This Week at Holy Cross
In this issue: Song for Easter Video, Easter Vigil, Devotion to the Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration, ADW Jubilarian Celebration, Easter Basket Blessing, Care for Creation, Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs...
We welcome those who received the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil! Our hearts are bursting with joy as we continue to pray for you. Alleluia!
Mia Jankosky, Brandon Walling, Sean Smith, Reginaldo and Juliana Candido, Adam Boizelle, Diogo De Paula and Don Hoage.
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
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION at HOLY CROSS
After Easter, Eucharistic Adoration hours on Fridays will return to the 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm schedule. This will
begin on Friday, April 9
. You are invited to make a visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays anytime between the hours of 3 and 6. What a blessing to know that in the pandemic Our Lord is still so present to us!
There is a special need for a few people who might be able to make a commitment to be there for the 3 pm hour each week. If you are able to attend on most Fridays at 3 pm please call and let us know.
Barb and Dave Ruppert, 301 933-7646
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.
Celebrating Special Wedding Anniversaries: 2021 Jubilarian Mass
Are you celebrating a special wedding anniversary? Each year the Archdiocese of Washington honors couples married 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70+ years at the annual Jubilarian Mass. This year’s Mass will be held Sunday,
June 27 at 3:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Matthew
. Seating is limited to allow for social distancing and the Mass will be live-streamed. To receive a signed Jubilarian anniversary certificate or to register to attend the Mass, please contact the parish office (301-942-1020) before May 14, 2021.
Easter Basket Blessing
Care for Creation
Do you plog?
Plogging entails jogging/walking and quickly stopping to pick up trash while you go.
MC Energy Connections launched #MontgomeryPlogs last year to encourage people to pick up trash on their normal walking/jogging route."
This spring, the county is continuing the #PloggingChallenge to make a difference in reducing trash pollution.
For more information and to sign up for the Challenge, see:
We are pleased to welcome new parishioners. You may register by visiting our website,
, emailing the Parish Secretary at
, or calling the Rectory at 301-942-1020. Registration is required for reception of the Sacraments and letters of eligibility to serve as godparent or sponsor. If you are not sure if you are registered, just call or email the office and we’ll be happy to check for you.
Moving to a New Parish?
Changed Your Home or Email Address?
Discontinued Your Home Phone?
Please notify the Parish Office (
or 301-942-1020) of any changes in your contact information. We appreciate your help in keeping the parish database current. Thank you!
PLEASE SUPPORT LOCAL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR BABIES
During the past 2 months, more than 50 NEW client mothers and their families have requested help from the Gabriel Project Cluster. This is in addition to the over 200 already being assisted. More women volunteers are needed, especially bi-lingual women.
The Gabriel Project Cluster of Montgomery County is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that assists low-income pregnant women and their children. During the pandemic and economic crisis, the need for the Gabriel Project’s services has grown tremendously while typical sources of support are greatly reduced. During this Holy Season you can help provide critically needed material resources by purchasing essential items like baby gear, diapers, and clothing through the Gabriel Project’s Amazon Charity List. For more information about the Gabriel Project and to support our efforts, please visit the website at
and look for the link for the Gabriel Project’s Amazon Charity List at the top of the home page. Thank you for your generous support!
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 Thursday, April 8 at 8:48AM