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MARCH 4, 2012

Dear Parishioners, We have entered now into the second week of Lent. How are we doing with our commitments we made to the Lord during this Holy Season? Many people decided to give up something physical, such as a particular food or drink. Have you thought of adding something to your spiritual life such as additional prayers, reading the Bible, Praying the Stations, Praying the Rosary, coming to Adoration, attending extra Masses during the week, or reading a spiritual book? Remember never to be discouraged anytime in life, especially during the Season of Penance, because Christ is always walking with us in our trials and triumphs. We are Children of God and precious in His sight. His merciful love is constant and unwavering. God bless you and your family. In Christ, Fr. Willard


March 10 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

March 11 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

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

Servers: 4:00 p.m.

Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Greg Durbin Lynette Lykins, Dennis Menke, Gloria Fellers, Charlie Parr, Sharon Kristovich Olivia Herges, Sam Walters, Maddy Walwik Jay Geistlinger Jay Ehlman, Greg Koerner, Joseph Hacker, Frances Hacker, Judy Deverell Cameron Longfellow, Sydney Longfellow, Michelle Meyer Joseph D. Murphy Jessica McMahon, Cindy Howie, Sheri Wachala, Donna Carter, Sharon Foreman, Pat Dixon, John Dixon Kristin Hammel, Dallas Caldwell, Chase Roberts Stacy Wisegarver Lee Cabutti, Joanne Cabutti, Lisa Pellum Hayes Murray, Hadley Murray, Hannah Murray

Monday, March 5 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7 7:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8 7:00 a.m. Friday, March 9 7:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. Saturday, March 10 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 11 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Katie Fellers June Giuffre James J. Cochrane, Sr. Janiec and McGill Families For Sanctity of Life Harold and Adele Schwenk In Thanksgiving for our 100 year anniversary Bob Roberts Marie and Thomas Mitchell and all their relatives For the Parishioners

4:00 p.m.






Allie Jack Kreie, Svymbersky, Preston Adam Summitt Zasada


7 Megan Walker, Micki Walker



9 Louis Stephanie Morton, Burton, Alex Veronica Summers Burton

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.

Second Sunday of Lent OUR PARISH SPECIAL NOTICE! THIS 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. NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH and of Holy Cross, through the Sacrament of Baptism, are Victor Li, son of Cesar and Arlene Luna-Ow; Ashley Christine, daughter of Ryan and Lisa Martin; Ella Grace, daughter of John and Elaina Buhs; and Tristan Jared, son of Michael and Catherine Southworth. Let us support these children in their Faith Journey! Coffee and Donuts Volunteers for March 11th are Bernie and Mary Ann Hammel for the 8:00 a.m. Mass crowd and the Smock and Summers families for the 10:00 a.m. Mass crowd. Thank you for your gift of time. DID YOU PICK UP YOUR NEW PARISH DIRECTORY? 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. 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. HEAVENLY DUSTER CORRECTION for March. Beth Baillon is scheduled to clean, not Beth Frasca. Sorry for the confusion.

2011 Church contributions Tax Statements In order to save money on postage and office supplies, Annual Statements for 2011 contributions to the church will not be sent automatically. If you need a copy for your tax return, please call or e-mail the parish office with the request to send your statement to you.


Parish Goal $950,000

100th Anniversary Gala IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION!!! 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. Make your reservations today by calling (352-8748) or stopping by the Parish Office HELP SUPPORT OUR RCIA catechumen and candidates during these last weeks of preparation!! 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

HELP PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!! SUPPORT The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act th

Offertory for week of FEB. 26 $10,000.01 Please remember Holy Cross in your will.

$529,369 Raised Funds

As noted in this week’s bulletin insert, the campaign to protect Religious Freedom in America continues. The Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate violates religious liberty. Please take time to read the insert and...

Speak out in protest and take action today. NOTE: Parish Goal is for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

Go to, click on either ‘TAKE ACTION: Personalize your message to Congress now’ or ‘Take action today!’ and let your voice be heard in support of our religious freedom!

LENTEN SEASON EVENTS/INFORMATION 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. 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. DID YOU MISS THE FISH FRYS? Not to worry! 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. PLEASE NOTE: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE FISH FRYS! Soy Nut Butter, Gluten Free Bread, Baked Fish, Gluten Free cupcakes, and an Ingredients List of all the goods things we have to eat. THANKS TO EVERYONE who so generously responded to the request for volunteers for the upcoming Fish Frys. Fish Fry Coordinator, Jessica McMahon, almost has enough volunteers to help her make each Friday a fun success. If interested, please call Jessica at 355-1197 to see if more slots need filling.

WALK TO JERUSALEM As of Monday, February 26th, participants walked 152 miles!! As this was just the total for 5 days, it’s a pretty good start. Let’s keep it up so we can make it the 6,310 miles to Jerusalem by Easter! I encourage ALL parishioners to participate so that we can reach our goal. 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 me if it is easier. My e-mail address is Happy walking and praying! For questions about the program, call me at 351-3181 or Gerrie Rein at 351-6169. Karen Olivero, parish nurse. 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. Grand Prize - iPad 2 1st prize - 42" TV 2nd prize - $300.00 cash 3rd prize - Nintendo 3DS 4th prize - BlueRay player 5th prize - $100.00 cash 6th prize - $75.00 Best buy gift card 7th prize - $50.00 Arby's Gift Card 8th prize - $50.00 C&A Inspirations Gift Card 9th prize - $50.00 Red Lobster/Olive Garden Gift card THANKS TO EVERYONE who donated cake mixes and frostings for the Fish Fry Bake Sale. WE HAVE ENOUGH MIXES AND FROSTINGS AND EGGS. Volunteers to bake cakes and serve at the dinners are still needed. Please call Tracy Duchinsky at 359-3616 to volunteer.


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 Men’s March and Mass. STM is organizing a charter bus to take men (and their sons) to Peoria on Saturday, April 14th to participate in the annual diocesan men's march and Mass. The purpose of the march is to make "a public stand in defense of faith, family, and priesthood." The bus will depart STM at 7:00 a.m. and return to STM by 2:30 p.m. The cost to ride the bus is $10 per person and can be paid in advance or the day of. If the cost is burdensome, please contact Fr. Lampitt at or by calling 352-7210.

PRO-LIFE ISSUES 40 Days For Life!! 65 children and women saved from the violence of abortion! Participate now through Palm Sunday, April 1st

HOLY CROSS HISTORY Last week we discussed the three different types of Monsignor. We have had three pastors (of the seven total) who had the title conferred upon them. Monsignor Frawley (our first), Monsignor Higgins (our second), and Monsignor Hallin, (our sixth). All three men were honored with the title while they were pastors at Holy Cross. Monsignor Hallin became a Protonotary Apostolic. As such, he should be addressed as Reverend Monsignor and when he signs something, or is listed in a publication, the letters P.A. appear after his name. This rank of Monsignor is also why you might have seen him wear a purple choir cassock (with surplice) for liturgical services and a black cassock with red piping and purple sash in parish functions. The title of Monsignor is given by the pope to priests for their service to the church. Isn't it remarkable that several of our pastors have been so honored? We are truly blessed.

Please continue to pray and fast to end abortion! Pray at our local Planned Parenthood, 3rd and Stoughton, Champaign to help save children, women and men from the sin and devastation of abortion! Your prayer witness can make a difference! Sign up for your time at: Parking passes are available for Lot S -contact the Parish Office.

OUR COMMUNITY Catholic Daughters of the Americas, court #1070, will attend the March 11th 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Thomas Church, 310 E. Madison, Philo. Coffee and donuts, and meeting will follow the Mass. Guests welcome.

If you have any information about former priests, monsignors, or laypeople you would like to share with the Holy Cross History column, please contact Barb Garvey at 359-6089 or Thanks! 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


4:00 p.m. Lector: Euch Min: Stacy Wisegarver Lee Cabutti, Joanne Cabutti, Lisa Pellum Hayes Murray, Hadley Murray, Hannah Murray 10:00 a.m....