Holy Cross October Update

Parish and Diocesan Updates, plus prayers for St. Francis' Feast Day

We continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Florence, but help is also needed. That is why we will have a second collection at the Saturday, September 29 Vigil Mass and Sunday, September 30, 10 a.m. Mass. If you will not be at Mass this weekend, consider adding a donation through our online giving platform. Please be generous. You can read about the extent of the hurricane damage to households and Catholic facilities. 

Here’s a brief video message from Bishop Zarama, including an update on the areas affected and Catholic Charities’ response, and specific needs – such as for translators who speak Swahili. This and other calls to action reflect the message from the September 16 scripture readings. Read Deacon Phil's homily on the theme of helping to assure others have the necessities of life.

Coming Up at Holy Cross

Sept. 30, 3:00 p.m., Holy Name Cathedral | San Lorenzo Ruiz Mass. Holy Cross parishioners of Filipino ancestry are among those providing leadership for this annual commemoration of the life and Christian works of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino martyr and saint. All are welcome to participate.

Oct. 3, 17, 31, 7-8:30 p.m. | Holy Cross Book Club, reading and discussing Tattoos on the Heart, by Fr. Greg Boyle. All are welcome. 

Oct. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. | RCIA – the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) – Weekly Thursday evening sessions begin October 4. At this point, we have one individual who has been in the inquiry stage for the past several months and has discerned he is ready to begin in the RCIA program. Please keep him in your prayers as he continues on his journey, to culminate with reception of the sacraments of initiation during the Easter Vigil Mass in 2019. If you know of others who may be interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or in beginning their RCIA journey, invite them to contact Deacon Phil.

Oct. 6 & 7 | Voter Registration & Education. You Can Vote volunteers will be at Holy Cross before and after Masses to register and educate voters about what’s on the ballot for the November 6 mid-term election. Here’s a link to the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement website, with basic information - and here’s a recent News & Observer story with an overview of what will be on the ballot

October 7, 10 a.m. | Annual African Diaspora Mass. Bring canned foods and other items the church may need in addition to your regular offertory. Dress in African attire and invite your friends.

October 13, 2 to 4 p.m. | Eighth Annual Lisa B. Mitchell Pink Tea, presented during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to inform and inspire women of the parish (and their guests) in a friendly, fun atmosphere. Details here.

October 27, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church | Save the date for this Durham CAN Assembly. Holy Cross is a member of this diverse partnership of congregations, associations and neighborhoods working to identify solutions to shared community concerns and to bring them to the attention of elected officials. This Durham CAN event begins at the First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main Street, Durham. Participants will march together to the Durham Board of Elections for a discussion with candidates on a number of topics of concern to the community. Watch for details coming soon.

Celebrating St. Francis of Assisi

The Church celebrates St. Francis Transitus and Feast Day and Transitus, on October 3 and 4, respectively. The feast day on October 4 commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is founder of the Franciscan order. There are both religious (friars and sisters) communities, including the Coventual Franciscans (of which our pastor, and the pastor's at the Universitiy of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University, are members), and secular Franciscan communities, including the Padre Pio Fraternity, a regional community of lay men and women that meet in at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh.

The evening prior, on October 3, the global Franciscan community pauses to reflect on his Transitus, his passing from this life to the next. Following scheduled services at Franciscan parishes in the area.

October 3 | Transitus

  • The Duke Catholic Center is encouraging making this a day of fasting and prayer for the victims of clergy abuse and for healing in the Church. They will have a Holy Hour beginning at 8 p.m. for the Transitus at the Goodson Chapel at Duke, 407 Chapel Drive, Durham.
  • The Newman Catholic Center at UNC-Chapel Hill is holding a 5 p.m. Vigil Mass in honor of St. Francis, in the Activity Center Chapel
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish in north Raleigh, will have a 7 p.m. Transitus service in the church

October 4 | Feast of St. Francis

  • UNC-Chapel Hill Newman Center will have a 12:30 p.m. Mass in honor of St. Francis, in its Activity Center Chapel
  • The Duke Catholic Center will have a 5:30 p.m. Mass at the FA House (followed by a dinner for the student community).

Also, the Our Lady of Angels Province, our Pastor Fr. Bart’s Franciscan community, provides these brief morning and evening prayers that you may incorporate into your spiritual practices in these days of remembrance. 

This may be a good time to learn more about the Franciscan order at the U.S. Franciscans' website. The site includes blogs by several U.S. Franciscan Friars, including Casey Cole, OFM, who has spoken on the topic of discernment at Holy Cross in the past. 

Peace and all good.

Tags: Hymnal Campaign, African Diaspora Mass, Pink Tea, Voter Registration and Info, Holy Cross Book Club, RCIA Begins, Jazz Spirit of Mary Lou Williams Event, St. Francis Feast Day, Hurricane Florence

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