Parish Penitential Services

To prepare for Christmas, there will be an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of a parish Penitential Service. Several priests will gather at the following churches to celebrate the Lord’s forgiveness:

Monday, Dec. 15th  at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Champaign

Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, Urbana

Wednesday, Dec.17th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Church, Champaign

Thursday, Dec. 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Mahomet


If you, or someone you know, want to become Catholic, now’s the time to make that call!

Classes are for:
Non-Catholics who know they want to join or who may be interested in joining but need more information first.
Catholics who have never received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
Married couples of mixed religious faiths who wish to unite their religious practice in Catholicism.

Please contact Cindy Howie at 352-8748 for more details.

THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – A program for Pre-school age children

OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is available at Holy Cross. This program is an approach to the religious formation of children that is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. The children come to an ’atrium’ where they are given the opportunity to independently discover the beauty of the Catholic faith and their role as a part of the body of Christ.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered for pre-school age children. If you are interested in your preschooler participating in this exceptional program, please call the Parish Office at 352-8748.

FAMILY FORMATION – A Different Approach to Religious Education

FAMILY FORMATION is a whole family approach to learning and living the Catholic Faith.

The Family Formation Program at Holy Cross serves families with children in grades K – 6. It is a faith formation opportunity for the entire family. Families are supported and encouraged in their efforts to pray, worship, and grow in faith together as a Catholic family.

For families whose children are not enrolled in a Catholic school, Family Formation fulfills the need for religious education and sacramental preparation. However, all families with children in grades K-6 are invited to come and be part of the Family Formation community.

For more information about Family Formation look under the ‘Faith Formaiton’ tab or if you would like to register for this year please contact Cindy Howie at 352-8748. The program begins in September.