Pastor: Rev. Michael O. Ajayi
(An asterisk by staff’s name indicates that he or she is a volunteer and cannot be routinely reached at the parish office. For questions about this area of ministry, please contact the parish office.)
Bookkeeper/Secretary: Angela Lozano*
Mass Schedule (Central Time)
Sundays — Sun: 10:30 a.m.
Holy Days — See bulletin
Daily — Thu: 5 p.m.; Fri: 11 a.m.
Reconciliation (Central Time)
Sundays — 10–10:25 a.m.
Eucharistic Adoration (Central Time)
Sundays — 1 hour before 10:30 a.m. Mass
Before the construction of cathedrals and fine church buildings, early Christians met in each other’s homes for worship and fellowship. Cumberland County’s history reveals that prior to the completion of Holy Cross Catholic Church in 1985, a handful of Catholics worshiped in the same intimate manner. Thus was Roman Catholicism introduced to this small Southern Kentucky town where, even today, less than one percent of the population is Catholic.
During the 1970s, as the handful of worshipers became a roomful, more thought was given to accommodations. Father John Malloy and his associate Father Joseph Burgdorf from St. Helen Parish in Glasgow celebrated Saturday evening Mass in the log cabin in Burkesville’s City Park, known today as the Dr. Joseph Schickel Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Holy Cross, then known as Cumberland Catholic Church, became a mission of Emmanuel Parish in neighboring Clinton County in 1976. Father Joseph Dawson purchased a house with a renovated basement, located on Veteran’s Alley in Burkesville.
In 1984, Joseph and Dorothy Schickel donated most of the acreage where Holy Cross stands today, and another strip of land was donated by Dr. William McComas in memory of his wife, Lillian. With the leadership of Father Gerald Bell and with the skilled direction of parishioner Jim Lee, parishioners and others volunteered their labor, building Holy Cross into the beautiful sanctuary it is today.
Holy Cross’s presence has had a positive effect on Cumberland County. A small community of about 50 parishioners with a high percentage of participation, the parish has long been in the vanguard of activities that benefit the county as a whole and which promote unity with other Christian denominations.