"I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU WELCOMED ME." THE BLESSINGS & STRUGGLES OF IMMIGRANTS IN PALERMO
The World Day of Prayer (WDP) is an annual event organized by women and held around the world on the first Friday in March. This year’s WDP followed the theme chosen by the Women of France: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. It was celebrated in Palermo on March 1st at the Collegio Casa San Francesco. Holy Cross and the Lutheran Church united to organize this event in Palermo and this year it also involved members of i Focolari, and a group from Sant’Egidio and San Saverio. (For a news article and photos: in English, click here or in Italiano, clicca qui.)
SERMON FOR THE FOURTH
SUNDAY IN LENT
The Jerusalem which is above – Paul is referring to the perfect Church, the Kingdom of Heaven, which is mingled with the Church here on earth. I say this because we all know too plainly the failings of the Church here on earth – but also somehow, despite the fumblings and errors and imperfections, something of the Jerusalem which is above, something of that perfect Church in heaven continues to shine through. The Church brings children into the Kingdom through baptism and nurtures them on their journey through teaching them God’s Word written and the administration of the Sacrament of the Bread of heaven and the Cup of everlasting Salvation, to strengthen and to nurture the heavenly life. (For the full sermon click here.)
HOLY CROSS HOLDS ALPHA COURSE
THIS LENT (Feb/13)
We are now hosting a Student Alpha Course at Holy Cross on Thursday nights at 8:15pm beginning February 7, for seven weeks. People arrive at the chaplaincy apartment, we have supper together, then listen to a 30 minute talk about some core aspect of the Christian faith and we follow that with a discussion where all questions are welcome. The expectation is to wrap up each night between 10 and 10:30pm. (For more details click here.)
HOLY CROSS CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH "IMAGES OF THE SACRED" PUBLIC ART EXHIBIT (Jan 4/13)
Holy Cross held a well attended public art exhibit for five days in Christmastide to celebrate the Incarnation. The celebration of Christmas, or God taking flesh in Jesus Christ, is directly related to the Church’s decision in the 8th century to affirm the use of sacred images in Christian devotion. The exhibit explored the relation between earthly images and the divine archetypes in art, church architecture and the human soul. (For a news article and photos click here.)
COMMEMORATION AT HOLY CROSS OF SOLDIERS OF THE 48th HIGHLANDERS REGIMENT OF CANADA
On Sunday November 25 Holy Cross Church had a special service with the unveiling and blessing of a plaque in memory of the soldiers of the 48th Highlanders who fought and those who died in Sicily in 1943. (For a news article and photos click here.)
SERMON FOR THE TWENTY FOURTH
SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
Christ brings about the recovery of the inward man or inner person. So we dwell in this place, our true self, made in the image and likeness of God. Jesus wants us to rest there – beholding his glory and having our souls conformed to His image and likeness. And, as we mature, our bodies become obedient to the commands of this inner person. Our remaining in this right relation between the inner and outer person in the face of the world is the perseverance of the saints. What happens if we find our inner person withering away? (For the full sermon click here.)
SERMON FOR THE
NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
"To put it boldly, contemplation is the only ultimate answer to the unreal and insane world that our financial systems and our advertising culture and our chaotic and unexamined emotions encourage us to inhabit. To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly. It is a deeply revolutionary matter."
(For the full sermon click here.)
BRITALIAN NIGHT AT VILLA MALFITANO
A GREAT PARTY!
On a warm still night in Palermo this past June, we had our biannual fundraising event at Villa Malfitano, this year called Britalian Night Party. This time the night was an opportunity to celebrate the Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II and to enjoy an evening of fellowship with the opportunity to raise funds for the ministries of the Church of the Holy Cross and for the non-profit organization Comitato Fiori di Lavanda (for Research on Childhood Leukemia).
(For info & photos, please click here.)
HOLY CROSS SCALES THE HILLS ABOVE SAN MARTINO DELLA SCALA (May 5/12)
Our twelfth annual walk, this year was on Saturday May 5, and we changed the venue to San Martino delle Scale. This year our guides were Silvia and Lisa Oddo. Lisa enlightened us about the trees and plants on our walk and Silvia recalled for us the history that played out in this area, including Garibaldi’s campaign!. (For photos of the day, please click here.)
"JOSEPH WHITAKER" DOCUMENTARY AVAILABLE
On March 12, following our Sunday morning service, our church hosted a viewing of the documentary "Joseph Whitaker". The forty five minute film is the work of Chiara Andrich and Giovanni Pelligrini (left), students at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Palermo. Holy Cross is now pleased to be able to make copies of this DVD available to the public. (For more info and photos, please click here.)
On November 15, several members of Holy Cross Church met at Silvia Crisapi's home to watch and discuss together Terrence Malick's movie "The Tree of Life", first released this past summer. We had a mixed reaction to the film, some keen and others finding it long and slow. If you would like a synopsis of the movie and some of the things spoken of in our discussion please click here. The movie is well worth it! But if you prefer not to know much before seeing a movie, read this only after you see the movie first.