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December 11/12: From the Pastor's Desk

My Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday afternoon from 3 pm to 7 pm, I as pastor and Lori Flanagan as our Business Manager will be hosting in my home (the rectory) a Christmas Open House. This is our way of saying “Thank You” and “Merry Christmas” to all of you for making Holy Cross such a wonderful parish and showing our appreciation for all that you do, either in a ministry such as Eucharist, Music, Lector, or cleaning the church, fixing things that need fixing, serving on parish leadership committees, teaching in the school and faith formation program, making the scrip program successful, and on and on. It also includes those faithful parishioners who generously give of their time and treasure to make sure that the parish runs smoothly and for all of you who simply are cooperative and make our job of serving you easier. So I invite you to take some time and come to enjoy some food, a Christmas “recreational beverage,” fellowship, and to simply relax and get into the Christmas Spirit. Our Choir will be there to lead us in Christmas Carols. I, myself, have made my Italian sauce and meatballs for you to savor, along with some of my other side dishes, and a lot of other tasty dishes provided from various people. So plan to come and simply bring with you a warm heart filled with Christmas blessings and offer your fellow parishioners a Merry Christmas and a Holy New Year (PS – adult recreational beverages will be served, so this is considered an adult gathering).

As I announced last week, the second collection this weekend is the “Annual Collection for Retired Religious.” The aging religious need your help. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious priests offered their lives in service to others – educating the young, comforting the sick, seeking justice for the oppressed. Today many are frail, elderly, and in need of assistance. Your gift to the special collection supports basic necessities, such as prescription drugs and nursing care. Please give generously.

This Tuesday, our school children will present their annual Christmas concert in the gym. It is always a wonderful event, and you just may wish to come and see the wonderful music program that our school provides. On Wednesday, December 15th, our Faith Formation children will present their Annual Christmas Play in the church. This is also a wonderful experience and can easily get you into the Christmas spirit.

Just for your information this Saturday we had a wedding in our church – the people involved are from St Louis in Dyckesville. Their church is under construction with renovation and so I have let them use Holy Cross Church for this most important day in their lives.

Next Sunday, December 19th, after the 10 am Mass Jeff and Jan Walton (our environment committee) will be preparing and decorating our Church for Christmas. Kindly consider giving some of your time to help them. It is an enjoyable and fun time and also makes our Church so beautiful for this Christmas Season. There is something for all ages to do – so kids and teenagers are most welcome to help. The following Tuesday, December 21st, our small but dedicated group of church cleaners will be cleaning the church in preparation for our Christmas liturgies. They could use some extra help beginning at 8 am. Just show up - no experience necessary!!

A correction to our Christmas Mass schedule published last week. Christmas Eve is Friday, December 24th, with Masses at 4 pm (not published), 6:30 pm, and 10:30 pm(choir concert beginning at 10 pm). Mass on Saturday, December 25, will be at 9 am.[NOTE: No 4 pm Mass]. Masses on Sunday, December 26, will be at 8 am and 10 am (Fr. Bill Jacobs, celebrant).

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 12.12.10 Church Bulletin

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