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October 16/17: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to Kristen Herbst and Ben Mayer who were married here at Holy Cross on Saturday. Keep them in prayer as, together with Christ, they begin their life as husband and wife. Congratulations are in order to Mark & Linda Schauer whose granddaughter, Alexa Marie, will be baptized at the 4 pm Mass this weekend. Congratulations also to Chris & Rhonda Cumicek as their newborn twins, Ava & Aiden, will be Baptized at the 10 am Mass on Sunday. I am sure that you have noticed that we have had many Baptisms recently, a sign that our parish is growing and healthy.

We offer our sympathy and condolences to Fred Zittlow and his two sons and other family members on the passing of his beloved wife, Carole. Carole suffered from cancer for quite some time, and she received the Sacraments of the Church and was well prepared to meet her Lord and Savior. May she rest in the peace and love of Jesus Christ.

Looking ahead, please note that All Saints Day, November 1, falls on a Monday and, therefore, is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year. November 2 is the Feast of All Souls, and we will have a 7 pm Mass that evening to celebrate all of our beloved dead and especially those who have died this past year.

Next Sunday, October 24, after the 10 am Mass, we will process to our Pioneer Cemetery to bless and dedicate the new fence, which was built by Matt Jadin and the Boy Scout troop as part of his Eagle Scout project, and to thank God for the donors who provided the funds necessary to purchase the materials. At that time, we will re-dedicate and re-bless the sacred ground. All are invited to attend the ceremony.

This past week I received a directive from the Diocese, and it is printed below. As a result of this directive, we will no longer issue certificates for the Sacrament (First Reconciliation and the Sacramental Seal). There have been reports that some parishes have issued certificates of first reconciliation to the children when they make their first confession. While the intention may be to remember an important moment in the child’s spiritual life and the gift of God’s mercy, this practice does not respect the seal of confession. Only the priest and penitent know whether the penitent actually confessed any sins and whether absolution was then given. Thus, to “certify” that someone has in fact received the sacrament does not respect the integrity of the seal. This practice, if it still exists, must be discontinued. For this same reason, first reconciliation is not recorded in the parish’s sacramental registers.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 10.17.10 Church Bulletin

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