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Fr. Thomas A. Hagendorf Memorial Scholarship Fund
Applications for Tuition Assistance are now available to Holy Cross Parish member families in good standing.  If you are a Holy Cross Parish family who have children enrolled in Holy Cross Catholic School, Notre Dame Academy and/or Holy Cross Faith Formation, and are in need of assistance with  your child’s tuition, you may apply for tuition assistance funds from the Fr. Thomas A. Hagendorf Memorial Scholarship Fund for the 2016-17 program year.  Application forms are attached here.

Follow the specific directions on the application form.  Please note that applications must be received via US Mail with supporting documentation, on or before October 1, 2016.  Tuition assistance award notifications and/or distributions will be communicated in mid to late October.  If you have any questions about the Scholarship Fund, how to contribute to the fund, or how to apply for funds, please contact Robin Jensen, Parish Trustee.

----The following blogs are historic ... going back into the time when Fr. Tom Hagendorf was pastor.  Enjoy the memories....

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Help feed the hungry

This Friday, November 9, our parish is scheduled to provide a hot meal at the N.E.W. Community Shelter. The last time, we served nearly 250 hungry people. We need about 6 more batches of stew, 5 more batches of jello, and six dozen desserts - cookies, bars, cupcakes, etc. If you can help, please contact the parish office at 920.468.0595 or holycross@new.rr.com.

Related link: Beef Stew Recipe

Homily for September 30, 2012: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is the homily by Fr. Tom Hagendorf, O Praem from September 30, 2012, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Monday, November 5, 2012

From the Pastor's Desk ... November 4, 2012

My Dear Parishioners,

November already?  One good thing about November is that we get back the hour we lost when Daylight Saving Time began; that is something I always appreciate.

There will be a second collection this weekend is for the relief of those who suffered in the mega-storm last weekend, and the proceeds will be sent to Catholic Charities.  Bishop Ricken's letter will be read at all the Masses this weekend.  Please be generous.  As you know my family lives in the Philadelphia/Atlantic City area and "thank God" all are safe and they have "weathered the storm" in good shape.  As can be seen on TV, many others have not been as fortunate, and we are called upon once again to reach out and help.

Congratulations to Dan and Paula Burkart who celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary this weekend.  They, their three children, and family and friends will attend the 10 o'clock Mass this weekend, and we as a parish family will offer them a special anniversary blessing.  We wish them many more years of happiness together.  "Ad Multos Annos."

I especially ask for your prayers for my older sister, Jean Vickers, who has been in the hospital and in ICU for the past several days.  She has been having a number of health problems, is very fragile, and not doing very well.

The month of November has many wonderful qualities - I am thinking harvest time and time to "give thanks" for all we have and have been given.  It is also the month that we remember all of our beloved dead, those who have shared life with us, and from whose love and care we have been nourished.  Our beautiful Catholic prayer says it all …

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their soul and the souls of all the
faithful departed, rest in peace.  AMEN

Oremus pro invicem,

Father Tom

Related Link:  11-4-12 Bulletin   http://seekandfind.com/bulletins/01/0718/20121104B.pdf

From the Pastor's Desk ... October 28, 2012

My Dear Parishioners,

Kindly remember that this coming Thursday, November 1st, is a Holy Day of Obligation, The Feast of All Saints, and Masses on Thursday will be at 8 am and also at 7 pm in the evening. The next day, Friday, is the Feast of All Souls, and our Eucharist celebrating our beloved dead will be at 7 pm in the evening. (Note there is no 8 am Mass on Friday.) Our 7 pm Mass on Friday will remember all of our beloved dead but will especially remember and honor those who have died this past year, and we have invited their families to attend this special Mass and received a memorial candle as their name is read during the General Prayers of Intercession. Plan to remember your own beloved dead on this special day and at this special Mass.

During this time of harvest, we pause to give thanks to Almighty God for the many gifts that we have and enjoy. It is also a time of sharing and caring for those who are less fortunate and who live in our community. I invite you to do this in three specific ways...

FIRST: we frequently FEED THE HUNGRY a number of times throughout the year by going to the N.E.W. Community Shelter and prepare and serve a meal. Friday, November 9th, is the next time that we will be doing this. Please consider making a stew, jello, or some bars. Louise Shea is coordinating this outreach. Give her a call and volunteer to do one of the above or even to come and help serve the food. Please contact Lou at 217-4571 or email mshea@new.rr.com.

SECOND: Remember that during "harvest time" we are collecting non-perishable food items to support our local ST. PATRICK’S FOOD PANTRY. Food and other necessary items can be brought to the church and placed in the basket in front of the altar or can simply be placed in the front entrance. Please share and support our outreach to those who are in need.

THIRD : Our local woman's shelter, FREEDOM HOUSE, is in need of many items but especially diapers. If you would like to help, please leave your offerings of diapers in the front entrance of the church and we will make certain that they get to the shelter. If you happen to meet me shopping at Festival or Copp’s, etc. and see diapers in my cart, you will know why I am buying them.

We continue our journey through the Year of Faith. Continue to appreciate your Catholic Faith by reflecting upon what we believe and what we practice. Increase your prayer life by turning your thoughts and attention to God by using the prayer card we distributed a few weeks ago. Remember that when we get down to the basics, Prayer is conversation with God.

Oremus pro invicem,

Father Tom

Related Link: 10-28-12 Bulletin http://seekandfind.com/bulletins/01/0718/20121028B.pdf

Thursday, October 18, 2012

From the Pastor's Desk ... October 21, 2012

My Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to Matt & Tina VanEgeren and their family who have brought their newborn son, Luke James, to Holy Cross Parish this Saturday at the 4 pm Mass for the Sacrament of Baptism.  Luke now begins his journey of coming to know and love God and Jesus Christ and his neighbor as himself as a member of our church.  His parents will be the first teachers of Luke in the matters of our faith; may they be the best of teachers.

Kindly hold in prayer Isabell Deschane who entered eternal life on Monday, October 15th.  On Sunday evening I gathered with members of her family at Anna's House and we offered her the Sacrament of Anointing and prayers for the dying in preparation for her journey into eternal life.  This past Friday we celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for her with her family and friends.  "Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.  May she rest in peace.  Amen."

This weekend, as announced last weekend, is "World Mission Weekend" and the second collection is for this intention, as announced in the letter from Bishop Ricken.  Also this weekend the GRACE school system begins its annual appeal.  You should have received a letter and appeal information from the new president of GRACE, Father Dane Radecki, O.Praem.  Parents from Holy Cross School will speak to us at each Mass this weekend, and we ask you to be supportive of the GRACE Appeal.

Please remember that October and November are traditionally our months of thanksgiving for all the good things that we have and are also an opportunity for us to demonstrate this attitude of thanksgiving by reaching out to the less fortunate and supporting the food drive for St. Patrick’s Food Pantry.  By supporting the pantry, we "feed those who are in need in our own community" and, as we know, the need is greater this year than in the past.  If you would like to support the pantry financially, kind send a check to the parish office with the memo line indicating St. Pat's Pantry.

Oremus pro invicem,

Father Tom
Related Link:  October 21, 2012, bulletin http://seekandfind.com/bulletins/01/0718/20121021B.pdf

Friday, October 12, 2012

From the Pastor's Desk ... October 14, 2012

My Dear Parishioners,

 This weekend we welcome and introduce to the parish community those young adults who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation here at Holy Cross with Bishop David Ricken presiding. This sacrament completes our young adults’ initiation into the faith/Church which was begun on the day of their Baptism and continued with their reception of First Reconciliation and Eucharist.  Now, through the Sacrament of Confirmation, they accept the gift of faith and adult membership in the Catholic Church. I ask that you hold them in prayer as they journey through their final preparation for becoming adult members of our faith community. Our Confirmation candidates are:

Katie Adam   *  Zach Adamczak  *  Samuel Bobholz  *  Kayla Borseth  *  Carli Borseth  *  Tyler Brackeen
Cameron Collins  *  Paul Delain  *  Joel Delwiche  *  Grace Heffernan  *  Lauren Jacobs  *  Jakob Janquart
Andrew Knoebel  *  Kassidy Koch  *  Janelle Lannoye  *  Connor Martin  *  Jordan Neff  *  Brooke Porath
Sophia Reineck  *  Rachael Shilbauer  *  Cassie Stangel  *  Cayla Stangel  *  Matthew Thompson  *  Taylor Tillmann
Brogan Tremel  *  Alex VandenHouten  *  Mitchell VanDenMeerendonk  *  Emily VanSistine  *  Mariah Walton  *  David Yanda

This weekend we honor, recognize, and give thanks for the many years of dedicated service that Ginny Lardinois has given to our parish and our school.  She has now retired from her position as school secretary and has passed the torch to a new secretary.  Ginny will continue in her position of Choir Director.  This Sunday afternoon we will host a Retirement Open House in the Rectory from 3-7 pm.  All adult members of the parish are invited to stop by for an adult recreational beverage and a bit of food to honor and celebrate Ginny. 

Next Sunday our Holy Father Benedict XVI calls every Catholic in the world to celebrate our missionary vocation.  It is World Mission Sunday!  As Catholics around the world gather to celebrate the Eucharist, we are to pray for the church’s worldwide missionary work.  We pray for those awaiting the “good news” of our Lord’s great love for us and for the missionaries who offer the poor and suffering the light o Christ.  We are asked to financially assist our missionaries through the Propagation of the Faith, Eastern Europe and Latin American collections.  Envelopes for this collection and a letter from Bishop Ricken are included in this week’s bulletin.  We will take up the special collection next weekend.

Finally, remember that the Year of Faith has begun and each family is welcome to take home a prayer card which are available at the front entrance of the church.  Our first bulletin insert for the Year of Faith will be in the bulletin the first week of November.

Oremus pro invicem,

Father Tom
Related Link:  October 14, 2012, bulletin  http://seekandfind.com/bulletins/01/0718/20121014B.pdf

Friday, October 5, 2012

From the Pastor's Desk ... October 7, 2012

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we hold a Rite of Welcome for the children who will be preparing to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the months ahead.  Please keep them and their families in your prayers as they come to understand and experience more deeply the mercy and forgiveness of our loving God.

Charlotte Benner      Cael Broekman      Mason Cumicek

Lily DenRuyter       Connor Dreier      Abigail Hummel

Adam Jadin       Mason Karbon      Franklin McIntire

Max Nooyen       Jayson O’Donohue      Thomas Paasch

Sophia Perret       Josie Poole      Kaitlyn Smetana

Jack Stefl       Brady Stoklasa       Cassidy Stormer

Joshua Tlachac      Delaney VandenHouten

Jacob VanOoyen      William Vincent      Hannah Vissers

Brittney Walkowski      Cade Wasilkoff      Conrad Webber

Sayler Whetter      Alex Wunderlin      Hannah Zuege

This weekend is Respect Life weekend.  We have a wonderful set of materials from the Diocese that contains a number of pamphlets that can be found in the pamphlet rack in the entrance.  Please take a look at what is there and feel free to take materials that might help you to discuss various topics with family members.  They all begin with “Life Matters” and cover many important topics impacting today’s Catholic.

We have had a couple people ask about obtaining “gluten-free” hosts, so we ordered a sample.  These hosts contain 0.01% wheat starch so that they still meet the Catholic bishops’ guidelines but also take into consideration health concerns.  If you would like more information, please contact the parish office.

Oremus pro invicem,

 Father Tom

Related Link:  October 7, 2012, bulletin  http://seekandfind.com/bulletins/01/0718/20121007B.pdf

Thursday, September 27, 2012

From the Pastor's Desk ... September 30, 2012

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we bring September to an end and welcome October!  How time flies!  I did enjoy my trip to Eagle River with my brother; unfortunately, the weather was not the nicest - cold, rainy - but we made the best of it and had an enjoyable time.  The color in the trees was spectacular.

Remember to mark your calendars for the adult Retirement Open House for Ginny Lardinois in the rectory on Sunday, October 14th, from 3 to 7 pm.  The 10 am Mass will honor Ginny and her many, many years of service to our parish and school community.

Next Sunday American Catholics throughout the United States will celebrate RESPECT LIFE WEEKEND.  We as followers of Jesus Christ hold human life, from the moment of conception to that of natural death, as something that is sacred and inviolable.  Our society and materialistic culture has been attacking and destroying this position for years.  Even our government is presently attempting to violate religious freedom by forcing religious institutions, its employees, etc. to violate their consciences. We can either sit back and watch religious freedom slowly be eliminated or we can still freely choose to oppose this invasion.  Respect Life weekend calls us to reflect on and pray over the sacredness of human life.

October 11, 2012, to November 24, 2013, has been designated by Pope Benedict as a YEAR OF FAITH.  During this year, we as Catholics have been called to reflect upon what we hold, believe, and profess as Catholics.  Many of our future homilies will be based upon this and we as a parish will offer programs which can help us grow in our faith and in holiness.  We have also purchased some materials which will appear in the parish bulletin periodically to be used for reflection and family discussion.

Oremus pro invicem,

Father Tom

Related Link:  September 30, 2012, Bulletin  http://seekandfind.com/bulletins/01/0718/20120930B.pdf

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

From the Pastor's Desk ... September 23, 2012

My Dear Parishioners,

Please welcome Fr. Brian Prunty, O.Praem., who is here this weekend to celebrate the Eucharist with you while I am away on vacation.  Fr. Brian is not only a fellow Norbertine but is also a long-time friend.  A little bit about Fr. Brian - he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a missionary in the jungle of Peru for many years where he served as a priest and a physician’s assistant, worked many years in Chicago at the Cook County Jail as a physician’s assistant, served as a pastor in Chicago, taught high school and also at St Norbert College, and is now semi-retired.  In addition to all of those things he is also a very good priest.

Please remember that the church will be closed all this coming week so that our church floors may be renewed.  I ask you to respect the “closed” signs posted on the doors so that the floors may be properly refinished, cured, etc.  The church will re-open on Saturday September 29th.  I know you will appreciate their renewed beauty.

This past Thursday, September 20th, at our 8 am School Mass we honored our long-time parishioner, Earl “Sonny” Longteau, who celebrated his 93rd birthday.  Sonny was born on September 20th, 1919, and was baptized here at Holy Cross by Norbertine Fr. Siard Mickers, O.Praem.  When old enough, he served Mass in the original church and was one of the servers for the opening Mass in our present church.  He also attended Holy Cross School in the “new” school which opened in 1922 and is still in use today.  Sonny has been an active parishioner all his life and continues as a member of the “Over the Hill Gang” who keep our church in good condition.  We wish Sonny “Ad Multos Annos” and a Blessed and Happy Birthday.

Remember that our Faith Formation classes begin a new school year this Wednesday, September 26th.  Classes for all grades 1-10 are from 6 pm to 7:15 pm each week.

Just a reminder to mark your calendars for Sunday, October 14, from 3-7 pm for an Open House at the Rectory to recognize Ginny Lardinois for her many years of service to the parish and school.  This is an adult event, and I hope to see many of you here!

Oremus pro invicem,

Father Tom

Related Link:  September 23, 2012, Bulletin  http://seekandfind.com/bulletins/01/0718/20120923B.pdf

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Homily for September 16, 2012: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, September 16th was Catechetical Sunday. Fr. Tom offered a blessing over all catechists, which was followed by a message from Mr. Gary Stepanek, principal at Holy Cross Catholic School. Today's podcast features Mr. Gary Stepanek's speech to the Holy Cross congregation. Download this episode (right click and save)