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September 4: From the Pastor's Desk...

\My Dear Parishioners,

It seems as if it were only a short time ago that we were celebrating the beginning of Summer and Memorial Day weekend, and here we are on September 3rd& 4th about to celebrate the end of Summer and Labor Day Weekend. Schools in many instances have already begun the new school year, young people are back in college, and we are putting away the things of summer, vacations and relaxation and getting back to ordinary time and living. The quick passage of time reminds all of us to cherish and appreciate the days and the time allotted to us. This is true, whether we are young or old!

As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin and at all the weekend Masses, this Advent will bring to our American church a number of significant changes in the way in which we worship, how we pray at Mass, and how we sing at Mass. We priests will bear the brunt of the overwhelming number of changes in the Mass texts. The Revised Roman Missal will be published the first week of October and our copies are on order. Our regular hymnals will have all the new changes in them and the liturgical year begins with the First Sunday of Advent, so we are set with that. Our Worship Committee at its last meeting decided on a pew card for the congregation and they were ordered and are in already. A Pew Card is a two-sided, laminated card the size of our hymnal which has all the congregations’ Mass responses and prayers printed with the new changes printed in bold print. These will be necessary until we all have the new changes memorized. Then in October, I will give a series of homilies explaining in detail all the changes.

One additional preparation for the coming changes is a program which I mentioned to you last weekend, i.e., A Biblical Walk Through the Mass. This consists of a series of five one-hour sessions; each session consists of a 30-minute DVD presentation and a 30- minute question and answer session. Many parishes will be offering this program in preparation for the new Missal changes. I strongly advise you to plan to attend as I think it will enrich your prayer life and participation in Mass. I will be leading this program here at Holy Cross. Listed below are the times and dates, and I ask that you call the Parish office if you plan to attend so that we can have enough seating ready for each session. The morning sessions will be held in the school library and the evening sessions in the school gym.

9:30-10:30 am – Library
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Gym
Wednesdays, September 21st, 28th, October 5th, 12th, 19th

Please remember that next weekend is the Seminarian Collection. This is our investment in the future. There is an insert in the bulletin, and envelopes are available at the end of the pews—we ask you to be generous.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 9.4.11 Church Bulletin

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