God through Baptism, empowered by the Holy Spirit,
formed by the Word, nourished by the Eucharist,
we gather together in our diversity as a community of Faith,
worship and service, to share with others the love of Jesus Christ
our Risen Lord.
Deacon Joe Marotta
Born: April 17, 1974
Married Katie: June 27, 1998
Christopher born: July 23, 2001
Chrisopher's Baptism: Sept 9, 2001
Jack, Michael, Caroline born: October 31, 2003
Triplet's Baptism: Mother's Day 2004
William born: September 21, 2012
William's Baptism: October 13, 2012
Ordination as Deacon: October 13, 2012
Departed this life: June 5, 2013
A reflection from Joe almost
a year ago while at the beach.
My family spent the past
week at the beach. The weather has been great, and I have enjoyed
watching my four children play in the surf and sand. It was not too
long ago that Katie and I would not even think of allowing them to
go near the water without one of us within arm’s reach. As their
swimming ability improved, so did our comfort level – first ankle
deep, then knees, until now we are able to enjoy the sun on the
beach as they frolic in the waves. However, we still find ourselves
counting heads every few moments… just to be sure. My guess is that
we’ll do that forever.
Today is the Solemnity of
the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is a feast that calls us to
reflect upon the love God has for each of us. The readings
proclaimed during Mass today help us in this endeavor. The First
Reading - from the Book of Hosea, opens with a reminder that God’s
love is a parent’s love: “When Israel was a child I loved him, out
of Egypt I called my son…I fostered them like one who raises an
infant to his cheeks.” The intimacy of this passage is quite
profound! Our God is no distant deity - his care and concern bring
him as close as a parent’s affectionate embrace.
As we grow, we become less
and less fond of that embrace. We seek to find our own way, and
crave independence. Still, even after our parents relent and allow
us to head out on our own, they are usually not far behind – read to
pick up the pieces. My kids may think they are on their own in the
ocean, but it would only take one big wave to propel Katie and I out
of our beach chairs and into the surf.
And so it is with God. His
love for us is not conditioned on our making good choices. He is
there for us regardless. Hosea reminds us, “though I stooped to feed
my child, they did not know that I was their healer.” The Sacred
Heart of Jesus is with us whenever we encounter sacrificial love.
Whenever we sacrifice for others, we participate in the Sacred
As we enter into this
Father’s Day weekend, I invite us to call to mind all of the
sacrifices our fathers made (or continue to make) for us – to
provide for our material, emotional and spiritual needs. However
expressed, that gift is a constant reminder of the love God has for
each of us. No matter how big the wave, there is always a loving arm
to keep us safe.
those who are in need of a prayer space outside your home, please
know that the Church is open for private prayer daily between 9am
Meals are needed for: Katie
If you would like to sign up, you can access the meal
clicking here, or by visiting
TakeThemAMeal.com and locating the schedule by recipient last
name (Marotta) and password (Joe).
have included additional notes about this meal schedule below.
Additional Not es: Meals are for 1 adult and 5 children.
Deliver meals ready to eat between 5:30 and 6:00pm.
Request: Please do not bring a lot of casseroles.
You can also "Send a Meal" by clicking the link at the top of the
fund to provide support to the Marotta family is being established.
you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to Holy
Cross Catholic Church
(710 Clay Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504) and note that it is for the Marotta
May 1, 2010
Joseph, master carpenter and builder, pray for our parish community
at Holy Cross.
by your example of faithful love for Mary and Jesus, and with the
support of your people, may we continue to serve God faithfully,
work together to build up God's kingdom, and be the people our Lord
Jesus calls us be.
For Your Information
May Newsletter is now available
Saturday, June 15 at 6:30pm
Holy Cross Regional Catholic School Field
Holy Cross Church Softball Game vs Fr. Jim’s Parishes
See the bulletin for more details.
Save the Date
Aug. 3 “Take me out to the ballgame” Hillcats
Sept 14 Parish Picnic, 1-6pm
WHAT ABOUT THE ROOF AND STEEPLE -
Work is proceeding on the bell tower.
The picture below is from the top of the
New pictures were added on March 22nd.
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Sunday at 2:00 PM
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4:30 PM at Lynchburg College
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Monday – Friday 9:00 AM in the Chapel
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