Our Eucharistic Community at Holy Cross
Welcomes all to faith in Jesus Christ
and nurtures their growth,

Celebrates and demonstrates God’s presence
in our communities,

And sends forth all to serve God and each other
as guided by the Holy Spirit.

We begin with how Eucharistic Community is expressed at Holy Cross.

Participation in the liturgical remembrance of Jesus’ gift of his body transforms the bodies of participants into gifts for others. The church is not merely a collection of individuals, but a communal enactment of an alternative way of being-in-the-world. As Monica Hellwig writes in The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World, “to accept the bread of the Eucharist is to accept to be bread and sustenance for the poor of the world.” Eucharist is the liturgical realization of Christ’s suffering and redemptive body in the bodies of His followers...the Eucharist affects the body of Christ, a body marked by resistance to worldly power.” The suffering bodies of Jesus’ followers become redemptive when their suffering is undergone on behalf of others, as Christ’s was. Love cannot be contained within the self, but must flow through the body in works of love.

We continue with Welcomes all to faith in Jesus Christ.

Welcomes
All of us should be intensely interested in learning how to welcome another effectively. Our charge is “to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.” By our baptism we became a disciple who stands as a witness of Jesus Christ at all times in any place we may be. The purpose of our witness is to invite people to come unto Him. By helping others come unto Him, we find that we have come unto Him ourselves.
Faith In our Catholic tradition stressing divine grace, it is the inner certainty and attitude of love granted by God himself. Paul said that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is the trust that relates each of us to our supreme God and ultimate
salvation.
Jesus Christ Faith is the divinely inspired human response to God’s historical revelation through Jesus Christ and, consequently, is of crucial significance. Faith in Jesus Christ not only brings blessings in this life, but it is essential to our eternal salvation.Growing faith in Jesus Christ brings conversion, a change of heart, a change of thinking, from the ways of the world to the ways of God which include repentance, humility, and dependence on God.

We continue this week with and nurtures their growth.

Nurture
nur·ture –verb (used with object)
1. to feed and protect: to nurture one's offspring.
2. to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians.
3. to bring up; train; educate.
We strive to feed the souls of parishioners and newcomers of all ages. From the preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony and Baptism to Sunday Preschool and Kindergarten, from RCIC, Children’s Liturgy and Religious Ed to Sacrament Preparation and Tween/Teen Ministry. Adult opportunities for beginning or continuing spiritual education include RCIA, Renewals, Eves of Reflection, Book and DVD Studies, Bible Studies, Weekend Scripture Preparation, Rosary & Benediction, Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy Prayer, and Retreats.

Growth [ grōth ]—noun
1. refers to an increase in some quantity over time
2. the process of becoming larger and more mature through natural development
3. an increase in numbers, size, power, or intensity
With regards to the Catholic faith, a true sign of Christian Spiritual Growth is when you can go to God and say - I need help. I fear. I hurt. And, You are the only one I can tell because You are the only one who can help me. A growing life of faith enables you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice:
• Going to God in prayer daily (John 15:7).
• Reading God’s Word daily (Acts 17:11)
• Obeying God moment by moment (John 14:21).
• Witnessing for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8).
• Trusting God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7).
• Allowing the Holy Spirit to control and empower your daily life (Galatians 5:16-17; Acts 1:8).

Courtesy of Vic Bilson, Jeremiah Project

We continue with Celebrates and demonstrates God’s presence in our communities.

Celebrate  \Cel"e*brate\, –verb 

1. Assign great social importance to

 We commemorate events which we desire to keep in remembrance when we recall them by some special observance; as, to commemorate the death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. As Christians, there is all the more reason for us to celebrate because ‘I AM’ became Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’. We celebrate because of the presence of the incarnation in our lives. We have moved from the despair of Good Friday to the new life of love, joy and hope of Easter. We have moved from being in bondage to sin to a new life in freedom and forgiveness in Christ; A life of separation from God to a new life of abiding forever in God’s presence.
 
Along with attending Mass, we celebrate His presence every time we talk to God in prayer; in thanksgiving, adoration, petition, praise, worship, and at every opportunity we have; short breaks in our work, catching a glimpse of a rainbow, standing in line, waiting for the traffic light to change, washing dishes or waiting for an appointment. We celebrate God’s presence when we run through the events of the day in our mind, look for God in them, and are pleasantly surprised to find that God is with us all the time and we need only to be aware of him.
 
Demonstrate
 
\Dem"on*strate\ –verb 
1. to point out; to show; to exhibit; to make evident.
2. establish the validity of something;     
3. provide evidence for; stand as proof of
 
When we have a good and loving relationship with God, we have a light and happy way with ourselves and everything around us. In faith, we rely completely on God and learn to simply and humbly obey Him. In other words, we go about our day, conducting our common business and ordinary tasks simply for the love of Our Father. If the world is in discord, we exhibit the harmony and peace that comes from knowing God brings balance. Every encounter with another human being is an opportunity for us to bear the image of God through our words and actions. Every act of help and charity is a chance for us to manifest Jesus in the life of others. Even the decorations in our home and workplace attest to our living in God’s presence; a small cross, an inspirational poster, a Christian theme screen-saver, a plaque with Bible verses or the Bible placed in a prominent place.
 
Community
 
\Com*mu"ni*ty\, –noun 
1. a group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious characteristics in common.
 For us as Christians, our community encompasses everyone with whom we come in contact. This includes our immediate and extended families, our classmates, friends, coworkers, neighbors, church congregation, and every stranger we meet. As Father Eisemann reminds us, “We are to be Jesus to everyone, every minute of every day.” 

We
finish with Sends forth all to serve God and each other as guided by the Holy Spirit.

Send \Send\, transitive verb
1.To dispatch an agent or messenger to convey a message, or to do an errand.

Serve \Serve\, transitive verb
1. To work for; to labor in behalf of; to exert one’s self continuously for the benefit of; in a religious sense, to obey and worship.

Guide \Guide\, transitive verb
1. To regulate and manage; to direct; to order; to superintend the training or education of; to instruct and influence intellectually or morally; to train.

Guided adjective
1. accompanied by a leader
The work of the Holy Spirit in the purpose of God is communication. The Holy Spirit now works through the word of God in revealing, guiding and teaching us. He is instrumental in our lives through the knowledge of divine truth we have learned and internalized. He dwells within us through his intermediary, the Word.