoral team.  The Giving Tree also collects donations for our sister parish, Lord of Hope, in Canto Grade, Lima, Peru.  If you wish to asset with preparing the gifts to be picked up the agencies and families, please contact Patti Saganey at (508) 238-4306 or pattisags@yahoo.com.

Neighbor Brigade

When Crisis Strikes, We’re Here to Help

When you or someone you know experiences a crisis due to acute illness, accident, injury or other tragedy, the Neighbor Brigade networks of community volunteers can provide temporary, free assistance with home-delivered meals, rides for medical appointments, errands, simple household chores and pet care. Information cards can be found in the church vestibule. Visit www.neighborbrigade.org to seek assistance. With a number of parishioners volunteering in the Neighbor Brigade, Holy Cross Parish wishes to be a supportive partner in this important community outreach. For more information concerning becoming part of the brigade, contact Diane Tremblay at diane.tremblay@verizon.net or 617-285-4573.

Health Ministry

The Health Ministry and Parish Nurse Program of Holy Cross Church is founded on the principle that we bear witness to Jesus’ healing love, as proclaimed in the Gospel. We seek to extend that love to all in our faith community and beyond, as we strive to minister to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through assessment, advocacy, referral, and education. Parish nurses, also called Faith Community Nurses, are licensed professional nurses (R.N.) who incorporate spiritual assessment and care into their practice as agents of the Health Ministry of Holy Cross Parish. Programs include monthly blood pressure screenings; masses with anointing of the sick; home, hospital and nursing home visits; CPR classes; the Prayer Shawl Ministry; health education and information.   For more information about the Health Ministry contact Ginny Croak at (508) 238-2235, ext 116 or vcroak@holycrosseaston.org.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

An outreach of the parish Health Ministry, the Holy Cross Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry strives to reach out to the people of the parish and the wider community, bringing the mystical reality of God into people’s lives using shawls as an outward sign. It is a ministry of prayer, community spirit and sharing. For more information contact Pat Brophy at (508) 238-2194 or mimibro15@comcast.net.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, Bible-based 12-step program which focuses on God’s love and transforming power. CR is a safe, confidential place where you can share, pray and grow with others willing to get real about their own hurts, hang-ups and habits. Celebrate Recovery crosses all denominational and cultural boundaries and is the collaborative effort of Easton Baptist Church, The Fellowship and Holy Cross Parish. CR meets every Thursday night, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Easton Baptist Church, 197 Bay Road, North Easton, MA. More information – contact Nancy at 508-238-6841 or eastoncelebraterecovery@yahoo.com

Church Family Life Commission

The Church Family Life Commission coordinates various family-oriented social activities for the enjoyment of the parish community, fostering community building among parishioners and strengthening intergenerational bonds within the families of our parish community. For more information contact Jeanne Behen at (508) 272-2665 or jeanne.behen@gmail.com.

Fall Festival

The Parish Fall Festival offers families an opportunity to enjoy good entertainment, food, games, rides, crafts, raffles, and other fun activities while also supporting the parish in this family-oriented fundraiser. For more information contact Kevin Dixon at (508) 952-2066 or dixonkevin1968@yahoo.com.

Movie Nights

The parish offers a monthly Friday movie night during the school year for children of the parish and the community.  Adult and teen volunteers assist with refreshments and coordination of the evening, and the occasional “Parents Night Out” when child sitting is provided  For more information contact Deb Goveia at (508) 238-0768 or debgoveia.holycross@gmail.com.

Cub Scouts

Pack 193, sponsored by Holy Cross Parish, is part of the Boy Scouts of America.  It is a family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade.  Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting:  Character Development, Spiritual Growth, Good Citizenship, Sportsmanship and Fitness, Family Understanding, Respectful Relationships, Personal Achievement, Friendly Service, Fun and Adventure and Preparation for Boy Scouts.  For more information contact Rob Germain at 508-989-0506 or visit info@eastoncubscouts.org.

Parish 50th Anniversary

We continue to celebrate our parish’s 50th Anniversary this year with a dinner dance and other parish activities to celebrate this milestone.  If you are interested in assisting with the celebration of our parish anniversary, contact Anne Tarallo at (508) 238-4653 or tarallo@comcast.net.

Forever Young

Monthly coffee and pastries breakfasts after morning mass and occasional luncheons bring the seniors of our parish community together for fellowship and enjoyment of each other’s company. For more information contact Dot McMahon at (508) 238-9282.

Widows and Widowers

Regular luncheons every three months in the parish center bring together the widows and widowers of the parish, along with the priests of the parish, for an afternoon of socializing and good conversation. For more information contact Julie Smith at (508) 238-2984.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family, fraternal and service organization with 1.75 million members throughout the world. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. Instituted on June 27, 1897, Easton Council 238 covers the parishes of Immaculate Conception and Holy Cross in Easton. For information visit www.eastonkofc.org or contact Father Jim at jfenstermaker@holycrosseaston.org or (508) 238-2235.

Daughters of Isabella

The Daughters of Isabella were founded as an auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus for the purpose of uniting all Catholic women in a sisterhood. Members encourage each other’s total development and foster growth of every aspect of life – spiritual, social and charitable – adding up to a more fulfilling life.  The Easton Daughters of Isabella 564 meet the second Wednesday of each month at either Immaculate Conception or Holy Cross Parish for a combined business meeting and social gathering.  For more information contact Stephanie Coose at 508-944-2235 or scoose5@verizon.net.

Finance Commission

The Finance Commission reviews on a monthly basis the financial stability of the parish. It assists the pastor in formulating the yearly budget, and guides him in major parish financial decisions. The commission seeks to educate and motivate parishioners in the practice of stewardship of time, talent and treasure for the spiritual and temporal well being of the parish community. For more information contact Craig Binney at (508) 238-1795 cbinney@stonehill.edu.

Holly Fair

The Holly Fair, on the first Sunday of December, is another major fundraiser that is also a wonderful social activity of the parish. It offers “Breakfast with Santa” along with Christmas gifts that can be purchased, a large variety of raffle items, and homemade candy and pastry treats.  For more information, please contact Claire Smith at (508) 238-1899 or claire.smith@comcast.net.

Parish Golf Tournament

This major parish fundraiser, held in June, includes prizes for closest to pin and longest drive, and cash prizes for the top three finishers, as well as a gift bag, concluding with dinner. For more information contact Rob Tarallo at (508) 238-4653 or tarallo@comcast.net.

Fundraising Steering Committee

This committee meets three to four times a year to oversee the planning, scheduling and approval of fundraising events at the parish, and establishes the annual fundraising calendar of events. For more information, contact Greg Hagopian at (508) 230-7459 or Greg@D-DSales.com.