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November 13, 2011: From the Pastor's Desk ...

My Dear Parishioners,

Holy Cross Parish Family gives a warm welcome to “The Original Green Bay Boys Choir” who have come here this weekend to sing at our 10 am Mass. We always enjoy their presence and thank them for taking the time and energy to come to our parish and enhance our Sunday liturgy.

This Wednesday evening we will have a special THANKSGIVING MASS for our Faith Formation students, catechists, and parents. Each year we hold this special liturgy to thank Almighty God for the many gifts He has bestowed upon us, our families, and our parish, and we use this Eucharist to reach out to those who are poor and hungry by sharing with them our blessings. As I have said before, there is no better way to express our thanks than to care for the poor and hungry in our midst. Please note there will be no 8 am Mass on Wednesday.

A week from Thursday is Thanksgiving Day – you may wish to mark your calendars to indicate that our Annual Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held at 9 am in the morning. I cannot think of a more fitting way for us to begin to celebrate this national holiday than by gathering for Mass and thanking Almighty God for his many gifts and blessings to us. I am very thankful because my very special friends, Dr. George and Pat Cunningham, and his sister, Karen, will be flying in on Tuesday, November 22nd, from Wilmington, Delaware, to spend the holidays with me. George and I were long-time skiing partners, and so we go way back to the 1970s. I also taught with his wife, Pat, at Archmere Academy. Kindly note that the parish office will be closed from noon on Wednesday until Monday, November 28th.

You are all well aware of the fact that Wisconsin now has a law which permits individuals to seek a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The law indicates that there are certain places where it is not lawful to carry concealed weapons. As a Catholic parish and community, we ask that all people seriously consider not carrying weapons into church buildings as a sign of reverence for these sacred places. Actually, I would hope that this would extend to all church buildings and property. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Oremus pro invicem,

Fr. Tom

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