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March 3, 2013

Dear Parishioners, For the past several months our RCIA catechumen and candidates have been preparing to enter the Church at the Easter Vigil. They have already gone through the Inquiry, the Rite of Acceptance and, two weeks ago, they took their final step by participation in the Rite of Election. We sent them forth from our Church to Peoria to meet Bishop Jenky, who welcomed them with open arms. This week they have begun the first of three Scrutinies as the Elect. Scrutinies are ritual celebrations held on the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent. They are “communal prayers celebrated around the elect to strengthen them to overcome the power of sin in their lives and to grow in virtue. To scrutinize something means to examine it closely. The community does not scrutinize the catechumens; the catechumens scrutinize their own lives and allow God to scrutinize them and to heal them.” (from These coming weeks can be filled with excitement, joyous anticipation, and thoughtful prayer. As a Parish let us support them by our prayers during this important time of their lives. Come join us at the Easter Vigil (March 30th) to welcome them into our Church Family. In Christ, Fr. Willard


Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

Mar. 9 Lector: Tim Spila Euch Min: Dennis Menke, Charlie Parr, Liz Davis, Ron Davis, Gloria Fellers Servers: Natalie Fleming, Michael Kehl, Olivia Nogle Mar. 10 Lector: Greg Miely Euch Min: Judy Deverell, John Deponai III, Frances Hacker, Joseph Hacker, Barry Dickerson Servers: Joey Walker, Marlin Smock, Adam Walker Lector: Audrey Plisch Euch Min: Margie Hoss, John Dixon, Pat Dixon, Steve Carter, Sharon Foreman, Bonita Higgerson Servers: Sarah Perdekamp, Sean Coffey, Emilie Kuczera Mary Schell Lector: Euch Min: Rob MacKichan, Ed Seebauer, Elaine Hershbarger Elizabeth Bristow, Justin Bristow, Servers: Jack Svymbersky

Monday, Mar. 4 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 5 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 6 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 7 7:00 a.m. Friday, Mar. 8 7:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Mar 9 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 10 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Joseph Mitsdarfer Frances Rickwartz Larry Hausmann Joe Mitsdarfer Florence Desmier Father Malinowski Eleanor Devall For the Parishioners Ross Mayor Catherine Lachenmyer



4 5 Max Veronica Walters, Burton, Maria Kindal Boatright Stipes



6 Jon Gibas, Olivia Nogle


7 Natalie Deptula, Adam Zasada

8 Bri Hege, Sarah Perdekamp

DID YOU KNOW that the Stations of the Cross is a traditional Catholic devotion which began shortly after the death of Jesus? The followers of Christ knew the route taken (the Way of the Cross) and what events took place along His tortured journey (e.g. Jesus falls for the first time, Simon of Cyrene is ordered by the Roman soldiers to help carry the Cross, etc.) Many followers visited the Holy Land to walk the Via Dolorosa, but countless more were unable to visit the actual site due to distance; thus reproductions were made for local churches. By “walking” our own Stations here at Holy Cross, we recall the sufferings of Christ and join with Him, particularly in Lent.

Third Sunday of Lent OUR PARISH Coffee and Donuts volunteers for March 10th are Margaret Smock and the Summers family for both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Mass crowds. Thank you for your gift of time. The HOLY CROSS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP will meet TODAY Sunday, March 3rd, after the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Parish Center Mezzanine. Anyone suffering the loss of a loved one is welcome to attend. HELP SUPPORT OUR RCIA catechumen and candidates with a Spiritual Bouquet. Spiritual Bouquet forms are available at the back of the church and in the Parish Office. The LOST AND FOUND IN CHURCH is full of gloves, scarves, glasses, sippy cups and more. Please stop in the sacristy if you think something might belong to you. Items will be removed soon.

Retreat Center and Preschool Survey. Win a Free Mini-iPad! The #2 cluster parishes of the Diocese of Peoria, are conducting a 3 minutes/12 question survey. The survey is being conducted as a result of some preliminary findings from the GIFT. Please fill out the survey by March 6th. The survey can be accessed through the St. Patrick Web site, There are paper copies available in the vestibule of the Church and can be returned to the Parish Office. The results of the survey and the winner of the Mini-iPad will be published about two weeks after the survey is complete. Thank you for your time and your input. Yours in Christ, Msgr. Ramer, Fr. Willard, Fr. Rayson and Fr. Hogan.

On the Blog You’re not using your iPhone for Lent? iPhones and Lent go together like peas and carrots. Why drag around your devotional booklet when you can carry it around in your pocket….on your phone? “Go Digital With Your Devotions: 10 Catholic iPhone Apps for Lent.” Check out this article on the Holy Cross website. It’s on the front page at

You’re Invited!! “MOVIE AND A MEAL” WHAT: Movie and a Lenten Meal evening WHEN: Sunday, March 24th, 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Holy Cross Parish Center WHO: Parishioners, friends, family

Thank you to everyone who donated diapers to the Girl Scout Troop 2166 Diaper Drive. The drive was a big success!! Our starting goal was 2,166 diapers and our final tally was 2,482 diapers! The girls have delivered them to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantries, Birthright, and Pro-life Committee. Your generosity is appreciated by our troop.

Parish Goal $980,515


October Baby rated PG13 Our meal will be soup and bread. The movie, October Baby, is based on a true story about Hannah, a college student, who learns she was adopted and her struggles with the details of her birth. It centers around Hannah's journey to find answers and to make sense of her life. The evening is sponsored by the Holy Cross WATCH team. We will also be collecting cash donations or non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. There is no charge but we need an approximate count for food preparation. Call Cheri Rakers at 352-4918, the Parish Office at 352-8748, or send email to

Offertory for week of FEB. 24th $9,782.27 Please remember Holy Cross in your will.

NOTE: Parish Goal is for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

$541,759 Raised Funds


The February second collection for the Diocesan Committee on Catholic Scouting, totaled $1,072. Thank you for your generous gift of treasure.

LENTEN SEASON EVENTS/INFORMATION COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES Monday March 11 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Tuesday March 12 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Wednesday March 13 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Thursday March 14 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of The Lake

Eucharistic Adoration will continue Thursday evenings through March 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and all day Fridays, beginning about 9:00 a.m. and ending at the completion of Stations and Benediction. 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.

FOR THOSE SENSITIVE TO INCENSE, please make note that it will be used on PALM SUNDAY, HOLY THURSDAY at the beginning and end of Mass, and at the EASTER VIGIL.

Stations of the Cross will be Thursdays during Lent at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays during Lent at 5:30 p.m. in the Church, followed by Benediction.

EASTER FLOWER FUND. Our beautiful Easter altar decorations are made possible through gifts to the Flower Fund. If you would like to make a donation in the name of a loved one, please place your gift in a plain envelope marked “Flower Fund”. Be sure to include a note with the name(s) of those to be remembered or honored. The names will be published in the bulletin.

WALK TO JERUSALEM 269.75 of 6,310 miles As of Monday, February 25th, participants walked 269.75 miles!! Way to go wayfarers! It’s a good start to making it the 6,310 miles to Jerusalem by Easter! We encourage ALL parishioners to participate so that we can reach our goal. Walk and pray… walk and pray… Kids participating in Jump Rope for Heart… pray as you jump and you can count that exercise!! Remember, if you are unable to walk, chair exercises for 20 minutes count for 1 mile, too. Besides the index cards, located in the church foyer and in the Parish Center, to record your miles each week, you can also e-mail Karen Olivero at Happy walking and praying! For questions about the program, call Karen at 351-3181 or Gerrie Rein at 351-6169.

DON’T MISS THE FISH FRYS every Friday through March 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Parish Center. BLESSING OF THE EASTER FOODS. Of special interest to those of Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Central European background will be the traditional Blessing of Easter Foods at 1:00 p.m. on Holy Saturday, March 30th in the church.

4 Signs of the Dynamic Catholic Second Session - Thursday, March 7th, at 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Audrey Plisch Topic: Study Schedule of the evening’s events: 6:00 p.m. - Eucharistic Adoration 6:30 p.m. - Presentation in the Parish Center 7:00 p.m. - Discussion 7:30 p.m. - Stations of the Cross in church 7:50 p.m. - Benediction All are welcome!

Year of Faith 2012-2013 10 Lessons From St. Paul on Sharing the Faith.

HAVE YOU SEEN? When you walk in the Parish Center front door on your way to the office, you can no longer help but look up. When you do you will find a beautiful, life-size painting of our dear Savior, Jesus, looking lovingly down on you. Painted by Dr. F. A. Williams, this painting has called two churches home and has now found its way here thanks to the Williams, Meisenhelter, and Reifsteck families. If you would like to read the story of its creation, visit our website or stop in the Parish Office for a hard copy. And keep looking up!

3. Evangilization is God’s work and we are only his instruments. St. Paul wrote, “I worked harder than any of them [the other apostles], but it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10) The words of Blessed Mother Teresa apply here: “I don’t claim anything of the work. It’s his work. I’m like a little pencil in his hand.” PLEASE NOTE: NO PARKING!! The parking lots that are located across the street from the church and Parish Center are Private Property. It has been requested by the businesses there that we do not use those parking lots during the weekend Masses. It is especially important that we honor this request during the tax season when they may be working during the weekend. The Parish Center parking lot, the school playground parking lot, and the teachers’ lot south of the school are available on the weekends. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Trustee’s Financial Report Holy Cross Parish has much to be thankful for. We have a beautiful church, a spiritual leader in our pastor Fr. Willard, a dedicated office and school staff, and a school that we can all be proud of. It is your gifts of time, talent, and financial resources, as well as the gifts of prior generations of parishioners, that have allowed the Parish to accomplish as much as we have over our first one hundred years. In that regard, we can assure you that your contributions are truly appreciated and are being properly accounted for. We can report to you that all our bills are being paid on time. Over this last year we celebrated the 100th anniversary of our Parish. We celebrated the sacrifices of those who came before us and developed this dynamic Parish that we call Home and Family. Much is owed to the parishioners of the past and much will be expected of both current and future generations of parishioners if we are to pass on a strong and thriving Parish. Holy Cross Parish relies, as well as depends, upon all of its members for its success in furthering God’s work. Our success will be measured in what we provide future generations of parishioners of Holy Cross. For our fiscal year on June 30, 2012, the Parish sustained its second operating loss in a row. During this period, the Parish had total revenues of $2,555,757. Aggregate expenditures for the same period were $2,597,920. The net result was a loss of $42,163 for the year. This operating deficit was covered by the limited reserves of the Parish. One of the contributing factors for this loss was due to the Parish’s revenues in 2012 being flat. In 2012 revenues increased by less than 1.0% over fiscal year 2011. This stagnant growth in revenues is a continuation of a trend that we have observed over the last several years. The Parish has attempted to maintain a strict control over its expenses, but in a number of cases, certain expenses are beyond our control. In 2012 expenses decreased by approximately 3.0%, which was attributed primarily to a reduction in the cost associated with major repairs and improvements. The loss in 2012 was significantly down from the loss in 2011 and that loss was attributable to significant major repairs and improvements made to Parish facilities during that year. A review of the first seven months of the new fiscal year shows that revenues received by the Parish are lagging behind budget. For the fiscal year ending February 28, 2013 revenues from Sunday and Holiday Collections, the Development Fund, and Holy Cross and St. Thomas More Tuition Assistance Funds totaled approximately $541,759. The budgeted amount for this same period was $653,677. The difference is negative $111,918. If this trend

continues, the Parish will sustain a significant loss for the year. And, if this loss does occur it will impair the ability of the Parish to meet its financial commitments. We are hopeful that this trend will be reversed and that we will meet the budgeted goal by the end of the fiscal year. In order to do so, we will need a commitment by all of our parishioners to increase their financial assistance to the Parish. As we move into our second hundred years, it is critical that we continue to support Holy Cross Parish as was done over the first one hundred years. The success of Holy Cross Parish has been based upon the generosity and sacrifice of time, talent, and financial resources by its parishioners. If we all could make a commitment to contribute more in each of these categories, we will continue to provide for our Parish’s success. Please consider giving more generously to the Church through your weekly offerings as well as through the development and tuition assistance funds. Much remains to be accomplished at Holy Cross. Whether with the Church or with the School there will always be a special need. This year, the cost in replacing our boiler in the Church was in excess of $58,000 and the tuition assistance and assessment for Holy Cross School and St. Thomas More to the Parish will be in excess of $250,000. Fortunately, a number of parishioners made donations that covered the cost of the new boiler eliminating a significant expense that the Parish would have incurred. The history of our parish is replete with examples of parishioners, both individuals and families, which have provided resources to assist the Parish in maintaining the Church and the School. We urge you to adopt a special project as your own or make Catholic Education your special cause. Many of you have already done this and your assistance and generosity in this capacity has been truly appreciated, but we need more parishioners to do the same. Please talk to Father Willard on how you can assist the Parish. We know he will be able to provide you with a number of options and we can assure you that everything that you do will make a difference. We have been blessed with a great parish that has stood the test of time, and for those whom much has been given, much is expected. Thank you for all that you do for our Holy Cross Parish and may God continue to bless you as well as our Parish. John Powers Holy Cross Parish Trustee

Tom Murray Holy Cross Parish Trustee



Dear Friends in Christ, It is important to remember our humanitarian obligations as Catholics. Our theme of “Jesus in disguise, how will you help,” reminds us that Christ is present in those who suffer—and in those who respond compassionately to their needs. The Catholic Relief Services Collection supports important Catholic organizations that carry out God’s work around the world providing refugee resettlement, HIV/AIDS and international poverty relief, legal aid for poor immigrants, emergency and disaster relief, and advocacy for the promotion of global peace and justice.

Penfield-Gifford American Legion Auxiliary Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. Come join us TODAY, Sunday, March 3rd at the St. Lawrence Parish Center in Penfield for a delicious breakfast. Serving from 7:00 a.m. to Noon. Vatican Scientist at U of I. St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois will be hosting Br. Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit brother and an astronomer from the Vatican Observatory, for a lecture entitled “A Critique: What’s Right & Wrong About Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design.” The event will be held Thursday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Please know that your generosity gives hope to Jesus in disguise. Please visit for more information about the Collection and the essential organizations funded by it.

Participate in 40 Days for Life During Lent through March 24th 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Planned Parenthood, 3rd and Stoughton, Champaign

Wishing you and all who are dear to you God’s richest blessings, I am Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C. BISHOP OF PEORIA NOTE: This collection will be taken the weekend of March 9th-10th.

142 children and Moms saved from abortion so far this 40 Days’ campaign ! Prayer, Fasting and Outreach Visit for more information. Parking passes available for Lot S – visit your church office, or call Joy at 359-8406 for more information.

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 & 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 Birdie and Edward Cronau McNamara and Mulcahey Family Living and Dec. Mem. of Lachenmyer Family

Living and Dec. Mem. of Giuffre & Cacioppo Families Members of the Melahn Family 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

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