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Oct. 16, 2011: From the Pastor's Desk ...

My Dear Parishioners,

Kindly give a warm Holy Cross welcome to Father John Tourangeau, O.Praem., a confrere and fellow Norbertine from Saint Norbert Abbey who will be presiding at all the Masses this weekend. Father John is our vocation director, and I believe that he will share some thoughts with you about promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. As I announced last week, I will be away from the parish for a few days of R & R and will return on Tuesday, late afternoon. Should there be an emergency, you can always reach me on my cell phone – 619-7844.

Please note that the annual nationwide collection for “World Mission Sunday” will take place next weekend, October 22nd and 23rd, and the envelopes for this special collection are in this week’s bulletin. As always, your generosity is most appreciated.

Next weekend we will have the Rite of Welcome for our young children who will begin their preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Each year we welcome our children and walk with them for their preparation for these two wonderful Sacraments. Kindly hold them and their families in prayer.

Looking ahead, it will not be long before we bring the month of October to an end. Keep in mind that Tuesday, November 1st, is a holy day of obligation and that Masses on that day will be at 8 am and 7 pm in the evening. Wednesday, November 2nd, is the special feast called “All Souls Day,,” and we remember all of our beloved dead. On this day we offer a special 7 pm Mass at which time we invite the families of all those who have been buried from our church this past year to this special Mass and present them with a “Memorial Candle” in memory of their loved one. Also we have a special Book of Remembrance which lists the names of our beloved dead and they are remembered in all the Masses offered here at Holy Cross during the month of November. Should you wish to add names to the book, please feel free to do so once it is placed in the church.

Enjoy these beautiful Autumn days….

Oremus pro invicem,

Fr. Tom

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