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.
Who is Pax Christi? We are parishioners from Holy Cross, Star of the Sea, St. Joseph’s and Resurrection who meet monthly for prayer, study and action. As Catholics committed to a just peace in our world, we echo the longheld view of the Vatican that “nuclear weapons are incompatible with the peace we seek for the 21st century.” Pax Christi USA condemns the provocative and destabilizing nuclear weapons test by North Korea. As the world moves closer to a consensus that nuclear weapons must be eliminated, the North Korean test underscores the urgency of that view. Jesus, Ghandi, and Thomas Merton inspire our commitment to nonviolence in how we speak, what we read, listen to, watch, eat. Today, Jesus gives us his real presence in the Eucharist-His blood shed, His body broken, so that we might become real people of peace. For more information please go to www.paxchristiusa.org.
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.
Ministry to the Women’s Jail and Juvenile Hall
Trained and generous volunteers visit on a regular basis with women at the county jail and with youth at the Juvenile Hall. They bring God’s presence and care in celebrations of the Word and of the Eucharist. They also offer prayerful support and materials for spiritual guidance and education. They are a light in times of darkness, and direction back to a family of support and prayer.
Women Inmates at Water Street Jail This outreach ministry invites volunteers to visit the women on Sunday evening and offer them weekly Liturgy of the Word and Communion.
This outreach ministry invites volunteers to visit juveniles once a month on Sunday evenings and offer Liturgy of the Word and Communion.