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Holy Cross Batavia Hosts 6th Annual Gala

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    Monsignor Deutsch, Gala Auctioneer 2010
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Sheri Mazzocchi

Batavia, IL --February 22, 2013-- Building a new community education center and the first Catholic school in the Rockford Diocese in 30 years are just some of the many accomplishments for Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia. On Saturday, March 9th at 5:30 pm , Holy Cross will host "A Knight in Rome", a fundraising gala to support continuing community, parish based projects. The event, sponsored by Moss Family Funeral Homes, is being held at Piper's Banquets in Aurora, and will feature an array of culinary delights including hors d'oeuvres, a plated meal and desserts.

It will be a "Knight" to remember and the entertainment never ceases!. Live dinner music featuring the smooth jazz talent of Maiden Voyage, dozens of fabulous silent and live auctions, and finishing up the fun times with familiar favorites to dance the night away!

Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and Sox tickets, plus silent auction and basket raffles featured. The highlight of the evening will spotlight a $5000, $2500 and $1000 cash prize raffle ticket drawing!

Auction items include: A one week Florida vacation, and many more items auctioned live by our official Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Aaron Brodeski, recently welcomed as the new Pastor of Holy Cross Church.

"This will be my first Gala with Holy Cross…It should be a blast! I've heard many great things about it and am excited to hit the ground running as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer. It will be a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community, celebrate our common faith, have a great time, eat excellent food and truly enjoy each other's company! As the new pastor it will be a great opportunity for me to get to know everyone and for everyone to get to know me in a fun and relaxed environment. I know God's blessings are on this night. This is the fruit of many committed people coming together for a celebration of our shared faith, love of God and love of one another."

---Msgr. Brodeski

Dinner tickets are $100.00 per person, and can be purchased at the Holy Cross parish office located at 2300 Main Street, Batavia or online through the Holy Cross website at

"Moss Family Funeral Homes, my family, the community and I personally have been blessed by the riches of faith that have come

from our relationship with Holy Cross Catholic Church." said Bryan Moss, owner of Moss Family Funeral Homes. "Our continued support of the Holy Cross Gala is a great opportunity for me to

express our gratitude."

About Holy Cross Catholic Church

Tracing its roots to the first mass held in 1854, our parish serves over 3300 registered families from Batavia and surrounding communities. Currently, Holy Cross is a vibrant, active Catholic community dedicated to carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ in the world today. We are blessed to have so many families who work to continue this mission through prayer, education, service and stewardship. Our parish prayer life is centered on the sacraments, including daily Mass, confessions, and Adoration. All are welcome to join us in daily Mass! In addition, our praise and worship group and Bible study group are just two examples of prayer groups open to all community members.

The education programs at Holy Cross are far reaching, which includes serving over 1000 students in religious education programs and nearly 400 students at Holy Cross Catholic School (preschool through 8th grade.) Recognizing that education always continues, we also offer many adult education opportunities through our speakers' series, as well as seminars on topics ranging from Natural Family Planning to planning for a funeral …and everything in between.

Jesus came not to be served but to serve…and so do we. Holy Cross ministries serve many parish and community groups including Hessed House, the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, Batavia RSVP, Windmill Seniors, St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Giving Tree, Re-employment ministry, Enriching Lives Ministry, Hearing services for the Homebound, blood drives, Project Gabriel, St. Hilary Special Needs ministry, adoption ministry and much more! For all ages and all walks of life, Holy Cross is actively involved in serving our community.

St. Peter said, "As each has received as a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace…" (1 Peter 4:10). At Holy Cross, stewardship is not an option but a way of life. We recognize that the gifts we receive must be shared. A tithe from each weekly collection is sent to local and regional charitable organizations, including local food pantries, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and area schools and parishes in need.

Your support of the Holy Cross parish gala -- our only major fundraiser -- will help us to fulfill this mission. Please consider supporting the Gala by purchasing tickets or by making a donation today.

Mass times can be found online at or Telephone: 630-879-4750. Monsignor Aaron Brodeski, Pastor

About Moss Family Funeral Homes

"Putting your family first, when you need it most." - Moss Family Funeral Homes, Premier Sponsor of the 2013 Holy Cross Parish Gala

Located at 100 South Third Street St. Charles and 209 South Batavia Avenue in Batavia, Illinois, Moss Family Funeral Homes offer vintage facilities with modern amenities. The licensed caring staff with 24 hour availability offer traditional funeral with burial or cremation services. Our goal at Moss is to form relationships built on trust, dignity, and respect in a comfortable setting. We assist families both before, during and after the need arises.

Today, Moss Family Funeral Homes have been totally renovated and redecorated. The staff and facilities in St. Charles and Batavia serve the entire Fox Valley Area. The facilities include: handicap accessible visitation rooms, sitting areas, grand foyers, family rooms and a reception area. Owned and operated by Bryan and Mandi Moss, you may contact us at St. Charles 630-584-2000, Batavia 630-879-7900, or We are here to serve you and your families.