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Friday, March 13, 2015

March 30, 2015.  Thank you to all who participated in our Holy Cross School auction March 28, 2015 at UWGB.  Thanks to Gail and Marci for the wonderful work in putting it together!
Fr. M. Weber, Pastor

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Please note that our bulletins provide a wealth of information regarding
Holy Cross Parish. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Attention Future Basketball Players!


 It is that time of year to plan teams for our 3rd and 4th grade instructional basketball program. This program, not a league, is run as a highly educational program, with stops in play and coaches right on the floor with the athletes during play, to teach fundamentals and skills with more accuracy.

 Beginning the week of February 2 with a total of 4-5 practice.s

 Then beginning the week of February 23 to March 13 games – 2 per week.

 This remarkable program is available to Holy Cross School students and Holy Cross Faith Formation students.  The participation fee is $10 and each athlete must turn in a completed registration form. Registration forms are attached.  Paper copies are available in the school office or by request.

 Uniform: a uniform t-shirt to use for the season and to keep forever, is part of the $10 fee.  Any athletic shorts may be worn.

Sign up today!! Registrations are due on or before January 30, 2015.

Please return registration forms to the school/Faith Formation office.

 Related link: 3rd/4th Registration Form

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Join us for our Cookie Walk!

Holy Cross Athletics is hosting a Cookie Walk on Friday, Dec. 12 from 1:00-5:00.

What is a Cookie Walk? 
A Cookie Walk is a room filled with 100 different kinds of cookies for you to choose for your family’s holiday celebrating. After selecting the ones you want, your box is weighed. You pay by the pound!

Holy Cross School Gym-3002 Bay Settlement Road, take Hwy 54 east. Then take the Bay Settlement exit, go north two miles. Holy Cross School is on the right.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Parish News & Notes ... September 21, 2014

Congratulations to Izana Clabots and Josh Watruba who were united in marriage this weekend.  Izana is the daughter of parishioners Mark Clabots and Mary Peterson and granddaughter of Dick & Sylvia Corbeill.  May the Lord continue to bless you for many years!

You will see some new faces at the Rectory!  We have retained two people who have agreed to help out on a temporary basis.  They will be applying for permanent status along with the other applicants, but they have graciously agreed to help in the interim.  Louise Chervenka has agreed to act as the parish secretary and Sue Pankratz will be doing the bookkeeping.  Both will be working part-time, along with the many wonderful volunteers who help to keep the parish running smoothly!

Some of you have been wondering about the status of the new parish directory.  Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get to it with the busy-ness of the last few months; however, the new staff will ensure that it gets done.  It may just take a couple more months than anticipated.  Thank you for your patience—they will be coming!

This will be my last “bulletin letter” to the parishioners of Holy Cross!  There is no way I can personally name all of you who have supported me in so many ways over these past 7 years.  Please know that I appreciated all you have done.  It has been a privilege to support this parish in many varied ways and in turn see so many of you give back to the parish.  As I have said many times, when I leave the building each night it is with my head held high knowing I have done the best job I could for the parish.  I hope you feel the same way!  You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.  I am moving on but not away—I’m still in the neighborhood, so I’m sure I will see you around!

Lori A. Flanagan, Business Administrator

Related Link:  Bulletin 9-21-14 

Parish News & Notes...September 14, 2014

Happy Parish Feast Day! 

 This weekend we congratulate David & Kelly Bieda who bring their children, Merrick & Penelope, to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.  Please keep this family in prayer as they pass on the Catholic faith to their children.

We warmly welcome Gary, Caroline E., Caroline K., Francesca & Cecelia VanDrisse and Amy & Jaylin Gribble as the newest members of the Holy Cross Parish Family.  We are glad that you have chosen to worship with us and we look forward to your continued involvement in our community.

Beginning this Monday, September 15, there will be new rectory hours:  Monday—Thursday, 9 am—3 pm, and Friday, 9 am—11 am.  We know this may take a little getting used to, but it will give our staff and volunteers “quiet time” to get their work done.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition to a new staffing model.

 At this time, parish leadership and Father believe that having a part-time parish secretary and a part-time bookkeeper, along with our current volunteers, can accomplish the task of keeping the parish running smoothly.  We also need a food service assistant for our hot lunch program.  If you know of anyone who might be qualified for any of the positions, please suggest they send a resume to the parish ASAP.  Below are the job postings:

Food Service Assistant

Part-time food service assistant needed at Holy Cross Catholic School.  The ideal candidate will help plan monthly menus, prepare and serve daily lunch to pre-K – 8th grade students and staff, and clean up.  Certification in food service & safety required; at least 2 years experience cooking for large groups; knowledge of WI DPI standards helpful. 

Parish Secretary

Holy Cross Parish is looking for an outgoing person to provide administrative support for the parish 18 hours per week.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office products required.  This person will be responsible for parish communications, website management, cemetery management, sacramental recordkeeping, and other administrative/receptionist duties.

Parish Bookkeeper/Office Manager

Holy Cross Parish seeks an individual with an accounting background to provide bookkeeping services to the parish.  Knowledge of Quickbooks preferred.  This position will be responsible for all financial and tax recordkeeping, accounts payable, payroll, budgeting, and personnel & property management.  This a part-time position, approximately 15-18 hours per week.

 Related link:  Bulletin 09/14/14  http://www.seekandfind.com/find/holy-cross-church-54311/download/file/01-0718-20140914B.pdf

Parish Nows & Notes ...September 7, 2014

We warmly welcome William, Wendy, Ellie & Layla Pokorsky and Robert Tuszynski as the newest member of Holy Cross Parish Family.  We look forward to you worshiping with and becoming active members of our faith community.

Special thanks to Dan Kornowski who did a fantastic job building a privacy wall in the rectory.  You would never know that the wall was not part of the original building.  The new wall and doors offer Father Weber privacy in his own living space and will provide additional private meeting spaces in the rectory.

Each year the parish is required to hold an Annual Meeting to give parishioners an update on the fiscal health of the parish and provide you with an opportunity to ask questions about the parish.  This Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, September 21, in church immediately following the 10 am Mass.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This weekend we hold a Rite of Welcoming for our young adults who are preparing to be confirmed in the Spring.  Please keep them and their families in your prayers as they come to understand and experience more deeply their Catholic vocation and prepare to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Lily Beckers      Riley Bell      Jack Boudwin    
Rachael Brady      Nick Clermont      Caralyn Collins
      Jake Darling      Peter DeGroot      Savannah DenRuyter
      Claudia Fritsche      Aaron Geronda      Bailey Gerondale
Miranda Hansen      Christopher Joski     Thomas Kelly
      JR Kenned      Jenny Kinjerski      Austin Lasee
      Monica Majeski      Sheridan Michaud      Adam Rakers
      Michael Reignier      Landon Tillmann      Macey VanDenMeerendonk
      Hunter VanDuyse      Madeline Verheyden      Julia Vine
       Meghan Voge      Jacob Zeise

At the request of Bishop Ricken and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we will hold a second collection next weekend for the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.   The funds will be used by Catholic Relief Services and other Catholic agencies to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Iraq, Gaza, Syria, and surrounding countries where refugees have fled.  Please be generous!

Related Link: Bulletin 09/07/14 http://www.seekandfind.com/find/holy-cross-church-54311/download/file/01-0718-20140907B.pdf

Parish News & Notes ... August 31, 2014

Please keep in prayer the following families who have lost loved ones recently:
¨ Margaret Khoury-Burnham, Holy Cross parishioner whose funeral was held on August 22
¨ The family of James Lardinois, brother of parishioner Marvin Lardinois
¨ The family of parishioner Mary Cook whose brother recently passed away
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Although Jews, Christians, and Muslims share a monotheistic faith, that is, a belief in the oneness of God, there is much that is vastly different among the three religions.  A common expression used by many Arab Muslims (which has already been subsumed into English) is inshallah a contraction of the Arabic words "in sha' Allah" meaning "if God wills it."  The expression holds within itself the attitude that things will unfold because God permits them to happen.  "We will see each other tomorrow, inshallah" that is, God willing. There is a kind of a sense of fate in this attitude.  Human action is ultimately dependent on divine permission.

The Gospel today takes a different approach.  Jesus instructs his disciples that whoever would follow after him must "take up his cross, and follow me."  He continues, "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?"  The disciple actively chooses the suffering that is part of human existence and seeks out the will of God in his or her life. By seeking first what is right (i.e., the will of God), the disciple finds true happiness, which eludes those who seek such happiness directly in trying to gain the whole world.

Christianity has always been an active religion.  We believe that we cooperate with God's grace in performing God's will.  Christians do not shrink from promoting the common good and moving forward as part of their faith.  When we act in the social sphere we do so believing that God has placed us on this earth with a purpose, that each person must discern God's will in his or her own life.  That gift of vocation, whatever it may be for each individual, is lived out in the community of faith for the building up of God's kingdom.

©2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

Labor Day is meant to give us rest from our labors.  Please enjoy these last days of “summer vacation” resting, relaxing, and enjoying the camaraderie of family and friends.  Blessings and peace!

Related Link:  http://www.seekandfind.com/find/holy-cross-church-54311/download/file/01-0718-20140831B.pdf

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