The following are the various parish committees and ministries. The rectory staff maintains this list and can be contacted for further information.
Holy Cross offers youth group for 7th and 8th grade students and high school students in grades 9th through 12th grade. Activities include bible study, service projects, field trips, weekly prayer, movie night, NCYC, CLI, and many parish activities.
Holy Cross Religious Education program empowers students to live meaningful lives inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ and to serve others while becoming leaders of Jesus Christ. We offer classes on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45pm September through April for Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Boy Scout Troop 76 has been active in Holy Cross Parish for nearly 80 years. Boy Scouts provides an opportunity for boys from age 11 to 18 to work in a cooperative manner with each other while developing leadership in a Catholic environment. The Troop's most popular activity is camping, with 7 campouts during the school year, summer camp each June and a Hi- Adventure trip every other year. Additionally, service to the Church and community is emphasized through various badge activities, service work and Eagle Scout projects. The Troop generally meets weekly during the school year on Monday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 in the school cafeteria.
Cub Scouting is a long-standing tradition at Holy Cross Church. Pack 76 has been chartered for nearly 80 years, and serves boys in first through fifth grades. Boys are divided into groups, called dens, by grade level, and participate in activities appropriate to their ages. Once a month we have a Pack meeting which includes all the Cub Scouts and their families. Other Pack include the Pinewood Derby race, bowling, swimming, games, camping and more. There are two opportunities to earn religious awards to deepen the Scout's understanding of his relationship with God. Religious Awards are presented at the Scout Mass in February. We welcome boys who are part of Holy Cross School, parish, and community to come see what we're all about! Visit our website at www.pack76.org or contact Cubmaster, Brian Lee, at 402-250-8686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Cross Girl Scout troops emphasize faith, learning, service, leadership skills, and social development. Activities focus on wellness, nature, science, the community, the arts, and culture, among other things, offering girls the opportunity to discover their individual strengths and interests while working together as a team. Students deepen their relationships with one another outside the classroom as they have fun exploring the world around them, completing badge work and service projects, and making a difference in the community.
Parish Office Volunteers:
Volunteers assist the office manager with answering the phone, selling HOPE, stuffing bulletins, mailings, etc. If you would like to help, please call the rectory at 402-553-7500 to get your name added to the volunteer list.
School Office Volunteers:
Volunteers assist the administrative assistant with answering the phone, making copies, putting packets together, etc. If you would like to help, please call the school at 402-551-3773 to get your name added to the volunteer list.
Stephen Center Shelter:
Volunteers are needed on the third Tuesday and the fourth Monday of the month to make desserts or a casserole (recipe provided) baked in your home and brought to the school cafeteria. Volunteers may also go to the shelter and actually serve the meal.
St. Vincent de Paul Society:
Holy Cross Church St. Vincent de Paul Conference meets every second Tuesday at 7pm in St. Ed’s Hall. The Conference assists parishioners and those in need living within the boundaries of Holy Cross Church. It provides funds for utilities, rent and in some cases, food and clothing to those in need. In addition, the Conference holds food drives and clothing drives each year to assist the needy. The Conference welcomes anyone who is interested in joining us in the Conference’s calling to help those in need. If interested, call the Rectory.
Helping Hands/Human Needs Ministry:
Human Needs serves the physical and emotional needs of Holy Cross parishioners and those within the boundaries of Holy Cross using the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ.
Communion to Shut-Ins
Volunteers bring the Eucharist to the homebound on a weekly basis, Sundays and Holy Days. This includes Douglas County Health Center and Lindenwood Nursing Home.
Athletic Booster Club:
The Holy Cross Athletic Booster Club consists of a group of parents/volunteers that maintain the gymnasium and baseball/soccer facility for the student athletes of Holy Cross Parish, manage and run three fundraisers per calendar year, and help organize and run the soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, and basketball teams of Holy Cross Parish. The Athletic Booster Club strives to teach the student athletes that sports are a good way to stay physically fit, but Jesus Christ is always first in our lives.
Home & School Association:
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Gaelic Gala Committee:
In 2004, Holy Cross held their first major dinner/auction fundraiser for the parish. It is held every March and is call the "Gaelic Gala." Each year a parishioner is selected for outstanding service to the parish and is awarded the Celtic Cross in appreciation for their support. We were fortunate enough to honor Monsignor Edward O'Donnell as one of our first recipients.
Holy Cross Church, located in the heart of Omaha’s largest Irish community, has long been known for its rich Irish tradition. Holy Cross Irish Festival is a two day event Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th. To reflect our Irish heritage, Holy Cross Catholic Church has transformed their annual church festival into the Holy Cross Irish Festival.
Legion of Mary:
The Legion of Mary is a lay Catholic organization of men and women who give service to The Church on a voluntary basis.
Members of the Legion of Mary offer their service to their pastor to aid him in performing Spiritual works in the parish. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a Prasidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion.
The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The Members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Spiritual Directors are Fr. Ralph Librea and Fr. Tony Wilwerding. WE WELCOME YOU TO JOIN US any Monday after 8:30am Mass. Questions?? Call Helen Smith at 402-551-5447.
Knights of Columbus:
Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council 11364 was form in 1995 with about 35 members. Present membership is 178. The Council meets at 7:30 on the second Monday of each month.
The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council is very active in our parish. Most recently the Council purchased and installed the Ten Commandments monument in front of the school. The Council also provides an annual free dinner for all members of the parish, along with quarter pancake breakfasts. For the youth, the Council hosts an annual Altar Servers appreciation event and sponsors a basketball free throw contest. The Council also assists in building a Habitat for Humanity Home each year and provides financial support for seminarians and candidates to the religious life.
The Holy Cross Altar Society is the oldest continual organization in Holy Cross Parish. The Altar and church are the main focus. The Altar Society cleans the church twice a month.
The Altar Society also cooks and serves evening meals for residents at the Stephen Center, organizes funeral luncheons and greets people at funerals. The Altar Society has an annual Day of Recollection and invite a guest homilist and also assists with the HOPE program.
When a member dies the Altar Society says the Rosary before the funeral Mass and they also have an honor guard for the deceased.
The Altar Society’s monthly meetings consist of a lunch and a speaker or entertainment. A short business meeting is included. The Altar Society year starts in September and the annual dues are $10.00.
This ongoing Holy Cross fundraiser costs you nothing extra. You simply buy gift cards for your favorite stores. They are just like any other gift card, but the great thing about them is Holy Cross gets to purchase them for less than their retail value. You, in turn, purchase them at face value and the profit goes to Holy Cross! You may purchase HOPE during rectory hours and after all Masses.