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Holy Cross Parish

More than a building, Holy Cross means family, community, inclusion, and service to others.




126 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 423-4182
Fax: (831) 423-1043

Website: http://www.holycrosssantacruz.com

Mailing Address:

Holy Cross Parish
126 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Administrative Staff:

Pastor: Rev. Joseph Occhiuto


Pastoral Associate : Deacon Hugo Patiño


Office Manager: Gladys M. Cox


Facilities Manager / Hall Rental: Toni Giovannoni


Liturgy and Music: Sr. Barbara Long, O. P.


Religious Education: Sr. Liza Raphael, I.M.


High School Youth Ministry: Elizabeth Borges-Yee


Junior High Youth Ministry: Kathy Elmore


Christian Initiation (RCIA): Sr. Liza Raphael, I.M.




Mission Galeria Shop: Sr. Betty Pedrazzi, I.H.M.


Martha's Helpers


Holy Cross School: Michael Hooper, Principal


Holy Cross Preschool


Newman Center (UCSC & Cabrillo College Ministry): Fr. Jerry Maher


Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal - Diocesan Victim Abuse Coordinator: Carol Kaplan, M.F.T., Diocese of Monterey




CONFIRMATION: You are invited to join in the Confirmation of our youth on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the church.

HOLY CROSS SCHOOL APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: Holy Cross School is celebrating 150 years of excellence in education. Learn more at holycsc.org. Call 423-4447 for application information and to schedule a visit. Come for a visit soon!

DOMINICAN MOBILE WELLNESS CLINIC: The Dominican Mobile Wellness van will be at Holy Cross on the second,fourth and fifth Wednesdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bilingual services will be provided (English/Spanish) and will include evaluation and treatment of episodic medical conditions, identification of medical homes for those patients with chronic needs, and identification of social services and resources in the community. There is a fee of $15 at the time of the visit. For more information call 457-7166

Holy Cross Needs You: Holy Cross Parish relies on the generous gifts of time and talent to provide our children with the best catechesis possible. This cannot be accomplished without the help of all our families. All adults who work with children must meet the requirements of the Diocesan Safe Environment Program and be fingerprinted prior to begin their services in our parish. Come share your gifts! Interest forms are in the back of the church or call the Faith Formation office at 458-3041.

Necesitmos Voluntarios: Parroquia Santa Cruz se basa en los generosos regalos de tiempo y talent para proporcionar a nuestros hijos la major catequesis possible. No es possible, sin la ayuda de todas nuestras familias de la parroquia. Todos los adultos que trabajan con los niños deben cumplir los requisites del programa de diocese para seguridad de los niños, y terminan llueves digitales antes de comensar sus servicios en nuestra parroquia. ¡Venga a compartir sus dones! Por favor llame a la oficina de Formación de Fe al 458-3041.

ST. FRANCIS SOUP KITCHEN: St. Francis Soup Kitchen offers us an opportunity to invite Christ not only into our lives but to others that we reach out to. Spread the word when you get the chance and invite those in need to lunch Monday through Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. Mens clothing is available Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry please call 459-6712 for more information. Thank you for your support!

BINGO!! All adults are invited to play Bingo the first Thursday of every month in the Parish Hall. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first game starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for a set of ten games and $5 for each additional set. Food and beverages available. Past evenings have helped raise money for childrens choir robes, new outdoor equipment for the Preschool as well as new bingo equipment. Come join in the fun!

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Choose God’s plan for you to be the most tender lovers you can be for the rest of your life. Choose a Marriage Encounter Weekend to keep you as a priority. To strengthen your relationship, attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend in Central California. For more details about a weekend call 704-6322, email registrar@wwme-centralca.org or visit www.wwme-centralca.org

WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH? We have a wonderful process for those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is for anyone who has never been baptized, or was baptized in another faith or even the Catholic faith and would now like to complete their sacraments of initiation with Eucharist and Confirmation. If you or someone you know would be interested, please call 423-4182 for more information.

MARRIAGE SAVING WITH RETROUVAILLE: Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness and simply shut down. Others experience conflict and arguments in their relationship. Most don't know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This program has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels. For confidential information about the program or to register, call 479-1260. Visit us online at Monterey@RetroCA.com or www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

RETROUVAILLE: Que es el Programa Retrouvaille? Retrouvaille es una palabra francesa que significa redescubrir. Es un programa especialmente diseñado para ayudar a matrimonios que se encuentran en conflict de relación. ¿Preocupado por su Matrimonio? ¿Ha pensado Ud. en la separación o en el divorcio? ¿Esta alegando o simplemente se queda callado(a)? ¿Hablando de ello solo lo hace peor? Información acerca del fin de semana, favor contactar www.HelpOurMarriage.com

BULLETIN ADS: Have you ever thought of placing an advertisement in our Sunday Bulletin? Advertising would allow your fellow parishioners to patronize and support your business as well as supporting our church. If you would like to place an ad on the back of the Sunday bulletin you need to contact J.S. Paluch at 1-800-231-0805 for size and pricing information. They will need the following number to identify our church 523307 for proper placement. Thank you for your support!!

SIGNING UP FOR CONSISTENT GIVING IS EASY! Signing up is as easy as picking up a Consistent Giving card in the back of the church, filling it out and turning it in to the collection basket or the parish office. For more information call Toni at 469-3560.

¡PARA DAR COHERENTE ES FÁCIL!: Para más información favor de comunicarse con Toni al 469-3560.

Mass Times



Saturday Vigil
5:00 p.m.

English: 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Spanish: 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. until finished
Daily Mass
8:30 a.m. in the Mission Chapel (Monday-Friday)



Holy Cross Church is located at 126 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, at the corner of Mission and High Streets, one block east of Highway 1, which turns into Mission Street within the city of Santa Cruz.

Directions if driving from San Jose and points north along California Route 880 southbound (also called "Highway 17" Southbound): Take Highway 17 over the Santa Cruz mountains into Santa Cruz, where 17 will turn into Highway 1. Take Highway 1 North, following the signs to Half Moon Bay, through one stoplight. At the second stoplight, which is Mission Street, turn left and drive two short blocks to the Mission Plaza Park on your left. At Emmet Street (Holy Cross Elementary School is at the corner), turn left; the Mission is on the right, and Holy Cross Church is straight ahead.

Directions if driving from San Francisco and points north along Highway 1 southbound: Take Highway 1 South all the way into Santa Cruz. Highway 1 turns into Mission Street. Follow Mission Street (8 stoplights from Western Drive) to the Mission Plaza Park on your left. At Emmet Street (Holy Cross Elementary School is at the corner), turn left; the Mission is on your right, and Holy Cross Church is straight ahead.

Directions if driving from Monterey and points south along Highway 1 northbound: Take Highway 1 north into Santa Cruz, following the signs to Half Moon Bay, through one stoplight. At the second stoplight, which is Mission Street, turn left and drive two short blocks to the Mission Plaza Park on your left. At Emmet Street (Holy Cross Elementary School is at the corner), turn left; the Mission is on your right, and Holy Cross Church is straight ahead.

A Brief History

The Mission Santa Cruz period

On October 17, 1769, the Portola expedition arrived at the San Lorenzo River and set up a cross, calling the area "Santa Cruz," meaning city of the "Holy Cross." Twenty years later, Fathers Alonzo, Salazar, and Lopez arrived and pitched their tents on the hill where the church of the same name now stands. The cornerstone of the mission church was laid on February 27, 1793, on the site of the current parish church, and was dedicated May 10, 1794.

The mission period begins to draw to a close in 1834 when its lands were secularized by the Mexican government. By 1840 the mission buildings were falling into disrepair. In 1845 an earthquake toppled the church's bell tower. With the collapse of the mission facade, caused by another earthquake on February 16, 1857, the mission period of Holy Cross ended.

Holy Cross Parish -- the beginnings

In 1857, the cornerstone was laid for a wooden church to replace the mission church. It served the parish until 1898, when it was torn down. In 1862, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul opened Holy Cross School, a day school as well as a boarding school, the first educational institution in the parish.

In 1889, the construction of the present brick gothic church, under Rev. Hugh McNamee, marks the end of the transition from Mission Santa Cruz to Holy Cross Parish. On September 25, 1891, the citizens of Santa Cruz erected a granite archway in front of the church to commemorate the founding of Mission Santa Cruz. New buildings graced the parish from the 1920s through the 1960s, including the high school and rectory. From 1982 to 1984, the interior of the church was renovated in preparation for the 1989 centennial. In 1989 the church was formally consecrated. Then on October 17, 1989, the earth shook again. The church was declared unsafe, and services were moved to the parish hall. On June 30, 1990, the parish hall itself burned down! Services were moved to the school courtyard, and then into a tent pavilion.

Holy Cross Parish today

During the ten years after the earthquake, the church was repaired and retrofitted, along with the convent and the Mission Chapel. A new parish hall and gym were completed in 1999, and a Historic Garden was begun over the old Mission burial grounds in tribute to our Native American brothers and sisters.


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