Parish News Blog

April 2020

Apr 28

Grieving and Loss through COVID-19 Times

The challenges of living in this interesting but tumultuous time of the viral pandemic continue for most of us. Many have lost their jobs or livelihood – some temporarily, some permanently – and must reckon with this new reality and its resolution. Some have lost loved ones. And many of us feel as if we have lost something...
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Apr 26

Homily for Third Sunday of Easter

Click to view readings for the Third Sunday of Easter at the USCCB website. Read the text of Fr. Bart's homily below. Video recording: April 26 Mass with Fr. Bart Fr.Bart's Homily | Third Sunday of Easter The two disciples in this week’s Gospel were walking away from the community of  Jesus’ followers, in a sense from the...
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Apr 22

Celebrating Earth Day, April 22, 2020

Let's begin this post with a song, Canticle of Brother Son, giving thanks for all creation, based on the Canticle of the Sun, written by St. Francis of Assisi, 1225. As we experience a different way of doing routine things in our daily lives, the Celebration for Earth Day 2020 is no different. With community events to celebrate the 50th...
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Apr 18

Meals resume for Durham children, other Community Updates

In the Durham community Durham Public Schools resumed feeding children and families on April 16. Meals are available two days a week. Sites and times are at this website. Please help spread the word about this to families you know would benefit. Catholic Charities has resumed distributing food to its clients through the Durham Community Food...
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Apr 18

Divine Mercy Sunday Homily and Video Recording of Mass

[Click to view a recording of the April 19, 2020 Mass.] On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II declared the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. He made this declaration during the canonization ceremony of a Polish nun, Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, who had in her lifetime amazing revelations of the Divine Mercy. One of the requests that...
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Apr 14

Grounding and Consciousness

Many are still seeing the effects of COVID-19 not only on our day-to-day lives, but also now on our inner beings and our consciousness. We may begin to reflect on things in a different way. As we do this, we can think of ways to be more grounded. Groundedness is an important part of physical, mental, and emotional health, and so, plays a part in...
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Apr 11

An Easter Message from Fr. Bart

We have never experienced an Easter like this before. We have been asked to stay at home, unable to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of our faith – the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ as – a community. We are also faced with the frightening reality that this pandemic will continue for many more weeks, and our country...
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Apr 10

A Reflection on Good Friday

At the beginning of Lent, the devil tempted Jesus in the desert. He tempted him to turn stones into bread. He tempted him to do a spectacular miracle by jumping down from the top of the Temple. He tempted him to rule the world through power and intimidation instead of through self-sacrificing love. All of these temptations had something in...
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Apr 9

Spiritual Resources, Online Mass options

The following resources are provided as spiritual aids in this time of isolation and physical separation from our faith community and the sacraments.  Spiritual Resources Diocese of Raleigh: Keeping a prayerful life at home Project Youth Ministry: Sundays, 8:00 p.m. Ignited By Truth Conference: Saturday, April, 18, 10-5:00 p.m....
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Apr 9

Homily for Holy Thursday

  View resources for keeping a prayerful life at home, following Fr. Bart's homily.  Holy Thursday Homily from Fr. Bart The ceremony that we celebrate on Holy Thursday and, in fact, every time we celebrate the Mass, puts us in contact with three thousand and five hundred ears of salvation history. With this celebration, we are...
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Apr 9

Catholic Charities Durham Community Food Pantry Reopens April 15

The Catholic Charities Durham Community Food Pantry is re-opening next Wednesday, April 15. The team there anticipates a higher that usual need for food, and is accepting donations for packaged and canned foods. Holy Cross parishioners are invited to bring their food donations to church between 10 AM and 2 PM on Friday, April 10 through...
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Apr 8

Holy Cross Garden Expands Again, Welcomes New Gardeners

In about three hours on Palm Sunday, a team of five volunteers from Holy Cross Catholic Church built six new wood-framed planting beds for the Holy Cross Sharing Garden. They also prepped and planted two of the garden’s seven sharing beds, built by Deacon Phil Rzewnicki the week prior. Those are dedicated to growing produce for the...
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Apr 7

Holy Cross Social Action Update: Walking, Gardening, Serving

“We walk for you and others in need.” That’s how Deborah Hilliard said she responded when asked about the t-shirts they were wearing, and “What are you doing?” by several homeless individuals and neighborhood residents that she and her walking partners encountered this past Sunday morning. Debbie and her...
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Apr 2

Time for the (Virtual) Durham CROP Hunger Walk

The 2020 Durham CROP Hunger Walk is still on for this Sunday, April 5, but it’ll be a virtual experience this year, due to CDC recommendations for controlling the spread of COVID-19. [If you know all about it and just want to donate, click here.]  What does "a virtual experience" mean? Rather than gather and walk as a...
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Apr 2

Palms and a Holy Week Message from Fr. Bart 

This Sunday, we begin Holy Week with Passion (Palm) Sunday, an annual celebration of the Paschal Mystery: the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we well know, it will be very different this year because of the coronavirus. We have been required to stay at home and avoid close proximity to each other. This is necessary and...
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Apr 2

Holy Week Masses at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

The following Holy Week Masses will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral by Bishop Luis Zarama and live streamed on the Diocese of Raleigh YouTube channel. If you are unable to watch during the live broadcast, full Masses and services will also be available for viewing after they have aired. (If watching the recorded version, be aware...
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