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February 25/26: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Last week I announced that I would be teaching a Bible class on the Thursdays of Lent. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I must cancel that scripture class. If you were preparing to attend and have any questions regarding this cancellation, please call me at 619-7844 and I will give you a full explanation.

Last Sunday after the 10 am Mass, I drove to Algoma to take two days of R & R at our Norbertine house on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. I enjoyed the time away, watching the snow fall sitting next to our wood-burning fireplace. Sometimes we need to get away and simply chill out, take some time to reflect and simply relax. Two days away can often seem like a week away, and we return to our daily routine with new vigor and enthusiasm. I had a great time!

This weekend we welcome two of our families who bring their newborn children to
our parish family and church to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. Congratulations to Katie and Adam Servi who bring their daughter, Quinn Marie, for this Sacrament. It is always very special for me to Baptize a child of a couple with whom I had the privilege of preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. That was more than 2 years ago, and now Adam and Katie are no longer a couple but a family. They have just moved into their new home within the parish and are now full members of Holy Cross Parish family.

Also this weekend the Schiller family bring their newborn daughter, Gwendolyn Raine, for Baptism. Andrew & Sara are teachers and have been members of our parish family for some time. We ask God’s continued blessing upon them and their family and now they begin the journey of teaching their daughter to come and know and love God and her neighbor. Congratulations and God Bless.

It is difficult to believe that February is coming to a quick end and March and Ash
Wednesday and Lent are on the horizon. Again I am reminded of how quickly time passes. Last weekend I spoke to you about our Call to Be Holy! Why not consider our approaching Lenten season as an opportunity to “GROW IN HOLINESS” – remembering that holiness begins by recognizing God’s presence and His goodness within our hearts and then to actively use and employ this goodness in our daily lives. Also during Lent remember that the BASKET in front of our altar is a reminder that there are people out there who are hungry and we can feed them. The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are golden opportunities for us to let that goodness within us come forth. Before Lent begins I will use this letter to list those works and perhaps you can cut them out and post them on your refrigerator door as a Lenten reminder.

This Friday we will have the first “FISH DINNER” for this year. Please consider volunteering some time, talent and your presence at these dinners. I guarantee you will have a wonderful time, perhaps meet new friends, and enjoy a good fish dinner. See you there.

Finally, please note that Lori will again be attending Diocesan training on new software on Wednesday this week; therefore, the office will be open on a limited basis from 9 am-1 pm. Scrip orders will be filled from noon to 1 pm only.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

2.26.11 Church Bulletin

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