Palmetto | Sept. 14 was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a day with special meaning for the faithful of Holy Cross Parish in Palmetto. A bilingual Mass and celebration were held which brought together the diverse faith community.
“Our Parish bears the name of the symbol that changed the world,” said Father Bernard Evanofski, Pastor, during an evening Mass. “This feast day is not a sad one by any means, but it is a feast of great joy.”
Father Evanofski explained the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a celebration of how Our Lord transformed the world. “It is also how He calls all of us to do our part in changing the world and making it a better place through our acceptance of our own crosses — willingly, patiently and lovingly,” he continued.
By accepting our crosses willingly when they inevitably come to us, we open ourselves so God can use us in His own special way in “helping to change the world and build up the kingdom of God on earth.”
Prior to the start of Mass, dancers came forward and danced to the rhythms of a beating drum before ceremonially prostrating themselves before the altar.
During the presentation of the gifts, members of the Parish Youth Group brought forward key symbols of the Parish, including a cross, rosary and Bible, as well as the bread and wine.
Following the Mass there was a fiesta in the Parish hall for a fiesta which included a potluck of various food, and entertainment from dancers and other musicians.
“This is a day we can celebrate our diversity, but also our unity as members of one Universal Church,” Father Evanofski concluded.