Holy Cross Church

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:
Adult baptism is the norm for initiation into the Catholic Faith. This is accomplished through a process of inquiry, prayer, instruction and introduction to the Christian Life. Please see Maureen Joy, Father David and/or Father Ben in regard to the beginning process.

Infant Baptism:
The Church continues to baptize infants, entrusting their growth in prayer and formation in the faith to parents. Parents who wish to seek Baptism for their children should contact Maureen Joy

Reception into Communion:
Baptized Christians from other denominations who desire to come into communion with the Catholic Church do so through a process of inquiry, prayer and preparation for reception and the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Please see Maureen Joy, Father David or Father Ben in regard to beginning this process.

Sacrament of Conformation:
Usually celebrated in the 10th grade through participation in the Faith Formation process of the parish; anyone who has not received the gifts of the Holy Spirit and desires to receive the Sacrament should make a request to Maureen Joy or Father David.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
By appointment only

Seasonal Communal Celebrations

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament should be requested for anyone who is seriously ill in the hospital, healthcare facility or home. Volunteers from St. Mary’s visit Fox Hospital, Fox Nursing Home, Chestnut Park Nursing and Rehabilitation, Robynwood Adult Home and Hampshire House weekly. If you have family members in another area facility please notify Maureen Joy.

Holy Orders and Religious Life:
Priesthood: www.albanyvocations.org
Diaconate: www.rcda.org/Offices/deacons/
Religious Life: www.albanyvocations.org

Sacrament of Marriage:
Please contact Maureen Joy six months to a year prior to the proposed date of marriage. Please make no other wedding arrangements until initial contact is made.