Parish Mission Statement

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your
Holy Cross you have
redeemed the world!

We witness to the transforming love of God alive in His Word and sacraments,
by lives dedicated to fostering community, welcoming diversity,
working toward
social justice,

and deepening our personal relationship with our Lord and friend, Jesus.

We are committed to growing our church, always considering how we can better
serve and educate

the members of our parish family,

our Mt. Airy neighborhood, and our global community.

In joyful worship we seek to include all, especially the most vulnerable,
remembering that

the face of God is present in each person.


HOLY WEEK Mass Times

Women’s Retreat

Hey, Ladies!!

Join the WOMEN’S RETREAT Wednesday, March 24 @7pm

Theme: “Joseph, the Teacher”
Date: March 24th from 7-8pm
Facilitators: Sisters of Saint Joseph and Mary McKenna
Consider this: “How could anyone, let alone a lowly carpenter, muster up the courage to think that God could be speaking to him?  How could we ever believe that God could be speaking to us?” (Sr. Marie O’Hagan, SSJ)
Joseph, the ordinary one, teaches us to be trusting that God does have a word to speak to our hearts.
Event sponsored by: Holy Cross Parish
Topic: Women’s Retreat Evening
Time: Mar 24, 2021 07:00 PM
Meeting ID: 899 9840 4784
Passcode: 891496
Dial-In (by phone)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Jhoselyn’s Story

Jhoselyn Correa Needs Your Help

ANGELS AMONG US:  I met Narci and her spirited daughter, Jhoselyn, in November 2020 one Sunday morning at 8:30am outside Holy Cross Parish as they waited for Mass to begin. With smiling eyes (since our faces were covered by masks due to COVID-19 precautions), Narci introduced herself and quickly inquired about receiving sacraments for her eight year old. Narci and Jhoselyn, devout Catholics here from Ecuador, have found a home-away-from-home at Holy Cross as they await surgery for Jhoselyn’s congenital orthopedic malformations. They both attend weekly Bible Study for Kids with Mrs. Barbara Purnell, participated in our Advent Program, and are currently working closely with Darin Williams to ensure that Jhoselyn can receive her First Penance (Feb 27th) and First Communion (Feb 28th) prior to her pending surgery, scheduled on March 3rd. As of January, 27th, the Correa family was in need of just over $10,000, according to a GoFundMe account setup on their behalf, to help cover their medical and living expenses. To learn more about this beautiful family and their inspiring story, please refer to the article below. To donate, visit Contact Veronica Alvarado for more information at

Read her complete story here, and follow the link to her Gofundme page.



2020 Annual Appeal – Thank You

For Making Our 2020 Annual Appeal a Success

This year has been unprecedented in so many ways. Nonetheless, our courageous and compassionate Holy Cross family has once again come together to do the unprecedented. Thanks to so many of you who have faithfully contributed to the 2020 Annual Appeal, we had record levels of participation and contributions this year.

Your generosity will allow us to better connect with you, our church community, through technology. By early 2021, we will be able to offer real-time live streamed Masses, weddings and other church events. Thank you for making this vision a reality.

Merry Christmas and may Our Lord continue to bless you abundantly in the new year!

Peace & Love,


Veronica Alvarado
Director of Marketing & Development

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Advent 2020 Program

Advent is a time for hopeful preparation, to seek the unexpected, and to joyfully await the coming of something new!
As a parish family, we are encouraged to journey through this Advent season together — even though we are apart due to necessary COVID safety measures, we can still build community during this special season.
Below is a menu of options — perhaps this menu will help us grow in our mission as a parish family to be more “courageous, compassionate, and Catholic.”
O come all ye faithful, let us pray and celebrate together!
   Week 1: Sun, Nov 29th
   Prophet’s Candle – HOPE
   Week 2: Sun, Dec 6th
   Bethlehem’s Candle – FAITH
   Week 3: Sun, Dec 13th
   Shepard’s Candle – JOY
   Week 4: Sun, Dec 20th
   Angel’s Candle – PEACE
Dynamic Catholic: BEST ADVENT EVER
READ: “Tattoos on the Heart,” 
        by Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ
  • Advent celebrates Jesus’ birth in a manger, an unexpected place, thus challenging us to see the face of God everywhere – especially where we least expect
  • The book is about Fr. Greg Boyle’s gang intervention program, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, and how he sees God in the homies and homegirls
  • Read 9 pages per day to complete the book during the Advent season
  • Commitment: read 9 pages per day
Sunday Mass: HOMILIES 
  • Fr. Grogan and Fr. Emmons will read “Tattoos on the Heart” with the parish
  • Within each Sunday homily both priests will connect the Advent Scripture readings from long ago to the current stories of “Tattoos on the Heart”
  • A way for us to have a shared narrative as a parish family during this season
  • Commitment: read “Tattoos on the Heart” (reading schedule provided)
WEDNESDAY Advent Testimony Series
  • Every Wednesday, 7:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Zoom and Dial-In details provided below
  • Join either by phone or computer
  • Opening carol, short prayer, testimony, closing carol
  • A way to gather during these socially distanced times
  • See below for weekly themes, cantors, and speakers
  • Commitment: 30 minutes per week
Advent 2020 
WEDNESDAY Advent Testimony Series
Time: Wednesdays @ 7PM (reoccurring)
Join Zoom Meeting (by Video):
Meeting ID: 890 0313 6367
Dial-In (by Phone): (929) 205-6099
5 minutes – opening carol
5 minutes – prayer
10 minutes – testimony
5 minutes – closing carol
WEEK 1: Wed, Dec 2nd [Prophet’s candle: HOPE]
  • Theme: Who is a prophet in your life that calls you closer to God?
  • Cantor, Barbara Purnell
  • Prayer Leader, David Scheid
  • Speaker, Deacon Ed Purnell
WEEK 2: Wed, Dec 9th [Bethlehem’s candle: FAITH]
  • Theme: Where is your Bethlehem, the place where you have encountered God and thus changing your perspective?
  • Cantor, Tom Johnson
  • Prayer Leader, Alicia Wells
  • Speaker, Special Guest
WEEK 3: Wed, Dec 16th [Shepherd’s candle: JOY]
  • Theme: What brings you joy and how do see the face of God in that?
  • Cantor, Darin Williams
  • Prayer Leader, Thomas Heverin
  • Speaker, Nina Heverin-Alvarado
WEEK 4, Wed, Dec 23rd [Angel’s candle: PEACE]
  • Theme: How do you speak peace into the world in your everyday life?
  • Cantor, Larry Moy
  • Prayer Leader, Bill Faust
  • Speaker, Mary McKenna
BIBLE STUDY (Changes during Advent)
Bible Study Meets Thursdays @ 7pm via Zoom
Kid’s Bible Study Meets Tuesdays @ 4pm via Zoom
Both are led by Deacon Ed & Mrs. Barbara
For details, contact: Veronica Alvarado, call/text at 267-825-2580 or email
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New Regulations for Gathering

New Regulations for Gathering


Philadelphia County issued new regulations — restrictions — on the number of people who may gather at each Mass. For our purposes, the new regulations (5 people per 1000 square feet, or 5% of total legal occupancy) limit attendance in our church building to about 30 people per Mass.

Keep one another safe in Church! We can accommodate the needs of all worshippers if we are willing to distribute ourselves evenly at each Mass — 5pm Saturday; 9am and 11am Sunday morning; and 6pm Sunday evening. If you find yourself at an overcrowded Mass, please reconsider your choice to celebrate Mass at that time.

Don’t be afraid. But be smart, and be safe.