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)

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

What’sUp@HC           Join Our Parish           Get Involved          Make a Gift

Follow us on facebook
How to Subscribe: Text ‘HolyCrossParish5‘ to 84576



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 holycrossdev140@gmail.com
Follow us on facebook
How to Subscribe: Text ‘HolyCrossParish5‘ to 84576

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.


Holy Cross Welcomes Your Support


This week we are beginning the Holy Cross Parish Annual Appeal 2020 Campaign. This is an exciting opportunity for you to show your support of our church community. Our Annual Appeal Campaign plays a vital role every year in paving the way forward toward a flourishing future.

We intend to use the proceeds from this year’s campaign to help fund two goals: 1) moving us closer to a balanced budget, and 2) using technology to improve our outreach to members of our family who cannot be physically present with us when we gather in church. With your support, I look forward to continuing to strengthen and grow our sacred home for generations to come.

We are grateful for each of you, for your prayers and for your financial support. Together we can continue to grow in faith and hope for the bright future at our parish.

Please join me in supporting the Holy Cross Parish Annual Appeal Campaign by prayerfully making a gift now. To donate, please follow this link: DONATE NOW

Peace and blessings,

Fr Bill Grogan

Stewards of Our Earth

A Resource brought to you by the Social Justice Committee of Holy Cross Parish
10.16.2020  [printable version]

All of God’s Creation

October is Respect Life Month, a time for Catholics to reflect more deeply on the sacred dignity of human life.


 Every human being is a child of God! He or she bears the image of Christ! We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected, and loved.

~ Pope Francis, message for The World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2014

In his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All), Pope Francis describes steps he says countries should take to integrate migrants more adeptly. He says businesses should direct themselves to eliminate poverty, “especially through the creation of diversified work opportunities.” He says people born into privilege must remember that others — the poor, the disabled — need a “proactive state” more than they do. “Other cultures are not ‘enemies’ from which we need to protect ourselves, but differing reflections of the inexhaustible richness of human life.”


Detention Centers

“On April 6, 2018, the administration announced a “zero tolerance” immigration policy that requires every undocumented adult immigrant and asylum seeker in the U.S. to be criminally prosecuted under federal law. As a result, over 2,000 children were forcibly separated from their families, labeled ‘unaccompanied,’ and transported to remote shelters around the country. After intense political backlash, on June 20, 2018, an executive order ended family separation by requiring that children be detained with their parents in family detention centers instead. The reunification plan for families already separated remains unclear.” (Worth Rises, a non-profit advocacy organization)

More than 100 ICE detention centers are operated by for-profit corporations. Nationwide, an estimated 72% of people held in ICE custody are in some kind of privatized detention facility. (Southern Policy Law Center)

Proposed Regulation Violates Immigrants’ Privacy

“In September 2020, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed ruling that would vastly expand collection of biometric data, including iris scans, palm- and voice-prints, facial recognition images, and DNA, from immigrants. Currently, most immigrants are only required to submit fingerprints, signatures, and photos. The new ruling would also extend these biometric data requirements to U.S. citizens who sponsor immigrants.

The Department of Homeland Security claims that it needs this information to ascertain identity, avoid fraud and confirm family relationships. However, this move raises serious privacy issues including the use and long-term retention of this very personal data. The American Civil Liberties Union notes that Department of Homeland Security has not indicated if and how these changes are related to any specific security need. The new ruling would also apply to persons under fourteen years of age.” (Sisters of Mercy Justice Team)

Join the movement of thousands of people of faith pledging to: “Vote with love in action in mind so as to protect life, respect human dignity, and promote the common good, including God’s gift of creation.

Pledge to “Vote with Love in Action”

“As people of faith, we do not seek to elect only those who believe as we do. We believe that our faith calls us to advocate for the common good for all. For that reason, we will elect leaders who commit to an ethic of love in their public and political lives.” (2020 Vote Common Good)

For more information on Social Justice Committee of Holy Cross Parish, contact Mary Nolan: mlnolan752@yahoo.com