Holy Cross Episcopal Church

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Ministries and Programs at Holy Cross Episcopal Church

What We Do

Our mission is to live according to Christ's two primary commands: To love God and To love all other people, and love yourself.

Our goal is to work together to "Build Up the Body of Christ."

Our prayer is to follow Christ's example of a loving commitment to:
  • The elderly and the young,
  • The ailing and the able, 
  • Families of all forms and those alone,
  • Those who serve and those in need of any sort of pastoral care.
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Ceilidh 2023

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Filoli 2023

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The following links all open a .PDF brochure.

Our Team Ministries at a Glance!

The PDF found here will provide a simple one sentence description of the Ministry Teams at Holy Cross.

Please be sure to check the calendar for days and times a team or program will be meeting.
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Altar Guild and Eucharistic Minister training with The Rev. Audrey Miskelley
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Eucharistic Ministers serve at the altar and assist in the administration of Communion during worship services. Our Altar Guild cares for the altar, vestments, vessels, and linens used for worship, sets up the sanctuary for services, and cleans up afterwards.

A free Adobe PDF reader to view all of the above, can be found here.

FESCO (Family Emergency Shelter Coalition)

FESCO — the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition — is a nonprofit organization comprised of over 30 churches, including Holy Cross, and community members in the Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro, California area. FESCO serves homeless families with food, shelter, counseling and links to community resources.

The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) was organized for the purpose of providing services to homeless and very low income families in Alameda County. FESCO’s mission is: helping homeless families move toward self-sufficiency by instilling or restoring dignity, self-esteem, and self-reliance so that families, their individual members, and the community are strengthened. FESCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, governed by a Coalition of area churches and community members.
Click HERE to view the FESCO Web site.

Community Cupboard

This began during the Covid Pandemic, and our community cupboard offers free food items to those in need.  The cupboard is open 24/7 and is restocked at least twice a week with donations supplied by our congregation and local community.

Healing Ministry

Ministers from the healing team offer healing prayer at the side of the church during both Sunday services. These lay ministers anoint, lay hands on, and pray for those who seek healing of body, mind, or spirit. The team meets for sharing and prayer on the second Sunday of the month at 11:45 AM.

Outreach Market

Holy Cross hosts a monthly Outreach Market featuring a bake sale, usually on the first Sunday of the month. The proceeds fund various established outreach Programs.

Altar Guild

Our guild members serve God by preparing and caring for the place where God's people worship. The Altar Guild works with the rector to plan for this vital ministry.


Our vestry has 9 elected members, each elected to a 3-year term. Terms are staggered so we elect three new members each year. The Rector, Clerk and the parish Treasurer are standing members of the Vestry.

In His Hands

In His Hands is a spiritual study group formed in 1995. The purpose of this small group is to discuss the book we are reading together out loud and to share thoughts and lives to build community and to grow spiritually. The group meets weekly on Monday evening beginning at 7:00 (see Parish Calendar) and is open to anyone. We always have a spare book and no one is required to read aloud.
Memorial Garden

The Memorial Garden Committee established and maintains the Memorial Garden as a quiet, serene place to sit, pray, and reflect along side the columbarium where ashes of departed parish members rest.

Holy Cross Episcopal Church
19179 Center St
Castro Valley CA 94546