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HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH

1906 - 2013

PARISH
MINISTRIES

It takes all of us to make Holy Cross Parish the vital place that it is. When we attend Mass we belong to the Ministry of the Assembly. We participate by listening to the Word of God, by responding in prayer and song, by receiving the Eucharist and by contributing to the support of the church a share of the gifts God has given us. Only by our presence and participation can we have a worshiping community.

In addition, we have special ministries who prepare and carry out the on-going work of the community. Listed below are the groups which involve many people. Some people participate in more than one ministry. All of them carry out the mission of Jesus to live out the gospel of love for one another. If you like to be part of any group, please call the rectory to be involved. We are always looking for new people and new life in each of these ministries. Be part of the Holy Cross Parish by sharing your time and talent.

MUSIC MINISTRY
Music, such a significant part of worship, can involve parishioners in a variety of ways. Being a part of the seasonal choirs, playing an instrument, or leading as cantor are specific opportunities available. This ministry involves three English choirs, two Spanish Choirs and one Italian Choir. This ministry is performed at weekly Sunday Masses and during special celebrations during the year.
Joe & Rose Villegas (5:00PM Choir) (408) 297-9210
Dave Ballard (8:30AM Choir) (408) 251-2905
Aaron Curioca (10:00AM Choir) (408) 292-6644
Clement Santiago (11:30AM Choir) (408) 318-2152
Virginia Sacci (1:00PM Choir) (408) 923-0251
Pedro Contreras (6:00PM Choir) (408) 283-9348

LECTORS/READERS
Lectors assist at the Mass and other liturgies in proclaiming the Word of God in the readings. They also present the prayers of the faithful and parish announcements, indicating the important role of the laity in the liturgy.
Josephine Locquaio (8:30AM Mass) (408) 272-8621
Ramon Lopez (10:00AM Mass) (408) 998-4273
Sonia Peneyra (11:30AM Mass) (408) 259-3032
Caterina Ventimiglia (1:00PM Mass) (408) 297-8257
Guadalupe Hernandez (6:00PM Mass) (408) 298-8370

CATECHISTS
Being a catechists is a great privilege. Catechists are called by God to help young children, youth and adults to grow in their faith and have a deeper relationship with God. Classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays beginning September and conclude at the end of May. Catechists also have a responsibility to continue in their faith formation both spiritually and intellectually. It is highly recommended that all catechists should become certified by attending Faith Beyond 2000 during June and July.
Bro. Raul Ochoa, C.S. (408) 294-1310

BINGO VOLUNTEERS
For many people BINGO may not be seen as a ministry, but it really is. For many parishes, and we are one of them. Bingo is a source of income. If you are dedicated, outgoing, like to work with computers and most of all likes to meet people, join us every Monday from 5:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Bro. Raul Ochoa, C.S. (408) 294-1310

R.C.I.A. VOLUNTEERS
Is a program for adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church but have not received the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation or for adults of another faith who want to join our faith. If you would like to be part of the R.C.I.A. team you must be a person who is willing to share your faith journey with others, be open minded, non judgmental and be open to the spirit. The R.C.I.A. classes begin in the 2nd week of October until May. The English classes meet every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM - 8:30 P.M. and the Spanish R.C.I.A. meet every Sunday morning from 11:15 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Bro. Raul Ochoa, C.S. (408) 294-1310

YOUTH GROUP (ENGLISH)
The mission of the Youth Ministry Program is to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person and to foster responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community. Still a project to become reality in our Parish.
Don Stringari (408) 270-7017

EUCHARISTIC MINISTRIES
Eucharistic ministers assist the priest in distributing Communion at all of the Masses. They may also bring the sacrament to the sick, homebound, or those in convalescent homes.
Bro. Raul Ochoa, C.S. (5:00PM Mass) (408) 294-1310
Josephine Locquaio (8:30AM Mass) (408) 272-8621
Ramon Lopez (10:00AM Mass) (408) 998-4273
Sonia Peneyra (11:30AM Mass) (408) 259-3032
Caterina Ventimiglia (1:00PM Mass) (408) 297-8257
Guadalupe Hernandez (6:00PM Mass) (408) 298-8370

LITURGY COMMITTEE
This committee helps to plan the celebration of the parish liturgies. They listen to parishioners’ experiences of liturgy, evaluate them, and strive to make all aspects of the community’s worship as meaningful as possible.
Parish Office (408) 294-2440

QUINCEAÑERA PREPARATION
This committee helps preparing the quinceañeras in the understanding of the tradition of the celebration and to understand better the values of faith and participation in the life of the community.
Parish Office (408) 294-2440

BAPTISM PREPARATION
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. The Baptism Preparation Team helps parents and godparents prepare for their child to receive this holy sacrament. Through God’s grace, this team helps class participants deepen their understanding and commitment to not only be the first teachers of their children, but the best teachers of their children in the ways of our faith.
Gloria Flores (English) (408) 298-4378
Aaron Curioca (Spanish) (408) 292-6644
Salvador Medina (Spanish) (408) 251-2820

COLLECTION COUNTERS COMMITTEE
Parish members show stewardship through the weekly collection at Mass. Rotating groups of parishioners count the collection each week. This is to assure accuracy and accountability.
Fr. Livio Stella, C.S. (408) 294-2440

MARRIAGE PREPARATION CLASSES
Married couples assist as team members in the preparation meetings for engaged couples by giving presentations on the sacrament of marriage and a wide spectrum of issues which enhance and deepen love for each other and our gracious God.
Sergio & Catalina Renteria (408) 995-6152

CURSILLO MOVEMENT
The Cursillo Movement is a movement of the Catholic Church. The name Cursillo is Spanish, meaning short course, and is often associated with a 3-Day weekend - which is only one aspect of the Cursillo Movement. The proper name is Cursillo de Cristiandad (short course of Christianity). There is much more to the Cursillo Movement than just a 3-Day weekend. The Cursillo Movement can assist each of us in developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be fully Catholic by being fully Christian.
Amy Matudio (408) 272-8719

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
This committee invites all parishioners to proclaim the Good News through active participation in programs that serve those in need. They also seek to educate parishioners to the Catholic Social Teachings based on Vatican II and those of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Council... “to shape a society more respectful of human life and dignity, and more committed to justice and peace”.
Ramon Lopez (408) 998-42738

HIGH TECH MINISTRY
Formed by computer experts to maintain the website of the parish and the existing parish network.
Ruben Regucera (408) 923-1545
Don Stringari (408) 270-7017
Ramon Lopez (408) 998-4273

GRIEF MINISTRY
This group offers prayers, sympathy, and spiritual support to parishioners who have recently lost a loved one. This support program helps the bereaved to cope with the grief of losing a loved one.
Joe & Rose Villegas (408) 297-9210
Joe & Zeny Villaluz (408) 287-4032
Griselda Cervantes (408) 279-6282

MULTI-MEDIA MINISTRY
This committee have the responsibility of taking video and pictures of the parish activities to share with the community members and to organize the archives of the Parish with these two items.
Joe Villaluz (408) 287-4032
Salvador Medina (408) 251-2820

PUBLISHING MINISTRY
This committee will take care of the preparation of any bulletin prepared for special occasions.
Parish Office (408) 294-2440

SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY
This committee of volunteers help other fellow parishioners who need help to fill up forms, respond to official letters, immigration matters, income tax and referral to many other services available in the area.
Ramon Lopez (408) 998-4273
Salvador Medina (408) 251-2820

HEALTH CARE MINISTRY
This committee will organize different events throughout the year concerning health. The committee will propose a plan of action as soon it is organized.
Joe & Rose Villegas (408) 297-9210
Antoinnette Martinez (408) 586-9523
Guadalupe Gaytan (408) 274-5997

MINISTRY TO THE POOR
This committee will take the responsibility to prepare and serve the sandwiches to the poor during the weekdays. The plan of action will be prepared as soon as the committee is formed.
Parish Office (408) 294-2440

USHERS (WELCOMING COMMITTEE)
Greeters create a hospitable environment before Mass by welcoming people with a smile as they enter the church, making them feel at home.
Ushers are primarily responsible for making people feel welcomed at Mass and assisting them in finding seating. They also assist with the offertory collection, processional direction, and distributing bulletins. It is the responsibility of this committee to make sure the missalettes are in order for the next Mass, the bulletins are in place, etc...
Fr. Livio Stella, C.S. (408) 294-2440

ALTAR SERVERS
Those who received first Communion already are welcome to participate in the liturgy by serving with the priest at Mass. This is an important involvement for our younger members of the Parish. Training is provided by an adult minister.
Fr. Abner Ables, C.S. (408) 294-2440

MOVIMIENTO FAMILIAR CRISTIANO
This Movement intends to discover, live and transmit family Christian values, for example: marriage as a vocation, the saving strength of the Sacrament of Matrimony, the importance of Christian faith in the life of the family, the family as a domestic church passing their faith to future generations. It is this family based Movement that evangelizes the family and from the family.
Sergio & Catalina Renteria (408) 995-6152

MINISTRY TO THE SICK
Ministers to the Sick go to those who are confined to their homes, nursing homes, or hospitals. They sometimes bring communion or just spend time in prayer and fellowship with these individuals. Ministers to the Sick foster a living link between the Body of Christ at Holy Cross and our parishioners who are unable to attend parish celebrations.
Bro. Raul Ochoa, C.S. (5:00PM Mass) (408) 294-1310
Josephine Locquaio (8:30AM Mass) (408) 272-8621
Ramon Lopez (10:00AM Mass) (408) 998-4273
Sonia Peneyra (11:30AM Mass) (408) 259-3032
Caterina Ventimiglia (1:00PM Mass) (408) 297-8257
Guadalupe Hernandez (6:00PM Mass) (408) 298-8370

MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE
These volunteers oversee the care and improvement of the buildings and grounds of our parish community. It is composed of parishioners with expertise in the area of building and grounds. It is a volunteer committee. If you would like to like to offer your expertise, please call the rectory.
Victor Tinoco (408) 453-8553
Joe Villegas (408) 297-9210
Salvador Medina (408) 251-2820

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other
The Marriage Encounter is designed in such a way that both priests and religious can participate fully. The principles of love, commitment and effective communication translate quite readily to the relationship between a priest and his parish or any group to whom he ministers as well as to a religious community.
Richard & Theresa Rieve (408) 266-1561

NEO CATECUMENATE MOVEMENT
The Neo Catechumenal Way is a way of formation, based on a tripod , “Word of God, Liturgy and Community”, and tries to lead people to a more mature Faith, in communities within the Parish. It is a charisma in the Church that calls us to conversion.
Jorge Martinez (408) 292-5285

COUPLES FOR CHRIST
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God. Couples for Christ is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization, winning the world for Christ and Total Human Liberation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Carl Bugarin (408) 655-6635 or (408) 251-3461