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December 18: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Please remember that after the 10 am Mass this weekend we will be decorating our church for the Christmas holidays. If you are able to give some of your time and talent, please come and help us prepare for this special holiday. Jan and Jeff Walton are the chair people for decorating our holy space and they have some beautiful plans in place. Why not take some time and help those plans become a reality. Holy Cross is known for being one of the most beautifully decorated churches in our area for the high holy days of Christmas and Easter. Come, help out and get into the Christmas spirit.

This past Tuesday and Wednesday evenings our school children presented their annual Christmas concert and our Faith Formation children presented their annual Christmas play. Congratulations to all involved for both of these annual events for a job well done. Both of these events can help put us into the beautiful Christmas spirit.

Please remember Bill Liebergen, a long-time parishioner and usher at the Sunday 10 am Mass for many, many years, who died last Monday as a result of cancer. Last Sunday after the 10 am Mass, I went to his home to celebrate with him, his family and some close friends the “Sacrament of Anointing” at which time we prayed to God for Bill, commended him into the hands of God and celebrated his life in our midst. Bill died the next morning, surrounded by his family. Bill’s Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated here at Holy Cross this past Friday. Kindly hold Bill in prayer
along with his children and family who will deeply mourn his passing to new and eternal life. Bill was a man of deep faith and was well prepared to meet his Maker. May he rest in peace.

As we prepare during this final week before Christmas, I invite you to take time, pause, and let the true spirit of Christmas enter your heart with its seasonal JOY, PEACE, HOPE and LOVE.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 12.18.11 Church Bulletin

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