Knights of Columbus Christmas Tree
and Greenery Sale
Q. Besides Cheese and Packer Fans - what else comes from Wisconsin?
A. Fresh cut Christmas Trees and Greenery!
For the second year - the KCs will again be offering an assortment of trees, wreaths, roping and other decorative Christmas holiday trim for sale to Holy Cross parishioners. Suppliers cut the trees the week before delivery and greenery products are made to fill your specific order. All profits from these sales will be placed in a fund to support projects at Holy Cross.
Knights will be outside under the portico after all Masses the weekends of Nov. 9th/10th, 16th/17th and 21st/22nd taking orders. Payment is due at the time of your order! Home delivery is available or you can pick up your purchases after all the Masses the weekend following Thanksgiving, Nov. 30th/Dec. 1st.
Help and Healing
Holy Cross Catholic Church has chosen to undertake a new ministry for our parish called Help and Healing. This team will minister to the needs of victims of domestic violence or abuse. We are currently looking for people who would like to assist with this Ministry. If you have an interest, please contact Gael Hanauer at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb Bacorn at: email@example.com or call the Parish Office at 630-879-4750.
Greeters Are Needed
Share your gift of hospitality by being Jesus’ voice and smile as your fellow parishioners come to worship at Holy Cross Church. It will only take 20 to 30 minutes of your time once a month. We are in need of greeters for the 4:15PM Saturday Mass and 6:30AM and 11:15AM Sunday Masses. Your love of serving Jesus is the only requirement for this rewarding ministry.
Please call Jean Porter at 630-879-2223 or the parish office at 630-879-4750 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Cross Meal Ministry
The purpose of the Meal Outreach Ministry is to serve the parish by providing meals to families in crisis, such as a serious illness, injury or grieving. We also bring meals to families who are welcoming a new child into their home. Meals provide a way to say we care and we support you through this difficult time or as a way to celebrate the gift of new life. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this service, or if you are interested in becoming part of this ministry, please contact Kathleen Dietz.
Enriching Lives Ministry
HAVING VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE COME TO OUR CHURCH
For a few months now, Marklund ‘angels’ have been ttending 4:15PM Mass on Saturdays. One of our parishioners sent me a very special note that needs to be shared. I’m sure she won’t mind: “Whoever had the idea of bringing the residents from Marklund had a GREAT idea. Wonderful for them to be there but an even better reminder to us to say "Thanks" to the Giver of Blessings, and a chance for more compassion for the rest of us.” Marklund has again asked that parishioners help their staff transporting their people into and out of church. Please take time to do so if you come early to the 4:15PM Saturday Mass.
If you are interested in joining the Enriching Lives Ministry, please fill out and submit the form below:
Enriching Lives Ministry Sign-up Sheet
Helpline phone: 630 879-4750 x-321 E-Mail:email@example.com
St. Michael Ministry of Compassionate Care
A thought to ponder ~ He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. ~ Psalm 147:3
Grieving is not something that you must do alone. In fact, talking it out helps to lessen the burden considerably. We are on this earth to be friendship and compassion and healing love for one another. Never more so than in a time of sorrow
A Bereavement Ministry can be defined as the act of being present with someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. It happens within the context of faith, and in this context, is a caring, supportive and compassionate ministry on the part of one parishioner for another in the name of the pastor.
Perhaps you have experienced some kindness after the loss of a loved one. Did people call, write notes, or send over food? Did they babysit for you, take you to lunch or a movie? Did they visit or invite you over? Looking back you can see how their generosity helped you to cope. It was important to realize that your neighbors and friends cared for you.
Our St. Michael Ministry of Compassionate Care at Holy Cross steps on the path of grief and pain with the sorrowful and offers them gifts of prayer, companionship, and the hope of the resurrection. We are not counselors or psychologists! We don't bake cakes! Most people do not need specific "training" to be kind and supportive of someone who is hurting. It a basic instinct of human nature. Our members do not spend hours in a classroom, but are given the tools to be a caring presence and loving listener. We will help you to share your faith and personal experiences of loss with another. Our members "walk with" the bereaved. For a short time, we are "companions on the way".
We know that death, dying, loss and grief are not topics of conversation for most people. Ours is not a popular ministry, but a vital and important ministry! We are always seeking new members. Today's culture says to grieving people, "Get over it!" "Move on with life!" We recognize that grief is a personal journey with ups and downs. We have to walk through it with faith, hope and love. Grief work and the steps that must be done to overcome our grief, are the hardest work we will ever have to do. We know that suffering can have great value and that the only way to bear it is to be faithful and endure with the help of Jesus, our Good Shepherd.
What about you? Have you experienced someone's caring after a loss? Was someone kind to you in the name of Jesus? Is God calling you to give back that kindness to someone else? Can you write a note? Can you make phone calls? Can you pray for a fellow parishioner who is grieving? Can you knit a prayer shawl? Can you come to our First Saturday Dedicated Suffering prayer meetings? Please think and pray about becoming a member of our ministry. You need only a loving and compassionate heart. The Holy Spirit will do the rest!
If you would like to become "a companion on the way" with us, please call Suzanne Kolb at 6308792578. Our St. Michael Ministry members would be honored to have YOU with us Along the Way!
The Funeral Liturgy Team is willing to meet with any parishioners who would like to pre-plan their Funeral Liturgy. This is a great gift of love for yourself and for your family. We will gladly meet with you at your convenience, just call to arrange an appointment with Mary Ann Sestak at 630-879-8525 or Bob Pogwizd at 630-262-3395.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
Following the 4:15PM Mass
Mark your calendar for this annual event in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe!
We are looking for sponsors to help with the cost of the cake, raffle donations and mariachi band.
Volunteers are also needed to help with ticket sales, setup & decorating, serving and cleanup. If you can help with any of these contact Ben or Gloria Grado at 630-404-1216.
Tickets: Adults $10 Children 3-11 $5 Family $30
Tickets on sale in the narthex and at the parish office beginning November 30th.
Mary of Nazareth Movie
December 15th at 4:00PM
The Arcada Theater
105 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL
- $8 per ticket if purchased at Holy Cross
- $11 per ticket if purchase online at: www.oshows.com
Holy Cross along with area parishes will be hosting a screening of the beautiful movie, MARY of NAZARETH. This is an epic new motion picture on the life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus.
This is a great way to celebrate Advent. The film, rated PG and released by Ignatius Press, is appropriate for family viewing, although some scenes regarding the slaughter of the innocents or the crucifixion would not be appropriate for small children. For more info. go to: www.maryfilm.com
Tickets may be purchased after Masses on Nov. 23/24 and Dec. 7/8 or at the parish office. Contact: Laura Kosmach (858) 254-8223, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dianne Martin (630) 689-6218, email@example.com
American Heritage Girls (AHG)
AHG is a Christian, faith-based, non-profit organization for girls. AHG's program is similar to scouting and teaches many life skills. The mission of AHG is to “build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.” The all girl units within the AHG troop structure, provide a nurturing environment for learning and building positive relationships. Through the AHG program, girls are enriched physically, mentally, and spiritually through a diverse range of badge activities, community service projects, camping, and outdoor programs. Our troop is diverse with members from area Catholic schools, public schools, and homeschool groups.
Our Troop meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 7:00-8:30PM in Donovan Hall.
For further information visit: www.ahgonline.org or contact: Susan Mertka (630) 262-0458 firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Tops for Education
Our school will earn 10 cents for every Box Top Label that you cut from products you already buy. Please help us by cutting them out, and placing them in the box located on the table in the narthex. All money earned goes toward enhancing the children’s education. For more information about this wonderful program please go to: http://www.boxtops4education.com
Who are we and what do we do? This new ministry will be in charge of hospitality for the parish funeral luncheons, parish priest luncheons and other parish events that require hospitality. We are looking for women/men to chair this event, bake/cook, serve, set up and clean up. Registration forms are in the narthex under the Resurrection Jesus statue and on the parish website.
St. Martha served Our Lord - She wasn’t in the spotlight, she didn’t receive spectacular miracles. She simply served Jesus.
Volunteer Signup Form
Invitation to Serve
Society of St. Vincent dePaul (SVDP)
Are you a naturally caring, compassionate and giving person? Were you blessed with parents and other role models in life from whom you learned that the joy of living is giving?
If you answered “YES” to either of the above questions see the Invitation to Serve from SVDP in future bulletins. Come join us on Thursday, September 19th from 6:30PM-7:30PM in the St. Mary room (by Donovan Hall) to learn more!
For more information, leave a message on the St. Vincent dePaul Help Line: 630-879-4750 x 307 and we will return your call.
Who Needs to Take
Protecting God's Children?
Any person 18 years and older who comes in contact with children in any of the programs we offer here at Holy Cross. That includes, RE teachers, parent volunteers, chaperones, nursery help, classroom helpers, scout leaders... again, anyone who comes in contact with children.
Want an easy way to take this class
in the comfort of your home?
It’s now available online through the VIRITUS website!
- Go to: www.dioceseofrockford.org
- On the left side of the page click on: Protecting God’s Children
- Click on: VIRITUS training schedules (www.ceorockford.org)
- Click on: Protecting God's Children Classes
- Click on: Online Instructions
- Follow prompts.
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Trust: God has a plan for your marriage Concerned about the possibility of having another) child right now? Natural Family Planning (NFP) includes methods of avoiding, postponing, or achieveing pregnancy all in accordance with God's plan for your sexuality and marriage. NFP methods are 99% effective in avoiding pregnancu. Learn more at:
rockforddiocese.org/nfp or by calling 815-399-4300 x38
- Looking for a new job?
- Need a resume that will get you hired?
The reemployment ministry is here to help.
Join us Thursday evenings at 7:00PM in the CECC Library!
We are also on linked-in-find jobs, share resumes and ideas!
Please contact Ken Meeker at 630-430-9879 or email at:email for more information!
Déjà Vu Thrift and
St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift & Consignment Shop is in great need of gently used or new winter clothes, especially for babies, children, teens and women. Of special need are coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots and snow pants. Another need is for bedding and linens. We ask that donations be dropped off at the DeJa Vu shop located at 427 South 4th Street in Geneva between the hours of 10:00AM - 4:00PM if possible. If not, they can be left on the front porch anytime. Tax receipts are available upon request. Pick-ups can be arranged by calling the shop at 630-232-6621. Also, check out our Furniture Warehouse & Showroom located at 911 Sullivan Rd., Aurora (in the Belmont Machinery Co. Bldg) which is open for business on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00AM - 1:00PM. Come see a great selection of gently-used bedroom, dining room and living room furniture along with tables, chairs, lamps, pictures & more!
If you can help us or want more information, contact Bernie Schlameuss at 630-841-1070 or email