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February 28/March 1 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Once again this weekend we begin our annual journey through the Season of Lent. Each year, our church calls us to take time to look into our hearts, examine our lives in the light of the Gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to prayer, fasting and alms giving as a means of renewing our hearts and our lives. The Cross of Christ is not only the name of our parish but it is the symbol with which we were signed on the day of our Baptism and it is the sign by which we remind ourselves who and what we are. I invite you to focus on the cross as you journey through Lent. Our church has been stripped of its normal decorations of pictures, statues, palms etc. so that we may more intensely focus on and reflect upon the meaning of the Cross Of Jesus Christ.

The various committees of our parish – Pastoral, Finance, Board of Christian Education, Cemetery, Music and Spiritual Life meet each month or frequently so that they may better serve the parish and you its members. We appreciate all the time, effort, thought and consideration that its members give to our parish family. One task which our Pastoral Council undertook this year was to re-examine and if necessary re-write our parish “Mission Statement.” In this process we asked our school children to submit their ideas and we were greatly impressed with their input. After a number of meetings, discussions and time and effort the Pastoral Council is now prepared to offer to the parish community its proposal for our new “Mission Statement.” Your suggestions are appreciated and if you feel that you can affirm the new mission statement, kindly use the papers available in the pews to do so. You may place them in the box at the entrance of the church or simply place it in the collection basket. Our proposed new MISSION STATEMENT is as follows:

“Holy Cross Parish family, with the Eucharist as our center, welcomes all God’s people through our open doors. By working together as a strong faith community, we live what we believe. Our Catholic heritage and solid educational tradition provide the foundation upon which we build for the future."

“Oremus pro invicem”
Fr. Tom

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