Parish News Blog

March 2020

Mar 31

Holy Cross Sharing Garden Getting a 2020 Season Refresh

The Holy Cross sharing garden is getting a major refresh this spring, one that should help with weed control, provide easier access to garden beds and make for a more pleasant gardening experience. But why garden, you ask? An article from the University of North Carolina Hospital provides several reasons, including improved hand strength,...
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Mar 28

Fr. Bart’s Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

First reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14. Responsorial Psalm: 130: 1-8 Second reading: Romans 8:8-11 Fifth Sunday Gospel Reading: John 11:1-45 Sometimes we hear it said that Lazarus experienced a “resurrection.” In reality, he was brought back to life by Jesus, who would be the only one to experience a Resurrection. I sometimes wonder...
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Mar 24

Bishop's Annual Appeal Reminder

  Dear Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, continually calls each of us to imitate Jesus' love and compassion to those in the most need. As members of a larger community of Catholics, we are given the opportunity to act on that call and accomplish this beyond our own parish through the Bishop's Annual...
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Mar 24

Fighting COVID-19 from the inside out: Keeping your immune system healthy

It is known that one of the best ways you can fight off a virus or other illness is to keep your immune system healthy and strong, said Charlie Rowe, who recently became coordinator of Holy Cross's Health and Wellness Ministry. She provides the following tips for fighting COVID-19 from the inside out, by keeping your immune system healthy....
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Mar 24

Charley Rowe Leading Health and Wellness at Holy Cross

Holy Cross Catholic Church recently welcomed new parishioner Charley Rowe (photo at right). Soon after joining the parish, she responded to a message in the Holy Cross Bulletin seeking a volunteer coordinator for the parish’s Health and Wellness ministry. Charley brings to her new role experience in medical settings and years of personal...
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Mar 24

How we can imitate Jesus' love and compassion to those in the most need

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, continually calls each of us to imitate Jesus' love and compassion to those in the most need. As members of a larger community of Catholics, we are given the opportunity to act on that call and accomplish this beyond our own parish through the Bishop's Annual Appeal....
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Mar 22

Streamed Masses 3.22.20

While we are not able to gather for Mass, we are able to celebrate virtually. Following are a few options to view Mass online.  Readings for this fourth Sunday of Lent are here.  Marian Johnson Thompson’s Goddaughter is one of the lectors today at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The parish is celebrating Mass...
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Mar 22

Fourth Sunday of Lent Homily by Fr. Bart

Jesus gave the man born blind, the subject of this week’s Gospel reading, two wonderful and priceless gifts. The first was the joy of physical sight. Can you imagine being blind from birth? From the day he was born, this man hadn’t enjoyed the beauty of creation, the subtle beauty of expression on people’s faces, the look of...
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Mar 18

A message from our Pastor

My Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross Church, Our Bishop Zarama was faced with a difficult decision in suppressing all Masses, both weekend and daily. He was not alone in this decision because all dioceses in the United States had to make the same decision to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus This cancellation of Masses,...
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Mar 16

Bishop Cancels All Masses Until Further Notice

With the evolving Caronavirus situation, Bishop Zarama has issued new instructions regarding Mass and other services for the Diocese of Raleigh. Holy Cross is following these new instructions.  A Message from the Diocese of Raleigh Bishop Luis, in collaboration with his executive staff, continue to monitor information from national and...
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Mar 13

The Woman at the Well

At the end of her conversation at the well, the Samaritan woman said to Jesus “I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything.” Now surely we can say: SHE IS A BELIEVER! She leaves her water jar and quickly went into town to tell others about Jesus. Do you have that same sense...
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