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October 30: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we bring October to a close and welcome the month of “THANKSGIVING.” I can think of no better way of thanking God for the many blessings that we have than by sharing with others. Our area food pantries are calling out for donation because this year, with the economy as it is and the unemployment rate so high, more and more people are asking for assistance. Once again we will place a large collection basket on the front step and center of our sanctuary and ask that each week you bring a non-perishable food item to share with those who are in need. We, as a parish, support St Pat’s Pantry and the leadership there have once again asked me to ask you for help. We here at Holy Cross have been very generous in the past and I do hope we can continue to be as generous between now and Christmas. This is also a good “teachable” moment for our children. I suggest that each week you have your children “purchase with their own money” a food item to bring to church. This, of course, is much more meaningful for them than to simply go to the family pantry and take an item. At any rate please use this month to count your blessings and share with those in need.

Tuesday, November 1st, is the FEAST OF ALL SAINTS and in our country is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses here at Holy Cross will be at 8 am and 7 pm. Please plan to attend one of them and celebrate the fact that we are members of God’s family and on this day we remember those great men, women, and children who by the way they lived and the witness they gave while they walked this earth, set an example for each of us to follow. On Wednesday, November 2nd, we celebrate the FEAST OF ALL SOULS. This is the day, and we continue our celebrate throughout the month, when we remember those men, women, and children who have touch our lives, lived in our midst, and were part of our family or circle of friends and who have gone to their eternal reward in heaven. We remember them, we celebrate their new and eternal life, and we believe that one day we will go where they have gone. On Wednesday we here at Holy Cross will celebrate a special Mass at 7 pm in the evening and will remember our loved ones, but especially we will remember all those who have died this past year and will offer representatives of their families a memorial candle and will announce their names at Mass. Mark your calendars and come and join us for this special Mass.

We continue our preparation for the transition to the new Roman Missal. If you did not get the two handouts that were distributed at Mass last weekend, kindly see one of the ushers or look on the tables at either side of the front entrance. We have ordered additional copies of Father Paul Turner’s booklet, “Understanding the Revised Mass Texts.” We will also again offer the program “A Biblical Walk through the Mass” at a time and date that will be announced. This is really an outstanding program and consists of five one-half hour video talks. I am thinking of doing it during Lent, between the 8 am Mass and 10 am Mass in the church. I welcome your suggestions.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 10.27.11 Church Bulletin

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