Knights of Columbus
Catholic men (18+) can join the work of the Knights of Columbus.
Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month following the 7:00 p.m. Mass.
Contact Jim McDonald, Grand Knight at 905-873-2519.
Catholic Women’s League
Open to all Catholic women (16+) of the parish, the CWL is involved in many ways in our community.
Monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month following the 7:00 p.m. Mass.
For details contact Jane Santaluce, President at 905-877-7226.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Our Children’s Liturgy program leads young children of our parish (3 – 7 yr olds) through a child friendly version of the gospel at the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mass each Sunday. The children gather in the hall, sing a few songs and then proceed through a simplified version of the Mass and the gospel. The program runs for about 25 minutes and typically we would have about 60-80 children each week. The leader’s job is to follow the lesson plan provided and ensure the children have a welcoming and enjoyable time at Mass. Each leader is scheduled to lead approximately once every 3 weeks and we have a group meeting 3 times a year.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (also known as “the Atrium”) is a parish-based ministry offering children between the ages of 3 – 12 a unique opportunity for faith development. This program is a soundly traditional method of introducing children to the mystery of God based on the principles of Montessori education.
The adult’s task is to prepare the sacred space for children, so that they can respond to this holy relationship, first proclaimed to them through Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Weekly (1.5 hour) sessions run in the evening from October to May. Training of new catechists in the Diocese of Hamilton will be carried out through the joint offering of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Office in the Archdiocese of Toronto and the University of St. Michael’s College (Continuing Education Division). Training for level one (ages birth to 6 years) requires a commitment of 90 hours of instruction which takes place over 2 years.
For more information about becoming a catechist please contact Barb Boulanger at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is offered each summer, usually the third week of August. This program is offered to children who have just finished JK to grade 3. The one week program runs from 9 a.m. – noon each day and children rotate to five stations throughout the morning.
We need adults to help prepare the five stations: Crafts, Snacks, Bible Story, Music and Activity room. Adults are also needed to travel with the groups from station to station. High School aged volunteers are welcome to join us and can put this towards their high school volunteer hours. The commitment is generally the week of, as well as some preparation if involved in one of the five program rooms. All program information and suggestions are provided. Planning starts around mid May.
For more information please contact Barb Boulanger at email@example.com
The Baptismal Ministry is a wonderful ministry to join if you want to take a more active role in our church. This ministry allows for you to be involved in 2 ways: You can either lead the Baptism Preparation sessions or assist Father Cull during the ceremony. If you choose the Baptismal Preparation class, you will be required to run a session once every 3-4 months, while the ceremony commitment is about every 3 months. If teaching the session is for you, materials will be provided and you will have an opportunity to observe a session from a member of the team. Those that wish to assist with the ceremony will also have an opportunity to observe a baptism and learn what is required.
Holy Cross Fair Trade
We sell fair trade coffee, chocolate, sugar, baking and hot chocolate at the Coffee Sundays with the parish. Our goal is to continue to raise awareness about the benefits of purchasing fair trade products to the producers in developing nations. Volunteers choose which Mass to support, set up and put away products, as well as make requests for future orders. As we are a very small group, increasing our numbers would provide the opportunity to find other creative ways to support education in this area. Fair trade is a powerful tool that aims to empower marginalized producers to improve their own living conditions and earn their own means to a better life for themselves and their communities.
Ministry of Hospitality
Hospitality is an important ministry for Holy Cross. The mission for our Ministry is to be the friendly welcome to parishioners and visitors as they enter our church and the pleasant goodbye as we hand out bulletins at the end of Mass. Always ready to lend a hand, we help to seat parishioners and we take up the collection. We also keep a general eye on things; providing guidance and assistance as needed. If you feel you would enjoy this ministry please come out to the Ministry information meeting on Thursday, November 6that 7:00 p.m. or speak to any of the Ministers of Hospitality at your regular Mass.
The Saturday Night 5:00 p.m. Choir is blessed to have members who are truly dedicated to their ministry. This choir, whose members range in age from teens to those in their 70’s, utilizes both traditional and contemporary music, in SATB, SAB, and unison format. You might be surprised to discover that most of the members of this choir do not read music; they simply have a love of singing and are willing to be challenged in their musical growth. In addition to weekly Mass, this choir (and other choirs at Holy Cross) provides music for various other Liturgies (for example, Confirmation, Ash Wednesday, Christmas Eve, etc.) The choir practices every Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the St. Cecilia room, as well as meeting about 20 minutes before Holy Mass on Saturday evening. New members, both vocalists and instrumentalists (piano, guitar, flute) are always welcome. Contact Gerri Schaljo at 519-853-4197.
The 9:00 a.m. Youth Choir would love to have some new members join. We need singers and musicians (guitar/piano). Children who can read, and their parents, are welcome to join this choir. You do not have to read music. Practices are Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the St. Cecilia Room. We alternate singing on Sundays with All members singing (youth and adults) one Sunday and only the Adult members singing the next Sunday. Therefore practices for the youth are every other Monday. Please contact Marie Simpson at 905-873-9480.
The 10:30 a.m. Adult Choir sings weekly at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass as well as Christmas, Easter and other special liturgies. We sing mostly traditional hymns in unison and SATB. Cantors are especially invited to join. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. and half an hour before Mass in the St. Cecilia room. For more information please contact Susan Baus at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 12 Noon Choir strives to bring the congregation (especially our younger Parishioners!) closer to God through the power of our music. While we play some traditional musical selections, our goal is to bring newer music into our liturgical celebrations. We play high-energy, Praise and Worship selections taken mostly from the Spirit and Song hymnals. Our goal this year is to expand our musical group beyond piano and guitars and add drums, electric bass and guitar and keyboards. Contact Jeff at email@example.com
The Funeral Choir – New members are needed and welcomed to join this very important Ministry. When there is a funeral you will be called. We practice three quarters of an hour prior to the Funeral Mass. The commitment is approximately 2 hours on the day of the funeral. You sing when you are available. Contact Marie at 905-873-9480.
Health & Wellness Committee
Our Parish Nurse, under the direction of the Pastor, works with the Health Committee to initiate, implement and maintain programs and activities to enhance the ‘body, mind and spirit’ of our community. We organize blood pressure clinics at Coffee Sunday, Low Impact exercises, visits to the hospital and local senior centres, and other events. Volunteers can contact the parish nurse, Theresa Scholz, at the parish office.
Holy Cross Helps
HELPS is an organization established by Holy Cross Parish to assist Georgetown residents experiencing difficulty making ends meet. HELPS offers assistance with food in the form of vouchers to be redeemed at Food Basics. Further assistance is offered to regular clients at Christmas time. Members of HELPS are volunteers from Holy Cross Parish who meet regularly to pray and reflect on their shared ministry. HELPS is funded by the generosity of parishioners and by very generous contributions from Parish Schools. Members of HELPS are present at the doors of the church after all Masses on the last weekend of each month collecting on behalf of the poor. At this time, Holy Cross HELPS is seeking new members to join in helping the needy of our community. Those who are interested in joining HELPS should contact Father Cull or Eileen Anderson at the parish office.
All volunteers are screened and mentored. Meetings take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Volunteers make calls to clients at times which are mutually convenient. The privacy of volunteers is respected and confidentiality regarding clients is expected. Holy Cross HELPS looks forward to and welcomes new members.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. from September until May. Our group consists of 20 enthusiastic parishioners knitting and crocheting shawls/blankets. Several times a year Father Cull blesses the items and they are distributed along with a prayer card to persons suffering illness or difficulties in life, bereavement or other occasions requiring prayerful support. Interested knitters and crocheters are welcome to join the Prayer Shawl Committee. Donations of wool are always appreciated.