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October 2/3: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations first of all to Matthew and Tina VanEgeren who have brought their newborn daughter, Julia, to church this weekend for the Sacrament of Baptism. We welcome Julia into our parish family and the Catholic Church as she begins her lifelong journey of coming to know and love God with her whole heart and soul and loving her neighbor as herself. As we all know, these are the two commandments of Jesus to each and every one of us and we know that if we live by these two commands then all the other things asked of us by God will fall into place.

Congratulations are also in order for Tim and Tama Begley as they celebrate the Marriage of their daughter, Kimberly, to Jason Hujet which took place here at Holy Cross this weekend. Let us as a parish family hold Jason and Kimberly in prayer as they begin their lifelong journey of becoming one in heart and mind as husband and wife through the Sacrament of Marriage.

This week you should have received, or you will shortly receive in the mail, the information regarding the “Annual GRACE Appeal” about which Bishop David Ricken spoke with you last weekend. The “GRACE System” will become fully operational next July 1st and that means that our parish school will no longer be under our control but will become part of the GRACE School System. Every parish in Green Bay will be assessed to support the entire Catholic School system in the city. The assessments will not cover the entire cost and so it is necessary for the “GRACE System” to seek third source funding, and this Annual Appeal is one attempt to raise funds in support of the system. As your pastor, I ask you to give your support to this Appeal and to keep in mind that no contribution is too small and, of course vice versa, no contribution can be too large. Please respond generously.

Last year I spoke with you on a weekend at all Masses with a “State of the Parish” homily. Since that talk, a lot of work has been taking place with various committees, one of which is our Strategic Planning Committee. This past week you should have received in the mail a “survey” which this committee is taking. I do hope that you will take the time to complete the questionnaire and get it back to the committee. It should only take you a few minutes to do this, but your input will give us a great deal of information. This survey is also connected to the Diocesan Visioning Program which is currently taking place in all the parishes of the Diocese. I will be giving you a report on the State of our Parish, the results of the survey, and more information on the Visioning Program on the weekend of November 6th.

Just a note that Mass on Friday will be held at 10 a.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, otherwise known as the Chapel at Robinsonville, instead of our normal 8 a.m. All of our school children will be traveling to the Chapel for the Mass, and everyone is invited to join us there for Mass and a living rosary.

This weekend is also known as Respect Life Sunday, and we ask that you remember in prayer those who have been affected by right to life issues and unite in prayer for an end to abortion.

Finally, this weekend at all the Masses we introduced to you our young adults who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, these young men and women will be accepting their Catholic faith which was first given to them as infants through the Sacrament of Baptism. Confirmation will complete their initiation into the Catholic faith and they will become full adult members of our Church. I invite you to hold them in prayer as they begin their preparation for this Sacrament.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link:
10.3.10 Church Bulletin

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