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May 23/24 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend is our national holiday called Memorial Day. This holiday celebrates the life and death of all those who, in the history of our country, have given their time, talent and life for the defense of our liberties. We honor and remember all those who have gone before us and fought those who would deprive us of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As we celebrate the Eucharist this weekend, let us remember them and also their families who may still mourn and grieve their loss. Let us also remember those members of our Military who even today are in far off lands and in harms way and are defending our freedom. May God Bless and watch over them. Kindly keep in mind that the parish office is closed on Monday in celebration of this holiday.

Last week I was approached and asked the following question: “Father Tom, have you recently visited Holy Cross Cemetery?” My answer was ‘”Not really, other than occasionally driving by. Why do you ask?” The response somewhat shocked me. “Our cemetery looks as if a circus had passed through and left behind a lot of decorations that may be offensive to some.” I thereupon got into my car and drove to the cemetery, parked and walked through it. I must say that my immediate response was to get some trash bags and remove a lot of “stuff” that has been placed at a number of grave sites. I went over to the place where the cemetery rules and regulations were posted and learned that they were established in 1997, are clear, concise, easily understandable and most reasonable. Most of the gravesites are in conformity, but there are a number that are in violation of the rules. The rules are intended to make the upkeep of our cemetery easy and affordable and make it a peaceful and respectful place at which we can bury our loved ones. When you purchase a burial space in any cemetery, you are purchasing “burial rights,” not the piece of land. The land belongs to the church, which is responsible for the maintenance of the grounds. I would like to invite all who have loved ones in our cemetery to visit their graves, remove any objects, artifacts, statues, decorations, shepherd hooks, etc. that are in violation of the published rules and regulations. For your information, the cemetery rules are also published on page 5 of this week’s bulletin. On Monday, June 15th, the parish cemetery will be given a clean up, and any and all objects that are in violation of the published rules and regulations will be removed. Thereafter, this process will take place on a regular basis so that our parish cemetery may always be the beautiful, sacred and revered place that it was destined to be. If anyone has any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to see me or give me a call on the phone.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to our 8th grade students who are graduating from Holy Cross School this coming Thursday evening. We wish you well and that you will continue to do well in high school.

“Oremus pro invicem”
Fr. Tom

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