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October 10/11 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to Bob and Pat Wertel who celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary this weekend with a special blessing at the 8 am Mass. In our day and age, the Sacrament of Marriage has come under attack from all angles, and it is a beautiful thing for us to celebrate and congratulate two people who have become one in mind and heart in this wonderful Sacrament. Bob and Pat, it is our parish family wish that God will grant you many more happy years together as husband and wife. “Ad Multos Annos.”

Congratulations are also in order for Dave and Vicky Tegtman on the occasion of the marriage of their daughter, Kristen, who was united in Holy Marriage to Kyle Castro last Saturday here at Holy Cross Church. Let us hold our newly wed couple in prayer as they begin their journey of becoming one in mind and heart in Christ Jesus.

I received my annual “flu” shot last Thursday at the Abbey. Each year this ritual reminds me to practice good hygiene and to try to avoid situations where I could get the flu or even pass it on to others. This year we are especially worried about what is known as the “H1N1 swine” flu. Our government and the Diocese has issued a series of “precautions and practices” which we can all observe and hopefully prevent the spread of this flu. A number of these practices can be employed when we attend church and celebrate the Liturgy. One important practice is the “washing of your hands” and the use of an antibacterial hand sanitizer. We have used this for our Eucharistic ministers for a number of years now, and I will have the church purchase a number of large bottles of this product which will be available at the front entrance of the church and in the rest room. Kindly feel free to use this product. Another helpful hint is that if you are not feeling well, do not be afraid to stay at home - it is not sinful to miss Mass if you are sick. Also feel free to refrain from a “sign of peace” if you have a cold or feel the flu coming on. The Diocese also recommends during the flu season not to request Holy Communion on the tongue, and if you are ill not to partake of the cup. In summary, the suggestions simply ask for common sense and good hygiene. Let us pray that we will have a healthy winter season.

Oremus Pro Invicem,
Father Tom

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