Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Cross students perform Stations of the Cross


Students from Holy Cross Catholic School re-enacted scenes from Stations of the Cross on Wednesday. (April 16, 2014)

About Holy Cross Catholic School
Located on the growing northeast side of Green Bay at the historic crossroads of Church and Bay Settlement Roads, Holy Cross Catholic School is the point at which faith, community and education converge. Holy Cross Catholic School has been in existence since 1868 and has an enrollment of over 170 students in grades EC-3/4K to 8th grade. Learn more at www.holycrossfamily.org.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Save the date for the Walk to Mary


From Britney Heineman, a student at St. Norbert College working as a marketing and public relations assistant for the Walk to Mary:

The second annual Walk to Mary is fast approaching! The Walk to Mary is a 21 mile walking pilgrimage, with shorter routes available, held each year on the first Saturday of May. This year's event is being held on May 3rd. The pilgrimage begins at the National Shrine of St. Joseph at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wisconsin and concludes at the site of the first and only authenticated Marion apparition in the United States, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin.

New this year is "Walk with the Children." As a result of suggestions from some families with younger children who would like to participate in the Walk to Mary, we have specifically implemented a segment of the Walk to Mary designed to accommodate Mary's youngest children - a 2 mile walk - the last 2 miles of the pilgrimage.  Thankfully this distance is also perfect for those individuals or families who would like to participate in the walk but are challenged to walk longer distances. You can download the Walk to Mary route map here- http://www.walktomary.com/media/65832/map_1_27_2014.pdf.

If you never heard about the Walk to Mary please view last year's TV coverage of the event - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgYJCa9nn4o. Or check us out at www.walktomary.com.

On October 9, 1859, the Holy Mother appeared to Sister Adele Brise on the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help and gave her this message: "Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation. Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do." Inspired by the faith of Sister Adele, we continue to live out the instruction she received from Mary by educating children in the faith. Funds raised by the Walk to Mary will be used to support Catholic education.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Parish News & Notes ... March 23, 2014



A quick update on last week’s info regarding the Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting—the correct date is Tuesday, March 25.  Hope to see some regular and new faces join us in the school library!  Men and women of all ages are welcome!

Our second Lenten dinner is under our belt, and we thank all those who participated in any way.  Our next dinner is Friday, April 4.  Plan to join us for delicious all-you-can-eat soup, salad, bread, and desserts. 

We have heard recently that a number of parishioners have lost family members.  If we miss it in the paper or don’t call to let us know, we can’t ask for prayers, so feel free to contact the parish office.  Please keep in prayer the family of Jan Kratz who has lost two sisters in recent weeks and Wayne & Kathy Maccoux on the loss of a parent recently.  May you be comforted in the knowledge that they now rest peacefully with God.

Next weekend we will hold a second collection for the annual Diocesan collection for The World’s Poor.  You can choose to have a portion or all of your donation go to Peter’s Pence, Catholic Relief, and/or the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Special envelopes will be in the pews next week for your donations.  You can make checks payable to the parish and we will send one check to the Diocese.  Please respond generously.

Next week Tuesday through Saturday are the last days to have your pictures taken for our pictorial directory.  There are still many time slots available.  Please sign up after Mass today or go to our parish website and click on the link to the directory to sign up. 

As we get closer to producing our parish pictorial directory, we need pictures of our parishioners in action.  Do you have photos from the past couple of years at a parish event that you would like to see included in our book?  You can send them to the parish office, and if you can send them electronically to holycross@new.rr.com, that would be even better.

Parish News & Notes ... March 16, 2014



Our parish is doing two directories this year.  The first is the 2014 Guide Book & Directory—we put out a similar one in 2012—and it will be mailed to each household next week.  Please watch for this 5 1/2” by 8 1/2” book that contains a lot of valuable information about our parish and parishioners.  It is a compact reference tool for your use.  This book does not go to anyone outside of the parish, so your contact information is secure.  The second directory is the pictorial directory.  If you have not yet signed up to have your pictures taken, please take a moment to do so.  You can sign up after the weekend Masses on the sheets in the entrance or go to the parish website from Monday afternoon to Friday morning to log in and schedule a time yourself.  Just click on the box for the Lifetouch directory and enter the information requested.  The remaining dates for photography are March 25-29.  You will receive a free 8x10 photo and a copy of the directory when it is published later this summer just for coming in.  There are other portrait packages that you can purchase if you desire.  If you bring in a non-perishable food item, you can receive $5 off your package price.  We want you in our directory—sign up today!!

This Wednesday, March 19, we will hold our Lenten Reconciliation Services at 1 pm and 7 pm.  We will have a number of priests available to hear confession at each session.  We invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to Easter. 

Did you get to our Friday Lenten soup supper?  We hope that all who came out enjoyed the food and entertainment.  Join us this Friday, March 21, for the next soup, salad, and bread dinner.  We will serve our seafood chowder as well as a mushroom and wild rice soup.  Volunteers are needed to help prepare the soups, set up, clean up, serve, or bring a meatless salad or dessert for all to enjoy.  There are more details inside on page 3.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17) and Happy Feast of St. Joseph (Mar. 19)!

Parish News & Notes ... March 9, 2014



We warmly welcome Brady and Renee Piontek as the newest members of our Holy Cross Parish Family.  We look forward to having you worship with our community.

Please keep in prayer the family of Debra St. Pierre whose mother passed away this week.  May she rest in peace in the arms of her Savior.

Our first Lenten dinner will be next Friday, March 14, from 5-7 pm in the school gym.  We will be serving a creamy fish chowder and cheesy broccoli soup, a variety of salads, warm dinner rolls, and homemade desserts.  Our very own Nick & Rachel Vogel will be providing musical entertainment throughout the evening.  We hope you can join us for an evening of good food and fellowship.  We need a lot more volunteers to make these evenings successful.  If you can spare some time to cut up vegetables for the soup, help in the kitchen, sell tickets or beverages, set up, clean up, make a salad or a dessert, please call either Paul DeJaeger at 360-9580 or the parish office at 468-0595.

The solemn season of Lent is marked by three pillars of spiritual practice — prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Lent recalls the forty days Jesus spent in the desert, battling temptation.  We, too, walk through the desert this season as we struggle with our own temptations to sin.  We pray more in Lent as to strengthen our relationship with God and ask forgiveness for our shortcomings.  We fast as a reminder of how hungry we are for God’s everlasting love.  We give alms to people in need to follow Christ’s command to “feed the hungry and clothe the naked.”  As we journey through the season with our parish community, we ask God’s blessing upon our Lenten practices that they may always bring us closer to Him.  (Written by Heidi Busse)

An important lesson of Lent is sacrifice.  So often, this lesson is lost in the cacophony of our consumer world.  Sacrifice is not easy.  It’s more than giving up a bad habit.  It’s about recognizing what distracts you and surrendering that yearning for what you think you want.  Sacrifice can be emotionally painful and demands commitment. But doing something difficult helps us understand ourselves in a deeper, more meaningful way.  Through giving up our distractions and desires, we learn we have the strength and courage to go without and that we can survive that emptiness we think we are going to feel when we don’t have what we think we want or need.  We realize the place in our identity where we thought the new phone, video game or designer jeans should go is really more joyously filled when we are focused on family, experience, peace and generosity.  (Written by Constance Carlson)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Join us for our Soup-er Lenten Dinners!

HOLY CROSS PARISH FAMILY LENTEN DINNERS

March 14 * March 21 * April 4 * April 11 
Serving from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

>>>Meal consists of two varieties of meatless soup, salads, rolls, beverages, and desserts

>>>Price: $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 12 years and under

>>>Live entertainment!

Join us for fun and fellowship in the Holy Cross Gym!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Parish News & Notes ... March 2, 2014



Our parish is growing again!  We warmly welcome Dan & Renee Dallich; Scott, Shana, Ava & Ian DeBaker; and Eli, Neelie &  Jack Gorbette as the newest members of our parish family.  We are very  happy that you have chosen to worship with our community.

This weekend we also welcome five new members into our Church through the Sacrament of Baptism.  As they begin their journey of teaching, learning, and growing in the Catholic faith, please keep in prayer the following children and their families:
            Emily Marie Dalebroux, daughter of Troy & Andrea Dalebroux
            Tommy Michael Reignier, son of Mike & Tina Reignier
            Tyler Matthew Ronk, son of Matthew & Jessica Ronk
            Jordyn George Strebel, son of Kevin & Nicki Strebel
            Mila Dagmar Zalaski, daughter of Michael & Dasa Zalaski

This Wednesday, March 5, we celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of our Lenten season.  Masses will be at 8 am and 7 pm.  Here are the Catholic Church's rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent as released by the Green Bay Diocese:

Each Catholic is asked to preserve the penitential purpose and character of Lent, which begins Ash Wednesday.  Therefore:
·         Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and each Friday of Lent.
·         Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, in addition to abstaining from meat, should fast, that is, eat only one full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Smaller quantities of food may be taken at two other meals, but no food should be consumed at other times during those two days. The obligation of fasting ceases with the celebration of one's 59th birthday.

These practices are designed for spiritual growth. Catholics are not to excuse themselves lightly from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.

Please pick up a copy of either the Little Black Book or Daily Reflections for Lent by Bishop Morneau.  Quantities are limited, so we request that you take just one per family please.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Parish News & Notes ... February 23, 2014



Please hold in prayer the family of Bernice Jacobs who died this past week.  Bernice was related to a number of our parishioners:  the mother of Joe (Helen) Jacobs, sister-in-law of Rita Moreau, and sister of Annabelle Skaletski, Mary Lou Jacobs, and Fr. Bill Jacobs.  May she rest in peace.

We welcome Bishop Banks to our Confirmation celebration on Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 pm.  Please note that there will be no 8 am Mass that day; however, everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the Confirmation Mass at 6:30 pm.  We extend our congratulations to the 27 students in our confirmation class:

Cassandra Boulanger       Cody Carwardine
Chelsea Conard *      Dalton Conard
Haley Cullen       Melanie Degeneffe
Madison DeMeuse       Jacob Frease
Tess Gapinski *      Courtney Gersek
Leslie Giesler *      Daniel Jadin
Benjamin Janquart       Paul Kelly
Tyler Lemens       Stephen Meier
Rachael O'Connor       Nicholas Rakers
Jordan Saari      Skylar Servais
Ashley Summers       Craig Thompson
Abigail Tristani       Onna VandenLangenberg
Noah Verheyden      Mari Vogel
Maddison Wright      *Confirmed at Prince of Peace Parish

Please keep these young people and their families in prayer that they continue their spiritual journey, strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Our picture-taking days for our new pictorial directory are coming fast—beginning next Friday, February 28.  We need help to check in our people on the following dates and times:  Friday, Feb. 28, 4:30-7 pm; Saturday, March 1, 12-2:30 pm and 2:30-5 pm; Monday, March 3, 4:30-7 pm; Tuesday, March 25, 4:30-7 pm and 7-9 pm, and Thursday, March 27, 4:30-7 pm.  Can you spare a couple of hours to help?  Sign up on the sheet in the entrance or call the parish office at 468-0595 to help.  Have you scheduled your picture yet?  It’s not too late—we want to see YOU in our new directory!!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Parish News & Notes ... February 16, 2014



I would like to offer a belated congratulations to Teresa & Steve Mertens on the Baptism of their daughter, Mya, and Rachel & Nick Vogel on the Baptism of their son, Charlie, on Sunday, February 2.  We ask that you keep the families in prayer as they begin their journey of raising these children in the Catholic faith.

The Green Bay Diocese has a wonderful newspaper, The Compass, that provides inspiring stories and news about things going on in our Diocese and the world.  Enhance your faith by subscribing.  For a limited time—through February 28—you can get a one-year subscription for only $20 (a savings of $8).  To receive this offer, call Barb Gauthier at 272-8208. 

Another exciting opportunity to grow in your faith as a family is offered by the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.  The First Saturday Family Catechism Days from March through September will offer instruction on prayers, scripture, tradition, the Mass, and saints, and includes Mass and refreshments, for families with children ages Kindergarten through 4th grade.  There is a flyer in the entrance with more information.

By now you should have all received a mailing from the Diocese regarding the 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal.  In today's readings, we heard about following God’s commandments.  Life is full of choices…as human beings we don’t always make the best choices.  We are human.  We fall down.  We make mistakes.  Sometimes we pick ourselves up, other times it is harder to move on.  Sometimes we forgive, other times we can’t.  Sometimes, we just need help to figure things out.  Maybe you know somebody who needs help working through a problem.  Catholic Charities is a great place to refer people, it’s hard to believe all the amazing counseling services they provide.  They offer a light to people in darkness.  Mental health issues, poverty, debt management, bankruptcy, drug or gambling addiction, pregnancy, adoption and parenting support, family conflict…Catholic Charities helps people resolve problems and choose to make better choices.  Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal makes a tremendous difference to Catholic Charities.  They are in a position to change, or even save people’s lives.  To make a gift contact our parish office, use the letter and pledge you received at home, or visit the Bishop’s Appeal website at www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.  Thank you for your generosity.