Holy Cross Parish has the following groups active in Pastoral Ministry.
For more information contact Sr. Cindy at the rectory:
REMEMBRANCE WORK GROUP
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).
WELCOMING NEW PARISHIONERS COMMITTEE
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.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
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. (Marie Alice Lavallee – 783-0341)
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.
SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP FOR EVENTS
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.
DELIVER GIFTS TO CONFINED PARISHIONERS
These volunteers bring our Christmas and Easter gifts to those who are confined when their regular visitors are not able to do so.
FAMILY LIFE COMMISSION
These volunteers meet on a monthly basis and reach out to the different age groups in our community by offering activities that address a variety of needs.
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.
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.
Members of this ministry spend time praying privately for those requests called in to them. (Individuals determine the amount of time spent in prayer.) - (Sue Callahan 796-1950)
SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
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.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT TEAM
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.
MEAL PREPARATION FOR THE SICK
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.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO CONFINED PARISHIONERS
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.
VISITORS TO OUR CONFINED PARISHIONERS
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.
HOSPITAL VISITOR PROGRAM
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.
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.
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.
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.
SACRAMENT OF THE SICK COMMITTEE
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.
FAMILY LIFE COMMISSION
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. (Patty Ferrarini 782-3509)
FRANCISCAN REFLECTION GROUP
This group meets on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 pm during the school hear. 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.