Holy Cross: Gearing Up for a Full Fall Schedule

Opportunities for adults and youth

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It’s back-to-school time! That includes faith formation – for youth AND adults. Fr. Bart’s blessings for teachers and students during last weekend’s Masses made it official – it’s time to return to the classroom, with best wishes for an enriching, productive, safe and rewarding year.

Faith formation for Holy Cross youth resumes its second and fourth Sunday schedule. Read about Faith Formation at Holy Cross and watch for details from Jeanetta Powell Hopkins, director of faith formation at Holy Cross, or contact her by email: FaithFormation@holycrossdurham.org

For teens through seniors, the following opportunities are available to help you go deeper into an adult understanding of your faith, including greater understanding of social action. You are welcome to invite others to any of our events. Check in at our Featured Events calendar posting (link is on the parish home page) and note the signs in our gathering space and in the top banner display on our website for new opportunities to learn, grow in faith, participate in outreach and service projects, and strengthen fellowship as a faith community. 

> From the Diocese: New Durham-Chapel Hill Catholic high school planning moves forward. Read more here.

Coming up at Holy Cross

Labor Day, Sept. 3 | The parish office is closed through Tuesday. Have a safe, fun holiday. You may want to check out the video at this Holy Cross Labor Day blog post; food for thought about the dignity of work. 

Wednesdays, Sept. 5 – Oct. 31, 7-8:30 p.m. | Holy Cross Book Club. Book title: “Tatoos on the Heart,” by Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ. We will meet every two weeks, starting Sept. 5, to discuss the kinship and sacredness of life as we read and reflect on Homeboy Industries founder Fr. Boyle’s decades of experience working with gangs in Los Angeles. Bring a sandwich if you don’t have time to stop for dinner. Beverages and light refreshments will be provided. This book is available at Amazon.com and other booksellers. If you can’t attend each session, come when you can. Details and registration here.

Sept. 8 & 9 | Holy Cross has partnered with the NC Central University Nursing Department to collect donations of feminine hygiene products that will be distributed to women in area shelters. Place your donations in the collection box that will be in the gathering space September 8 and 9.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 1-3:30 p.m. | Launch event for our “Year of Doing God’s Work in Love,” with a luncheon and presentation by Fr. Michael Lasky, OFM Conv., chairman of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission for the Our Lady of the Angels Province. Details and registration here.

Sept. 15, 9:30-11:45 a.m. | Safe Environment Training, for all catechists and volunteers who will be working with children and youth in Religious Education and other activities at Holy Cross. Send an email message to the parish office – office@holycrossdurham.org – to provide with your name and contact information if you will be participating. For more information, contact Kay Patterson, SET coordinator, at 919-544-3477. 

> From the Diocese of Raleigh website:

Sept. 15 & 16, before and after Masses | KC’s Annual LAMB Appeal and Tootsie Roll Giveaway

It’s time for the annual LAMB – “Least Among My Brethren” – fundraiser at Holy Cross. Members of our region’s Knights of Columbus council will be at Holy Cross after Masses on Sept. 15 and 16 to accept donations, and will be giving away Tootsie Roll treats.

About the LAMB Appeal

This program was started as a statewide project by the NC State Knights of Columbus Council in 1974. The LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc., was officially incorporated in 1999 to accommodate Operation LAMB’s growth and has raised more than $23 million since its inception.

The LAMB Foundation of NC is a public 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity dedicated solely to assisting people who have intellectual disabilities within the state of North Carolina. The organization is composed entirely of volunteers. As a result, 93 percent of the funds raised go directly to programs that support people with intellectual disabilities.

“Our allocation structure also ensures that our funding directly benefits the communities in which we live,” said Holy Cross parishioner and KC member Ronald Patterson.

Each local council allocates 85 percent of its collections for donation to local organizations. The remaining 15% is controlled by the LAMB Foundation of NC’s Board of Directors and is given to organizations that serve people with intellectual disabilities regionally, or organizations that may not have a local Knights of Columbus council and that have a special need. Read more about LAMB at its website.

Please be generous with your donation – cash or tax-deductible check made payable to LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc. And don’t forget to get your Tootsie Roll.

October 5 & 6 | Voter Education and Registration. Before and after Masses this weekend, Holy Cross You Can Vote volunteers will be available to talk with individuals about voting rights and registering those eligible to vote.

Oct. 13, 2-4 p.m. | Annual Lisa B. Mitchell Pink Tea, Multipurpose Room. 

Nov. 3 & 4 | Lector Training: 3-4 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 3; 11:30-12:30 Sunday, Nov. 4.

November 9-11 | Project Rachel Support Group/Weekend Retreat. If you are a woman or a man suffering from an abortion, plan to attend this retreat that combines discussions, spiritual exercises, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a memorial service and a Mass of the Resurrection. Call 919-852-1021 or register online at ProjectRachel@raldioc.org by October 26. All contacts are strictly confidential. 

Ongoing | Remember to provide donations of packaged food for those who might otherwise go without. Place donations in the containers in the gathering space. Donations are delivered through Catholic Charities each Wednesday morning, along with produce from the Holy Cross Garden, which is now being planted with a fall crop of vegetables.

Donations are also being collected for Backpack Buddies, which helps to assure Durham's children in low-income households have access to meals on weekends. 

In remembrance

We offer our prayers and condolences to Davesene Lawson and her family on the passing of her husband and long-time Holy Cross parishioner Renaldo Lawson. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Tags: Doing God's Work in Love, Social Action Launch, Voter Education and Registration, Labor Day Reflections, Tattoos on the Heart, Book Club, Durham-Chapel Hill Catholic High School plans

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