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FEBRUARY 26, 2012


March 3 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

March 4 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

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

Servers: 4:00 p.m.

Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

David Kristovich Lynette Lykins, Dennis Menke, Gloria Fellers, Charlie Parr, Sharon Kristovich Justin Jerkovitz, Addie Cobb, Natalie Fleming

Monday, Feb 27 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 7:00 a.m.

Greg Miely Jay Ehlman, Greg Koerner, Barry Dickerson, Candy Rollins, John Deponai III Adam Walker, Sam Keck, James Plankenhorn

Thursday, Mar. 1 7:00 a.m. Friday, Mar. 2 7:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 3 5:30 p.m.

Jean Hausladen Jessica McMahon, Margie Hoss, Carol Bergeson, Paul Sefranek, Bonita Higgerson, Leonard Doyle Paul Hausladen Alex Summers, Sean Parks, Grace Hausladen

Sunday, Mar. 4 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Penny Devall Robert Weber, Jan Weber, Pamela Smiricky Logan Apfel, Erin King, Maddie King

27 28 Emilee Sydney Kuczera, Longfellow, Bri Cameron Hege Longfellow

Jennifer Deponai Deacon Ed Ulbirch McMahon and Wesolowski Families Donald Dickerson First Friday Memorial Connie Armstrong Difanis Connor, Edgar and Ingersoll Families For the Parishioners Connie Smith Steve Lachenmyer




29 Antonio Aguas, Natalia Aguas



1 Nikhil Thope, Ann Bejoy

2 Kayley Schacht, Jerrica Gallegos

OUR PARISH Coffee and Donuts Volunteers for March 4th are the Smock and Summers families for both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Mass crowds. Thank you for your time. MARCH HEAVENLY DUSTERS Davisson and Beth Frasca.



THE NEW PARISH DIRECTORIES ARE HERE!!! If you had your picture taken for the Parish Directory, then your copy is waiting for you in the Parish Office. Stop by during office hours and pick yours up.

100th Anniversary Gala Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 2nd! Join the fun, Saturday, March 10th, and celebrate 100 years of Holy Cross!! Cost for the evening is $50.00 per person which includes hors de oeuvres' and cocktails, and a full dinner buffet and desserts. The festivities begin with Mass at a special time - 5:00 p.m., followed by Cocktails, Dinner, and a presentation followed by music, dance, and cash bar.

SPECIAL NOTICE! THE SATURDAY, MARCH 10th MASS WILL BEGIN at 5:00 p.m. for our 100th Anniversary Gala Evening of Events. Please make note of this time.

Make your reservations today by calling (352-8748) or stopping by the Parish Office

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION!! The parish is hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner for our Senior Citizens on Sunday, March 18th at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Center Great Hall. Please call the Parish Office to RSVP by Wednesday, March 14th.

You’re Invited! Celebrate parishioner Janet Cowan’s 95th birthday at Champaign Urbana Regional Rehab Center on Saturday, March 3rd, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. RSVP to or 418-4819. For more information on how to send her a card contact the Parish Office.

First Sunday of Lent PREPARE YOUR HEARTS FOR THE SACRIFICE OF LENT!! Eucharistic Adoration will continue Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and all day Friday, beginning about 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be chanted at 3:00 p.m. All are invited to this beautiful devotion to the mercy of God. Stations of the Cross will be Thursdays during Lent at 7:30 p.m. during Eucharistic Adoration and Fridays during Lent at 5:30 p.m. in the Church, followed by Benediction.

Fish Frys are every Friday, through March 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Parish Center. FREE Lenten Booklets and Operation Rice Bowls are available in the back of the church. If you have questions regarding Lenten fast and abstinence regulations please contact the Parish Office or visit our website at Copies are also at the back of the church.

LENTEN SEASON EVENTS/INFORMATION WALK TO JERUSALEM. The “Walk to Jerusalem” has begun. We will take an imaginary walk of 6,310 miles from Champaign to Jerusalem to improve not only our physical, but also our spiritual health. During Lent walk and record your mileage. 20 minutes equals 1 mile. Record your name and mileage and drop your log slip into the envelope located either in the back of church or in the Parish Center. Our goal is to make it to Jerusalem by Easter! Pray while you walk! If you haven’t participated in the past we encourage you to join in this year. We would love to have EVERYONE participate. Even if you are unable to walk, 20 minutes of armchair aerobics counts as 1 mile. Students, your gym classes count too -- just remember to pray while you play. Questions, call Parish Nurses Karen Olivero at 351-3181 or Gerrie Rein at 351-6169. KC 891 is sponsoring their annual Lenten Raffle. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and are available in the Parish Office or during the Fish Fry. Drawing is on Friday, March 30th at St. Matthew’s Fish Fry. Need not be present to win. Contact Paul Sefranek at 359-7721 for more information. Watch next week for list of prizes! VOLUNTEERS FOR THE PARISH FISH FRYS NEEDED. Friday Fish Frys are March 2nd through April 30th. If you could volunteer just ONE Friday, that would be a great help to those who stay each Friday from beginning to end. Please call Jessica McMahon at 355-1197 to sign up. PLEASE NOTE: Now available at the Fish Frys! Soy Nut Butter, Gluten Free Bread, Baked Fish, and an Ingredients List of all the goods things we have to eat.

This Sunday marks another significant milestone in the journey of our RCIA catechumen and candidates. At the 10:00 a.m. Mass, the parish will have the Rite of Sending. This rite is where we, as a parish, officially recommend our catechumen to the Bishop for admission into the Catholic Church. That decision will be acknowledged later at the Cathedral in Peoria at the Rite of Election. At the same time, those candidates already baptized but preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Eucharist, will be recognized at the Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion. The entire class, together with their godparents and sponsors, will travel to Peoria to be presented to Bishop Jenky. They will then begin the final period of the RCIA, the Purification and Enlightenment, which corresponds to the Lenten season. Please keep all these candidates in your prayers. DONATIONS FOR CAKE MIXES AND FROSTINGS are needed for the FISH FRY CAKE TABLE. It takes three boxes of the same mix to make one sheet cake. Please drop off your donations in the back of the church or in the Parish Office. Donations for eggs would also be helpful as it requires up to three dozen for each week. Please bring eggs to the Parish Office. Proceeds from the cake sale benefit the orphanage that is home to our sponsored child, Lydia Patrick, through Children of Hope and Faith. Volunteers to bake cakes at the Parish Center and serve at the dinners are also needed. Please call Tracy Duchinsky at 359-3616 to volunteer.

FINANCE INFORMATION JUST A REMINDER: The Second Collection will be taken up next weekend for the Holy Cross School Tuition Fund. Please give generously to help support our students and their families. Tuition Assistance Fund Goal for the 2011-2012 School Year: th

Offertory for week of FEB. 19 : $10,166.38


(This total includes Holy Cross School and The High School of St. Thomas More)

Total collected July 1st - February 20th:


HELP SUPPORT OUR RCIA catechumen and candidates during these last weeks of preparation!!

HOLY CROSS HISTORY You may have noticed, if you were paying very close attention, that I left out 2 priests last week in our "Where are they Now?" segment. That is because, since their time at Holy Cross they have become Monsignors. 'Monsignor' is the form of address for those members of the clergy who hold titles of honor conferred by the pope, usually at the request of the Bishop. There are three ranks of Monsignors: protonotary apostolic, honorary prelate and chaplain of his holiness. Monsignor James Ramer went from Holy Cross (he was here in 1989-1990) to St. Pius in Rock Island, then on to being the pastor of St. Joseph and St. Mary in Pesotum in 1991. He's been assigned to parishes in Princeton, Philo, Bongard, East Moline, Tiskilwa, Silvis and finally ended up at our daughter parish of Our Lady of the Lake at Mahomet, assigned there in 2010. The other Monsignor, Richard Pricco, was at Holy Cross from 1962 until 1974. He has been at St. Paul's in Macomb most of the rest of his career, recently being assigned administrator of St. Rose in Rushville. Monsignor Ramer became Chaplain to His Holiness in 2007, Monsignor Pricco received the same title in 2003. If you know of anyone we've missed, or about any associate pastors of Holy Cross who have passed away, we'd love to have that information. Certainly if you have pictures of yourself with any of these devoted men, please let us know! Contact Barb Garvey (359-6089 or Thanks!

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Please join in prayerful support of both the RCIA team and participants with a Spiritual Bouquet. The gift of a Spiritual Bouquet is simply a collection of prayers the giver has offered or will offer for the recipient. Spiritual Bouquet forms are available at the back of the church and in the Parish Office. Fill one out with your Lenten prayer intentions for our incoming brothers and sisters and turn it in to the collection basket or Parish Office. 4th Annual Catholic Connected: Beyond the Pew. Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 29th, 7:00 p.m. at the High School of St. Thomas More for our area-wide Catholic gathering. The Catholic Connected Team, representing all 19 parishes in the Champaign Vicariate, has planned an evening of Spiritual Enrichment and Community Building. The featured speaker will be Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio. We hope every Catholic will plan to be part of this great event. In April, your parish office will have free ticket/nametags to attend. For more information, check out our website at


Holy Cross Crusaders 356-9521 COMING SOON! Holy Cross Garage Sale! The Sale will be held Thursday, March 22nd– Saturday, 24th in the School Cafeteria. Donations will be collected March 17th-21st. SAVE THE DATE. Holy Cross School Presents the Musical: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets sold at the door.

The High School of St. Thomas More School Office - 352-7210 FROM THE STM CORNER DID YOU KNOW. . • 34 STM students participated in the March for Life trip in Washington, DC? • the Class of 2011 received over 3.1 million in merit scholarships? • STM is hosting a St. Paddy’s Celebration “Lucky You” on March 3rd? Hope to see you there! ST. PADDY’S PARTY “LUCKY YOU” and POT O’ GOLD WINNER DRAWN. Don your green and raise your glasses, and enjoy St. Paddy’s Day before it passes. The High School of Saint Thomas More will celebrate the best of all things Irish at the upcoming inaugural St. Paddy’s Celebration “Lucky You” on Saturday, March 3rd. Join us in our Irish Pub featuring an exciting show packed full music, Irish dances, bagpipes and more. You could win the $15,000 “Pot o’ Gold”, but you have to be in it to win it! Purchase your “Pot o’ Gold” ticket and make your reservation for the St. Paddy’s Party “Lucky You” by calling 819.5708 or purchase online at It’s a night sure to bring out the Irish in you!

PRO-LIFE ISSUES Participate in 40 Days For Life through Palm Sunday, April 1st Make this the very best Lent ever! Come and peacefully pray at our local Planned Parenthood, 3rd and Stoughton, Champaign. Holy Cross is scheduled to be present every Wednesday, but every day is an important opportunity to join in pray for the cause. Your prayer witness can make a difference! Sign up for your time at:

OUR COMMUNITY H.O.P.E. Retreat for Women H.O.P.E. retreat is designed for women who have experienced sexual trauma. Its goal is to help women reconnect to God after abuse. If you have lots of questions for God, feel distant from Him since your trauma, or desire His healing in your life, this retreat is for you!

“Marriage and the Eucharist” Enrichment Morning for Couples, Saturday, March 10th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Parish Center. The morning includes a presentation by Dr. Jim Healy, a structured reflection time for couples, and the celebration of the Eucharist with Fr. Joe Hogan. A recommended donation of $25 per couple will benefit the St. Patrick’s Capital Campaign. To register contact Pat or Jim Mayer at 384-4860 or download the flyer at KC St. Patrick's Day Celebration is Saturday, March 17th, from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Parish Hall. Dress casual and Come enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage and Baked Chicken Fillet. Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. Music by DJ Diane Ducey with open mic entertainment and other activities. Tickets on sale through the Holy Cross Parish Office and Fish Fry. Contact Paul Sefranek at 359-7721. Lenten Retreat at Nazareth House. Please join us for the Women's Lenten Retreat coming up Friday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 25th. It will be led by the Sisters, Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The cost of the retreat is $130 for the weekend. For more information, or to send in your $30 pre-registration, please contact Nazareth Retreat House: PO Box 165, Henry, IL 61537. We hope to see you there!

The retreat is Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st. For more information please contact Sr. Sarah Roy at or 217-493-5250. HOLY CROSS FIRST FRIDAY MEMORIAL Devall, Desmier, Jensen Families The Menke Family Jerry and Loretta M. Dano Paul & Joe Knoke Dec. Mem. of Henry, Butler, Reynolds Families Dec. Mem. of Donato, Pace, Follis Families Dec. Mem. of the Mueller, Neunhoffer, Willard Families Reiser & Bergeron Families Dec. Mem. of Corkery, Cox, Murray Families Dec. Mem. of Nichols, Parod 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 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 and Eldon Tufte and their family

Living and Dec. members of Baum & Decker Families Barham and Bosch Families Tangora and Kovera Families William McMahon, Linda and Mike Wesolowski Leonard C. Doyle Family Birdie & Edward Cronau McNamara & Mulcahey Family Living and Dec. Mem. of Smiricky Family Living and Dec. Mem. of Lachenmyer Family Linda Travaglini Living and Dec. Mem. of Giuffre & Cacioppo Families Members of the Melahn Family


Greg Miely Jay Ehlman, Greg Koerner, Barry Dickerson, Candy Rollins, John Deponai III Adam Walker, Sam Keck, James Plankenhorn 10:00 a.m. Le...