HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC RETREAT CENTER
HOLY CROSS RETREAT CENTER
The Covid-19 virus spreads ever more tragically. Public health leaders have offered more definitive guidance. We realize all our communities have a significant role to play in the concerted public health response.
The Conventual Franciscan Friars of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation have decided to cancel, postpone, or reschedule retreats, programs, and events at our three retreat centers: Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake; MN; Mount Saint Francis – Center for Spirituality in Mount St. Francis, IN; and Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, NM. This decision follows careful consideration of CDC and local government recommendations and recommendations of our dioceses and archdioceses. It is effective immediately, Friday, March 13th through May 15th. We will monitor the situation. As more information becomes available, we will later announce our forthcoming schedules.
The Bishop of Las Cruces has approved some masses in very limited circumstances. Starting April 29th, Holy Cross Retreat will have a 6:30pm Eucharist on Wednesday evenings as has been our custom. It will be outside, south of the Chapel on the concrete pad. Chairs are set up at least 6 feet apart. Everyone is asked to wear a mask, and remain in place when communion is brought to them each by the priest, who will also be wearing gloves.
You can also individually visit our new statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, set up in the Rosary Walk behind the Chapel.
You are still welcome to come for prayer in our Chapels or outside with the Rosary Walk and Labyrinth for personal prayer. We also have developed a Prayer Walk with guided prayers. Copies of the brochure will be in the Chapel, the outdoor bulletin board, and other locations. As of March 23rd, the governor of New Mexico has asked all non essential businesses and non profits not to bring employees together, though they can work from home if possible. There will be no staff on Holy Cross Retreat property till this changes. You are still welcome to come as individuals for prayer, and you can call if needed. We will be checking messages regularly to respond to your concerns.