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

My Dear Parishioners,

On behalf of Holy Cross Parish Family, I extend a warm welcome to Bishop Robert Banks who has come to our faith community this Saturday afternoon to confer upon our young adults the Sacrament of Confirmation. A special thank you to Marti Burkard, our Faith Formation coordinator and the confirmation team who prepared our candidates for this Sacrament. This Sacrament completes their initiation in the Catholic faith which was begun on the day of their Baptism when their parents and godparents professed our faith in their name. Their reception of this Sacrament is their acceptance and embracing of our faith which was first offered to them so many years ago.

Our joy in welcoming our newly confirmed has been tempered with the deaths of two special people. First, this past Sunday Jeanne Pischke, whom we have been holding in prayer, took possession of that special place that Jesus has prepared for her from all eternity. It was also Jeanne’s 75th birthday. I was privileged to preside at her Parish Prayer Service last Wednesday evening at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in DePere. Jeanne was also a personal friend of mine and she served our parish well as Music Director. She approached her death with a great deal of grace and dignity, and she is a wonderful example for all of us. May she rest in peace, and I ask that you continue to hold her family in prayer.

The second death, which also took place last Sunday, was the father of Ruth (Ken) Deterville – Alvin Tilliard, 96 years old. Alvin was a very devout Catholic, and his daughter and Ken took very good care of him, bringing him to Mass here at Holy Cross. I was privileged to have Alvin’s Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s Church, Champion, this past Thursday morning. Let us hold Alvin and his family in prayer as they pass through this time of loss and sorrow.

This coming Wednesday is “ASH WEDNESDAY” and Masses will be at 8 am and 7 pm. Ashes will be distributed after the homily at each Mass. With Ash Wednesday we begin our journey through the Season of Lent. May the basket in front of our altar remind us to “feed the hungry” through our gifts of non-perishable food items which will be brought to St. Pat’s Pantry.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 3.6.11 Church Bulletin

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