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We have a wonderful process for those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.

Faith Formation…Ministerio de Catequesis

We are filled with joy and expectation as we begin this New Year of Catechesis at Holy Cross, Santa Cruz.  This is indeed a new opportunity to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the entire world.  We are eager to share and witness the Word of Life with the children and youth of our parish, so that the new generation will be able to understand God’s Word in their own accent and understanding appropriate to their age, and discover Christ as the only treasure who leads all towards life everlasting.  Please call us for more information, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at (831) 458-3041.


Vision: Guided by the Holy Scripture, tradition and teachings of the Church, follow the way of Jesus in thinking, acting and living.  Thus to be a welcoming family of faith, where families grow together into faithful discipleship and walk through life’s challenges and opportunities by loving God and neighbor and participate actively in the mission of the Church and in the development of the society.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children


Holy Cross parish welcomes anyone who wishes to inquire about Catholic Faith.  The Rite of Christian Initiation inquiry is a solemn and sacred process by which adults and children seek answers in their spiritual lives and are brought into full harmony with our parish and the wider Catholic Church.

These inquiry sessions are held for adults on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in Room 106 in the Pastoral Center.

Any unbaptized person who has made a decision to possibly enter the Catholic Church or any baptized Christian who has made a decision to possibly receive First Communion or confirmation in the Catholic Church, is welcome to begin their faith journey together with the group, which will culminate it’s celebration at the Easter Vigil.

For more information, please call the Faith Formation Office at (831) 458-3041.

Catechists. A Catechist is a member of the parish community who responds to the call to be a “witness to the Gospel” by being “fellow workers for truth in the Lord”, and be a “mediator between the mystery of God and the catechized. (GDC 156) He/she serves as a volunteer for the children and youth of the parish.  Would you be willing to serve the parish as catechists, musicians or helpers in classrooms or in any other way be part of the ministry of catechesis?  If yes, please call us at (831) 458-3041.  We request your prayerful support and help to assist the children and youth of our parish to discover goodness and beauty of God reflected in their world, and to participate fully in the life of the Church.



Nos sentimos llenos de gran alegría a dar bienvenida a los niños y los jóvenes de esta parroquia para empezar nuevo año y las clases de educación religiosa.  Es una gran oportunidad para proclamar la Buena Noticia de Jususcristo al mundo entero.  Estamos deseosos de dar testimonio y compartir finalmente la palabra de vida sobre el reino de Dios, para que así cada nueva generación puede escuchar la palabra con acento propio y descubrir Cristo su único Salvador.



Los Catequistas: Los catequistas son personas de fe con un espíritu evangelizador, con amor al reino de Dios, y un compromiso de una formación permanente.  Tienen un sólido entendimiento de la doctrina y la teología católica, la habilidad de penetrar las fuentes de la Palabra de Dios, y saben cómo comunicar efectivamente ese conocimiento a los niños y los jóvenes, y son personas de oración que reconocen su necesidad de crecer en la fe.

Si ustedes quieren participar en este ministerio de la Iglesia Holy Cross, como catequistas o ayudantes en las clases de catecismo, por favor llama la oficina de catecismo: (831) 458-3041.

Updated April 25, 2018

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