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form a diverse Christian community that

challenges each of us to proclaim and live

the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in our world

through worship, evangelization,

Christian formation and outreach.

Holy Cross Catholic Church


Our Lady of Fatima Visit

We thank all of you who joined us to honor Our Lady of Fatima. We have been blessed with Her visit and with all your demonstrations of faith and love for Her.  

Don't forget, Evening Adoration will be available during Lent on Mondays nights from 5:00 to 6:45 PM. We need MANY MANY more committed Adorers, if you want to accompany Him for at least 30 minutes sign-up will be available this weekend in the vestibule of the church or you can contact Madge Diaz or the Parish Office.

Parish Lenten Retreat

March 6th, 7th and 8th

(Mon, Tue & Wed) 

Father Melvin Shorter, who began last year’s Lenten Retreat but could not complete it because of a health issue, will be coming back again. He says that his health is much better, so our prayers and hopes are that he will be able to present his entire retreat program this year.

Father Melvin will speak at all of the English Masses on the weekend of March 4th and 5th. He will give a talk at the 8:00 A.M. Mass on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and then give the same talk on each evening at 7:00 P.M. On Tuesday, the Retreat will include a Lenten Penance Service. Please mark your calendars for this event.

Father Melvin, as you may remember, is an excellent speaker. We will all benefit from his reflections!

 The NEXT PLANNING MEETING will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 PM, at the Parish Hall. So far we have around 10 booths assigned by Country and menu items selected. We have groups representing Mexico, USA, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Poland, South America, Greece and Vietnam. If your Country is not represented yet you can still contact the Parish office and attend our next meeting to participate. Let us know if you want to be part of any of the groups or are willing to help in one of the many areas we need volunteers and donations. There are many ways you can support your Parish Family in this event.

We'll be glad to see you there!



 Lenten Fish Fry Fridays


The Knights of Columbus Council #7414 Fish Fry of the season will start this Friday, March 3, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM. Kof C Fish Fry Fridays will be every Friday during Lent season.

Join us for a delicious meal that includes drink and dessert.

Cost is by donation!


Online Giving 


"For it is in giving...

...that we receive."

Francis of Assisi


Lenten Bible Study


LIVING IN EXILE is our Lenten Bible Study hosted by Holy Cross Family Prayer Group and presented by Madge Diaz. The study will start on March 13 through April 3rd, meeting for 4 Mondays on two convenient times:

Morning Group from 10:45 to Noon

Evening Group from 7:00 to 8:45 PM


Pilgrimage to Fatima & Lourdes with Barcelona

Hosted by Fr. Bernie Evanofski

Father Bernie will lead a Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, Barcelona and other sites in Portugal, France, and Spain, from June 11 to 20, 2017. This year is the one hundredth anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions and Messages to the three shepherd children in Fatima.

We will be blessed to be in Fatima on the 100th Anniversary of Mary’s Second Apparition. Some of the other highlights of the Pilgrimage will include Aljustrel, Valinhos, Santarem (site of one of the Eucharistic Miracles), the Cathedral of Burgos, the Monastery of Santa Maria Real de las Huelgas, Lourdes, the Grotto of Massabielle, Carcassone, and the Church of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Flyers with all of the details are available in the Parish Office or click on the link below https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/781733.


April 30, 2017 to join us for Msgr. Joseph Ferraro’s upcoming celebration. If you would like to help with the preparations, please contact Jane Shambour at 941-722-0735.

More info to follow.


MSGR. JOSEPH FERRARO Monsignor Joe has published a wonderful collection of prayers, a reverent expression of sailors talking to God from the heart. This is available with a DVD of him singing duets and solos taken from past productions that he took part in during the late 1980’s. The cost is a donation of $6.00 for the book and DVD. Please stop at the Holy Cross Gift Shop or the Church office to get your copy. All money collected will be donated to Holy Cross.




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Mass Times


Monday–Saturday: 8:00 AM

Saturday: 4:00 PM
Confession – 3:00 PM

Sunday: 8:00 AM; 10:00 AM
Confession – 11:45 AM


Lunes / Monday: 7:00 PM

Domingo / Sunday: 12:30 PM
Confesión – 11:45 AM

Monday–Sunday: 7:30 AM
(prayed daily prior to 8 AM Mass)

Monday–Friday: 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Vatican News

More refugees flee South Sudan

As Pope Francis contemplates an Apostolic Visit to South Sudan together with the head of the Anglican Church with the view of bringing attention to the people of that country reeling from armed conflict and famine, Reuters reported more refugees fleeing the country into Sudan.

Last week, Jesse Kamstra, a representative of the Lutheran World Federation in Uganda, said that the country was struggling to cope with more than 1.5 million asylum seekers that had taken refuge in Uganda, since the conflict erupted in South Sudan, in December 2013.

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Maltese bishops call for mercy and discernment for divorced

(Vatican Radio) The bishops of Malta have issued an invitation to Catholics on the island nation to show “mercy and pastoral discernment” to those living in difficult family situations.

In a letter, to be read out in churches all over Malta and Gozo, the two Bishops Charles Scicluna and Mario Grech explain that they have recently issued guidelines for priests, aimed at accompanying couples and families “in complex situations, especially those involving separated or divorced persons who have entered a new union”. The bishops say that although these people may have “lost their first marriage”, many of them “have not lost their hope in Jesus” and “earnestly desire to live in harmony with God and with the Church”.

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Pope to bless Bethlehem icon at All Saints Anglican Church

(Vatican Radio) The blessing of a newly commissioned icon of Christ the Saviour sets the stage for Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Anglican Church of All Saints on Sunday. It’s the first time a pope has ever visited an Anglican place of worship in his diocese of Rome and it comes as the centerpiece of celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the community.

The icon, which will be blessed by the Pope, together with Anglican and Orthodox leaders attending the afternoon prayer service, is the work of English artist Ian Knowles, who heads a school for Palestinian art students in the Holy Land.

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