faithSacramental Preparation

As Catholics, we live out our faith life in a most special way through the seven Sacraments of the Church. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The Sacraments of Service are Marriage and Holy Orders. The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.

We offer monthly classes for parents and godparents of infants who will be baptized in the Catholic Church. All other Sacraments involve two years of general religious education specific to the individuals age and developmental level and regular Mass attendance at Holy Cross. During the second year of preparation in addition to general religious education and Mass attendance individuals also attend preparation classes specific to the Sacrament being requested.  Adult-only Confirmation preparation commences at various times throughout the year on an as-needed basis.  Please contact our parish office at 423-4182 for further information.

Baptism

The sacramental life of the individual and for the community begins with Baptism. All other sacraments flow from this great beginning. All candidates for baptism need a sponsor who is a confirmed, practicing Catholic to accompany them on their journey of faith.

If a child is under the age of reason, which the Church establishes at about 7 or 8 years of age, the child to be baptized is guided by parents and sponsor(s) (also called godparents) as each child begins the life journey of faith and is welcomed into the eternal family of God. Parents are asked to register their child for baptism at least three months prior to the month desired for baptism. 

If youth (7 years of age and older) and adults would like to be baptized, the Rite of Christian Initiation offers a process for initiation into our faith. While designed for adults, a special process is available for the children of families who attend Mass regularly.

Holy Cross Parish celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism in Spanish on the first Saturday of each month and in English the third Saturday of each month at 10 am. (Except during Lent and Advent)

Baptism is the first step of initiation into the Catholic Church and is also the first step of initiation into the local Parish. It is a sacrament that celebrates the entry of your child into the Catholic community in the hope that they will be supported and nourished in their faith development as well as becoming an active member of the church.

Now that you have made a choice for your child to become a Catholic, we would like to ensure that you know what this choice involves.

1- Complete the Baptism Registration and Baptism Sponsor forms. These forms needs to be completed in full and signed by both parents and the sponsors (godparents), please attach a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

2- Parents and Sponsors (Godparents) are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation Evening. These evenings aim to provide parents and sponsors (Godparents) with information about the Sacrament of Baptism and about the practicalities of the baptism itself. Please note that this preparation is held in Spanish the first Monday and in English the second Monday of the month in the Pastoral Center located at 210 High St., Santa Cruz, CA. Please make sure that you call the Faith Formation office at (831) 458-3041 to confirm that you are attending.

3- Once you complete the forms and attend the Baptism Preparation Evening and have the certificate, please bring the package to the Faith Formation Office.

4- Donation: As a Sacrament of the Church, no charge is made for the celebration of Baptism. However, it is customary to give a donation which helps to support the life and the work of the Parish. The donation can simply be placed in the envelope and handed in to the office along with your package. Please make the check out to Holy Cross Church.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our Faith Formation Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9-12 and 1-3pm on (831) 458-3041, and we will be happy to assist you.

We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism with you and we will help to make it a happy and memorable occasion.

May the Lord continue to bless you and guide you in this special step that you have taken in your child’s life.

Bautismo

La vida sacramental del individuo y de la comunidad comienza con el bautismo. Todos los demás sacramentos fluyen de este gran comienzo. Todos los candidatos para el bautismo necesitan un padrino(a) que es un católico confirmado, practicante para acompañarlos en su viaje de fe.

Si un niño es menor a la edad, que la iglesia establece a los 7 u 8 años, el niño sera bautizado y guiado por los padres y padrinos, ya que cada niño comienza el viaje de la vida de la fe y es acogido en la familia eterna de Dios. Se les pide a los padres que inscriban a su hijo para el bautismo por lo menos tres meses antes de la fecha deseada para el bautismo.

Si los niños (7 años de edad o mayores) y los adultos quisieran ser bautizados, el rito de iniciación cristiana ofrece un proceso de iniciación a nuestra fe. Este proceso está diseñado para los niños mayoure y adultos, es un proceso especial y está disponible para los niños de las familias que asisten a la Misa regularmente.

Gracias por su interés y por su decisión de bautizar a su hijo(a) en la fe católica. Estamos felices de que usted quiera que su hijo sea parte de esta comunidad católica y caminar juntos en este viaje de fe.

La parroquia de la Santa Cruz celebra el Sacramento del bautismo en español el primer sábado de cada mes y en inglés el tercer sábado de cada mes a las 10 de la mañana. (excepto durante Adviento y Cuaresma)

El bautismo es el primer paso de la iniciación en la iglesia católica y es también el primer paso de la iniciación en la parroquia local. Es un sacramento que celebra la entrada de su hijo(a) en la comunidad cristiana con la esperanza de que serán apoyados y nutridos en su desarrollo de la fe, así como convertirse en un miembro activo de la Iglesia.

Ahora que usted ha hecho una elección para que su hijo(a) se convierta católico, nos gustaría asegurarnos de que usted sabe lo que esta elección implica.

1.Completar la forma de Bautismo, esta forma debe ser llenada y firmada por los padres. Por favor adjuntar una copia de el Acta de Nacimientodel infante.

2. Asi mismo completar la forma de Padrinos, la cual de be ser llenada y firmada por los padrinos y la parroquia a la que acuden normalmente.

3. Atender a charla de preparación bautismal. Esta charla tiene como objetivo proporcionar a los padres y padrinos información sobre el Sacramento del bautismo y sobre los aspectos prácticos del bautismo en sí. Tenga en cuenta que esta preparación se lleva a cabo en español el 1er lunes y en inglés el 2º lunes del mes a las 6 pm, en el centro pastoral ubicado en 210 High St. Santa Cruz, CA. Por favor, asegúrese de llamar a la oficina de Formación de Fe para confirmar su asistencia.

4. Donación. Como sacramento de la Iglesia, no se hace ningún caargo por la celebración del Bautismo; sin embargo es costumbre dar una donación para apoyar los gastos de operación , la donación sugerida es de 50dlls. Su donación puede ser entregada con su paquete. Puede hacer su cheque a nombre de Holy Corss Church.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta o preocupación, por favor no dude en llamar martes y jueves a nuestra oficina de formación de fe entre las 9am y 3pm al (831) 458-3041 y estaremos complacidos en atenderle.

Esperamos poder celebrar el Sacramento del Bautismo con usted y hacer una feliz y memorable ocasión.

Que el Señor los siga bendiciendo y los guíe en este paso especial que han tomado en su vida y la de su hijo(a).

Eucharist & Reconciliation

These sacraments also have been known by other names. Eucharist is our Communion with God and with God’s People. Reconciliation is the Confession of our sins and the reception of Penance, that we might improve our lives and our world.

Children wishing to receive these sacraments participate in a two-year process of preparation. This includes regular Mass participation with their families, plus specialized classes to understand better these two sacraments that draw Catholics into deeper communion and healing with God, with the community, and with the world. For more information, please contact our Faith Formation Office at 458-3041.

Baptized adults who have never received Eucharist are invited to enter into the Rite of Christian Initiation. The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in preparation for the reception of Eucharist, and preparation is done in conjunction with this.

Confirmation

Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year process for high school students who will be at least 16 at the time of Confirmation. Separate sessions (on the same night) are held for first year and second year participants.

Catholic adults who have received Baptism and Eucharist and would like to be confirmed have a special opportunity to prepare with similar adults from neighboring parishes. A special period of preparation is offered each year, beginning during Lent and reaching its fulfillment usually during Easter season. Please contact our Youth Ministry Office at 457-2724 for more information.

Marriage

We rejoice with couples engaged to be married, and we look forward to supporting their journey for preparation not just for the wedding but for the life of their marriage. A wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime — so we are happy to help engaged couples prepare for both.

For a copy of our booklet on preparation for weddings and marriage, please click here.

Vocation to Holy Orders and Religious Life

A great source of blessing to the life of the Church comes from those individuals who are considering a special vocation to religious life or to orders as an ordained minister (priest or deacon). Our Diocesan Office of Vocations will be happy to work with anyone interested.

For additional information: Email: Vocations@dioceseofmonterey.org
Website: http://www.dioceseofmonterey.org

Anointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is available not only for those in danger of death, but for all who are suffering from serious chronic illness, those of advanced years who are experiencing the fragility and decline of health, and those who are soon to undergo serious surgery.

One misunderstanding that priests and pastoral ministers who minister in hospital settings often encounter is a request from family members to administer the Sacrament to someone who has died. The Church clearly teaches that the Sacraments are only for the living, and a priest may not anoint a dead body. However, in such cases, the Church provides a set of beautiful prayers, and encourages priests to bless the body of the deceased.

There are several reliable websites providing useful information about this important Sacrament, one example can be found at Catechism of the Catholic Church (online version).