On Sunday, January 29 at the Noon Mass, we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week. We would like to have students from our parish (who also may go to Catholic high schools, junior high schools or other K-6 parish schools) attend in their uniforms and participate in the Mass.
If anyone would like to greet, lector, serve, bring up the offertory gifts, or speak about your experience with Catholic Education after Communion at this Mass or any of the other weekend Masses, please contact Father Wheeland at 663-2244 by noon on Wednesday, January 25. Let us celebrate this great ministry of the church!
Catholic Schools’ Week begins
Sunday, January 29
Schedule of Events
March 4 for Celebration of the Green 2017
Our school is continuing to grow by inspiring learning and faith to our diverse population of students and striving to be a Beacon of Hope to all through our family of families. We are writing to request your sponsorship for our school through the Celebration of the Green; an evening of Irish Food & Entertainment. Your sponsorship will help support our school’s mission to educate all children. Together we make a family! There are many ways that you can help:
• Attend the Celebration - $35.00 per person
• Friends & Family Table Sponsorship- reserved table for 10 - $450
• Corporate Sponsorship-range from $150-$500 (more information available on the website)
• Monetary or Silent Auction donations
We hope to have the opportunity to partner with you in this year’s event. You may visit www.hcgreengala.com to purchase tickets or for sponsorship information.
With Appreciation, Mary K. Martell, Principal
We have partnered with FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program and financial aid assessment. You will realize these benefits by using FACTS for your tuition payment plan:
- Choice of 2 payment dates and/or automatic payments
- Enrolling online from the comfort of your home
- Convenience & Security
- Check your online account at any time from your home or office
Families who are currently enrolled will not have to
reapply. You will automatically be on the payment plan. Go to online.factsmgt.com & put in your username &
If you are making changes to how you pay, or if you are a New Family, copy and paste the link below directly into your browser.
- Smartboards for Art and Pre-K: $1,000 each
- 2 Projectors: $350 each—Have already been donated!
- Area Rug for the Art Room: $300
- Improved Speaker System for the Gym Stage for school plays: $1,500
Please contact Father Wheeland at 663-2244 or Mary Martell at 663-6533 if you want to make a contribution.
We would like to continue the tradition of fostering devotion to Our Lady at Holy Cross School. You will find rosaries in our classrooms in October and May shrines in May! This fall, we would like to again enthrone the statues of Our Lady in our classrooms, dedicating the classroom area to Our Lady.
We invite you to be a part of this enthronement and dedication event. You may become a Marian Patron for the year through a contribution of $25 or more. Your name will be placed in the statue area and our students will remember you in their prayers. You will hear from “your” class throughout the year too.
We ask that you
send your contributions to:
Attn.: Fr Wheeland
Holy Cross School Marian Project
4492 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612
Your contributions will be used for religious projects, programs in our schools and to provide rosaries for all our students in grades Preschool through Grade 6. Thank you.
8:00 AM – 2:15 PM
Extended Care will be available for a fee.
- Kindergarten: 20 students; 21-25 with full-time aide; split at 26
- Grades 1, 2, and 3: 25 students; 21-25 with part-time aide; split at 26
- Grades 4, 5, and 6: 27 students; 23-27 with part-time aide; split at 28
For information on registration—Mary Martell at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on the financial aspects of the plan—Tim Culhane at email@example.com
What is the difference between being a Parish School and a School of the Monroe County Catholic Schools System?
Basically the set up is like that of 30 years ago when our parish was responsible for the finance and operation of the school. The Catholic Schools Office will provide many of the services as the did in those days. They will provide us with qualified candidates for teachers and staff. They will help us meet the requirements of the NY State Education Office and see that our curriculum follows the mandate of NY State and of the Catholic Church. They will provide us with benefits packages for our teachers and staff. But we will be able to chart the destiny of our school by our marketing, fund development, and spirit of commitment.
*Kathleen Dougherty, is serving as principal of Holy Cross School.
for Holy Cross School
Holy Cross School is a vital part of our Parish and carries out our mission to teach our young about Christ. I am asking you to consider a gift at Christmas to our school. You might help with one of the following projects.
The first is a donation to our Tuition Aid for Holy Cross School families. We have pretty much used up the money we had for aid this year, but many times during the year family situations change and there is need for extra help.
The second is a donation to the General Operating Budget of the school. Expenses keep rising even though we do our best to keep costs down. Any help we could have here would be a help to the parents and to the school.
The third is a very special project. We are we taking refugee families who are seeking a Catholic Education. We started this project with children that came to us from Mary’s Place, a Refugee Outreach center in Rochester. Under the direction of Mrs. Catherine Dougherty, our first principle, we began with one family. We now have 15 students from 10 different families that have settled recently in the Northwest section of Rochester. They try to pay a little towards what would be the cost of tuition for their child, but they have very little financial resources. This project is so special and so important that Bishop Salvatore Matano personally donated last year and this year to help these very worthy students. The cathedral community, from which a number of these students come, also makes a gift each year. We have two people each year donate to this fund. To keep this program going, we need more outside help. This is a very important and worthy project. The cost of tuition for one child is $4,100 and goes up to $7,935 for a family with 3 children. Any gift, what every the size, would be a great blessing.
If you wish to give a Christmas gift to any one of these areas of Holy Cross School, just put your gift in an envelope indicating with the name of the project you’d like to support and please include your name and address. Send this envelope to Holy Cross Parish or drop it in the collection. This will help Holy Cross School continue to teach our young ones about the gift of the Christ Child.
A Catholic School of Excellence —Now and Into the Future
have been chosen for a great ministry which is to ensure Catholic
School Education for the future. We, as a Parish, have a heritage of
over a 100 years of Catholic School Education. Now, because of our
spirit and commitment, we have been given the opportunity to carry on
that tradition. There is no question that we have the drive and desire
to make this happen.
We need to find ways to make our school financially solvent. Never can we let the cost of the school take away from the total ministry of our Church. We will find ways to appeal to those who recognize the importance and great value of Catholic School Education so that they can enable our Parish to meet its financial needs.
Our philosophy of stewardship will help us find the Time, Talent, and Treasure necessary to ensure the
continued operation of our school and the many ministries of our Parish. Each of us needs to become an ambassador for our school and welcome all who wish to come. We need to provide a quality school, rich in the practice of Faith, which will instill the values of Jesus, and attract families who desire this type of educational environment for their children.
We are proud of our Faith Enrichment Program at Holy Cross. We are happy to once again be able to offer the complete elements of the Ministry of Catholic Education with our parish-operated Catholic School. It is our continual pledge to serve all of our children and provide a variety of opportunities for Catholic Education on our campus. We believe that by providing all of these educational programs, we will strengthen Holy Cross Parish.
All are Welcome…Come!
We need the prayers and support of all our parishioners. It is important for all to reach out with empathy and compassion to those families facing this next struggle. Their presence and their gifts are what will make Holy Cross School a success. We are committed to providing Catholic School Education for years to come and we welcome all to be a part of our new school community.
Looking for ways to support our school?
Boxtops for Education sponsored by General Mills
Families and friends of a school collect box tops that are clipped from hundreds of participating products and send them to school. For every ten box tops collected, the school earns one dollar. Last year Holy Cross School earned over $1,300 from box tops. There are also ways to earn additional money by shopping online or supporting your school through the boxtops4education.com website.
Labels for Education sponsored by the Campbells Company
By collecting UPCs and beverage caps/sauce caps from over 2,500 Campbell and participating products, schools collect points. Families and friends of the school clip the UPCs and send them to school. These points can then be used to redeem art, athletic, or academic items needed for our school. Each item in the catalog requires a certain number of points. Most UPCs are worth one point, though some have greater values.
Tyson Project A+ Program sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc.
This year we can raise up to $12,000 towards supplies, building improvements, school programs, or anything else we choose for our schools. Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+ labels from participating Tyson product packages and send them to school. We collect the labels (worth 24 cents!) and send them to Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods will send our school a check.
Recycling Printer Cartridges and Cell Phones
This fundraiser is FREE and simple because there’s nothing to sell, no paperwork to fill out, and no deadline. The program runs year-round, accumulating constant income for our efforts. Anyone can donate empty printer cartridges and used cell phones. We will recycle the cartridges and cell phones through Funding Factory, Staples, and Office Max to help offset the cost of printer ink and computer or school supplies. We would gladly recycle your business’ printer cartridges too. At this point there is not a market for toner cartridges.
Mary has been a teacher in Holy Cross School since 2004. In June 2008, although the school closed for grades Kindergarten through Sixth grade, as the Director of our Preschool Program, Mary was able to have that program certified with the State of New York, and with the blessings of the Diocese, we were able to maintain a Preschool. Later she received permission to add a five year-old (kindergarten) program.
When Holy Cross School was opened in 2011, she and the preschool became part of the school. Under the direction of the Principal, Kathy Dougherty, Mary continued to coordinate the school 3 and 4 year-old preschool program. That program has grown from slightly over 30 students to 64 full and part-time students. Five years ago, Mary began the very special and successful Summer Adventure Program for children from 3 to 11 years-olds.
In addition to her 9 years here at Holy Cross, Mary has taught more than eighteen years in other Catholic, public, and private schools. Mary is well rooted in teaching and has a great love of and background in Catholic School Education.
Mary has a New York State Permanent Certification Grades N-6, MS in Education from Nazareth College of Rochester and a BS in English Literature from there also. She will be continuing her education at the State University of New York at Brockport.
She and her husband, Dan, are parishioners at Holy Cross. Their three sons all attended Holy Cross School. Mary has been a part-time minister at Holy Cross and in that role has trained and assigned our altar servers, coordinated our CASE training program, and is the one who creates the beautiful decorations for the altar in the Church. Mary also has been very active in our CYO Program. Mary serves as a Eucharistic Minister and best of all she has been a great supporter and believer in Holy Cross School.
At first they were just a printed program titled “Graduation Exercises,” then they became a set of mimeographed sheets called “The Blue & Gold.” Starting in the 1950s they carried the title “Class Book” and by the 1980s they were called “The Beacon.” Over the years both the name on the cover and the content on the inside evolved, but they all had one thing in common: They were all year books published by Holy Cross School. We currently have 46 of these books in our archives, ranging from 1930 to 2008, but we also have some gaps in our collection. Do you have one of these missing year books: 1929 and earlier, 1931 through 1947, 1950 through 1955, 1957, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1978 through 1982 or 2005? Could you loan it to us for a few days so that we can make a copy? We promise to return it to you unharmed in any way. If you can help us, please contact Mike Shea at 865-4978.Your help in this project is greatly appreciated.
ATTN: Holy Cross School Alumni - Become a Class Ambassador!
This is an exciting time for our newly opened Holy Cross Parish School. We have almost completed our first year and the school is thriving. We need your help to secure the future of the school and we’re looking for volunteers to become Class Ambassadors. Each Holy Cross Class Ambassador will work to communicate with all those who attended Holy Cross School, who graduated (or would have) in the same year as he or she. Through your connections, we will work together to help maintain Holy Cross School as an educational beacon in the years ahead and maintain traditions for generations of future Holy Cross students and alumni.