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November 14/15 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to parishioners Bob and Darlene Blaney on the occasion of their son George achieving the honor of "EAGLE SCOUT." George is a member of Holy Cross Troop 1041 of the Boy Scouts of America, and he will receive his Eagle Scout Award this Sunday afternoon at a special ceremony in our gym. Nationally, only about 5% of all Boy Scouts achieve this award, but since our Troop was formed in 1958, George will become our troop’s 32nd Eagle Scout. George has demonstrated great leadership, is a junior at Preble High School where he is a member of the school’s football team, Chess Club, and Investment Club, and a member of the National Honor Society. He has organized and converted the basement of our church into a much needed storage area for his Eagle Scout project, is a member of our Faith Formation program, is preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and serves as an usher and greeter at our weekend Masses. In addition to all of that, he is what I call a “Sterling Young Man” with a bright future. Congratulations George and God Bless you.

Two weeks ago we published for you a brief financial report - this week I would like to offer an addenda to that report and inform you of some obligations that we as a parish have on the financial front.

Bishop’s Appeal for 2009. As I have reported in our weekly bulletin over the past months, this is the first year in a long time that we as a parish did not meet our Bishop’s Appeal Assessment. We were not alone in not meeting our goal for the Bishop's Appeal: 109 parishes did not meet their goal for a total shortfall of $759,840. All of the parishes are being “billed” for their respective amounts. This week we received from the Diocese the amount that we owe from this year’s appeal - the total is $7,109. In order to pay this bill, which was not in our budget for this fiscal year, we will have a second collection at every weekend Mass beginning this weekend (except for weekends where there is a special Diocesan collection) until this bill is paid. I ask for your generosity so we can erase this debt. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please direct them to Mr Josh Diedrich at 272-8197, who handles this at the Diocesan level. The Bishop’s Appeal goal for Holy Cross for this fiscal year has not yet been set, but we anticipate it will be very close to last year’s goal of $33,211.

Cathedraticum - an annual tax leveled at every parish to pay the operational expenses of the Diocese. Our cost for this fiscal year is $11,371.

Notre Dame Assessment - based on the number of parish students attending; this year our assessment is $14,708, and we pay $1,470.80 per month from August through May.
As the GRACE school system is being established, all the parishes involved are required to fund it. Our assessment for this year is $3,454. Next year, the principals will become employees of GRACE, and our assessment for next year is expected to exceed $67,000.

I do want to thank you in advance for your support of Holy Cross Parish and the Diocese of Green Bay. Again, keep in mind that our finances are transparent, i.e. any active parish-ioner may view and examine our books at any time during parish business hours. I assure you that we practice good stewardship and accountability in handling the material good given to the parish.

Last week we celebrated “VETERANS’ DAY.” Let us always be appreciative for all those men and women who have given of their time and talent - many gave the ultimate gift of their life - that we may be free and live in peace. Let us pray for those who have given their lives in the fields of battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those who were killed recently in Fort Hood, Texas. Let us hold them and their families in prayer. God Bless America.

Kindly keep in prayer long-time parishioner Corrie VanDenMeerendonk, who was hospitalized last week. We wish her God’s blessings for a speedy recovery.

Oremus Pro Invicem,
Father Tom

Related link: Church Bulletin 11.15.09

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