This Week at Holy Cross - September 1
In this issue: Current Mass and Confession Schedule, Children's Choir Get Together, "Into the Breach" Adult Faith Formation, Rebuilding Together, Catholic University Second Collection, Social Concerns Appreciation, High School Teen Volunteers Needed, RCIA, CYO Sports, . . .
The Rectory Office is closing today due to pending weather conditions.
Montgomery County’s indoor mask requirement went into effect August 7.
Masks should be worn in Church by everyone 2 years and older.
CURRENT MASS AND CONFESSION SCHEDULE
The dispensation from Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation has been lifted and the obligation was reinstated beginning Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27. To see the full statement of the Bishops of the Province of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington, visit the Archdiocesan website at
We look forward to safely welcoming you back into our beautiful sacred space. Wipes for the pews and hand sanitizer will continue to be available for your use. The clergy will continue to sanitize their hands during the distribution of the Eucharist. The faithful are encouraged to remain respectful of their neighbor in all circumstances.
Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 pm in Church
Sunday Mass - 9:30 am in Church
Sunday Mass – 12 Noon in Church (live-stream link at
Weekday Masses are offered Monday thru Saturday at 8:30 am in Church
On Saturdays, Confessions are heard from 9:00 to 10:00 am.
Labor Day Weekend
On Friday, Rectory Office will be closed.
On Monday, Rectory Office will be closed.
On Monday, Mass will be offered at 10 am only.
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed in Quinn Hall Chapel on Fridays from 3 to 6 pm.
HOLY CROSS CHILDREN'S CHOIR GET TOGETHER
Thursday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter the music director at Holy Cross, is inviting all children grades 3-8 (existing members and new members who wish to sing in the Children's choir) and their parents to join her on September 16 at 4:30 pm for the first choir gathering of the year in the sanctuary. This will be a chance to have a question and answer session about the upcoming year. Participating in our parish music ministry is a beautiful way to share our God’s given talents with others. By leading the music at Mass, we help bring people closer to the Lord.
If your child is not yet a member of the Children’s choir but would like to become one, please attend this meeting. For more information contact Dr. Mariana at:
, Dr. Mariana is looking forward to meeting you all!
"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
" (Psalm 95:1)
Thursday, August 26
at 7 p.m.
Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter the music director at Holy Cross is inviting all singers -existing members and new members who wish to sing in the choir- on Thursday August 26, at 7 p.m. to join her for a choir gathering in the sanctuary. If you are not yet a member of the choir but you love to sing and would like to share your gifts with us all please attend this meeting.
For more information contact Mariana at:
Mariana is looking forward to finally meeting you all!
"Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts”
Volunteers needed for Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
Rebuilding Together provides free critical home repairs to Montgomery County’s most vulnerable residents. The repairs RTMC volunteers make help those members of our community who are most in need stay safe in their homes. Holy Cross teams with Saint Mark Presbyterian and Bethesda United Church of Christ as a visible sign of Christian Unity. The Social Concerns Committee also provides a wonderful picnic meal for volunteers.
The project work day is September 11, 2021
. Those with more experience can volunteer for work on the project on additional Saturdays. Teens may participate with parents. If you are interested in volunteering by working or helping with the picnic meal, send an email to
or call Fred Marinucci at 301-642-3928.
we will be taking up the National Collection
for The Catholic University of America. Your support will enable Catholic University to expand its impact in preparing the next generation of leadership for our Church and nation. We appreciate your generosity. You can learn more at:
MULHOLLAND FOOD DRIVE - BIG SUCCESS!
According to Brian Mulholland, this was the most food donated by Holy Cross Parishioners in the last eight years!!! Perhaps, but our Parish community has always had a very generous response. Luckily, the Mulholland Foundation brought a huge rental truck for the pickup!
The quality, as well as the quantity, of the donated food was amazing! It appeared that many Parishioners made a special trip to the grocery store before dropping off their donations in the back parking lot. These donations will go a long way toward restocking the inner city Parish Pantries!
The Linkages to Learning social worker was equally thrilled with the response to the backpack/school supply collection. She said she might even be able to share with one of her colleagues at another school - just in time for the first day!
THANK YOU HOLY CROSS!!!
The Social Concerns Committee
Remember in Prayer
those who have died.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Do you know someone who wants to explore the Catholic Faith?
Holy Cross offers sessions of instruction and discussion to assist the individual in their spiritual journey as they seek answers to their questions and learn more about the Teachings and sacramental life of the Catholic Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 7-9pm starting in early October. Email ilagan@hcrosschurch for a registration packet.
CYO FALL 2021 CROSS COUNTRY HYBRID REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Please register on SportsPilot (see below)
No experience or athletic ability necessary. If your child can walk, they can run!
We welcome all children of Holy Cross Parish and School Grades 1
This year we are offering a hybrid program which means that our runners can participate in-person or virtual. Please contact me, Flavia Wright (
) for which option you wish to participate in!
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm starting 8/31/2021.
Please be sure to bring water and wear running shoes.
Location: Meet at Holy Cross school field, course will be on Holy Cross School grounds.
Anyone Interested in helping out at practices should contact Flavia Wright (
). Parent volunteers must be
Virtus trained and cleared
. Earn Volunteer Hours! We need parent volunteers to keep an eye on all runners as they run around our grounds.
Please join in and run with us, if you’d like!
held on Sundays at 12:30 pm starting in early September through late October.
First meet will be on
Championships will be on
*(PLEASE NOTE: October 3
Meet is VIRTUAL ONLY.)
Runners will be in six divisions:
U8 Boys and U8 Girls - 1 Mile Distance
U11 Boys and U11 Girls - 2 Mile Distance
U14 Boys and U14 Girls - 2 Mile Distance
* The first race of every meet begins with the one mile, 8 and under Boys race.
Plan to arrive at noon to do a course walk through, warm-up, and stretch, prior to meet start.
Please e-mail me, Flavia Wright (
), of your times pertaining to your age group and meet times by 3pm Mondays.
Registration fee is $62 per child (credit card payment required) via Sports Pilot: To register go to:
Athletes and Parents must complete the following before participating in any CYO Parish Athletic Programs:
Athlete & Parent CYO Participation Consent & Waiver Form
Athlete & Parent Code of Conduct Form
Please feel free to email us:
Coach: Justin McLeod (
Team Manager: Flavia Wright (
CYO Lead Coordinator: Charles Tresky (
You can access the parish bulletin by:
- viewing it
- select "News" on the parish website (
- pick up a copy at Church.
WAYS TO SUPPORT HOLY CROSS
Make a donation by credit card via Faith Direct. Go to the parish website:
and click on One-Time Donation. You do not have to enroll in Faith Direct or, if you are enrolled in Faith Direct, you can elect to not sign in.
or call 866-507-8757 (toll-free) to enroll in our electronic giving program using your bank account or credit card (Holy Cross Code is MD22). Another way is to use your bank's bill pay.
your contribution in the mail slot in the Rectory office door
your offertory to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 249, Garrett Park, MD 20896
Mary Anne Gadbois
on Wednesday, September 1 at 12:15PM