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December 4 - From the Pastor's Desk ...

My Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to David Pietrek and Crystal Jolly, parishioners who were joined as husband and wife by the Sacrament of Matrimony here at Holy Cross in a Nuptial Mass this Saturday afternoon. I invite you to join with me in holding them in prayer as they begin a lifelong journey of becoming one in heart, mind, and love in Christ Jesus.

Congratulations are also due to our young children who are preparing for their First Holy Communion this Spring as they received the Sacrament of Reconciliation last week at our Advent service. A special thank you to our teachers, catechists, principal, and faith formation coordinator who work with our children during this year to make certain that our children are well prepared to receive these sacraments. One ingredient of the program is that our children and their family attend our weekly Eucharist and learn to pray with us at Mass. Keep in prayer:
Abbigail Anderson Carlene Goral Ashley Raduenz Jason Stahl
Makenzie Anderson Maryssa Jaeckels Taylor Raduenz Olivia Stefl
Soo-Yin Brown Halle Johnson Beau Rass Aidan Slattery
Landon Browne Rebecca Kroll Erik Sack Nolan Stormer
AnnaBelle Davis Jacob Limoni John Sack Joseph Strohmeyer
Gregory Delain Jackson Nichol Sophia Schauer Carolyn Vandrisse
Mallory Eisenreich William Morrissey Alex Schwitzer Jenna Zehms
Evan Goral Leila Quass Jared Stahl

Please note that next weekend we will be taking up an annual special collection to support our retired religious sisters, brothers, and priests. I remember the dedication of the Sisters of Mercy of Merion, PA, who educated me in my Catholic faith. Envelopes for this collection are in this week’s bulletin; please be as generous as you can knowing that we are still the recipients of their prayers.

Thank you once again to Jan and Jeff Walton for making and setting up our beautiful Advent Wreath. Jeff and Jan will also be leading us in decorating our Church for Christmas. Why not consider helping? More information will be forthcoming.

I thought that our introduction of the New Roman Missal went very well last week. I think I made most of the mistakes. Please be patient, understanding, and kindly use the laminated cards, which are in the hymnals and pews, in learning the changes in the prayers. Kindly re-insert the cards into the hymnals at the end of each Mass or leave them in the pews so they will be available at all the Masses.

Please also remember that we are reaching out to St. Pat’s Pantry this Advent. They especially need healthy juices. It is good for us to feed the hungry. Please remember and help.

I was just informed that after many years of service to our parish, the bell system in our tower must be replaced at a cost of approximately $4,000. If there is anyone who would like to make a donation to this project, a memorial plaque will be placed in a prominent place in the church to recognize the donor(s).

Oremus pro invicem,

Fr. Tom

Related Link: 12-4-11 Bulletin

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