First Sunday of Advent
December 8 - December 14, 2013
Holy Cross facilitates a Christmas program every year that helps reach over: 50 families - 300 people - 7 different organizations in the Tri-Cities
Please find a way for your family to get involved, whether it is through TIME, TALENT, or TREASURE.
Time and Talent: Volunteer your time on one of the following days:
- Dec. 14th Sort and wrap gifts 11:00AM-1:00PM
- Dec. 15th Sort and wrap gifts 9:00AM-4:00PM
Sign up online at: http://tinyurl.com/lqomzxl
Treasure: Choose an ornament from the Giving Tree Donations needed!
- Gift cards - Jewel, Kohl’s, Walmart, Target
- Cash/check donations - Make checks payable to Holy Cross and write Giving Tree in the memo.
- Adopt a family in need - Call Laura Kania at 630-674-7907.
- Choose an ornament from the Giving Tree - Return unwrapped gifts with their “ornament” attached, and place in one of the boxes by the Giving Tree in the narthex. Gift receipts should be taped to the box or bag.
One of our Giving Tree coordinators will be stepping down after this year and we are currently looking for someone to take over for next year. We will help anyone interested with the transition into next year. If you would like to help with the Giving Tree, please contact Julie Phillips at: email@example.com
A SPECIAL PERSON IS COUNTING ON YOU!
Let the true meaning of Christ’s birth be a part of your family’s Advent this year!
Advent/Christmas Schedule – 2013
|Advent Festival of Praise (FOP)||December 2nd
|Advent Healing Service with Confessions||December 3rd, 10th, 17th
|Feast of the Immaculate Conception
(Consecration to Mary at all Masses)
6:30AM, 8:00AM, 12:10PM, 7:00PM
|Penance Service with several Confessors||December 18th
See Parish Bulletin for Additional Confession Times
|Christmas Eve Masses*||December 24th
4:00PM, 6:00PM, Midnight
|Christmas Day Masses*|| December 25th
6:30AM, 8:00AM, 9:45AM, 11:15AM
|Parish Offices Are Closed||December 23rd - December 27th|
|Feast of Mary, Mother of God
(Holy Day of Obligation)
|December 31st 4:15PM (Anticipatory)
January 1st 6:30AM, 8:00AM, 9:45AM, 11:15AM
|Parish Offices Are Closed||December 31st and January 1st|
* The City of Batavia has informed us that any vehicle parked on the shoulder of Main Street or along the fire lanes in our parking lot will be ticketed or towed. This is a fire safety issue. Consider attending the 6:00PM or Midnight Masses, there is usually plenty of room for everyone at these two Masses.
Baby Bottle Campaign
Committee baby bottle campaign continues. Please return filled baby bottles to the basket in the narthex. Empty baby bottles are available on the ministry table. Checks can be made payable to Holy Cross. Proceeds will benefit Waterleaf pregnancy center and the Fr. McGivney Center for Hope and Healing, a Knights of Columbus maternity home. We’ve collected $3,754 to date.
Grow Closer to Jesus through Mary
Mary was the first to open her life and heart to Jesus.
She desires the same for us.
Join a small group at Holy Cross Church for 6 weeks and prepare for Marian Consecration with 4 great Marian giants who will teach us the secrets of drawing closer to the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary.
We invite you to read 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. This incredible book presents in everyday language how consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary helped St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed John Paul II get closer to Jesus, and how it can help us as well.
St. Louis de Montfort wrote that the Marian Consecration is “a smooth, short, perfect and sure way of attaining union with our Lord.” The Immaculate Heart - 33 Days to Morning Glory program helps make this an incredible journey that you can take with others from your parish.
Five sessions will be offered beginning October 21st:
- Sundays at 11 am
- Mondays at 6 pm
- Wednesdays at 8:45 am
- Thursdays at 7 pm
- Saturdays at 9 am.
Pick up the 33 Days to Morning Glory book in the narthex ($2 suggested donation) and order the Retreat Companion book ($20 recommended donation) when you register in the narthex or online.
Quiet time spent with the Lord is the best form of prayer. We need a Eucharistic Adorer for a number of hours on our schedule. A list of times is located on the table by the Adoration Chapel. If you can help, contact Patricia Roatch at (630) 879-4750 x-110 or email.
Click here to see the hours of need or for more informaton on Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
We are in urgent need of adorers on:
In addition, Hourly Captains are needed for midnight and 1:00AM. Hourly Captains’ duties are to find a sub when needed for their hour or fill in when a sub cannot be found.
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A 5-Week Summary of the Catholic Faith!
Join Msgr. Brodeski for a 5 week summary of the Catholic faith. This series of talks are specially geared toward:
- Catholics who have been away from the faith for a while and are seeking a renewed understanding of the basics of the Catholic faith.
- Those Christians who are not Catholic and might be interested in becoming Catholic through the RCIA process.
- Adult Catholics interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation (and First Communion if you have not yet received it) as well as any other Catholic who would like to have a refresher course on their faith.
Faith: Man’s Encounter with God
Recorded: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
God, Heaven, Hell and Purgatory
Recorded: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Morality: Choosing Right and Wrong
Recorded: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Commandments, Virtues and Beatitudes
Recorded: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The Sacraments, Prayer and Liturgy
Recorded: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
by Fr. Keith Romke
Greatness is Possible!
St. Maximilian Kolbe was a prisoner in the concentration camp of Auschwitz who gave his life in exchange for another's. You see, two prisoners had escaped and, in order to discourage future escape attempts, the commandant said that ten men would be placed in a starvation bunker. One of the men selected begged for his life to be spared because he had a wife and children at home. At that moment Maximilian Kolbe stepped forward and said, “I will take his place.” In response to this act of love the commandant asked him, "Who are you?" The logical answer, of course, would have been, "I am Fr. Kolbe." But he responded in a very profound and beautiful way by proclaiming, "I am a Catholic priest!" He identified himself with his God-given role and with his relationship with others. Being a priest wasn't just WHAT he was, it was WHO he was. All of us should take time to think about who we really are. Being a mother or a father, or a wife or a husband, or a priest or religious isn’t what we are, it is who we are. Vocations aren’t something that we do, they define who we are because they reflect who we were created to be! Please take some time to pray over WHO you are, over WHO you have been created to be, and over WHO you are to others. Then, be proud and thankful for who you are and rededicate yourself to being the best you that you can be!
Are You Interested in Becoming Catholic?
If you, or anyone that you know, may be interested in becoming Catholic, please feel free to contact the parish office at 6308794750x312 for more information. Leave your name and phone number and a member of the RCIA team will be happy to speak with you about this process. The process begins on Tuesday, September 3rd in Donovan Hall. (See above) No registration is necessary.
Who can join the RCIA process?
- Individuals 16 years old and older who have never been baptized (Catechumens)
- Individuals 16 years old and older who have already been validly baptized in another nonCatholic ecclesial community, or baptized Catholic but did not receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion or Confirmation as a child (Candidates)
Prayer for Religious Liberty
Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.