BATAVIA – Monsignor Aaron Brodeski, the new pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church, hopes to get to know his congregation better as the master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the church’s sixth annual fundraising gala Saturday.
“It will be a nice way to get to know everyone,” Brodeski said. “That will be my goal for a while, meeting and getting to know people. It will be nice for them to see me in a different setting.”
Brodeski, 43, started at Holy Cross on Feb. 25.
He replaces Monsignor Daniel Deutsch, who left the parish to become the vicar for clergy and vocations for the Diocese of Rockford. Deutsch was at Holy Cross for 12 years.
Before coming to Holy Cross, Brodeski was the vocations director and pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock. But he already was familiar with Holy Cross before he arrived.
“Dan Deutsch is a good friend of mine,” Brodeski said. “When Bishop David Malloy told me he was sending me to Holy Cross, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a very energetic, strong community.”
Holy Cross at 5:30 p.m. Saturday will host “A Knight in Rome,” a fundraising gala to support community and parish-based projects, such as Holy Cross’ education programs, Hesed House, the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Batavia RSVP.
The event, sponsored by Moss Family Funeral Homes, will be at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora.
“Moss Family Funeral Homes, my family, the community and I personally have been blessed by the riches of faith that have come from our relationship with Holy Cross Catholic Church,” said Bryan Moss, owner of Moss Family Funeral Homes, in a news release. “Our continued support of the Holy Cross Gala is a great opportunity for me to express our gratitude.”
Dinner tickets are $100 a person, and may be bought at the Holy Cross Catholic Church parish office at 2300 Main St., Batavia, or online through Holy Cross’ website at www.holycross-batavia.org.
The event will feature silent and live auctions.
Among the items that will be auctioned off is a one-week Florida vacation.