The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Homewood will celebrate its 77th annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday, October 11, 2009. The celebration will include a Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Moni McIntyre, rector at Holy Cross, will preside.

Pittsburgh broadcast journalist Mr. Chris Moore will be the guest speaker.

Special music will be presented by Holy Cross’s Choir and by instrumentalists from the parish. Reflective of Holy Cross’s uniqueness as western Pennsylvania’s only predominately African-American Episcopal parish, music will include jazz selections, spirituals, and sacred music from Africa. In addition, Holy Cross has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of Anglican liturgy and pageantry—including the use of incense, processions, bells, and a sung service. These, too, will be part of the Family and Friends celebration.

Sponsored by the Rector’s Guild, Family and Friends Day is an annual tradition at Holy Cross.

“Family and Friends Day is an opportunity to strengthen the ties that bind us as a parish family and to expand Holy Cross’s presence in the Homewood-Brushton community and in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is uplifting to see so many individuals come together on Family and Friends Day to celebrate all that makes us unique and to welcome into our parish family—at least for the day—guests and visitors. Of course, it is always our hope that visiting family and friends will feel welcome to return often to Holy Cross, now marking its 134th year of Christian witness,” said Rector’s Guild President Bessie Butler.

Following the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, a special reception will be held in the church’s Undercroft.

Holy Cross is located at 7507 Kelly St. in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. For more information, contact the church office at 412-242-3209.

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