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February 16, 2014

Yes, No, Maybe So Yes, no, maybe so. Yes, no, maybe so. Each and every day we’re faced with dozens of decisions – things or people or places or events that we must say yes or no to. Yes, I’ll have chicken for dinner tonight. No, I won’t have beef. Yes, I’ll go to work this morning. No, I won’t stay even a minute after 5:00. Yes, I’ll call my sister today. No, I won’t have time to eat lunch with my brother. Yes, no, maybe so. We have to decide on things dozens of times every day. There are big decisions, little decisions, major decisions, mundane decisions.

PASTORAL STAFF SERVING HOLY CROSS Fr. David Sajdak, S.D.B., Pastor Fr. Joseph Santa Bibiana, S.D.B., Parochial Vicar Fr. William Bucciferro, S.D.B., in residence Deacon Henry ‘Hank’ Hart Deacon Ed Mohrbacher Deacon Robert ‘Bob’ Ulbrich TRUSTEES Tom Murray John Powers DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Marc Cardaronella LITURGY: Sunday Eucharist: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., & 4:00 p.m. Daily: Refer to the ‘Masses for the Week’ on the following page.

Our Lord instructs us: in every decision, say what you mean and mean what you say. He says if you say “yes” mean “yes”, if you say “no’ mean “no.” If you say “I will love, honor, and cherish you, until death do us part”, mean what you say, and back your words up by living your marital covenant. If you say “I am a Christian”, then you must do all you can to forgive and be forgiven with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

HOLY CROSS PARISH OFFICE 405 W. Clark St., Champaign, Illinois, 61820 Phone: 217-352-8748 Fax: 217-366-2929 e-mail address: website:

God most definitely says what He means and means what He says. The Lord wants us to do the same. The Lord wants us to be people of authenticity, people of integrity, people who are genuine.

TRIBUNAL AUDITORS: Deacon Henry “Hank” Hart Deacon Ed Mohrbacher

God said “yes” to humanity when He sent His Son to become one of us. The very act of God becoming human in the person of Jesus Christ was the amazing act of God saying “yes” to humanity. In Jesus, God shows us that He believes in us, wants us, loves us. The Lord is looking for us to say “yes” to Him, and really mean it, just as He said “yes” to us. If we are honest with ourselves, we know there are times we say “yes” to God with our mouth, but we never follow through on what we say. And, there are times we say “no” to God with our words, but the Holy Spirit somehow moves in our heart and we do finally what God asks of us in the end. There are many decisions we have to make every day. As Christians, we are to make our decisions based on our faith—based on our “yes” to God and His will. Jesus said He came to fulfill every part of God’s law. Our Lord, of course, was completely authentic and genuine in everything He said and did. We are called to live with such integrity as well. Fr. Dave

HOLY CROSS SCHOOL Christina Ellis, Principal 410 W. White, Champaign, Illinois, 61820 Phone: 217-356-9521 Fax: 217-356-1745

ADORATION: Fridays all day with Benediction at 4:45 p.m. RECONCILIATION: Saturdays: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., daily from 6:45 a.m. to 6:55 a.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. BAPTISM: Second and fourth Sunday of the month, after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Parents must be registered members and attend a baptismal preparation session, preferably before the birth of the child. Contact the Parish Office three months in advance to schedule. M ATRIMONY: Couples contemplating marriage should call the Pastor at least eight months in advance. At least one partner must be a registered parishioner at Holy Cross and be actively practicing the faith. If you have a previous marriage, set no marriage date until you have discussed this with your Pastor. CARE OF THE SICK: Call the Parish Office to make arrangements at any time for Communion and/or the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. BULLETIN DEADLINE: Two Wednesdays prior to the bulletin in which the information will be posted.

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULE Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

Feb. 23 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

10:00 a.m. Lector: Euch Min:


Elizabeth Kelley Charlie Parr, Lynette Lykins, Dennis Menke, John Kelley, Kathleen Murray Spencer Burgin, Alexis Burgin, Tom Murray Jay Geistlinger Frances Hacker, Joseph Hacker, John Deponai III, John Sullivan, Judy Deverell Josh Koerner, Jon Gibas, Beth Geistlinger Daniel Howie Bonita Higgerson, Karen Ulbrich, Carol Bergeson, John Dixon, Pat Dixon, Margie Hoss, Steve Carter Emilee Kuczera, Sean Parks, Wade Baillon

Monday, Feb. 17 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 7:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 7:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21 7:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22 8:15 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Audrey Plisch Elaine Hershbarger, Mike O’Brien, Sharon Foreman, Penny Devall, Ed Seebauer Jerrica Gallegos, Nathan Love, Haley Love

Rita McMahon Helen Gierut Art Whalen Hannah Rita Miller Gerald Warmbier Eleanor Devall

Poor Souls Eugene Lierman Helen Cler Stephen Warner For the Parishioners


4:00 p.m.

Victor Mitsdarfer





17 18 19 20 21 Grace Michael Lexi Christopher Noelle Hausladen Hasenstab McFarland Zielinski Schacht Stephen Nick Lexi Veronica Kayley Jerkovitz Hasenstab Baker Burton Schacht

OUR PARISH NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH and of Holy Cross, through the Sacrament of Baptism, are Jack Michael, son of Brian and Natalie Hanson; Nyah Rose, daughter of Michael and Felicia Fitzgerald; and Graysen Raymond, son of Michael and Angela Douglas. Let us support these children on their Faith Journey! WILL BE NO COFFEE AND DONUTS on February 23th. There are still available slots to volunteer to help with Coffee and Donuts especially for the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Please consider helping during this time. The sign-up sheet is available at the back of the church.


HOLY CROSS MOM’S GROUP. Join us for food, fellowship and some mommy time Wednesday, February 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will have a guest speaker with a presentation focusing on marriage and relationships. Come and be spiritually refueled! The nursery will be open. Hope to see you there!

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND. This weekend a Second Collection is being taken for Children of Hope and Faith, the Champaign based non-profit organization, that helps provide for orphans and needy children in Tanzania, especially our sponsored orphan Lydia Patrick. Your contributions help pay her school tuition. If you were unable to make a contribution this weekend, please feel free to bring your gift next weekend in an envelope marked ‘Children of Hope and Faith’. Please give generously to this important organization.


MEETING/ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION has been moved to Thursday, February 20th at 11:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Bread Company, 1905 S. Neil St, Champaign. Join our Pro-Life discussion with coffee or lunch. RSVP Joy 359-8406.


THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS!! Thanks to everyone who contributed their spare change to the Baby Bottle Drive for Living Alternatives! Holy Cross School students collected $920.50, and Holy Cross parishioners collected $1,420.89, for a total of $2,341.39. Your donations will help Living Alternatives continue their support of mothers and their children in the community.

FISH FRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! What a great way to get to know your fellow parish family members and give service to the parish at the same time!! We are looking for volunteers to work at least one hour during the Fish Fry. Choose the following times, any or all: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. - end, or clean-up crew. Jobs include clearing tables, pouring sodas, helping people to their seats, taking out garbage, etc. Please call Jessica McMahon at 355-1197 to sign-up. The Fish Fry starts Friday, March 7th.

It’s the best fun you’ll ever have working!! F3


If you would like to provide a meal for our Salesian parish priests, please log in to the calendar and sign up using the following information: Care calendar # 154196 Helper security code: 9944

A T Y S. P  C

  W , I  Dear friends of St. Patrick, Thank you so much for your gi of $4,267.33 in Gi Cards and money to the Saint Patrick Church Tornado Relief Fund. Our parish has been truly touched by the outpouring of ďŹ nancial support, thoughts, and prayers in the aermath of the tornado that devastated our community on November 17, 2013. Close to 20% of our 970 parish families had signiďŹ cant damage or total destruc0on to their homes. There are 65 of our children in the Parish school who were directly impacted by the devasta0on of this storm. Your generosity is enabling the Church to assist with immediate and longterm assistance. St. Patrick’s has received support and prayers from all over the United States and Canada; including many gis and le7ers from other communi0es who have been aected by natural disasters. We are humbled and most grateful for each and every dona0on we have received. We will con0nue to pray for all of you who have been so generous to our parish. Sincerely yours in Christ, Fr. Stephen A. Willard Pastor

Don't have access to a computer or the internet? Call the Parish Office at 352-8748 and we'll help you schedule a day.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is inspired by Gospel values and leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederick Ozanam and its patron, St. Vincent de Paul. The Holy Cross/St. Matthew Conference is blessed by the generosity of our parishioners who make this outreach possible. Your collective food and financial contributions enabled us to assist 190 adults and 240 children in Champaign during January. Please continue your support and keep the members of St Vincent de Paul Society and those they help in your prayers. Our donation poor box is in the vestibule of the Church.

“. . . For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. . .� ~ Matthew 25: 34-46


Parish Goal $971,500

Offertory for week of FEBRUARY 9th $10,680.76 Thank you for your generous contributions.

NOTE: Parish Goal is for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

$564,797 Raised Funds



OUR SCHOOLS Holy Cross School 356-9521

HOLY CROSS ADMISSIONS. Holy Cross School is currently in the process of accepting applications for grades K-8 for the 20142015 school year. We would welcome the opportunity to share with you the many opportunities our school has to offer. NEW PRESCHOOL

AT HOLY CROSS. Holy Cross is proud to announce the development of a preschool program for this coming fall. Classes are available for children ages 3 and 4. Our Catholic preschool provides a safe, nurturing environment for your child - an environment where education and prayer go hand in hand. Our preschool brochure can be found by clicking on "Current Families", "Resources", and "Preschool Brochure" or call the school office.

The High School of St. Thomas More 352-7210

FEBRUARY IS CATHOLIC PRESS MONTH. Our diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Post, is a wonderful way to keep faith a focus in your home throughout the year. We strongly encourage your support of its “Delivering Unity Campaign” under way this month. Every campaign gift ensures home delivery throughout 2014, with gifts beyond the $25 subscription rate helping to share vital information and inspiration with neighbors most in need through both print and digital means. Envelopes were mailed to many households and others are available in church, but contributions may instantly and easily be made via credit card online at or by calling 1-800-340-5630.


MARDI GRAS $25,000 SABER RAFFLE. Help Support STM Students and have a chance to win a grand prize of $25,000 along with numerous other prizes. The drawing will take place at a Mardi Gras Party on Sunday, March 2nd. Tickets are $100; limit of 1000 tickets. Go to to order online, ask an STM parent, pick one up at any of the vicariate school offices, or call the high school office at 352-7210 and order by phone.

STM 2014-2015 ADMISSIONS. The High School of Saint Thomas More is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. For questions, call 819-5702. For the application and more details go to

Your special message will be seen in more than 26,000 Catholic households! Memorialize a deceased loved one, give thanks for a blessing such as a new grandchild or a marriage anniversary, or creatively share the joy of your faith. Page sponsorships are one suggested level of giving in The Catholic Post’s “Delivering Unity Campaign” now under way. If you’ve misplaced the envelope that came with the February 2nd edition, some envelopes are available in church. Contributions may also be made via credit card online at or by calling 1-800-340-5630 during business hours. Thank you!

PRO-LIFE ISSUES A word from Joy

Days for Life is coming! Starting on Ash Wednesday – March 5th – we will begin again praying and having a peaceful presence at our local Planned Parenthood. Please plan your schedule so that you can pray in community with others at least one hour per week. Watch for future information of a 40 Days’ event Tuesday, March 4th!!!

We have learned of another woman who bravely decided not to abort her baby, and she is now 7 months pregnant with a baby boy! Praise God!! This woman has two older children, and has no baby items. Please consider helping us to help her family. I would love to help this woman with a new crib, a stroller and baby items. If you are interested in helping, please contact Joy at 359-8406!

Love big. Give generously. Hope always. THANK YOU for the donations of size 5-6 diapers and baby goods for families in need! Drop off items at Holy Cross or call Joy at 359-8406. Thank you for your generosity.


HISTORY OF THE MASS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH AT 7:00 P.M. Canon John Flattery will trace the historical development of the Mass in both the East and West, starting from the Jewish liturgy and establishing the continuity of thinking between the Jewish and Christian concept of worship. Canon Flattery is a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria living in Danville who has a keen interest in history. The talk will start at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in the Monsignor Swetland room.

IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER FOR THE BEHOLD CONFERENCE! Behold Catholic Women's Conference will be held Saturday, March 1st at Embassy Suites in East Peoria and will include keynote talks and breakout sessions, Mass celebrated by Bishop Jenky, Confession, Adoration, live music, vendors, and more. Please contact us at or 309 222-7138

NOTE: The Thank You notes in this bulletin are from children of St. Patrick Church in Washington, Illinois.


VOCATIONS “A call from God to live in a particular way” “It is loyalty to do His will.” Are you considering following the will of God in the priesthood or consecrated life. Call Msgr. Brian Brownsey at (309) 671-1550 or email Please pray for all vocations: Marriage, Priestly, Religious Life, and Consecrated Single Life. Pray, also for Salesian seminarian Br. Jhoni Chammoro (SUO), and Diocese of Peoria seminarian Adam Cesarek.

I will be kind to others, even when they hurt me.

HOLY CROSS FIRST FRIDAY MEMORIAL Devall, Desmier, Jensen Families The Menke Family Jerry and Loretta M. Dano Paul, Joe, & Edward Knoke Dec. Mem. of Henry, Butler, Reynolds Families Dec. Mem. of Donato, Pace, Follis Families Dec. Mem. of the Mueller, Neunhoffer, Willard Families Robert F. Reiser Family Dec. Mem. of Corkery, Cox, Murray Families Nichols, Parod, Fotzler Families Bruns Family Dec. Mem. of Happ, Krueger Families William Pellum & Kevin Pellum Thelma Sparks, Parents of Charles & Thelma Sparks Ed & Jean Bown Chuck, Chad, Meghan Schweighart; Larry Hausmann

Living and Dec. Mem. of Cler & Flavin Families Graham & Huguet Families Beth (Hawkins) Porter and son, Johnathon Reid ALL SOULS, Living and Deceased Pastore, Buzinsky, & Piccolo Families The Lamendola/Smith/Hammers Families The Hammel and Mitsdarfer Families Margaret & Eldon Tufte and Dec. Mem. of their family Living and Dec. members of Baum & Decker Families Barham and Bosch Families Tangora and Kovera Families William McMahon, Linda and Mike Wesolowski Loretto B. Doyle McNamara and Mulcahey Family Living and Dec. Mem. of Giuffre & Cacioppo Families Boudreau and Arseneau Family

Margaret Turkcan Aloysius J. Winka Evelyn Bell Wm. Zeilenga Jr. Eleanor Zeilenga Ellen Zeilenga Arlin Rentfrow Rita Rentfrow Ron Murphy Fred Porter Harold Kremer The Rakers-Wade Families Orville & Loretta Friese and James Lybarger Dec. Mem. of the Slykas Family Hershbarger & Kick Families Dec. Mem. of Cochrane-O’Brien families