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December 8, 2013

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 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.

It’s Mary! Many people mistakenly believe that the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Jesus Christ. Now, Jesus’ conception was most assuredly immaculate, but the title “Immaculate Conception” does not refer to Jesus, but to His mother Mary. The Immaculate Conception is a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church regarding to Mary, the Mother of God. An official statement of the doctrine reads: "... the blessed Virgin Mary... in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin." Essentially the Immaculate Conception is the belief that Mary was protected from original sin-- that Mary did not have a sinful nature, and was, in fact, sinless. Why? Because she was to be the source of the humanity of the Son of God. Through a particular grace, God spared Mary from original sin, for His Son could not be born from any source that was not immaculate. The Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) in the beginning of Advent because the Immaculate Conception was God’s preparation of Mary for the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem. Advent is our time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception teaches us that during the season of Advent the proper interior preparation for Christmas consists essentially in cleansing our hearts of sin, so Jesus could be born again within our souls. So, with all the many preparations you have to do before December 25, schedule in a time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Immaculate Conception is the patron of both the United States of America, and of our Diocese of Peoria. We need her intercession. “Mary conceived without sin, pray for us sinners, who have recourse to thee.” Fr. Dave

HOLY CROSS PARISH OFFICE 405 W. Clark St., Champaign, Illinois, 61820 Phone: 217-352-8748 Fax: 217-366-2929 e-mail address: website: HOLY CROSS SCHOOL Christina Ellis, Principal 410 W. White, Champaign, Illinois, 61820 Phone: 217-356-9521 Fax: 217-356-1745 TRIBUNAL AUDITORS: Deacon Henry “Hank” Hart Deacon Ed Mohrbacher 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.


Dec. 14 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

Dec. 15 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

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

Servers: 4:00 p.m.

Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Elizabeth Kelley Lynette Lykins, Charlie Parr, Gloria Fellers, John Kelley, Dennis Menke Colin Kelley, Kindal Boatright, Rachel Burdette Tim Spila Greg Koerner, Judy Deverell, John Sullivan, John Deponai III, Barry Dickerson Olivia Nogle, Laura Nussel, Karlee Feinen Jean Hausladen Margie Hoss, Steve Carter, Bonita Higgerson, John Dixon, Pat Dixon, Karen Ulbrich, Paul Hausladen Nick and Michael Hasenstab, Sarah Perdekamp Robert Weber Rob MacKichan, Jan Weber, Elaine Hershbarger, Mike O’Brien, Sharon Foreman Bri Hege, Becca Hege, J.D. Sexton

Mass Inten ons for the Week Monday, Dec. 9 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 7:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 7:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13 7:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14 8:15 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Shirley Bowen Stanley Margaret Kenney Virginia and Joseph Kisting Karen Porter Thelma Sparks Father Jerome Cincotta, SDB Catherine Lachenmyer

Poor Souls Jean Somers For the Parishioners Deacon Edward Ulbrich Stacy Wisegarver


9 Joey Walker, Max Stewart



10 Spencer Burgin, Laura Nussel

J.D, Sexton, Julia Tangen




12 Victoria Olsen, Natalie Deptula

13 Joseph Herges, Olivia Herges

OUR PARISH Coffee and Donuts volunteers for December 15th are Mary Ann and Bernie Hammel for the 8:00 a.m. Mass crowd and the Friedman family for the 10:00 a.m. Mass crowd. Thank you for your gift of time. OVER 60’S/RETIREES: The monthly Potluck will be held on Wednesday, December 11th, beginning around noon. Those who are able to do so should bring a covered dish and their own table service. A Parish Nurse will be available for blood pressure checks and health-related questions. “Come Let Us Pray” YOU’RE INVITED to come to offer Intercessory Prayer for our RCIA candidates, catechumens, and team members in the Parish Library on Tuesday nights any time from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Questions? Please contact Deborah Smith at 778-5846. Please pray for the successful formation of our future Catholic brothers and sisters.

WATCH “Luck of the Draw’ FUNDRAISER & RAFFLE. The next drawing for a $50 prize will be December 15th. Purchase your chance now to win this and many other drawings to be held throughout the year. Even when you win, your raffle is put back in the pot for future drawings including $100 holiday specials and a $1,000 grand prize drawing in 2014. Raffle ticket cost is $10. Forms are available in the back of the church and in the Parish Office. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization WATCH. Buy your tickets today!



The calendar has been extended through 2014 and is now available for sign up to provide dinner for our priests. Make a New Year’s Resolution to volunteer one day a month to make a meal. Call the Parish Office for more information.

SPECIAL NOTE: This year the FEAST of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY is celebrated on Monday, December 9th, but it is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation.

2013 Confirmandi Congratulations to those who celebrated theSacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, December 7th. May God’s grace fill their lives!

Antonio Aguas Sarah “Grace” Britt Noah Brunson Veronica Burton Adeline Cobb Christopher Davisson Cara Domaszewicz Clara Duarte Nicholas Frueling Anastasia Gordon Zak Hartleb Michael Hasenstab Grace Hausladen Brianna Hege

Olivia Herges Noah Herr Joseph Hoffman Jessica Hood Brianna Hopper Emma Jackson Samuel Keck Cameron Longfellow Nathaniel Love Yasmine Lubuzya Maria Lukasa Hayes Murray Aleks Nadwodney Olivia Nogle

Nicholas Roseman Maximus Russo Kayley Schacht Jake Sellett Lucas Simpson Ethan Smith Sophia Sobeski Maria Stipes Elliot Walters Jake Walters Zacary Wright Maris Wszalek Christopher Zielinski

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 12:00 Midnight (Music begins at 11:15 p.m.) Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. (THERE WILL BE NO Wednesday evening Mass)

PARISH PENITENTIAL SERVICES For your interior preparation for Christmas, there will be opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation within the context of a parish Penitential Service. A number of priests will gather at the following churches to celebrate the Lord’s forgiveness: Monday, December 16th Tuesday, December 17th Wednesday, December 18th Thursday, December 19th

7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake

PARISH CHOIR. Glorious music fills our worship space each week. Midnight Mass is a time to reflect on the beautiful music and the birth of our Lord. If you are interested in joining the choir, now would be a great time to prepare for the Christmas season. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. in the church loft and Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Center basement.


ATTENTION LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Please take a few minutes to go to the sacristy and sign up to help out during Christmas. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible. FOR THOSE SENSITIVE TO INCENSE, please take note that it will be used at the CHRISTMAS EVE MIDNIGHT MASS. DONATIONS TO THE FLOWER FUND are welcome now for Christmas. The names of those you wish to remember in honor or memorial will be listed in the bulletin. Free Advent Meditation Booklets from “The Word Among Us” are available at the back of the church. HEY KIDS! Look for a take home Advent activity at the back of the church.

YOUTH CHOIR. The youth of the church are the future of the church and we need you! Please join us on Thursdays, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the church loft. Our Holiday Mass will be the Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 p.m. New members are welcomed and encouraged. Contact Scott Montgomery at 390-0158 or

FOR SALE!! Boy Scout, Troop 9 is selling Christmas Wreaths, Centerpieces, and Garlands. These Noble Fir items are $25 each. Adorn your table or front door with the Christmas spirit and support the Scouts at the same time! To order contact Julie Whittington at 493-2400 or

Christmas Holiday Events/To Do CHILDREN’S LIVE NATIVITY YOU ARE INVITED to the Children’s Live Nativity, TODAY, Sunday, December 8th at 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. inside the Parish Center. View Jesus and his family in his first days of life. Enjoy a tasty Christmas cookie and hot chocolate before joining the Holy Cross Carolers as they sing Christmas songs to Baby Jesus. HEY KIDS!! Saint Nicholas will be visiting Holy Cross on Sunday, December 15th after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Share a donut with him and tell him your Christmas wishes. Parents feel free to bring your cameras. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 891. Santa can’t wait to see you!


THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON! Join us for caroling TODAY, Sunday, December 8th. Meet at the Parish Center at 3:00 p.m. and dress warmly as we will carol around the Holy Cross neighborhood. Then we'll go to the Parish Center to provide Christmas music for the live nativity. Come for one or better yet, come for both parts. You'll love the nostalgic feel of an old-fashioned Christmas caroling gathering. No singing experience necessary.


AT HOLY CROSS. Come join us Sunday, December 15th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the church for a traditional evening of seasonal music. Cost is $20 per person and $10 for students. Come and be a part of the magic of this holiday music event with family and friends.


VOCATIONS “A call from God to live in a particular way”

Holy Cross Crusaders 356-9521 The Holidays are here and so are Scrip Cards. If you plan to purchase electronics, toys, clothing, Internet gifts or have someone who is hard to shop for, we have Scrip cards for you. Do you plan to cook, deck your halls or travel? We even have them for local businesses. Scrip benefits Holy Cross by selling the school gift cards at a discount. Rebate is shared with participating families 50/50. Rebate is applied at Fee Day. For more information on how to obtain Scrip cards contact Sarah Jungels at 239-1600 or The High School of St. Thomas More 352-7210

Are you called to be “A herald’s voice in the desert” preparing the way of the Lord in the hearts of His people? If you are considering a vocation to 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. Eduardo Chincha, and Diocese of Peoria seminarian Joseph Baker.

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 or visit: STM OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSING. The STM school office will be closing the afternoon of Friday, December 20th and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 6th.

FINANCE INFORMATION TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA) CONTRIBUTION Tuition Assistance Goal for the 2013-2014 School year for both schools is $171,500. Total contribution as of 11/24/13: HC TA $17,737.40 STM TA $ 3,435.00 Total contributed $21,172.40 Thank you for your generous support of Catholic Education!

AUTOMATIC CONTRIBUTIONS FOR NOV. $11,175 Please consider signing up for Automatic Payments (ACH Debit) or Online Giving for your monthly blue envelope donations. Forms are available on the parish website or in the Parish Office and can be picked up during regular office hours.

Offertory for week of November 24th Offertory for week of December 1st

$9,916.67 $11,484.21

Thank you for your generous contributions.



Our Filipino brothers and sisters have a beautiful Christmas Novena called Simbang Gabi. It was around 1660, during the early years of Christianity in the Philippines, that the "Simbang Gabi" or the "Misa de Gallo", became a Filipino religious tradition. During Advent, in preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, the missionary friars held nine days of Masses to usher in the event of Christ’s birth. These Masses were celebrated in the early morning hours, typically at about 4:00 a.m. when the roosters crow to announce the coming of a new day. Today the tradition of Simbang Gabi continues, but the Masses will be at 7:00 p.m. instead of early morning. Our Filipino brothers and sisters invite everyone to join them to celebrate. The place and dates of the Simbang Gabi Masses are: Masses is celebrated at 7:00 p.m. each night. December 16th, 17th, and 18th at St. John Newman December. 19th and 20th at Holy Cross December 21st at St. Patrick December 23rd at St. Mary December 24th at St. John Newman

OUR COMMUNITY HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE Catholic Daughters of the Americas was formed in 1903 as a sister organization to the Knights of Columbus. Our local court has members from several parishes in Champaign County. We support numerous local, national, and international projects such as seminarian education, food pantries, pro-life causes, disaster relief, etc. This year we are hosting a Christmas cookie sale during coffee shop on Sunday, December 8th. Please come after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses and purchase some homemade Christmas cookies and help us continue our works of charity.

IT'S BACKPACK TIME AGAIN!! Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is once again asking for donations of backpacks to be given out as Christmas gifts to the guests of the Soup Kitchen. Backpacks should be new or nearly new and filled with NEW items that help guests endure a cold Champaign -Urbana winter. Toiletries such as deodorant, hand lotion for hands chapped by the cold, chapstick, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc, are much appreciated as are cold weather items such as gloves, hats, socks, sweatshirts, long underwear, etc. All backpacks need to be marked by size and gender of recipient (i.e., Man-XL). Backpacks can be dropped off on weekdays at Daily Bread, 124 W White St, Champaign, beginning on December 9th from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Giveaway day is Thursday, December 19th. For more information go to our website or contact Ellen at 356-2551 or, or Pam at 359-3245 or

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 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

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