Our Story

Photo of Msgr. Edward Buttimer
Msgr. Edward P. Buttimer

Our history

The parish began as a mission of Our Lady of Solace, in 1943. The mission was founded by then pastor of the parish, Monsignor Edward P. Buttimer. A small house at 4112 East Genesee Street was purchased on October 30, 1942. It became home to the mission church and catechetical center. The first mass was said on Pentecost Sunday, June 13, 1943.

In May 1944, the property between the house and St. Mary’s Cemetery was purchased from Dr. G. Leslie and Miss H. Leslie with the intention of building a church on the site. Because of the scarcity of building materials during World War II, ground was not broken until September 11, 1949, and the church was dedicated on April 23, 1950. In November of that year, Reverend Joseph I. Ritchie was named as the first pastor, which he held until his death on March 18, 1964.

As DeWitt and the surrounding area developed and grew over the years, so too did the community at Holy Cross. Due to the generosity of this community, Holy Cross saw the expansion and addition of land, buildings, and staff. Construction of a rectory was finished in March of 1951. A convent was added in 1957. And Holy Cross School opened its doors to students in September of 1958.

Because of continued growth in the area, a new church building was needed to accommodate the people and activities of Holy Cross. In 2002, Monsignor J. Robert Yeazel, Pastor, and the Parish Council voted unanimously to build a new church. On September 14, 2006, that church was dedicated at the Feast of Holy Cross.

Our Mission

“We are a community of Catholics who draw our strength from the celebration of the Eucharist, so that Christ may live in us and we may express the values He taught by our loving service to family, neighbor and society.”

  • to build our lives in the image of Christ through worship and prayer
  • to contribute to the growth of our parish by spreading the Gospel
  • to foster and support Catholic education
  • to promote the concept of service in meeting the needs of our parishioners and the broader community
  • to be faithful stewards of Holy Cross, we are accountable to God for responsibly sharing our time, talents and treasures
  • to work as a parish to establish and implement our goals and objectives, mindful of our diverse community and ever-changing needs
  • to lend support to the parish leadership, working together to fulfill the mission.

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