At Holy Cross, we seek to be Christ's hands and feet in the world, serving those in need in our community and around the world. We do this by partnering with established programs that are engaged in improving the lives of those in need and giving hope to anyone seeking a better life. There are many ways to make a difference in the world.
You are welcome to join us in any of the programs listed here.
We collect shelf stable food items for the Committee for Helping Others' food pantry, which serve food insecure families in our immediate surroundings. Donations are delivered to CHO on a weekly basis.
Personal Care Items
Parishioners donate shampoo, soap, and other personal care items that are delivered to the Lamb Center, a day shelter in Fairfax County.
Personal Care Kits
We regularly make available personal care kits for our parishioners to carry in their cars. These bags include hygiene items, water, food and a few other useful items. Parishioners are encouraged to offer the kits to those in need.
Small Household Items
We regularly collect new households items for Pathways to Housing DC for their clients who are transitioning out of homeless into permanent housing.
Parish Lunch Line
The third Sunday of every month we gather in the parish kitchen to make sandwiches for clients of Northern Virginia Family Service’s Bailey’s Crossroads shelter. After our 10:30 a.m. service, we work for about 45 minutes to assemble and package sandwiches with the supplies we have on hand. All are welcome to come help out for as much time as you can spare. We are always accepting donations of lunch meat, cheese, and bread.
About one Saturday a month, we gather for a day of creative expression and service to others. During Art-n-Soul, participants create paintings that are donated to Pathways to Housing DC as house-warming gifts for their clients. Art-n-Soul is open to anyone age 7 and up, regardless of previous painting experience. You will be guided through the process of creating original work. Experienced painters are available to help those who need it. A suggested donation of $25 covers the cost of materials and lunch.
We hold packing parties twice a year to provide much-needed supplies and a sense of dignity to kids in the foster system.
United Thank Offering
Parishioners drop coins in their blue boxes as they count their blessings twice a year. The funds are gathered and donated to UTO, which provides grants to groups seeking to serve the world.
During Lent, parishioners are invited to sponsor a student who is suffering from malnutrition, by paying for daily breakfast at St. Augustine's Primary School in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.
In November, parishioners pick up grocery bags and shopping lists to purchase Thanksgiving groceries for struggling families served by Second Story.
Youth Gift Market
Youth and friends make and sell Christmas crafts to raise money for Second Story, which serves at-risk children and youth in our area.
During Advent, we collect Christmas presents to be donated to CHO, which makes them available to their clients free of charge. Struggling families can choose gifts for their children at the Christmas store in mid-December.