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February 5/6: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

“Super Bowl Weekend” is here and you can feel the excitement everywhere you go in Green Bay and also here at Holy Cross in Bay Settlement. Because I am from Pennsylvania, a number have asked me where my loyalties lie. Let me simply say that I left Philadelphia and Pennsylvania in 1955 and have lived in Wisconsin longer than in any other state and, of course, I am a Packer fan. My hopes are the same as yours, and on Sunday I have invited a few of my Norbertine priest friends to come for a Super Bowl Party and to watch the game. Let’s hope our Packers win!

Monday, the day after the Super Bowl, is a Principal/Pastor’s Holiday, and our school will be closed along with the parish office. No matter what the outcome of the Super Bowl, emotions will have run high and our kids, teachers, and staff will need a day to relax and chill out. So enjoy the day off!

Again, we hold in prayer Jeff and Colleen Kennedy and their children as they mourn the tragic death of their son, John Michael, whose Mass of Christian Burial was held here at Holy Cross last Monday evening. A special thank you to all those parishioners who brought in desserts and baked goods for the reception following the Mass. The death of a child is an especially difficult and heavy cross for any parent to bear, and our prayers may help lighten the burden.

Please keep in mind that Lent is coming. Ash Wednesday is March 9th and with Lent comes our Fish Dinners. This year our Fish Dinners will be held on Friday, March 4th, 18th, April 1st and 15th. Why not check your calendar and plan to volunteer some of your time, talent and expertise to one or more of these dinners. I can guarantee that you will have a good time, will probably meet some people in the parish you do not know, and will have a lot of fun and enjoyment in doing so. Also invite your family, neighbors and friends to attend the dinners and perhaps we can make this year’s fish dinners the most successful ever.

Congratulations to Bryan and Bridgett Gerl who have brought their newborn son, Nolan, to church this weekend for the Sacrament of Baptism. I always experience a great deal of joy when a couple who I prepared for their marriage and presided at their wedding come with their child for Baptism. They are now no longer just a couple but a family. God Bless!

This weekend at the 10 am Mass we celebrate and honor all scouts of our parish and in particular to award to three of them from our Boy Scout Troop 1041 the “Pope Pius XII Religion Medal.” Those receiving this award are as follows: Eagle Scout George Blaney, Eagle Scout Matt Jadin, Eagle Scout Sasha Trabert. The scouts mothers’ will pin the award on their son’s shirt.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link:
2.4.11 Church Bulletin

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