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July 19/20 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

I thought that this weekend would be a good opportunity for us as a parish family to reflect on the “Sacrament of Matrimony.” This is a sacrament that has touched each and every one of us. In our modern and secular society this important sacrament has been and continues to be under attack. We as a faith community must stand firm in recognizing and appreciating the beauty and sacredness of this sacrament. As part of our reflection we offer our congratulations and admiration to Bernard and Beulah Brandner who this weekend celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. We will offer them a special blessing at the 10 am Mass and they gather with their family, friends and parish family to thank Almighty God for His many blessings to them during the past 50 years and ask his continued blessing for the future. Bernard and Beulah we wish you “AD MULTOS ANNOS” (many more years together).

Next weekend we continue our celebration of the “Sacrament of Matrimony” as Katherine Bauer(Holy Cross) and Cory Schiller (St. Mary’s, Tomahawk) will gather with their family and friends here at Holy Cross and celebrate the Eucharist during which they will make their marriage vows to each other. We pray that their life together may be fruitful, happy and hopefully 50 years from now they will come back to Holy Cross to thank Almighty God for the many gifts and blessings he will have bestowed on them, and that they will have become “one in mind and heart in Christ Jesus. Katherine and Cory, we at Holy Cross Parish wish the two of you “AD MULTOS ANNOS.”

Our celebration of the “Sacrament of Matrimony” has found its continuation this weekend as we welcomed Father Jay Fostner, O.Praem. (a Norbertine confrere) who celebrated the 4 pm Eucharist this weekend, and at that Mass welcomed into our faith community “Cecelia Van Drisse,” the new born child of parishioners Gary and Caroline Van Drisse and their other daughter Francesca. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, Gary and Caroline promise to pass on their Catholic faith to Cecelia. Cecelia’s godparents promise to assist them in this task and we as her parish family promise to do the same. Congratulations to the Van Drisse family.

The construction of our two additional classrooms continues and we are most grateful to all who have volunteered their time, talent and treasure. If you wish to be part of this exciting undertaking please call the school or parish office. Remember there is something that everyone, young and old, can do to make this project doable!

A word of thank you and appreciation to Jan Malchow who has completed his term of office as chairman of the parish financial committee. During his tenure of office Jan had overseen and managed the complete revision of our financial accounting system – no easy task. As a result of his expertise and knowledge and the giving of hours and hours of his time and talent our parish financial system is in place and in complete accord with Diocesan and state requirements. We are deeply appreciative of all that Jan has done for us. Thank you very much Jan on behalf of the entire parish community for a job well done.

The new chairperson of the finance committee is Joe Thibaudeau, thank you Joe for your willingness to serve in this position.

Another word of thanks for Todd Cullen who has completed his term as chairperson of the Pastoral Council and thank you to Gordie Adamczak who will assume that position. Becky Kay has completed her term as chairperson of the Board of Christian Education and Jeff Tremel will assume that position for the new school year.

Holy Cross has much to be Thankful for, so remember to say a prayer of thanks to Our Lord and God for all the Blessings he bestows on us. I do hope that you are enjoying the beautiful (if somewhat wet and windy) summer weather here in Northeastern Wisconsin.

“Oremus Pro Invicem”
Fr. Tom

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