Holy Cross believes that formation is for everyone, and during the program year children and adults meet for formation between the services from 9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. We also offer weekly Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., and we offer a variety of evening programs throughout the year.
During the pandemic, all activities at the church have been suspended. Please take a look at the resources on this page to continue your learning.
Check out the Children page for resources specifically for families.
Worship at Home
Hopefully you have been able to join your Holy Cross family in our new Sunday morning online worship. It is a lovely offering, but geared for an adult congregation. If you would also like to have a family worship experience that is geared to include children, Megan Hoskins recommends Worship at Home, a downloadable document by Mary Hawes. Worship at Home will guide you in setting up a simple family worship space and includes a do-it-yourself prayer service with links to songs and music. This is super user-friendly -- no seminary experience required! Find Worship at Home at http://www.
Holy Week Resources
If you would like to walk through Holy Week at home with a daily remembrance, please check out Sharon Ely Pearson's A Household Holy Week. Sharon's Holy Week Box is easy to assemble and family-friendly. She includes lots of pictures and a link to all the readings. Visit bit.ly/HolyWeekatHome.
Another Holy Week idea is to make your own Paschal Candle. A new large Paschal Candle is lit each year at Easter and placed prominently by the altar to represent Christ's light in the world. The candle is lit all through the season of Easter and is also used at baptisms and funerals during the year as a resurrection symbol. At home, you can decorate a pillar candle with a cross design using paint, Sharpie, thumbtacks, or even cloves Some easy inspiration can be found at bit.ly/easy-paschal-candle and at bit.ly/make-a-paschal-candle. If you are more crafty, check out bit.ly/crafty-paschal-candle. This is a lovely way to bring a visible reminder of the light of Christ into your home.
The Examen with Fr. James Martin S.J.
The examen is an ancient prayer practice that enables you to find God in your daily life. This podcast is based on a technique that St. Ignatius Loyola outlined in the "Spiritual Exercises," his classic manual for prayer. Each 18 minute episode, Fr. Martin provides a reflection and then guides you through the examen prayer. Listen at https://examen.libsyn.com
The Bible for Normal People
This weekly podcast, hosted by Pete Enns and Jared Byas, explores two questions: What is the Bible and what do we do with it? Pete and Jared are serious scholars of the Bible who also have a great sense of humor. They interview prominent theologians and explore tough issues, biblical interpretation, biblical history, and more. Listen at https://peteenns.com/
On Being with Krista Tippett
"Honest to God" lecture
Washington National Cathedral 11/12/2019
Michael Gerson of the Washington Post leads a conversation with Dr. Francis Collins, former director of the Human Genome Project, and Dr. Jennifer Wiseman of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. Both scientists and Christians, Dr. Collins and Dr. Wiseman share how their faith impacts their work as scientists and public figures and explore the intersection of faith, religion and science.
In the Cathedral’s "Honest to God" series, civic leaders share the ways in which their lives have been shaped by the practices of their faith and the interplay between religion and public leadership. Each event is an evening of conversation that invites public figures to pull back the curtain, revealing to us the faith that undergirds their public action. How have the values, teachings and worship of their faith community shaped their public works? What lessons might they draw for other public figures, or those aspiring to public leadership, about the importance of spirituality or religion? Through intimate conversation and the sharing of stories, participants courageously offer honesty, authenticity and faith at a time when our country is in dire need of such a generous gift.