Holy Cross Association

Parish Without Walls

Those who join the Holy Cross Association help to support the operational needs of Moreau Seminary, Holy Cross House, and the United States Province.

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Prayer Intentions

Each day the priests and brothers at Holy Cross pray for the specific intentions of everyone who asks. As we pray for each other, we join together to support each other’s needs. You can join our mission with your prayer requests.

Prayer Request

Br. Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C.
Holy Cross Association, Chaplain

Holy Cross Association

In the mid-1950s, to raise charitable gifts for the construction of Moreau Seminary, Rev. Richard Grimm, C.S.C., and Rev. Charles Callahan, C.S.C., established the Holy Cross Associate Family comprised of parents, family, and friends of Holy Cross religious and seminarians.

The Holy Cross Associate Family successfully raised money to build Moreau Seminary and created a network of friends and family demonstrating ongoing interest in the work of Holy Cross. In 1964, just six years after Moreau Seminary was dedicated, Rev. William McAuliffe, C.S.C., transformed the Holy Cross Associate Family into the Holy Cross Association with a focus on direct mail support for the operational needs of Moreau Seminary and for Holy Cross House. What made the Holy Cross Association’s direct mail program unique was Fr. McAuliffe’s pastoral and individual outreach to each name on the mailing list.

In keeping with its tradition, the Holy Cross Association continues a pastoral and personal direct mail and email program to nearly 10,000 households. Along with maintaining its “parish without walls,” the Association accepts Mass intentions, distributed and acquitted by Holy Cross priests in the United States, Bangladesh, Chile, and East Africa, and perpetual prayer enrollments.

The Association also offers a unique variety of Holy Cross prayer cards custom produced for any occasion, including intentions for Mass, perpetual prayer enrollments, prayers for healing, birthday or anniversary wishes, and so much more. You can join your prayer intentions in the perpetual votive candle at the University of Notre Dame Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes or request Lourdes Water from the spring at the Grotto of Massabielle, France.

Mass Intentions

We are honored to embrace your Mass requests. Masses are offered by Holy Cross priests primarily in the United States. However, a few may be acquitted in East Africa, South America, or Bangladesh.

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A Place of Hope

Light a Candle at the Grotto

At the Grotto on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, hundreds of votive candles burn brightly night and day as expressions of prayer for special intentions.

The living flame of each candle is a beautiful symbol of both prayer and hope. At the Grotto, one special perpetual candle is maintained to symbolize and commemorate the special needs and intentions requested from our community of faith who participate in the Confraternity.

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Perpetual Prayer Enrollment

Request Golden Treasury Enrollment. Those enrolled in the Golden Treasury of Holy Cross are supported by the perpetual prayers, Masses, and good works of our priests, brothers, and seminarians throughout the world. They also benefit from the perpetual prayers of their brothers and sisters in the Association.

Your financial gift will be used to help support the education of our seminarians and for the care of our ill and retired priests and brothers.

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Holy Water

Lourdes Water

On February 11, 1858, the Virgin Mary made the first of many appearances to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Today, millions of Catholics from around the world travel to Lourdes, France, to follow Our Lady’s instruction to St. Bernadette to “drink at the spring and wash yourself in it.” St. Bernadette uncovered a hidden spring after the Virgin Mary instructed her to dig at the ground. This Lourdes water comes from the same spring at the Grotto of Massabielle where Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to St. Bernadette.

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Prayer Cards

Holy Cross Prayer Cards can commemorate a wedding anniversary, birthday, First Communion, Christmas, or any other special occasion. In addition to the assurance of prayers, these cards have the option of Mass Intentions.

Holy Cross Prayer Cards have individually crafted expressions of caring for people who are important to us, while at the same time supporting the ministries of the priests and brothers of Holy Cross.

Caring is shown through the physical presence of the card combined with the assurance of prayers from our priests.

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