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July 25/26 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to Mark & Linda Schauer on the wedding of their daughter, Renee, to Michael Rothermich, which took place here at Holy Cross this Saturday with a Nuptial Mass at 1 pm. I invite you to hold in prayer our bride and groom that this will be the beginning of a long and happy life together as they begin their journey of becoming one in mind and heart in Christ Jesus. Our bride and groom have a perfect example of the beauty of the Sacrament of Marriage in the bride's grandparents, Remus and Laurine Schott, who will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary with a special blessing at the 10 am Mass this Sunday. Congratulations Remus and Laurine on your Anniversary as your life together confirms the statement I make to every couple I prepare for marriage … "Keep in mind that your wedding is but a day, your marriage is for a lifetime."

Congratulations are also in order for parishioners Bill and Gwen Klass who have brought their newborn son, Benjamin, to Holy Cross for the Sacrament of Baptism at the 4 pm Saturday Mass. It is good for us to celebrate because the many Baptisms which we have indicate that we are a vibrant and alive faith community. When parents bring their children to church for Baptism, they are offering their child one more special and precious gift - in addition to all they have already gifted their child -they promise to hand on to their child their Catholic faith, they make it possible for their child to become an adopted son or daughter of God, and the child is given sanctifying grace and the promise of eternal life. We here at Holy Cross always welcome our babies and children to our church, our worship, etc. Whenever I hear a child fuss or cry, I remind myself that is the sound of our future and I thank God that we have our children and their parents here with us at Holy Cross. In the next few weeks we will be welcoming a number of our babies into our faith through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Time is passing so quickly - this is the last weekend in July! Just as a reminder that on Monday, August 3rd, I will complete my six-year term here at Holy Cross as your pastor. It is difficult for me to believe that six years have passed so quickly. I ask your prayers that Almighty God will bless me with good health so I can continue into the future.

I am sure you all realize that finances are important in your family life and they are important in our parish life. Our Parish Finance Committee has lost three members because of our rotation schedule, and I am looking for two parishioners who would be willing to serve on this committee. Thank you to Mark Becker, who has already accepted a 3-year term beginning this month. You should be aware of the fact that for the past six years the Finance Committee has worked many long hours to get our parish financial structure and processes in place and in accord with Diocesan norms. Our parish finances are transparent and open for any parish member to see, they are managed with professional accountability, and all can rest assured that they are wisely managed. We all owe a great deal to the men and women who have served and continue to serve on this committee. The main task of the finance committee is to oversee the finances of the parish, school, cemetery, etc. If you are willing to serve on this committee please see me. I in turn may be coming to you to ask if you would be willing to serve on this very important committee. Please say yes if asked.

Please note that Lori is taking some time off from Friday, July 31, through Friday, August 7. Volunteers will be answering phones from 9-noon only on Monday through Thursday that week. I will be taking calls the rest of the time; however, the parish office will be locked, so please call ahead if you have business in the parish office.

“Oremus pro invicem”
Fr. Tom

Related link: 07.26.09 Church Bulletin

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