May is a month dedicated to Mary, the mother of God. Catholics traditionally have May Crownings where crowns of roses adorn a statue of Mary. Holy Cross has for many years followed this tradition. The boys and girls who have recently received their 1st Holy Communion wear their 1st Communion clothing and, after praying the Rosary in the church, lead a procession to the grotto. One child is chosen to crown The Blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen of Heaven and Earth. The other 1st Communicants take turns presenting their roses to Mary, with other children following with flowers. Marian hymns are sung and prayers are prayed. It has also been the tradition at Holy Cross that this be a celebration that ends the year of religious education classes for our children. So after the May Crowning, all of the children, parents, teachers and some parishioners enjoy a cookout together under the pavilion.
But this year is different. With the “COVID -19” outbreak we will not be able to gather for the May Crowning or the Cookout. Jamie Dinh was chosen at our 1st Communion Student and Parent Retreat on February 22nd to crown Mary. So, Jamie’s mom was asked about bringing her daughter to the church and doing a private May Crowning. She and Jamie were very happy to come and honor our Blessed Mother. PRE families, and all of you, are welcome to come visit the shrine during the month of May. You can say a prayer, sing a song and/or leave flowers for our Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven and Earth.
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Fr. Martin will be hearing confessions March 17, 24 and 31 from 6 pm to 6:30 pm in the church. Our Parish Penance Service is Tuesday, March 28 at 6 pm. 5 priests will be available to hear confessions in English & Spanish.