Justice & Peace Ministry

Justice & Peace Ministry

The Justice and Peace Ministry at Holy Cross helps diocesan-approved institutions by providing humanitarian aid, raising awareness, and advocating for policies that protect the human dignity of each person.


Humanitarian Aid Drive for Catholic Charities to Help Afghan Refugees in Phoenix, October 23 -24, 2021 in the Courtyard after the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday and after the 7:00 AM Mass to 12:00 Noon on Sunday.

The Holy Cross Justice and Peace Ministry invites parishioners to support Catholic Charities Community Services of Phoenix in welcoming Afghan refugees, including some Afghan children who arrived in the United States unaccompanied by another relative.  It is the only resettlement organization that operates a foster program for unaccompanied minor children.  

Items needed:  

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant

Diapers, baby shampoo, baby lotion

Feminine hygiene products

Laundry detergent, dish washing liquid, hand sanitizer

If you would like to help by furnishing Pashto-to-English, Dari-to-English, and Farsi-to- English dictionaries, donating via the wish list on Amazon, or receiving information on fostering children, please send an email to our parish contact at CCCS, Dulce Hernandez,  DHernandez@cc-az.org.   Thank you, all. 


Citizenship Classes in English and Spanish Every Tuesday Evening at Queen of Peace. 

Holy Cross parishioners and friends who want to apply for U. S. Citizenship, need help with the application, or are studying for the oral review of the application form and the English and Civics tests are invited to attend Citizenship Classes on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Rm. 7 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 141 N. Macdonald, Mesa.  Sister Nancy Wellmeier, SNDdeN, PhD, holds these citizenship classes continually throughout the year, except there are no classes on holidays.  Sister Nancy is fluent in English and Spanish, and has taught these classes for many years with her students having a high success rate. She also assists with Citizenship Workshops at Holy Cross that are temporarily on hold.


Migrant Workers in the Parish Who Are in Need Are Urged to Telephone for Financial Assistance.

Through the generosity of private funding, migrants in Arizona not eligible for stimulus or unemployment benefits are invited to telephone for help with rent, utilities and other financial assistance as long as the funds last.  The funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Mention that you learned about this through Holy Cross Catholic Church.  Calls are answered by Spanish speakers.  Call Corazon Arizona 480 713-7336 or Promise Arizona 602 288-3663.

The Kino Border Initiative

Passages Newsletter in August reported that staff and volunteers are awestruck by the miracle of loaves and fishes that allows them to welcome and provide for the historic numbers of migrants and families arriving in Nogales, Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S.  July was a record-breaking month, and the “Christmas in June” donations from Holy Cross parishioners were a big help.  In-kind donations can now be mailed by USPS or dropped off at 81 N. Terrace Ave., Nogales, AZ  85621.  Food is needed now, especially coffee, cereal, dried beans, Kool Aid, rice, oatmeal, and powdered milk, as well as plastic forks and spoons.  If dropping off items, call first 520 287-2370 to be sure someone is there to meet you.  

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