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
Communications Resources for Committees/Ministries
News Sources Beyond Holy Cross
Holy Cross Communications Committee Members

Parish News Vehicles

  • Weekly Bulletin Read online or download or pick up a copy at church. 
  • 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.
  • Parish eNewsletter published at least once a month, with speciall announcements/invitations as needed.
    • Please sign up for the parish eNewsletter if you are not already receiving it. Once you do, you may need to check your spam filter and add the sender's address - - to your email contacts. After that, you should receive it regularly.
    • To stay on our distribution list - and to help keep our list in compliance with email message requirements - please update your contact information and preferences via our communications sign-up form
  • This website | Watch for updates to our Parish News Blog, From the Desk of Fr. Bart, and Deacon Phil's Corner and home page slide show (at the top of our website).
  • Social Media | Follow us on Facebook and Twitter; we also use Eventbrite to reach a broader audience for special events.
  • Posters and fliers | See what's new in the gathering space as you enter and leave the church.
  • 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 pastor.
  • Communications Support for Special Events, Announcements| The Holy Cross Communications Committee offers a number of options to help parish ministries and committees promote their events and programs. Read about the services available and submit your request for Communications Support via this Google Form. 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, co-chair
  • Ava Thompson, co-chair
  • Fr. Bart Karwacki, OFM, Conv., pastor

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 or Ava Thompson, communications committee co-chairs.

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