Holy Cross believes that formation is for everyone, and during the program year we meet for formation each Sunday. We also offer a weekly Bible and book study on Wednesday mornings, and we offer a variety of evening programs throughout the year.
During the pandemic, most activities at the church have been suspended. Please take a look at the resources on this page to supplement your learning at home.
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.
Resources for Lent
Lent is a 40-day season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus. In Lenten Micropractices, you’ll find a new small spiritual practice to guide you each day on your journey of preparation. Some practices can be done on the spot, some during the day, and others will take some time and/or prep work. Some are active, some are reflective. They will make you think, take action, connect with God and others, and live into your Christian life.
Traditionally, there are three pillars of Lent: praying, fasting, and alms giving, which come to us from Matthew 6:1-18. The micropractices rotate through these themes, along with additional practices that don’t fit neatly in one of those categories.
To receive a daily email during Lent with the practice of the day sign up here.
If you would like to have a printable booklet of the micropractices emailed to you, contact megan.hoskins@
Living Well Through Lent
"Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect on the core of what it means to live a Christian life in the midst of great change and uncertainty. When facing change and uncertainty, few practices are more central to that life than listening—listening to ourselves, listening to others, and listening to God."
The esteemed team at Living Compass has created a Lenten daily devotional, Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind, which you can receive in several ways. Sign up at www.livingcompass.org/lent to receive a daily email of each day's reading, or to download a free PDF of the entire devotional. The devotional is also available as a free e-book from Amazon at our lent e-book (English) or our lent e-book (Spanish).
Observe Ash Wednesday at Home
Building Faith has a simple two-page guide to observing Ash Wednesday at home, which can be found at bit.ly/AshWednesdayatHome2021
Resources for Any Time
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.