Holy Cross has a long and rich tradition of caring for people when they are in need. Our Outreach Ministry seeks to attend to a wide variety of needs and situations. In personal ways, we try to bring God’s love to all, especially those undergoing any type of difficulty; and particularly those who might feel forgotten, outcast or alienated.
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” — Matthew 25: 35-36, 40
To participate in any of these ministries, please call Holy Cross at 423-4182, and indicate whether you would like to offer or receive support or information regarding any of these Outreach ministries.
Visits to the Sick
Following the ancient tradition of the Church, our extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist to the homebound bring the presence and joy of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament to those who are unable to come to Mass. They visit homes, hospitals and centers of assistance and recuperation, sharing the Word of God from Mass and carrying the eucharistic presence of Christ. A simple communion service brings the care of God and our community to those who then see the Holy Spirit working in our lives.
Issues of peace and justice are discussed and acted upon in Pax Christi, which is Latin for “The Peace of Christ”. Our chapter is part of the national Catholic group of the same name. Educational evenings inform members and parishioners, as well as many people from the larger Santa Cruz community who participate, too. Prayer services gather people together in hope and for justice. Action is taken in vigils, marches and other community services.
This ministry, based on the concept of prayer, study and action, offers Catholics throughout the county an opportunity to meet monthly on Wednesday evenings focusing on topics of justice and peace.
For more information please go to www.paxchristiusa.org.