Holy Cross Parish Community
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 Larry at (508) -238-2235 or email@example.com.
The parish Music Ministry has over 50 parishioners involved in the four choirs that provide music at parish liturgies. The childrenís 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) 580-0726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Our "God's Squads" here at Holy Cross are composed of those men, women, and teens and children who have assumed responsibility for the maintenance of our worship space. Making the words of King David their own, they dedicate themselves to keeping the interior of our church shining clean, explaining why they so generously do so by saying, "...Because of the delight I take in the house of my God..." (1 Chronicles 29:3) For more information contact coordinator Donna Cunha at (508) 238-1339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 15 781-341-0878 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcoming Returning and Inactive Catholics - If you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church, 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 email@example.com.
The Holy Cross Intercessory Prayer Ministry gathers the last Wednesday of the month in the parish center chapel after the morning mass to praise God through scripture reading and shared reflections. The group prays for those who have requested prayer, especially for the petitions placed in the parish prayer box. For more information contact Fran Long at (508) 238-2255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bible Study meets in the Parish Center on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Each year a specific book of the Bible is studied. It is an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of Scripture. For more information, contact Fran Long at (508) 238-2255 or email@example.com.
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 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 Marie Chabot at (508) 238-2235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 visit our website at www.holycrosseaston.org, or contact Marie Chabot at (508) 238-2235 or email@example.com.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested unbaptized and baptized non-Catholic adults are gradually introduced to the Catholic faith and way of life. The RCIA process is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation. There is no set timetable and those who join the process are encouraged to go at their own pace and take as much time as they need. The process ends with the Sacraments of Initiation and full membership with the Catholic Church. For more information, click here or contact Nancy Donahue at (508) 230-9088, firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephen May at (774) 200-4363, email@example.com.
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 summerís vacation bible week. For more information, contact Margaret Dwyer Hogan at (508) 297-1954, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Cross Youth Ministry incorporates the eight components of Catholic youth ministry: advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship. Through our youth ministry offerings and how we live our lives as Christian adults, we empower our young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today and draw them to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community. At the core of our youth ministry offerings is our parish youth retreat program. Both high school and middle school youth each have at least 2 retreats per year. The purpose of each retreat is to provide a fun time where youth can learn about their relationship with God by participating in games, discussion time, skits, relaxing, music, eating, etc.
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 Brotherís Keeper, and Family and Community Resources. Every first Sunday of the month, food and supplies are brought to each mass for distribution to each of the above charities. Special efforts are made on behalf of these and other charities when the need arises. For more information contact coordinator Claire Smith at (508) 238-1899 or email@example.com.
The Holy Cross Church Parishioners serve a dinner at MainSpring House Shelter in Brockton. A sign-up board is placed in the church greeting area two weeks before each meal for specific needs. Scheduled dates for 2012-2013 can be found beneath the "Question of the Month" on the bulletin board in the church entry. For more information or questions, please contact Kevin Brennan at 508-588-8290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Brotherís Keeper, and Family and Community Resources. For more information contact coordinator Amy Goffredo at email@example.com.
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 Bernie LaFerriere at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Becky Turley at (508) 238-5163 or email@example.com.
The Health Ministry of Holy Cross Church is founded on the principle that we bear witness to Jesusí 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, education, and compassionate support. Parish nurses are licensed professional nurses (R.N.) who, through experience and education, incorporate spiritual assessment and care into their practice as agents of the Health Ministry of Holy Cross Parish. Health Ministers are parishioners who, regardless of their background or education, seek to serve Holy Cross Parish in this special ministry. For more information contact Ginny Croak at (508) 238-2235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 peopleís 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 email@example.com.
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 Michelle Hassan at (508) 586-5582, (508) 562-7959 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 otherís company. For more information contact Dot McMahon at (508) 238-9282.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-centered, Bible-based 12-step program which focuses on Godís 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 Ė contact Nancy at 508-238-6841 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the parish Library, Guardian Hospice social workers facilitate a support group for those who have experienced a loss. This is an opportunity to be with others who are dealing with the many feelings related to life after loss. You are welcome to come any Wednesday evening. If you have any questions, call Annette or Ashley at 781-341-1711.
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 Kevin Broughton at (617) 233-6102 or email@example.com.
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.
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 Chris Goffredo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ďBreakfast with SantaĒ along with Christmas gifts that can be purchased, a large variety of raffle items, and homemade candy and pastry treats. For more information contact Mary Tighe at (508) 238-4770 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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