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

My Dear Parishioners,

First of all I would like to offer my personal and our collective sympathy to Florence Heim and her family on the occasion of her husband and their father Ervin Heim's death. He was a long time parishioner of Holy Cross and has served the people and the parish throughout his life. He served on just about every Parish board and committee, the Picnic, Fish Dinners, the “Over-the-Hill Gang” and served as an usher. He will be greatly missed. The large crowd of family, friends, and parishioners who came to his visitation and funeral Mass is ample testimony to the beauty of his person and life. He was well prepared to meet his Maker and received the Sacrament of anointing and prayers for the dying surrounded by his family. May he rest in peace.

Our sympathy is also offered to Ginny Lardinois and Dennis VanEgeren on the sudden and unexpected death of their brother, Andy, 58 yrs. old, who died of a massive heart attack in his sleep. Kindly hold Ginny and Dennis and their family in prayer as they pass through these days of sorrow and loss.

When death intrudes into our personal and parish life, we reach out to be supportive of the family in their grief. As a parish community, our care and concern is demonstrated in a number of ways. First and foremost, we hold the family in prayer and offer them our presence and our sympathy. As a parish community, some offer the gift of music at the Mass of Christian Burial, others prepare and serve at the funeral luncheon, others may assist at the funeral Mass, and there are many other ways that we can reach out to those who mourn a loved one. I would like to take the opportunity of this parish letter to introduce still yet another way of reaching out at a time of death. In addition to the Funeral Mass, the parish offers a “Wake Prayer Service” the night before the funeral Mass. This is a perfect opportunity for a team of lay ministers from the parish to go to the funeral home and conduct a Prayer Service on behalf of the parish. I would like to establish such a team - I would give the necessary training and establish the prayer service format, etc. If you feel that you would be interested in participating in this ministry, please give me a call, or give Lori in the parish office your name and phone number and I will contact you. I do hope that I will get a number of people who will be willing to work on this ministry.

As I have announced before and as you have read in the news media, the diocese and also our parish will be participating in a program during the season of Lent called “Catholics Come Home.” This program will use three commercials which will be aired more than 900 times on many area TV, radio, Dish, and other media throughout the Lenten season to invite inactive Catholics to take another look at their faith. The average TV viewer is expected to see the commercials more than 14 times during this period. A number of you have asked me the question as to where the money is coming from to pay for the very expensive commercial time. Sooooo.....I did some research, asked some questions, and what I learned is that the entire price tag for the commercials has been picked up by private donors who really believe in this process and program. I think it is important for all of us to know that no Bishop’s Appeal or parish funds will be used to pay for the commercial air time. I do hope that all of us will get involved in this program and on your level you can invite inactive Catholics to take another look, give their faith another try, and if you want to help out, give your name and phone number to Lori in the parish office and we will contact you.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link:
1.24.10 Church Bulletin

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