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December 5/6 From the Pastor's Desk

My Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to the Briski family on the Baptism of their son, Andrew, at the 8 am Mass this weekend. Andrew’s Baptism was delayed because of the flu, and so we happily welcome him into our faith this weekend. Congratulations are also in order for the Limoni and Olson families whose children Lauren, Jacob and Sam Limoni, along with their cousins, Benjamin and Melissa Olson, were Baptized at the 10 am Mass. We as a parish family have grown by 6 this weekend through the Waters of Baptism.

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 28 children in our parish family received God’s forgiveness for the first time in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On Saturday, Nov. 21, our children enjoyed an afternoon retreat experience, and then this past Wednesday they were joined by their families and the rest of our Holy Cross Parish Family during our Advent Penance Service. We thank you parents for the wonderful model that you are of the unconditional love and forgiveness of God to your children.


This Tuesday is December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our country is dedicated to Mary under this title and thus this feast is the patron Feast of the United States of America and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses here at Holy Cross for this feast are at 8 am and 7 pm. This is a good opportunity for us to gather as individuals and as a parish family and pray for our country and to remember in a special way those men and women in the military, especially those in harm’s way. It is also a wonderful opportunity to say a few prayers for the member of the police, fire, emergency rescue teams, swat teams and others in public service who put their lives on the line so that we may be safe and free. Let us especially remember those police officers who were murdered last Sunday and their families who mourn their passing.

Please remember that next weekend we take up the annual collection for the retired sisters, brothers and priests. These were the people who educated us and built up the Catholic church in America and who labored for practically nothing and who are now in their old age and in need. Please be generous as many sister's communities depend on this annual collection.

Next weekend, Sunday, December 13th, is also our Annual Christmas Open House, 3 pm to 7 pm. This is a perfect opportunity to watch the Packers play, and then after the game to come to the rectory to begin the Christmas Season with other parishioners and join in with them for some food, recreational beverages and fellowship, and to sing some of the wonderful Christmas Carols along with our choir. If you have never toured the rectory, this is a good opportunity to do so and also to see some of the new renovations, especially the kitchen.

Mark your calendars - Monday, December 15th at 6:30 pm is our School Concert. Tuesday, December 16th is our Faith Formation Christmas Play in the church at 6:30 pm.

Oremus Pro Invicem,
Father Tom

Related link:
12.06.09 Church Bulletin

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