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April 9/10: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

During Lent we have been reflecting on the meaning and our understanding of “Good Stewardship.” Last Saturday evening in the gym, you could see good stewardship in action as our annual School Auction took place. A large group of parishioners and school families worked for a year to put on a fund- and fun- raiser that would provide third source funding for our school for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Their work, planning, talent, time, and energy paid off very well. The gym was beautifully decorated, the food nicely presented, adequate, and delicious. All went very well, and the “Spring Fling” was well attended and a good time was had by all. In addition, a good deal of money was raised for our school. A very special thank you to all who worked so hard this past year to plan and make a reality this great event. I know that I, along with all who attended, had a wonderful time!

Looking ahead, the next big event for our parish will be the annual Parish Picnic. This also is an event that takes a year-long process to bring to reality. Our Parish Picnic is always the last weekend in June, and this year the dates are Saturday, June 25th, and Sunday, June 26th. On Saturday, June 25th, our festivities begin after the 4 pm Mass and of course on Sunday the 26th the picnic begins with our Polka Mass at 10 am. Each year our picnic committee tries to listen to suggestions from parishioners about how to make the picnic even better and so this year we will bem initiating a significant change in our BOOYAH. Our insurance vendor has been rather insistent that we serve boneless booyah and so this year our booyah will be just that. In order to introduce you to this new type of booyah, we will have a Booyah Sale on Saturday, May 7th. Our booyah vendor will be making the booyah by my garage, and you may purchase it before and after the 4 pm Masses (time available will be announced in advance). That is Mother’s Day weekend, so wouldn’t it be nice to tell mom that she didn’t have to cook the entire weekend – both on Saturday (serve booyah) and on Sunday, Mom’s big day. I have tasted the booyah and it is an excellent recipe.

As you all know, we are in the middle of the Annual Bishop’s Appeal. I do ask every member of the parish to prayerfully consider making a generous contribution to this collection. Our parish is assessed a specific amount which we must contribute. If we do not make our assessment, we are billed for it. If every member of the parish contributed according to their means, we could make this assessment and thus not have to have “second collections.” Won’t you please consider a contribution to the 2011 Annual Bishop’s Appeal?

This Friday, April 15th, is the last of our LENTEN FISH DINNERS. Let us make this the best one yet! Invite your family, relatives, and friends to come and enjoy a good fish dinner, nice desserts, good fellowship, and at the same time support Holy Cross Parish. This past week you should have received a letter from me through the U.S. mail. It is time, once again, for us to plan our budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins on July 1st. I as a pastor and we as a parish can only fulfill what is expected of us if you the members give us the means to do so. We have buildings to maintain, employees to pay, expenses to meet, just as you have in your family. I ask you to prayerfully consider what you can do to support the parish financially during this coming fiscal year.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 4.10.11 Church Bulletin

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