Pastoral Care

Serving the needs of our parishioners


The Holy Cross Pastoral Care Team assist the pastor in meeting the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of parishioners. Pastoral care brings Church to people, allowing parishioners who are experiencing a short-term or long-term illness, who are experiencing difficulties because of life transitions, and who have experienced a loss to feel connected to the faith community. The members of the team are committed to serving with love and dignity. Services provided are listed below.

If parishioners are in need of services from the Pastoral Care Team, to protect their privacy they or a family member should contact the pastor.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist for the Homebound

Holy Cross Eucharistic Ministers visit parishioners who are homebound or in care centers. Ministers pray with the parishioner and administer communion.

Financial Need

Those facing financial hardship are asked to contact the pastor to discuss options, including limited emergency financial assistance and referral to agencies that can provide more extensive assistance. 

Health and Wellness

This ministry's mission is to provide the Holy Cross Catholic Church community and the Durham Community with various activities to assist in improving overall health, said Ogo Udemadu, coordinator. “We focus mainly on teaching and creating awareness through delivery of educational materials to members,” she said. The ministry has 10 members comprising of Medical Doctors, Nurses, Social Worker, and others, and they meet following Mass on the last Sunday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check the Special Events calendar on this site for upcoming presentations. 

Prayer Support

Prayer is a powerful resource. Submitting a prayer request via the link on the parish's home page sends the request directly to the parish pastor. You can also add your need in the Book of Prayer Intentions at the entrance to the sanctuary; those prayers are added to the prayers offered during Mass. 

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a lay caregiving ministry that supplements pastoral care. The program teaches laypersons to provide one-on-one care for individuals who request support. The confidential care-giver and care-receiver relationship, usually conducted by weekly visits, may continue for months or years. Reasons for requesting a Stephen Minister’s visits may range from grieving the loss of a loved one, experiencing a major illness, going through a divorce, job loss, struggling with substance abuse, or other life difficulties.

The Stephen Ministry exists in congregations of more than 160 Christian denominations, across the U.S. and Canada and in 24 other countries. Read more about Stephen’s Ministry. Holy Cross’s Stephen Ministry leader is Joe Spina. Contact the pastor by email or phone at 919-957-2900 Ext. 24 to submit a request for this ministry.



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