Communications Services

Supporting parish ministries

Holy Cross is a dynamic, engaged parish. The Communications Committee serves our parish ministries by helping to keep members of the parish and the greater Durham and diocesan communities informed of our worship, youth and adult faith formation, outreach and engagement activities and other parish news. Volunteers are always welcome. Explore opportunities below. 

Parish News Vehicles

Parish News Vehicles

  • Weekly Bulletin Read online or download
  • Parish Calendar | Scheduled events are displayed in the column on the right, on our home page; display includes date, time and location of events. 
  • Parish Featured Events Calendar | This is where we provide details about the parish's featured events. These calendar displays include registration and other information. Click the Featured Events button on our home page to view registration and other details for special events.
  • Announcements at Mass | Presented as part of welcoming messages, prior to the start of the liturgy. Send request to the office manager, Toni Hall.
  • Parish enewsletter, published as needed. Not receiving it yet? Send a message to communications@holycrossdurham.org and ask to be added to the parish updates list. 
  • This website | Watch for updates to our Parish News Blog and home page slide show (at the top of our website).
  • Social Media | Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Weather-related cancellations | Watch for weather related cancellaltions on WRAL and WTVD/ABC11 television stations or view their cancellation announcements online. Also, check the parish Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. Weather alert reminders are also displayed in the banner message at the top of our website when inclement weather is coming.

Get the Word Out: Support for Parish Commmittees/Ministries

  • Bulletin items | Submit your items via this online form to the parish office. Please submit by noon Wednesday for the upcoming weekend's Bulletin. When annnouncing events, it is best to get information out at least two weeks prior to your event or related deadlines, so that your audience can plan ahead.
  • Announcements at Mass: Brief announcement requests should be submitted by email to the parish administrator.
  • Communications Support for Special Events, Announcements, Feature Story Ideas | Send a message to communications@holycrossdurham.org  It is best to submit requests at least three weeks prior to your event or registration deadline or as soon as your event is scheduled, up to 12 months ahead. 
  • Feature Story Ideas | Send your suggested story topics to the communications committee. These would be posted to the Parish News Blog and distributed via the eNewsletter.

Beyond Holy Cross

Stay current with Catholic news in the region and around the world. Watch for posts updated daily at the bottom of the Holy Cross Home Page. You can also check out the following:

Parish Communications Committee Members

  • Toni Hall, parish administrator/Bulletin 
  • Anna Rzewnicki, chair
  • Ava Thompson, co-chair
  • Fr. Daniel Pal, OFM, Conv., parish administrator

Volunteer Opportunities

Communications volunteers are always welcome! Use, strengthen or build your skills in writing, designing, social media and e-mail messaging, website content management, photography, videography, and lots of other communications-related activity. We will document service hours and arrange internships for youth needing these experiences. 

If interested, please send an email message explaining your interest, with your phone number, to Anna Rzewnicki, communications coordinator.

 
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