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Altar Servers

Maureen Garner          783-6428

This is a wonderful learning experience for our young members of the parish. They learn about their faith and take on responsibility. The assistance of young people as altar servers at Mass is a ministry of great importance at Holy Cross Church. They help facilitate a reverent flow to the liturgy. If you are a member of our parish, and your child would like to become a server, we welcome youth starting in grade 3 and up who have made their First Communion. This is an excellent way for Catholic girls and boys to appreciate more our great ritual of the Eucharist in faith and fellowship. Training sessions will be provided. If you are interested, please contact Maureen at 413-783-6428 for further information.



Athletic Association

Connie Begley              262-2241




Anne Gagnon              783-0339

These volunteers bake for special events that take place in the parish. Our baking coordinator calls those who have volunteered on a rotating basis as the events arise.



Bereavement Support Team

Sister Cindy                  372-6241

Volunteers who serve on this team prepare cards for family members six months and one year from the date of death of a parishioner.  They are also asked to pray for those who died as well as for their survivors.  The time commitment currently is approximately two times per year to prepare the cards and prayers during the month they serve.  These volunteers also work together to provide a reception following the Mass of Remembrance each year in November.




Child Advocate

Cathy Daniel                  372-6239

In each parish, the Child Advocate is responsible for ensuring that certain Safe Environment protocols are followed.

These protocols are described in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Articles 12 and 13.

Provide training sessions for relevant employees and volunteers; Oversee the completion of all relevant CORIs;

Ensure that Codes of Conduct are signed and filed at parish;

Maintain records for annual compliance audit.



CRS/Fair Trade

Ellen Angeli                    204-8562

Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the Global South.

We at CRS believe that Fair Trade embodies a comprehensive set of criteria, including, at a minimum, the following commitments:

  • Paying a fair wage in the local context

  • Offering employees opportunities for advancement

  • Providing equal employment opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged

  • Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices

  • Being open to public accountability

  • Building long-term trade relationships

  • Providing healthy and safe working conditions within the local context

  • Providing financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible


Fair Trade Products are available through the parish’s Just Faith Program.




Deacon Bill                   372-6237

Cursillo in Christianity is a movement within the church that, through a method of its own tries to, and through God's grace manages to enable the essential realities of the Christian to come to life in the uniqueness, originality, and creativity of each person.  In becoming aware of their potential, and while accepting their limitations, they exercise their freedom by their conviction; strengthen their will with their decision to propitiate friendship in virtue of their constancy in both their personal and community life. The Cursillo Movement consists of proclaiming the best news of the best reality: that God, in Christ, loves us.  Communicated by the best means, which is friendship towards the best of each one, which is one’s being person and one’s capacity of Conviction, Decision, and Constancy.


And what needs to be emphasized today, now, and immediately in order to be on the cutting edge of today's debate is to facilitate and make possible for every person to encounter oneself always and absolutely essential in order to be able to encounter God and others.

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Enlivening Our Parish

Ann Marie Duffy            575-0804

This is a movement to look at what will enable us to enliven our parish and make it a joyful community where people will feel welcomed, accepted and encouraged to grow in faith.  It is important that we continue to focus on ways that we can enrich our parish and our outreach to those beyond our parish.  Our actions will be the sign of God’s presence in our world.  The group is open to everyone. 


Eucharistic Ministers to Confined Parishioners

Sister Cindy                     372-6241

Individuals involved in this ministry bring Communion and visit with one (or more - determined by the volunteer) of our parishioners either in their home or in a nursing home.  Volunteers to the home-bound usually spend a minimum of 20 - 30 minutes per week or every other week, while those who bring Communion to our parishioners in nursing homes also have travel time to consider.  It is recommended that visits be kept to 30 minutes or so, depending on the person.


Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers

Maureen Garner             783-6428

The extraordinary minister's function is to distribute Holy Communion within Mass. An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church is, under the Code of Canon Law, "an acolyte, or another of Christ's faithful deputed", in certain circumstances, to distribute Holy Communion. The term "extraordinary" distinguishes such a person from the ordinary (normal, regular) minister of Holy Communion, namely a bishop, priest or deacon.




Family Life Commission

Patty Ferrarini                  782-3509

This group meets monthly to plan and direct events throughout the year that are geared to various age groups in the parish.  They are responsible for the parish cook-out, the luncheon for parishioners who are home-bound, including those in independent living facilities, and various other events throughout the year. (Please see the “Family Life” page for additional info)


Finance Committee

Richard Allen                    734-6292

The purpose of this group is to advise and assist Father Darcy in the general conduct and oversight of parish finances.  This group meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Church Rectory.  We review budgeted versus actual collection, monthly financials, proposed expenditures, grounds and building and revenues generated by the fund raising committee.  The goal of the group is to maintain a healthy and vibrant Parish Community.


Franciscan Reflection Group

Sister Cindy                       372-6241

This group meets on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 pm during the school year.  Members of the group participate when their schedules allow.  The group works with various materials (DVDs, books, other prepared programs) through a Franciscan lens to deepen their spiritual life.


Fundraising Committee

Call Rectory                         783-4111

The Holy Cross Fund Raising Committee creates parish events that build community, income, and fun. Parishioners are welcome to join us in planning and providing such activities throughout the year. New ideas are always welcome.


Funeral Preparation

Sister Cindy                        372-6241

Volunteers are trained to meet with families to assist in the planning of the Funeral Liturgy, and to provide information on the grieving process when the Pastoral Minister is not available.  They either conduct the wake service and the committal service, or participate in the services with the priest.  They provide direction for participants in the Funeral Mass by introducing all those who will be reading, bringing up the gifts, and/or speaking during the Mass.  The time commitment is approx. five hours per funeral.  The number of funerals they participate in varies according to who is available as needed when the Pastoral Minister is away.




Girl Scouts/Brownies

Glenda Pons                       329-6845

Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere—where today's girls can become tomorrow's leaders. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K- 12; women and men over 18 can join as adult members. Most girls join a local troop or group for fun and friendship,

but they also find out about building character and self-esteem and serving their communities—the core qualities of Girl Scouting. In Girl Scouts, girls find a safe place to grow and share new experiences, learn to relate to others, develop values, and contribute to society.

Please visit to learn more.


Good Samaritans

Sister Cindy                         372-6241

When available, these volunteers provide transportation to weekly Mass and rides to local medical appointments, or assistance with other needs as expressed at the time of the request.  The time commitment varies depending on the task being performed.  It could be an extra 10 minutes on Sunday, a couple of hours for a medical appointment, etc.



Jim Maiolo                           374-1548

Provide a warm welcome to parishioners and guests as they enter the church.




Hospital Visitor Program

Sister Cindy                         372-6241

These volunteers go to Mercy Hospital and Bay State Medical Center once a week or every other week, or as seldom as once a month to briefly visit each of our parishioners who happens to be a patient on the day of their visit.  Travel time needs to be included when determining the time commitment.  The visits are brief and the number varies with the number of our parishioners at the hospital on a given day.

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Deacon Bill                          372-6237

How can I better live out the gospel call to social justice, as Pope Francis is urging each of us to consider? The “JustFaith” program is one response. Come learn about this life-changing program that has impacted 200 people in our community who have completed this twenty-four week process during the past ten years. Come visit our Catholic Relief Services tent where you can purchase item that benefit the poor from many countries. Consider the deeper call to serve the poor. (please see the "JustFaith" page for more info.




Knights of Columbus

Bob Bys                                563-1147

If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith or having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you. Becoming a Knight of Columbus can transform your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to support your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our top-rated insurance program to protect your family. These are just some of the reasons to become a Knight. We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor.  Please visit for more info.





Mary Hosmer                       782-6054

The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He or she may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings. Source:


Led by Faith

Michael Kakley                         896-9930

Led by Faith provides the music ministry for the 6p.m. youth mass combining contemporary praise and worship hymns with traditional hymns. The group is comprised of vocalists and musicians (percussion, guitars, bass, keyboards).  Led by Faith has been blessed with the following opportunities: Celebration of Hope at St. Michael's Cathedral, featured on Chalice of Salvation, Annual Celebration of Faith at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Catholic Women’s Conference, Mass on the Lawn, Wedding Ceremonies and more recently a peace rally. To join the music group or for more information please contact Karen Kakley at or call 413-896-5910.


Liturgical Environment

Bob Tyer                                  782-6017

This group of volunteers are involved with the seasonal decoration of the church interior. This includes the flowers and plants used for various liturgical seasons such as Easter and Christmas. They also ensure that the banners hung behind the altar match the church season, Green for Ordinary Time, Royal Purple for Advent, White, Gold or Red for Christmas, Roman Purple for Lent, and White for Easter.


Luncheon Group

Sister Cindy                            372-6241

This program is for those who have difficulty getting out and for those who are willing to share lunch and socialize with them.  The group goes to different restaurants once a month in order to provide variety for those with limited mobility.  Each person pays for his/her own meal.  Only light assistance is available.  The time commitment is approximately 2 hours a month.




Maryknoll Affiliates

Deacon Kevin McCarthy         783-9160

Maryknoll is a Catholic Foreign Mission Society founded in 1911 that includes priests, brothers, sisters, and lay missioners who work in some 30 countries of the world spreading the gospel and seeking to alleviate poverty and injustice. The Affiliates, while continuing to pursue their own life's journey, commit themselves to the mission goals of Maryknoll in the context of Chapters that gather for prayer, reflection and action. Maryknoll Affiliates challenge one another to witness to mission as a way of life by going beyond borders, locally and globally, walking with the poor and excluded, and striving for peace and justice for all of God's creation.


Desiring to live out a faith journey in a world that is both increasingly interconnected and more fragile and fragmented, Maryknoll Affiliates gather in over 50 small mission communities spread throughout the US, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Guided by our four pillars of global vision, spirituality, community and action, we affirm our belief that God's presence and love invite all human beings into a fullness of life. Whether serving internationally or cross-culturally in our local context, we seek especially to be in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed and the excluded. We are continuously enriched by encounters with the life and faith experiences of a diversity of peoples and inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of adversity and suffering.


The Holy Cross Maryknoll Affiliate group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the rectory.  For more information contact Deacon Kevin McCarthy at, or at the number listed above.

Meal Preparation for the Sick (Short Term)

Sister Cindy                              372-6241

This group of volunteers prepares meals for those who are sick (and at times for their family).  This is generally for younger parishioners who do not qualify for Home Delivered Meals through Greater Springfield Senior Services.

Music Ministry

William Lucia                            372-6238

The music Ministry supports and enhances the prayer of the assembly at parish liturgical and paraliturgical celebrations. The basic commitment involves rehearsals and weekend liturgies. Instrumentalists are also invited to join. (see the "Music Ministry" page for more info.)

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Outreach to the Poor

Ellen Angeli                               204-8562

These volunteers provide holiday assistance ("Giving Tree") to parish families, and Gray House.

They direct a new school clothes drive in August. 




Parent's Prayer Group

Ann Marie Duffy                       575-0804

The purpose of the group is to pray for the protection of our children, for God to watch over them and keep them safe in his Love.  The group meets for 30 minutes every Thursday in the school Chapel from 7:30pm - 8:00 pm.



Parish Nurses

Sr. Cindy                                 372-6241

This group is made up of parishioners who are nurses (and anyone who would like to assist them).  They meet monthly and work on educational programs that address the medical and/or psychological concerns of parishioners.  They provide two educational events (“Dine & Learn”), one in the fall and one in the spring, both on Saturday evenings.  With the assistance of the Family Life Commission, they begin with a Wine & Cheese Social for 45 minutes.  They then have a professional speaker for an hour, and a full dinner.  On occasion, they also provide one hour programs on various health related topics.



Pastoral Council

Pat Pearson                            782-2033

The Pastoral Council is comprised of clergy, parish staff, and parishioners. Parishioners are nominated by the parish community during a once yearly nomination process. This council has oversight responsibility and works collaboratively with parish staff and other committees to bring to fruition projects and events that serve to put into practice the parish goals. (Please see the “Pastoral Council “ page for additional info.)


Prayer Line

Susan Callahan                        796-1950

Members of this ministry spend time praying privately for those requests called in to them.  (Individuals determine the amount of time spent in prayer.)



Prayer Shawl Ministry

Marie Alice Lavallee                   783-0341

This group of volunteers knits or crochets prayer shawls for those who are sick, grieving or in need of spiritual or emotional support.  They pray for the recipients as they make the shawls.  Once a month they gather to support each other, pray for the recipients and form community.




R.C.I.A./Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Rectory                                  783-4111

Would you like to know more about R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)?

Here at Holy Cross we have an R.C.I.A. process to accommodate all of the people who might desire to become full members of the Church. Examples of those who qualify include:

  • Someone who is a member of another faith denomination who is feeling called to the Catholic Church.

  • Someone who has been connected to the Catholic Church for a while, but has never been baptized.

  • Someone who has been baptized in the Catholic Church but has not recieved very much religious education, First Eucharist, or Confirmation.

The process consists of weekly meetings from September to Pentecost Sunday.

If you know a young person or adult - even you - who fits one of these descriptions, please consider speaking with Jo-Anne Hogan. She can be reached at the above number for more information.

Religious Education

Cathy Daniel                              372-6239

Please see "Youth Faith Formation Program" below.

REC/Residents Encounter Christ

Deacon Bill                                372-6237

Ray LaFlamme                          782-3947

A program of spiritual awakening and personal experience of Christ. It is designed for residents of correctional facilities. REC candidates are introduced to the program in a weekend encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. Team members are sought for ongoing weekends in Springfield and Ludlow.



Remembrance Work Group

Sister Cindy                               372-6241

Volunteers help prepare gifts for our confined parishioners twice per year.  The gifts are purchased by the parish and are simply gift-wrapped.  The time commitment is approximately one hour each time (prior to Christmas and Easter).



Respite Workers

Sister Cindy                                372-6241

Volunteers assist those caring for a spouse or parent by relieving them once a week for two hours so that the caregiver can have a break.  No personal care is provided.  These volunteers provide companionship to the person.  One could also sit with the person while the caregiver attends Sunday Mass.  The time commitment varies depending on how often the volunteers want to sit with the sick person.

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Sacrament of the Sick Committee

Sister Cindy                                372-6241

This group sets up for the Sacrament of the Sick on the first Sunday of the month following the 11:00 A.M. Mass.  They also take part in the service by reading the gospel, reading the intercessions, praying for the sick, and holding the container with the holy oil for the priest as he goes from person to person.  Committee members do this monthly and take off whatever months they need to take off.  It is about 15 - 20 minutes each month.

Sandwich Ministry/Undie Sunday

Deacon Bill                               372-6237

Matthew 25:31-46 “I was hungry and you gave me food; naked and you clothed me…”

Since October 2006 parishioners and other groups have gathered every Sunday to live this Gospel message. These volunteers make over 400 ham and turkey sandwiches for Springfield’s homeless. As a result of this groups efforts the third Sunday of every month has been designated “Undie Sunday”. Clothing is collected in the church and distributed to the homeless seen every Sunday by the Sandwich Ministry. .All are welcome to join in at 11:45 in the cafeteria and help out.



Set-Up and Clean-Up for Events

Sister Cindy                               372-6241

These volunteers help with set-up and clean-up for special events in the parish, according to their availability. The person in charge of an event will contact the volunteers with the details.



Single Parent Support Group

Sister Cindy                              372-6241

Members of this group are men and women who are raising their children singly.  They provide mutual support to each other.  They are available to meet monthly for two hours when other single parents express an interest in gathering.



Sister Parish

Deacon Kevin McCarthy         783-9160

One of the objectives of the Parish Pastoral Plan has been to establish a sister parish relationship or parish twinning with a parish in Mexico as a way to deepen our sense as members of the universal church.  We have established a relationship with a parish in Chiapas, Mexico, called San Bartolome Apostol (Saint Bartholomew, the Apostle).  We have made the connection with this particular parish through a referral from their retired Bishop, Samuel Ruiz. Chiapas is the southernmost state in Mexico and borders Guatemala.  Each year we hold a special collection for them and our Parish Fiesta combined with a CRS/Fair Trade sale is held in their honor.


Spiritual Life Commission

Deacon John Miller                   782-4602

These volunteers coordinate the liturgical and spiritual programs of the parish providing and organizing services to enhance the celebration of the liturgical seasons. (Please see the “Spiritual Life” page for additional info.)




Take and Eat (Senior Meals)

Jan Denney                                 426-8248

Take and Eat was founded in 2003 by Rev. Mr. Francis Ryan, Ed.D and his wife Kathleen as a Non-Profit organization to recruit, train and empower volunteers in various faith based community organizations to prepare and deliver, free of charge, hot meals to the homebound elderly on weekends and three day holidays.

The government funded Meals-on-Wheels Program provides meals to seniors from Monday thru Friday.  On weekends and holidays these elders in need for the most part have no access to a nutritious meal and in many instances no contact with another human being.


In this ministry, our parish volunteers shop and purchase food, prepare a hot meal with a fresh salad, bake rolls and desert, package and assemble the prepared foods in bowls, bags, and heat-proof tins, design a lovely greeting/menu card, which is included in the bags and then volunteer drivers deliver the hot and nutritious meals to over 100 home-bound seniors.


Volunteers are needed one weekend a month for 1-3 hours.



Telephone Reassurance

Sister Cindy                                 372-6241

These volunteers check the well-being our elderly parishioners living alone who have requested this service on a daily basis. If you would like to have someone check in on you, or would like to offer to check in on someone else, please call Sr. Cindy.



Transportation Volunteers

Sister Cindy                                 372-6241

These volunteers provide transportation to weekly Mass, rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping, or other errands. Other volunteers help coordinate rides.





Jim Maiolo                                374-1548

Ushers responsibilities include seating attendees if needed, collecting the offerings, and arranging for individuals to bring the Gifts (Hosts and Wine) forward at the Offertory of the Mass immediately following the Collection.




Visitors to our Confined Parishioners

Sister Cindy                                372-6241

Those who visit our confined parishioners (without Communion) at home generally visit once every week or two.  Visits are usually about a half hour.  However, they may be longer if both persons want them to be longer.  Visitors to those in nursing homes are asked to visit a minimum of once per month.  Travel time to nursing homes needs to be considered when determining how much time is involved for the volunteer.





William Lucia                               372-6238

The parish web site offers parishioners a way to keep up with and learn more about their parish.

The website includes a link to the Daily Readings as well as the last five Parish Bulletins and much more.



Welcoming New Parishioners Committee

Sister Cindy                                 372-6241

This group calls new parishioners and welcomes them to the parish.  They also prepare a reception two times a year for all new parishioners.  At this reception representatives of various areas of the parish each provide a brief overview of their respective program.  The time commitment is approximately two hours, two times per year for the events and telephone time welcoming new parishioners.


Youth Faith Formation

Cathy Daniel                              372-6239

(Formerly known as the "Religious Education Program") The Holy Cross Youth Faith Formation Program supports the faith journey of our parish children as they learn to identify more closely with both the Catholic Faith and the Catholic community by participating in weekly faith formation classes, special activities, and sacramental preparation.

The objective of the program is that all students experience Jesus in their lives so that they may live, and bear witness to , the Gospel message.  Volunteer opportunities include Faith Formation Teachers, Substitute Teachers, Administrative help with the Faith Formation Program and Volunteers to aid at special events. Please see the "Youth Faith Formation" page for more info.


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