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September 25: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Kindly give a warm Holy Cross welcome to Father Joe Gleixner, a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, who will be speaking at all the Masses this weekend about his community’s work in many far off developing countries. Our second collection this weekend is for the “Missionary Cooperative Collection” which is sponsored by the Diocese. Members of various missionary orders and communities are invited to our Diocese, and our annual collection is an opportunity for the parishes of the Diocese to support them in their evangelization work. Envelopes for this collection we included in last week’s bulletin and additional envelopes are available in the front entrance of the church. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Congratulations this weekend are in order for Rosemary Stay on the occasion of the wedding of her daughter, Stephanie, to Chad VanderLogt, which took place here at Holy Cross with a Nuptial Mass this Saturday, September 24th. Join with me in holding them in prayer that they may have a long and happy married life as they journey to become one in mind and heart in Christ Jesus.

On behalf of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey I thank all of you for your prayers on behalf of our confrere, Father Gerald Kempen, O.Praem., who passed from this life on Saturday, September 17th. As I mentioned at last week’s Masses, I met Father Kempen when I was a sophomore in high school in Philadelphia. I always found him to be a gentle and holy man and a good example for me of what a Norbertine priest should be. Father served as pastor here at Bay Settlement from 1984-1992. May he rest in the peace of Christ Jesus.

As Summer transitions into Fall, let us all remember to count our many blessings and gifts and develop a “thankful heart.”

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 9.25.11 Church Bulletin

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