This Week at Holy Cross - March 24
In this issue: Fr. Barron's Lenten Reflection, Lent Morning of Reflection, Holy Week-Easter Schedule, Easter Flower Donations, Lent Holy Hour with Benediction, Stations of the Cross, Easter Basket Blessing, Devotion to the Divine Mercy, Environmental Bills, Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs...
Father Barron's Weekly Lenten Reflection
Lent Morning of Reflection
with Monsignor Jack Macfarlane
10:00am-11:30am in church
Are you going?
might be going.
The Morning of Reflection will be livestreamed. Visit
and click on the red button to be one with us in prayer!
The Light Is On For You...
During Lent, Confessions will be heard
on Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR EASTER
. The parish appreciates your help with seasonal flower expenses. We would like to recognize our donors or those you want honored or remembered at Easter. An envelope was included in the March offertory envelope mailing and there are additional envelopes located in the vestibule of the Church. Simply complete the envelope (limit 10 listings), enclose your donation and drop it in the collection basket, the Poor Box or the mail slot in the front door of the Rectory through
, to be included in the Easter Flower Memorials insert in the Easter bulletin. For those who make their flower contribution through Faith Direct, please mark your envelope “FD”. Thank you for your help with this decorating expense.
Adult Formation Meetings are currently held via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 874 9454 5896
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Ongoing Offerings for Drop-in!
Thursdays 10am-11am Gospel Sharing (Reflecting on upcoming Sunday Gospel)
Fridays 10am-11am Parish Rosary
Additional spring offerings to be announced.
Easter Basket Blessing
April 3 at Noon
Holy Cross Church
Holy Cross Parish invites you and your family to bring your unique family basket(s) to the Church for a brief blessing service at the Church steps
Do come and share in this beloved custom with your parish family or make this the start
of a new Easter tradition with your own family, relatives, and friends!
Easter Basket Blessing.pdf
Devotion to the Divine Mercy
To learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Novena. Click
begins on Good Friday, April 2 and ends on Saturday April 10. The novena and chaplet will be recited after the 8:30am (daily) Mass in church following Easter Sunday.
Holy Cross will be celebrating the Feast of the Divine Mercy on Sunday, April 11 at the 12:00pm Mass. The Litany to the Divine Mercy will be recited after Mass to venerate the Divine Mercy.
“From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone - especially the greatest sinners.” – EWTN
Care for Creation and Environmental Stewardship
Maryland Catholics for Our Common Home are urging State Legislators to pass key environmental bills that respond to the call of Pope Francis to care for creation and the most vulnerable among us. The Maryland Catholic environmental group has designated the following as the highest priority bills for passage and your consideration of support:
-Climate Solutions Now Act,
-Transit Safety and Investment Act,
-Zero Emissions Bus Transition Act,
-Coal Community Transition Act, and
-Maryland Environmental Constitution Amendment.
To read about these bills, please see
To sign the electronic petition of support, please go to
Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs
The Archdiocese of Washington Office of Life Issues is providing the information below to respond to any questions you might have about the COVID-19 vaccine and Catholic moral teaching on this matter. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Life Issues at
if you would like more information or resources.
Rectory Office visits are by appointment only.
Phone calls are being monitored. Leave a voicemail at 301-942-1020 x200.
Emails are monitored at
Please wear a mask when you come to an appointment at the Rectory.
Holy Cross Church will continue to communicate with our parish family
the Holy Cross Facebook page
We are posting the bulletin on the parish website at
. Limited copies are available in the back of Church. Our weekly bulletin is made possible by the continued support of our advertisers. Please patronize our generous businesses and let them know you saw their ad!
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, March 24 at 2:25PM