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October 7: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend the GRACE system kicks off its annual fundraiser. You will be receiving information from GRACE on this special event which will describe their need and ask for your support. As you already know, GRACE now owns and operates Holy Cross School, and the sources of its financial support comes from tuition, from the parishes, and from third source funding. I cannot emphasize the importance of Catholic education and so I ask all of you to prayerfully and thoughtfully consider how you can help support the GRACE System and to be generous in your contribution.

Congratulations to parishioners Peter and Connie Corsten on the marriage of their daughter, Krista, to Dustin Dimmer of St Bernard’s Parish. Krista and Dustin exchanged their marriage vows here at Holy Cross this Saturday during a Nuptial Mass at which I presided. Krista has been very active here at Holy Cross School during the summers and on occasion during the school year. As a Parish family let us hold them in prayer as they begin their journey of becoming one in heart and mind in Christ Jesus, Our Lord.

Last Thursday our school children made their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Robinsonville. With the Bishop’s announcement of the authenticity of the apparitions, the Shrine has received national attention and more and more people from all over the country are coming there to pray and visit. I know that this annual pilgrimage will help our children foster a greater appreciation of and devotion to our Blessed Mother and her rosary. Devotion to Mary as the Mother of God and our mother is a distinctively Roman Catholic devotion and marks us above other Christians in our prayer and religious life.

Next weekend I ask you to give a warm Holy Cross welcome to my fellow Norbertine priest and confrere, Father John Tourangeau, O.Praem., who will be here to preside at our weekend Masses. I will be taking some vacation time next weekend and will be gone from the parish from Friday morning until Tuesday evening. Should there be any emergency please do not hesitate to give me a call on my cell phone (920-619-7844). I am looking forward to some time away and some R & R.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 10.8.11 Church Bulletin

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