Help Wanted

Four Great Ways to Serve our Neighbors in Need

On the weekend of September 14-15, parishioners who participate in one or more of our regular outreach ministries will be available to speak with you about their experience. Please stop by and ask them about their experience and consider signing up for one of the opportunities listed: Samaritan Center, Refugee Assistance, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Emmaus Ministry.


Samaritan Center Teams

The Samaritan Center is a community soup kitchen that depends on volunteers to serve hundreds of hungry people in the Syracuse area every day. Holy Cross sponsors a meal each month and provides 15-20 volunteers on our assigned Sunday. To join a Samaritan Center Team, 1.) check out the dates, 2.) choose the time of day according to the age of the participating family members, 3.) sign up with Rick Coughlin, 4.) and mark your calendars:

  • 2019 Dates: Sept. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 17

  • 2020 Dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 16, April 26

*Service times are on Sunday, 12:30pm to 3pm; Parents with family members under 12 years old may help between11:00am-12:30pm

To sign up, contact Rick:

*Cookie bakers are needed to supply dessert for the Samaritan Center on the above dates. To help with this task, you sign up to provide 3 dozen cookies & bring them to church before11:30am on one of the above Sunday dates. Contact Mary Beth Dutter: to sign up.


Refugee Assistance Committee

The Refugee Assistance Committee seeks to know our refugee neighbors by encouraging the integration of refugees who have been relocated to our city. Members of the committee work together and individually to help in various ways:

  • Befriend and assist a refugee family as they learn to transition to Syracuse

  • Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement: help to sort items & organize the refugee clothing closet or help as a teaching assistant in a classroom.

  • Share advocacy information and attend local events such as World Refugee Day.

To learn more, contact Beth: or (315) 446-0473


Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Create a caring community!

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a ministry that cares for people through prayer & small works of service. Members of this group offer to provide a short term service such as: meals to people recovering from surgery or the birth of a baby, help with a ride to church, or assisting with light yard work or housework. Our goal is to be a light in the community and to share the love of Christ while connecting with our parish family in simple ways. Are you willing to help with this ministry?

Send an email to:

You will be added to our communication list and you will be posted on the needs of our neighbors.

Are you in need? Do you know someone that needs help?

Call the parish office & ask for Beth 315-446-0473


Road to Emmaus Meals

Road to Emmaus Ministry is a Catholic outreach ministry located on South Salina Street. Once a month, 6-8 Holy Cross volunteers help to set up & serve a hot meal provided by Emmaus. The relaxed atmosphere allows us to meet our neighbors on the southside. We hear the issues and concerns that are part of getting through the day or by raising a family while struggling with the challenges of poverty. We are transformed through developing relationships in which we encounter Christ in each other.

Second Thursdays 2019, 4pm-6:30pm:

September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12.

To sign up , contact Beth: or (315) 446-0473