Friday, August 15, 2014

Parish News & Notes ... August 17, 2014

Congratulations to Chad & Shelby Malchow on the Baptism of their son, Cooper Michael, this Sunday.  Please keep this family in prayer as they pass on the Catholic faith in their daily lives.

Please keep in prayer the family of Dolores VanLaanen whose daughter, Michelle Reichart, passed away unexpectedly this past week.  May they find comfort and peace in God’s loving embrace.

We warmly welcome Fr. Illuri Irudayaraj to our community this weekend.  Father will be speaking on behalf of the annual Missionary Appeal, and we ask that you be generous.

Lori will be on vacation next week.  Please note that the Rectory will be closed on Monday.  The Rectory will be open from 9 am—3 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 am—noon on Thursday, and 9 am—11 am on Friday.  Scrip will be available for purchase at the normal times. 

As summer vacation starts to wind down and we look forward to school starting on September 2, we pray that our parish members take some time to relax with family and friends.  The start of a new school year—whether grade school, high school, or college—is a new beginning.  I came across this prayer that I think is fitting for this time of year.

Blessing for a New Start
Face the future for the past is over and gone.
Live with the memories.  Learn from experience.
Let go of grievances.  Resolve differences.
Live in the sight of God, in the way of God.
Be strong.
He has seen us through good times and bad.
He will bless our future as He has held our past.
God go with you.

Marjorie Dobson

Parish News & Notes ... August 10, 2014

Congratulations to Bobbi & James Nuthals on the Baptism of their daughter, Eleanor Jo, this weekend.  Eleanor’s parents have taken the first step in her Catholic upbringing.  Please keep this family in prayer as the Holy Spirit guides them on this life-long faith journey.

We warmly welcome Randall, Michelle, Bret, Kacia, Devin & Tiana La-Plante and welcome back Linda Horkman as the newest members of the Holy Cross Parish Family.  We look forward to worshiping with you, and we invite you to get involved in our parish activities.

Please keep in prayer the family of parishioner Dan Drossart whose stepson, Terry Olson, passed away this week and whose funeral was held here at Holy Cross.  May his soul rest in the peace of Christ.

Thank you for your support of the Seminarian Appeal.  To date, you have donated $1,425 to this annual appeal.  Your generosity is most appreciated as we support those young men who are training to become the future leaders of our Church.

Please note that this Friday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption, a holy day of obligation.  We will have Mass at 8 am and 6 pm on Friday.

Next weekend we will welcome a missionary priest, Fr. Illuri Irudayaraj, who will speak at all the Masses.  Special envelopes will be in the pews for you to make a contribution to the annual Missionary Appeal.  We still need someone to pick up Fr. Illuri at the Abbey and return him there for the Masses on Saturday and Sunday.  If you can help, please call 468-0595.

Please note that Lori will be on vacation August 18-22.  The Rectory will be open on a limited basis when volunteers are available.  Hours that week will be Monday, 9 am—noon; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 am—3 pm; Thursday, 9 am—noon; Friday, 9 am—11 am.

 
Related Link:  Bulletin 8-10-14  http://www.seekandfind.com/find/holy-cross-church-54311/download/file/01-0718-20140810B.pdf

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Parish News & Notes ... August 3, 2014

Please keep the family of parishioner Rosemary Bomber in prayer as they mourn the loss of their mother.  Rosemary passed away on Wednesday and her funeral was held at Holy Cross on Saturday.  May she rest in peace.

We experienced an uncomfortable situation this past week when a stranger entered the rectory seeking advice and became agitated and angry.  As a result, for the safety of our volunteers and staff, the rectory was locked this past week and will be locked until Father returns.  If you have business with the rectory, please know that you are most welcome; however, please ring the doorbell and either Lori or a volunteer will let you in.  Thanks for your understanding.

Please remember that this Friday, August 8, is our quarterly opportunity to reach out to those less fortunate in our community by preparing a meal for the N.E.W. Community Shelter.  Your donations of beef stew (recipe provided by contacting Lou Shea at 217-4571 or on our parish blogspot), jello, and bars are much needed and appreciated.  Food can be dropped off on Friday in the school kitchen.  Someone will be there from 8—10 am and 1:30—3:30 pm to take your donations.  If these times don’t work for you, please enter at the Summer Care entrance and put your food item(s) in the refrigerator in the kitchen.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Are you a Catholic adult who was never confirmed?  The Diocese is offering a pilot program that involves taking seven weekly classes beginning Tuesday, August 26, through Tuesday, October 7, at the Diocesan offices from 6:30-8:30 pm, with confirmation on Sunday, October 5, 2014.  If you are interested, please contact Sheila Schaut at 272-8276 or sschaut@gbdioc.org to register for the classes.

I would like to again thank Fr. Bill Ribbens, O. Praem., for worshiping with us on Saturdays and Fr. John Kastenholz, O. Praem, for worshiping with us on Sundays while Fr. Weber is away.  We are grateful that you are able to give of your time to lead our community in the Mass. 

 
Related Link:  Bulletin 8-3-14  http://www.seekandfind.com/find/holy-cross-church-54311/download/file/01-0718-20140803B.pdf

Parish News & Notes ... July 27, 2014

We warmly welcome Fr. John Kastenholz, O. Praem., to our church this weekend to celebrate the Mass with us.  We are grateful that he has agreed to help out so Fr. Weber can take vacation to be with his family in Minnesota.  Please keep Fr. Weber in prayer as he uses this time to relax and enjoy some “down time” and for safe travels.

Friday, August 8, is the next opportunity for you to help with our parish outreach to the hungry who seek a hot meal at the N.E.W. Community Shelter.  We need many batches of beef stew, jello, and bars to feed those who are hungry.  Our beef stew recipe is on our parish blogspot, or you can contact Lou Shea at 217-4571 for more information or to volunteer.

Though it is now the peak of summer, many gardeners look forward to the fall, when they will be planting many flower bulbs.  To some, it may seem like too much work with nothing to show for it; digging a hole in the dirt, dropping something in, and covering it up.  But the good gardener knows that come spring, what took a bit of work a few months ago has been rewarded with a tapestry of colors.  Jesus' parable of the treasure in the field is a wonderful way to describe the kingdom of heaven.  Within each of us, God has planted his word.  And as we find it, we are called to give up everything in this worldly life that has no value and no place in heaven, just as the man in the parable who sold everything in order to own the field which contained the treasure.  The most beautiful aspect of this treasure is that it can always be shared without ever diminishing itself within you!  As faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we are entrusted with passing this treasure on from generation to generation.  We do this by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer.  Look deeply into your own heart; uncover that treasure of the love of the Lord, and share it with everyone.

©2008 Liturgical Publications Inc
Related Link:  Bulletin 7-27-14  http://www.seekandfind.com/find/holy-cross-church-54311/download/file/01-0718-20140727B.pdf
 

Parish News & Notes ... July 20, 2014

We are so blessed that our parish continues to grow by leaps and bounds!  We warmly welcome the following new members to our parish community:

             Mike, Nikki, Faith, Jack, Brennen & Abby Frelich
             Kevin, Rebecca, Grace, Kaylee & Joshua Sinclair
             Leland Marcelle & Sandi Boknevitz

As every Christian is called to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we call your attention to a special group of disciples.  Twenty-seven young men are in the seminary for the Diocese of Green Bay.  In about two weeks, our parish will help support them through the Seminarian Collection:  Hope for the Future, Help them Today.  Watch your mailboxes for more details—the Diocese will be doing a mailing directly to your homes.  The money donated will be used to benefit the education and formation of seminarians and to support priestly vocations.  Please be generous!  Please also note to mail your donations directly to the Diocese in the envelopes provided.  We will not be taking up a separate collection at Mass.

As you may know, parishioner Deacon Jim Heider is assigned to help at other parishes in the Diocese; however, he is available to help out here voluntarily on the 4th Sunday of each month.  Next weekend, July 26 & 27, Deacon Jim will assist Fr. Kastenholz and preach at all the Masses.  We thank him for generously sharing his gifts with our parish community.

There are still a lot of envelopes with Football Mania tickets to be picked up in the church entrance.  Please help us save on the cost of mailing them out by picking up yours (and a neighbor’s) this weekend.  Additional tickets are available in the parish office.

Please remember that the parish office will be closed next week, July 21-25.  There will be no Scrip sales on Wednesday or Friday, but Gary will be available in the Faith Formation office from 9-2 on Monday.  There will also be no daily Mass from July 21-August 8 while Father Weber is away.

Parish News & Notes ... July 13, 2014

We warmly welcome the following new members to the Holy Cross Parish Family:  Nicholas, Samantha, Brayden & Ellie Allard; Chad, Shelby & Cooper Malchow; and James & Karen Tuschl.  We look forward to having you participate in our parish worship community and other parish events.

Can you believe football season is right around the corner?!!  The regular season starts in 8 weeks and, again this year, Holy Cross Parish is going to offer the Football Mania FUNdraiser for a chance to win up to $400 per week for the 17-week season.  An envelope with your family’s tickets can be found on the table in the church entrance.  Please pick up your envelope and spread the fun to your friends and family.  Last year, the fundraiser earned over $22,000 and $4,200 was paid out to winners.  Another $4,800 could have been won if all families had purchased and activated their tickets!  Don’t miss out on a chance to win.  See below for more details.

What is Football Mania?  Football Mania is a fundraiser for the parish, school, and faith formation program through CharityMania that gives the ticket purchaser access to music online (a digital entertainment package) and chances to WIN prize money each week in a sweepstakes for National Football League games.

How much is a ticket?  Each ticket is $20 for 17 weeks of NFL football!!  Each School family is expected to sell 10 tickets as part of their tuition agreement.  Each Parish family that does not have a child in school is asked to sell 3 tickets.  Additional tickets are available in the parish office if you need more.

What do I get for $20?  You’ll receive a pre-assigned ticket that has a number on it that serves two purposes:  When you return the completed bottom portion of your ticket (the stub) to the Parish office with your payment, your ticket number will be activated to enter the sweepstakes.  To be eligible to WIN EACH WEEK during the entire 17 weeks of the NFL season, your ticket stub(s) and $20 (per ticket) need to be returned to the Parish office by noon on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  You can then type your ticket number into the CharityMania website to access your digital entertainment package that includes a variety of music to either download or just listen to during the Football Mania season.  Winners are paid weekly by check from the parish.

What can our Parish earn?  Our School/Parish/Faith Formation program will receive about $13.25 from the sale of each ticket.

What are my chances of winning?  Football Mania sweepstakes are exciting and engaging for participants because each ticket holder has an equal chance of winning!  Each Football Mania ticket contains 3 random teams in each week of the season—a different set of teams each week.  No two tickets have the same 3 teams in any given week.  Winning tickets are determined based on the total points scored by the football teams assigned to it.  If two tickets have the same score, the total yards gained by the 3 teams is used as a tiebreaker.  Holy Cross Parish has printed 60% of the available tickets such that in some weeks, we will not have all 11 winners but will have at least one $25 winner per week.

What can you win?  The 8 highest scoring tickets and 3 lowest scoring tickets each week (for all 17 weeks of the NFL season) win prize money with the possibility of a grand prize winner. 

Highest combined score - $400
Second highest - $200
Third highest - $100
Next 5 highest - $25 each
Lowest total score - $50
Next 2 lowest scores - $25 each

If you have any questions, please contact Jaris Briski at 866-3798 or Gary Davister at 468-0374.

Related Link:  Bulletin 7-13-14  http://content.seekandfind.com/bulletins/01/0718/20140713B.pdf

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Job Opening

Holy Cross Parish, Bay Settlement, seeks a part-time food service manager at Holy Cross Catholic School.  The ideal candidate will be expected to plan monthly menus, prepare and serve daily lunch to pre-K - 8th grade students and staff, order food and supplies, and supervise kitchen staff and volunteers. Certification in food service & safety required; knowledge of WI DPI standards helpful; and at least 2 years experience cooking for large groups required. If qualified, please send a cover letter & resume to holycross@new.rr.com by August 7.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Save the date for the Green Bay Youth Conference featuring Chris Stefanick!



Chris Stefanick is an internationally known speaker and author. Holy Cross Parish will be using his DVD series, The Chosen, as a part of next year's confirmation class. The Green Bay Youth Conference is a rare opportunity for teens to connect with a dynamic speaker and to hear a life-changing message. Please save the date and encourage your teen to attend! Watch for more information in the coming months. Learn more about Chris Stefanick at: http://reallifecatholic.com/home

Parish News & Notes ... July 6, 2014

Parish News & Notes … July 6, 2014

We warmly welcome the following new parishioners to the Holy Cross Parish Family:  Taylor Steffel & Samantha Mercier; Joseph, MaryAnn, Meghan, Katharine, & Shawn McNamara; and Steven & Judy Henry.  It is our hope that you enjoy worshiping with us and will become more fully involved in the activities of the parish.

Our parish picnic last weekend was a huge success!.  While not all income and expenses have been accounted for, we expect to net approximately $25,000.  A huge thank you to all who participated in any way—volunteering or attending.  It was a success because of your generosity!  Watch for future updates.

We hope that you are enjoying a nice long 4th of July holiday weekend!  As we hear in the Gospel this weekend—and in the picture on the left—God invites you to come to Him with your labors and burdens and He will give you rest.  Take some time to reflect on the freedoms we have in this country because of those who have fought for that freedom.  Can you ease someone's burden this week? 

The parish’s fiscal year ended on June 30.  Sacrificial giving was down more than $6,800 for the year, and we are $8,793 short of our 2014 Bishop’s appeal goal.  We appreciate the sacrifices each family makes to support our parish and the Diocese.  We cannot function without your financial support.  We are so grateful to those who contributed to the parish in any way this past year.  Through your generosity, we were able to finalize putting the new roof on the church, repair a large section of the school roof, and put a new roof on the rectory and garage.  These were some of the larger projects we were able to accomplish with your help.  If it is within your means, please consider increasing your donation for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

We would like to expand our RCIA program to offer a team-teaching approach.  If you are interested in sharing your Catholic faith with those seeking to come into the Catholic church, please contact Lori in the parish office at 468-0595.  The Diocese offers training sessions throughout the year to enrich and help you in this very important ministry, and the parish purchased some wonderful materials as well.

Just a reminder that Fr. Weber will be on vacation from July 21-August 12 and Lori will be on vacation from July 21-25.  The parish office will be closed the week of July 21.  There will be no daily Mass during the time Father is away.  We are grateful to the Norbertines who will be celebrating the weekend liturgies with us. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Parish News & Notes ... June 22, 2014

We goofed!  The annual Diocesan collection for Our Own Needs was supposed to be held the weekend of June 8, and we missed it!  The envelopes are in the pews this weekend for your donations, and we ask that you please give generously through donation and prayer so that the Church can continue its important work here in the diocese and throughout the country.  The four beneficiaries of this collection are:

Catholic University of America – The Catholic University of America is the national University of the Catholic Church in the United States, located in Washington, D.C.  It provides an academically rigorous education guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition to nearly 7,000 students every year.  More than 4,000 students directly receive scholarship aid from this Collection, including many from our diocese.

Catholic Communications Campaign – The Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign provides grants to Catholic organizations that will share the Catholic experience of faith, worship, & witness through social media sites, Internet, television, radio and print media.  Your generosity is a direct act of witness in itself, as you further the communication of the gospel message.

Catholic Home Missions Appeal – There are over 80 home mission dioceses in the United States.  These dioceses are unable to fund essential pastoral work, such as religious education, seminarian formation and lay ministry training.  Through your support, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal helps to ease the struggle of these dioceses and helps them form vibrant faith communities.

Black and Native American Missions – These funds support pastoral ministry, Catholic schools and religious education programs to Black & Native American evangelization programs in dioceses where these communities exist.  In our Diocese, we annually receive a grant from this collection to assist parishes in Neopit & Keshena in their outreach and service to People of the First Nation (Menominee Indian Tribe).

The Packers have given the parish an opportunity to sell tickets to the Packer’s Family Night prior to the tickets going on sale to the general public.  Family Night takes place on Saturday, August 2.  The tickets are $10 each and the parish will keep $4 per ticket sold for this fundraiser.  Please contact the parish office with your name, number of tickets you desire, and payment no later than Wednesday, July 9.  Please note: tickets go on sale to the general public on June 23.  There is no limit to the number of tickets you can request, but please do not try to resell the tickets. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Parish News & Notes … June 8, 2014


We have three new members of our parish family who are welcomed this weekend through the Sacrament of Baptism.  Congratulations to Ben & Amy Bertram on the Baptism of their son, Grant Edwin.  We also offer our congratulations to Casey & Angela Benson on the Baptism of their daughter, Kenzie Elizabeth.  Kenzie is also the granddaughter of parishioners Francis & Jean LeMieux.  Congratulations to Shaun & Sarah Yonts on the Baptism of their daughter, Cecilia Josephine.  These families desire to bring their child up in the Catholic faith.  They are the first and primary teachers of the faith, but the sacrament is also celebrated, at least partially, during the Mass so that these children and their families know they are also supported by our faith community while on this journey.  Please keep these families in prayer.

 The church cries out this day, "Come, Holy Spirit, come!  Veni, Sancte Spiritus! ¡Ven, Dios EspĂ­ritu Santo!"  In every language and dialect in the world, we beg that the Spirit of God may be poured out.  We look to God's Spirit for refreshment, comfort, and peace.

 The Pentecost mystery of many languages united by one Spirit didn't just happen in Jerusalem so many centuries ago.  One of the great beauties of the church is that many languages, nationalities, and peoples are united Sunday after Sunday in a great prayer of thanksgiving to the God who gives us every good gift.  It is the Spirit of Christ that makes us one, even as we pray that we "may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ".  The very fact the church gathers in so many languages is a great sign of the unifying action of the Holy Spirit.  We thank God for all the blessings poured out on us, each in our own tongue.  And rather than it being a cacophony, the Spirit weaves our prayer together as we cry out "Abba, Father," as Paul writes in his Letter to the Romans.

 If the Holy Spirit prompts us all—no matter what race, language, or nationality—to call upon God as our Father, then indeed the Spirit invites us to see others who are baptized as our brothers and sisters.  So on this great feast, think of all who are brother and sister to us because they too are baptized in Christ and call on God as Father: the Iraqi refugee in Jordan who fled from his church; the Dalit (Untouchable) Christian in India who is of the lowest caste; the illegal immigrant Catholic from Mexico; the homeless Christian in Chicago.  These, along with us, and many others, call upon one Father in the Holy Spirit.
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These children baptized today receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as part of their Baptism.  What a special day this is for all of us to celebrate both Pentecost and Baptism!

Related link: Church Bulletin (06.08.14)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Parish News & Notes … June 1, 2014


The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese sent a thank you for your support in the amount of $538.60 for Operation Rice Bowl.  Seventy-five percent of the donation goes to Catholic Relief Services to support humanitarian aid projects to the poorest of the poor overseas and twenty-five percent stays within the Diocese to support programs that benefit migrants and refugees.  Your generosity is most appreciated.

A few months ago, while sorting through soup labels and box tops that were dropped off at church, a volunteer found a ring among the items.  We are not sure whether or not this ring is valuable, but since a necklace was found under the same circumstances last year, we want to be sure that if it is lost, it is returned to the rightful owner.  The value may not be so much monetary as sentimental.  So, if you are missing a ring, please call the parish to identify and claim.

Please be aware that Fr. Weber will be away for a majority of next week to attend the Norbertine Chapter.  Please keep Fr. Weber in prayer as he attends the retreat and business meetings with his fellow Norbertines.  We will not have morning Mass on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  The 8th grade graduation Mass will be celebrated at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 4th. All are welcome to attend.

The picnic is coming up fast—the weekend of June 28-29.  There are a lot of areas that need volunteer help and donations.  This is the largest fundraiser for the parish each year, and we can’t do it without your support.  Purchase or sell raffle tickets. Additional tickets are available in the parish office.  They sell for $5 each or 5 for $20.  If each family would either purchase or sell all 15 tickets, the parish could earn over $30,000 just from ticket sales!!  

Our fiscal year ends June 30.  Sacrificial giving has been in a negative status compared to budget for much of the year.  For the past few years, we have suggested that families support the parish in the amount of $720 annually, which breaks down to $60 per month or $15 per week.  We know that some people can’t afford that amount and some can afford to give more.  We are grateful for all the gifts received by the parish.  We are asking that you consider giving just $5 more next year or $725 annually.  If you give by electronic debit, and are below the $60 monthly threshold, could you consider contacting the parish office to authorize an increase?  Electronic giving is a safe and economical way to give to the parish.  You authorize a deduction to be taken from your bank account on either the 1st or 15th of each month (or both) and our bank handles the transactions so that the funds are seamlessly transferred from your account to the parish’s account.  If you are interested in learning more or to sign up, please call Lori in the parish office at 468-0595.  Thank you for your support of Holy Cross Parish!

Related link: Church Bulletin (6/1/14)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Parish News & Notes … May 25, 2014



Alleluia, Alleluia … it is still the Easter season, and it now feels like spring & summer might be on the way! We hope you are enjoying these warmer spring days and pray that you take some time this Memorial weekend to rest, relax, and rejuvenate your spirits!

We offer our congratulations to all those graduating from grade school, high school, and college.  May your future be bright and fruitful!  God has blessed each of us with gifts, and as you discern the direction your life will take, please keep God as the center of your life.  If you are moving away, please look for a Catholic church to join in your new home town to nurture your faith life.

Just a reminder that our annual parish election of a new Temporal/Financial Trustee will take place next weekend, May 31 & June 1.  We will also have the selection of new Pastoral Council members.  We have four openings:  three 3-year terms and one 2-year term.  If you are interested in having your name placed in the hat, please contact the parish office at 468-0595.

Our cemetery committee members cleaned up our cemetery this week in anticipation of those who will put new flowers out for the summer/this Memorial weekend.  Old and faded or torn flowers and flags were properly disposed of.  There are some planters that contained dead or faded plants or were not in conformity with our cemetery rules.  If you are looking for a particular planter, there are a number of them along the north side of the church exterior for you to reclaim.  A summary of our cemetery rules regarding plants and monuments is set forth below:

FLOWERS URN, PLANTER, TREE AND SHRUB RESTRICTIONS

RESTRICTIONS:  All flowers (artificial or real) must be in some type of urn.  Artificial flowers, wreaths, or other images/designs with wire inserts in ground are NOT PERMITTED and will be removed.  All urns MUST keep flowers six inches above ground and be able to withstand weedeater equipment.  All urns MUST be in line (side by side) with monument or marker.  These urns must be placed on top of the foundation for the monument.  Metal rectangle planters, separate from monument are NOT PERMITTED and will be removed.  Wreaths MUST be attached to the monument.  ONLY vases incorporated into the design of monument are permitted.  In-ground planting of flowers is NOT PERMITTED and will  be removed.  Faded or deteriorated flowers WILL BE REMOVED.  Trees and shrubs WILL NOT BE PERMITTED and will be removed unless approval is obtained from cemetery committee and/or the pastor.

Related link: Church Bulletin 5.25.14 (PDF)

Monday, May 19, 2014

PARISH NEWS & NOTES … May 18, 2014


You may have noticed some changes around our properties:

1. We want to thank Jacob Zeise for the improvements he made in our school maintenance room and athletic storage room.  Jacob is working on his Eagle Scout award and chose to help our school by building shelving to make better use of the limited space in our school for storage.  

2. Thomas Kelly is also working on his Eagle Scout award and built a fence along the southern boundary of our parish cemetery.  He will be adding some flowering plants to beautify the area as well.  The composite board materials were donated by Lynie Vincent, and some of the leftover boards will be used to replace the sandbox on our school playground, as well as to build some benches.  The work would not have been completed if not for the leadership given by the Scouts and the generous donations of time and talent by their volunteers.  

3. Thanks to a generous bequest by a deceased parishioner, we have the funds to replace the Rectory roof, which was completed this week.  Hopefully we no longer have to worry about the bats, bees, and wasps that had taken up residence under the roof!
  
There are still a number of picnic raffle tickets that have not been picked up.  Please take your packet and either purchase or sell the tickets and return them to the parish office as soon as possible.  

Also on the table in the entrance are the free 8x10 pictures you may have ordered from Lifetouch for our parish directory, and there are a number of Confirmation pictures to be picked up.  Please check the table to see if there is anything there for you!!

The parish has very limited space for storage, and those spaces are quickly being filled up.  We have identified many items that we no longer need to retain, and we would like to hold a parish-wide rummage sale in mid-June, but we need some people to step forward to coordinate this sale.  If you can help, please contact the parish office at 468-0595.  

The parish picnic is coming up fast, and we need your donations of new items for the silent auction, baked goods, and time spent volunteering.  Watch the bulletin for further details about sign-up sheets.  You can drop off donations for the silent auction in the parish office.

Related link: Church Bulletin (May 18, 2014) 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Parish News & Notes … May 11, 2014

Please extend a warm Holy Cross welcome to our newest parishioners: Brandon, Sarah & Chandler Doyle and Roxanne & Taylor Holda. We are glad that you have chosen to worship with our parish family.

 Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all women who nurture their loved ones. We have a small gift for each mother to take home this weekend—something beautiful for you to help nurture and grow! We hope you are reminded of God’s love and the love that exists within your parish family as the flowers bloom this summer!

 We will hold our annual Trustee election and selection of new Pastoral Council members on the weekend of May 31-June 1. We have two excellent candidates for Financial/Treasurer Trustee: Al Herrman and Steve McDonnell. The Financial/Treasurer Trustee will serve a 2-year term, have check-signing authority, approve the parish budget along with the pastor and Pastoral/Secretary Trustee, and will be a member of the Parish Finance Council. Below you will find biographical information about our two candidates:

 Al Herrman has been a member of Holy Cross Parish since 1985. He recently retired from Wisconsin Public Service as Manager, Wholesale Services. Al is currently serving part-time as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council. Al has previously served as Pastoral/Spiritual Trustee, served on the Parish Council, Finance Committee, Vicariate, strategic planning and other parish committees. Al has served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He has served as chair of the Picnic, Fish Dinners, and other events. Al and Lynn’s children are graduates of Holy Cross and Notre Dame. Al has served on various other Boards for several state and national organizations. Al has a BS from UW-Madison and MBS from UW-Green Bay.

 Steve McDonnell has been a member of Holy Cross Parish since 2013 when he and his wife, Pat, moved to Green Bay to be closer to family (Jamie, Jenny, Jack and Joe Strohmeyer). Steve writes, “Throughout my life I've believed that volunteering within your community is a wonderful way to give back. Most recently, I served 13 years as Trustee Treasurer and a member of both Parish Pastoral and Parish Finance Council at St. Joseph's Parish in Grafton, WI. In prior parishes I've had the opportunity to serve on Finance Committees as well as Parish Council President. For the last 30+ years, I've worked in banking and financial services, most recently as an Investment Advisory Representative.”

 If you are interested in serving on the Parish Pastoral Council, please contact the parish office at your earliest convenience to have your name included in the selection process.

Related link: Church Bulletin (May 11, 2014)  (PDF)