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April 2/3: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend marks our halfway journey through the season of Lent. Lent is a time of renewal, and one sacramental way for us to renew ourselves is to take advantage of the Catholic Sacrament of Confession. We here at Holy Cross will hold our annual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Wednesday, April 6th, at 1 pm in the afternoon and again at 7 pm in the evening. Why not prayerfully consider attending one of these liturgies, go to Confession, and I guarantee that you will feel spiritually renewed and ready for Easter and Spring. I have arranged for a number of priests to come here for confession and every one of them is kind and gentle and all will make you feel welcome and experience the Grace of God, our Loving Father, and Jesus our Good Shepherd.

One of my Norbertine brother priests, Father Christopher O’Brien, went to his eternal reward last Monday morning. Father Chris served as pastor in a number of churches in our area, including Champion, Tonet, Walhain, Thiry Daems, and Luxemburg. In recent years, Father Chris suffered greatly as a result of Parkinson’s Disease. We will receive his body at the Abbey on Sunday evening and his Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, April 4th, at the Abbey. Kindly hold Father Chris and his family in prayer. May he rest in peace, Amen.

Bishop Ricken has decreed that all parishes should have a collection to help Catholic Relief Services in Japan. Rather than have a specific collection, I am making available in the pews and on the table by the front entrance of the church, envelopes specially marked “Japan Disaster Relief.” You may place the envelopes in any collection basket or bring it to the rectory. Make checks payable to Holy Cross Parish and we will send a check for all funds from this collection to Catholic Relief Services.

Next weekend we will kick off our annual Stewardship Pledge Campaign. You will receive a mailing this week and we ask that you review the information carefully and bring your pledge cards back the weekend of April 16 & 17. Parishioner Dick Dubois will also give a 35-40 minute presentation after all Masses that weekend in the Rectory about “Legacy of Faith,” a planned giving method by which you can support the parish long term. All parishioners are invited.

Please mark your calendars that our last fish dinner of the season will be on Friday, April 15. I would like to thank all of those who have worked so hard and faithfully to make our Lenten fish dinners the great events that they have been. Let’s make this last one even better than all the others by inviting our relatives, neighbors, and friends to come and have a nice dinner, good fellowship, and at the same time support Holy Cross Parish Family. Holy Week will be here before we realize it and I ask that you mark your calendars for these very special holy days when we recall and celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is our Holy Week Schedule for this year:
Palm Sunday, April 16th & 17th = Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 8 & 10 am
Holy Thursday, April 21st = 7 pm
Good Friday, April 22nd = 1 pm
Holy Saturday, April 23rd, Easter Vigil = 8 pm
Easter Sunday, April 24th, Masses at 8 & 10 am

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed the week after Easter, Monday through Friday, April 25th – 29th. Lori will be on vacation all of Easter week and I will also be taking some time away for physical and spiritual rest and relaxation.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 4.3.11 Church Bulletin

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