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March 24, 2013

Dear Parishioners, We have now entered into the Passion of our Lord. This week is truly a HOLY WEEK, when the church is filled with rich symbolism. I encourage all of you to participate throughout Holy Week with our special Liturgies. Our schedule is: HOLY THURSDAY. Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper will be at 7:00 p.m. There will be Eucharistic Adoration at the close of the liturgy until midnight. A sign-up sheet is available in the vestibule for this night. Please note: There will be Adoration at all of the Champaign-Urbana Catholic churches after Holy Thursday Mass. Spend some time in the Garden with Jesus. GOOD FRIDAY. All Catholics are reminded that Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Stations of the Cross will be held at 3:00 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, and Communion service will be at 7:00 p.m. The Holy Land Collection will be taken up at the Stations of the Cross. (There will not be Adoration on Good Friday.) THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED AT NOON. BLESSING OF EASTER FOODS. Of special interest to those of Slovak, Polish, Ukranian, Lithuanian and Central European background will be the tradition of blessing of Easter foods at 1:00 p.m. on Holy Saturday at Holy Cross Church. All are welcome. CONFESSIONS WILL BE HELD Wednesday, March 27th, 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Holy Cross. There will be NO CONFESSIONS on Holy Saturday. THE EASTER VIGIL will begin at 7:00 p.m. Several adults will be initiated into the Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Let us pray for them. Please make it a point to welcome these parishioners at the reception to be held following the Easter Vigil in the Parish Center. Our regularly scheduled 5:30 p.m. Mass on Holy Saturday will be cancelled because of the Easter Vigil. The Vigil Mass will satisfy the Sunday obligation. Easter Sunday Mass times:

8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

THERE WILL BE NO 4:00 p.m. MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY. THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED EASTER MONDAY. I look forward to celebrating the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with you. In Christ, Father Willard

Monday, Mar. 25 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 26 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 27 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 28 7:00 p.m. Friday, Mar. 29 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 30 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 31 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Florence Desmier

Easter Offerings. The Easter season presents a wonderful opportunity for Holy Cross to thank those individuals and families that support the church throughout the year with their time, talent and financial contributions. It is also a good opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning congregation members. We hope that you also will be generous with your time and financial support.

Karen Porter Evelyn Bell Holy Thursday For the Priests Good Friday No Mass Intention Holy Saturday For the Catechumens and Candidates Easter Sunday Larry Hausmann Patricia Kistner For the Parishioners

EASTER FLOWERS. Our beautiful Easter altar decorations are made possible through gifts to the Flower Fund. Donations have been made for the Bell Family, Robert Reiser, the Graham and Huguet families, the McMonigal family, Burl, Manuel, and Rosella Manuel and in honor of our family members, the Lynch, Rodgers, and Lecher families, William C. Brown, Tom and Anne Corkery and John F. Murray, Jr., Chuck, Chad and Meghan Schweighart and Larry Hausmann, William McMahon and Wesolowski family, and in memory of Gene, Elaine, and Ross Mayor, Jim and Kathryn Bristow, Francis Deters, deceased members of the Lierman and Hudson families, Joe and Pat Doyle.

Palm Sunday LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULE HOLY THURSDAY, March 28th - 7:00 p.m. Lector: Liz Kelley Eucharistic Ministers: Jan Weber, Bob Weber, Gloria Fellers Servers: Colin Kelley, Alex Summers, Quinn Bolliger, Anthony Bonadies Torch Bearers: Max Walters, Adam Zasada, Lexi McFarland, Joe Hoffman GOOD FRIDAY, March 29th - 7:00 p.m. Lector: Greg Miely Eucharistic Minister: Jan Weber, Bob Weber Servers: Colin Kelley, Alex Summers, Adam Zasada Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

Mar. 30 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Holy Saturday Harry Breen, Rick Atterberry Gloria Fellers, Jan Weber, Bob Weber, Colin Kelley, Alex Summers, Adam Zasada, Sydney Longfellow, Cameron Longfellow

Mar. 31 Lector: Euch Min:

Easter Sunday David Kristovich Joe Hacker Frances Hacker


Natalie Deptula, Natalie Fleming, Jack Svymbersky

Lector: Euch Min:

Cindy Howie John Dixon, Pat Dixon, Jessica McMahon, Steve Carter Justin Bristow, Elizabeth Bristow, James Plankenhorn

Servers: 11:30 a.m. Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Audrey Plisch Lee Cabutti, Joanne Cabutti Quinn Bolliger, Max Stewart






25 26 27 28 29 Sean Joey No No James Coffey, Walker, Natalie Micki Plankenhorn, Morning Morning Mass Mass Fleming, Walker, Hayes Chris Rebecca Murray Zielinski Hege

And Jesus said to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40) HOLY THURSDAY ADORATION. Please sign up to spend time with our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration anytime following the 7:00 p.m. Mass until Midnight. PLEASE NOTE: There is NO 7:00 a.m. WEEKDAY MASS on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. There is also NO FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION on Good Friday.

FOR THOSE SENSITIVE TO INCENSE, please make note that it will be used on HOLY THURSDAY at the beginning and end of Mass, and at the EASTER VIGIL. Palms from last year are blessed and as with any blessed item need to be disposed of properly. If you choose to do this on your own, this means burning the palms and burying the ashes. If you would rather have the parish handle it for you, please bring your palms from last year to the Parish Office, and we will be happy to dispose of them properly. Thank you. 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. ON GOOD FRIDAY, our parish will take up the annual collection for the Holy Land. We ask you to be generous. Your financial contribution will support the works of the Catholic Community in the Middle East and to protect the Holy Places and Christian shrines. Please be generous. WALK TO JERUSALEM KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TRAVELERS! As of Monday, March 18th, participants walked 2,930.50 of 6,310 miles!! That means we’re almost halfway to Jerusalem. Thanks to all of you including our new participants who have joined the walk! With spring officially here, everyone can enjoy the outdoors as you walk the block and pray prayers of thanks for another beautiful day and for the gift of life. FAMILIES Walk together and double, triple or even more your miles! AND KIDS - As long as you start your P.E. class in school with a prayer (How about a Hail Mary or two?) you can count a 40 minute P.E. class as 2 miles. Remember, if you are unable to walk, chair exercises for 20 minutes count for 1 mile. Index cards are located in the church foyer and in the Parish Center and you can also e-mail Karen Olivero at Happy walking and praying!

OUR PARISH NEWEST MEMBER OF THE CHURCH and of Holy Cross, through the Sacrament of Baptism, is Sophie Anne, daughter of Joseph and Stephanie Rank. Let us support Sophie on her Faith Journey! FAITHFUL DEPARTED. Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Kenneth Allison. May his soul and all the souls of the Faithful Departed through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. There is NO Coffee and Donuts Easter Sunday, March 31st. HOLY CROSS MOM’S GROUP. Join us for food, fellowship and some mommy time Wednesday, March 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will pray the Rosary and a Faith Sharing/Bible Study time together. Come and be spiritually refueled for Holy Week! The nursery will be open. Hope to see you there! LIVING STATIONS. You are invited to join our school children in church on Wednesday, March 27th for “The Living Stations” enacted by the 7th graders at Holy Cross School. There will be two presentations, one at 8:30 a.m., and the other at 1:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to share the Stations of the Cross in a meaningful and prayerful way.

2013 Annual Diocesan Appeal The Diocese of Peoria is made up of 177 parishes and missions, and more than 65,000 Catholic families. There are many ministries and apostolates that the Diocese can offer that we as a single parish cannot. Catechetical training for schools and CCD teachers, recruitment and training of priests, medical care for retired priests, ministry to our students on college campuses, evangelization, administration of many of the details of parish finances… these are just a few of the many services we receive from the Diocese of Peoria. Your support, in prayer and through your sacrificial gift, makes it possible to provide these services. SAVE THE DATE!!

Catholic Connected is coming Saturday, June 1st Guest Speaker Renowned author - Elizabeth Ficocelli Watch future bulletins for more information.


Offertory for week of MARCH 17 $8,296.68 Thank you! Your generous contributions. The second collection for Catholic Relief Services taken March 10th totaled $1,585.42. Thank you for your generous gift of treasure.


Holy Cross Crusaders 356-9521 Holy Cross School will be closed from March 29th through April 1st for Easter Break.

Holy Cross School Trivia Night/Silent Auction Fundraiser On Saturday, May 11th, the Holy Cross School Parent Teacher Committee will host a Silent Auction/Trivia Night, and we need your help. Please contact Lesley Schacht if you, your business, or your employer are interested in donating goods, services, or cash to sponsor a basket in the auction. For more information, please call the School Office at 356-9521 to get in touch with Lesley. Thank you.

The High School of St. Thomas More 352-7210 The High School of Saint Thomas More will be closed from March 29th through April 1st for Easter Break. STM Class of 2013 Baccalaureate & Commencement Mass will be Sunday, May 19th, in the STM gymnasium, starting at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. All are welcome to attend.

Year of Faith 2012-2013 10 Lessons From St. Paul on Sharing the Faith. We can be God’s instruments in communicating the faith to others in the following way: 6. Through giving a good example. “You became an example to all the believers.” (1 Thessalonians1:7) Speaking of the power of a good example, Pope Paul VI wrote, ”Through this wordless witness Christians stir up irresistible questions in hearts of those who see how they live: Why are they like this? Who or what inspires them?” {How can we do that? CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF POPE FRANCIS for an amazing example of wordless witness to the whole world: Go to YouTube and search “Pope Descends Popemobile.} Check out our parish website sidebar for more resources for making your Year of Faith a success!

OUR COMMUNITY Strategies for Healthy Aging: Loneliness. A symposium featuring panel discussions and a keynote presentation by Dr. John T. Cacioppo of the University of Chicago will be held Thursday, March 28th,at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street in Champaign. In his presentation, Dr. Cacioppo will show how we can break the trap of isolation for our benefit both as individuals and as a society.

Principal Position. St. Thomas Church in Philo is seeking applicants for the position of principal of its parish elementary school. The school has grades PK through 8. A principal application package outlining qualifications and procedures is available at edschoolsemployment.aspx or by calling the Office of Catholic Schools at 309-671-1550. A review of applications will start in April.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program is from 12:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with presentation and reception. For more information visit or call 333-4965.

Divorce Support Group. Moving past the pain of separation and divorce to new life. Divorce Support group topics will include grief, loneliness, bitterness, forgiveness, and healing, with time for reflection, sharing and prayer. Gatherings are Tuesdays April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Holy Cross Parish Center Mezzanine. Contact Liz Clawson at 586-2846 or .

A word from Joy Women need encouragement and support, not abortion. If we support women with good cheer, material goods, hopefulness and friendship, we help women see that they are capable and can do what is right. Yes – raising children is a tough job – but the rewards are huge – for her and her family! Women need to know they have people in their lives who care about her and her family. Help a young mom today – with babysitting, a meal, a trip to the grocery store and more. Tell them that they are doing a good job and encourage them. The gift of time and friendship is priceless. Pro-life work is a life-style. Join or support your pro-life committee today! 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