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October 23/24: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

As I announced last week, I had received a letter from St. Pat’s Pantry thanking us for our support and generosity. During this harvest season, I suggest that “We Give Thanks Before and After Thanksgiving Day,” and we can do this by reaching out to support St. Pat’s Pantry. We have placed a wicker basket on the step in front of the Altar, and I ask that each week you bring a non-perishable food item for the pantry. You can bring it up before Mass or during the offertory, which is also the Presentation of the Gifts. Even better – have one of your children bring the items up and place them there – it can teach them to be “giving persons.” I also deeply appreciate all who have come forth and have volunteered to take a turn in bringing the food to the Pantry. One weekend before Thanksgiving we will have a second collection to benefit St. Pat’s Pantry.

All Saints Day, November 1st, is on a Monday this year and thus is not a “Holy Day of Obligation.” All Souls Day is Tuesday, November 2nd, which is an election day and also a Pastoral Council Meeting evening. In an attempt to solve these conflicts, we will have a 7 pm Mass on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1st – at that Mass we will honor all those parishioners who have died this past year, and present to their families a Memorial Candle. Their names will be read as our “Prayers of Intercession” for that special Mass. Kindly mark your calendars and plan to join us for our All Saints/Souls Mass, Monday, November 1st at 7 pm.

Kindly mark your calendars that Lori, our Business Manager, will be away on vacation from Monday, November 1st until Monday, November 8th. During that week the parish office will be open on a limited basis. The office will re-open for business as usual on Monday, November 8th.

The weekend of November 6th & 7th will be the time when we as a parish will focus on the “Diocesan Visioning Process” as mandated by Bishop David and the Diocese. That weekend I will also give an update on the “State of the Parish.” Our Strategic Planning Committee has been meeting since my last “State of the Parish Address” and so I will bring you up to date on where we are and what plans we have in the works. We also want to address the items placed before us by the Diocesan Visioning Process.

I invite you to hold in prayer Steve Duginski who died last week and whose Mass of Christian Burial was held here at Holy Cross last Thursday afternoon. Steve has battled cancer and was cared for by Hospice. Fr. Dave Koch was the celebrant of his Mass and I concelebrated. Father Dave is retired but ministers at the hospitals and ministered to Steve as he prepared to meet his Lord and Savior. Our deepest sympathies to his wife, Elizabeth Whalen.

Again, I thank all those who have come forth and who will be bringing the Eucharist to our sick and homebound. If there are others who would like to serve in this special ministry, please call Lori at the parish office and she will set up a training day for you. Also if anyone would like to volunteer to be either a Lector or a Eucharistic Minister at Mass, call Lori and she will set up a training time for you. Ushers are needed for all Masses as well.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related: 10.24.10 Church Bulletin

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