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Happy Feast Week!! Dear Parishioners, The Parish and School are now in full swing. Since the summer, I have noticed many new faces in the Church. It is exciting to see so many people. It is a joy to have you as a member of our Parish Family. If you have not registered, please call the Parish Office, fill out the form online at our website, or fill out the form you can find on the shelf in the back of the Church. If you are a new member, please stop after Mass and introduce yourself to me, and if you want to speak more to me, give me a call and we can set up an appointment. It will be great getting to know you better and seeing how you can use your gifts and talents to strengthen our Parish Family. This is our special week as we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It has been a very busy year of many spiritual and social events that have brought us closer as a parish. As a part of our year long Centennial Celebration, during these next 11 days, there are many activities planned, and I encourage you to participate in at least one, if not more. We are going to have a glorious time, so come join the praise and fun with your Parish Family. In Christ, Father Willard


Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

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Sept. 15 Lectors: Elizabeth Kelley Euch Min: Dennis Menke, Lynette Lykins, Gloria Fellers, John Kelley, Stacy Wisegarver Servers: Olivia Nogle, Colin Kelley, Michael Kehl Sept. 16 Lector: Greg Miely Euch Min: Greg Koerner, Sharon Foreman, Candy Rollins, Judy Deverell Servers: Abigail Keck, Sam Keck, Jon Gibas Lector: Joseph D. Murphy Euch Min: Jessica McMahon, Donna Carter, Carol Bergeson, Margie Hoss, Bonita Higgerson, Pat Dixon, John Dixon Servers: Louis Morton, Lexi McFarland, Kayley Schacht

Monday, Sept. 10 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 7:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 7:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Lector: Mary Schell Euch Min: Joanne Cabutti, Lee Cabutti, Elaine Hershbarger Servers: Hannah Murray, Hayes Murray, Hadley Murray

Laura Bell Chuck Schweighart Queto Rennier John Hipskind Living and Deceased Members Of Holy Cross Parish Cleophas and Mary Boudreau For the Parishioners Stephen Warner Catherine Lachenmyer


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Al Winka


10 Sean Parks, Jack Svymbersky

11 Nathan Love, Haley Love



12 Micki Walker, Joey Walker


13 Preston Summitt, Max Stewart

14 Jerrica Gallegos, Veronica Burton

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time EXALTATION of the HOLY CROSS CELEBRATION IT ALL STARTS TODAY!! (SUNDAY!!) Please join us for the Eucharistic Procession directly after the 10:00 a.m. Mass Check out the bulletin inserts and our website at for the week’s complete schedule, details about every event, and how you can obtain a plenary indulgence during our Feast Week. Spread the word, invite your friends, and don’t miss out on the fun!

IMPORTANT RSVP OPPORTUNITIES!! Be sure to let the office know if you are coming to either the ADULT SOCIAL or the PARISH POTLUCK (Fun Day) so we can order enough food. Also, please call to let us know if you will be attending the Celebration/Confirmation Mass with Bishop Jenky. IF YOU DON’T GET A CHANCE TO CALL - STILL COME!! We want you with us! NEED TRANSPORTATION TO THE HEALING MASS? Please call the Parish Office at 352-8748 and a Parish Nurse will be happy to come pick you up the evening of the event, Thursday, September 13th. PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO ADORATION on Thursday, September 13th because of the Healing Mass.

COMING TO THE FAMILY FUN DAY POTLUCK? Saturday, September 15th 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will have invited guests… our parish and school alumni. Check the bulletin insert to see what you can bring to help make our day a success.

OUR PARISH NEWLYWEDS. Our prayers and best wishes go with William Patrick Lynch and Aleta Lynn Crook, who were married here on Saturday, September 1st. May God’s grace support them throughout their married life! FAITHFUL DEPARTED. Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Margaret Toepke, sister of Fr. Mullen. May her soul and all the souls of the Faithful Departed through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Coffee Shop will begin next Sunday. Coffee and Donuts volunteers for September 16th are Harry and Cheri Rakers for both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Mass crowds. Thank you for your gift of time. There are still a lot of openings for you to volunteer for Coffee Shop. Sign-up sheets are in the back of the church. Call Cheri at 352-4918 if you would like to give of your time. OVER 60’S/RETIREES: The monthly Potluck will be held on Wednesday, September 12th, 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.

The OUTREACH COLLECTION for September will be taken the weekend of the 15th-16th. The second collection will be taken for The St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Catholic go-to organization for helping with emergency needs of the poor. The extended increase in families in need due to the poor economy has put a strain on the Society’s finances. Please help us help the Champaign poor and needy with your contributions.

THE BIBLE TIMELINE STUDY. Mark your calendars! Our fall Bible study will be The Great Adventure Bible Timeline 2.0. This is the one that started it all--the foundational study in The Great Adventure Series. And now, it's even better. The videos have been redone with new graphics, maps, and animations to make it more understandable. The entire Bible tells a story, and when you learn that story-the Bible comes alive. The Bible Timeline will take you through that story. The study begins October 1st and 2nd and lasts 24 weeks. You may participate either on Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., or Tuesday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The cost is $45. The deadline for registration is September 17th. To register, call the Parish Office at 352-8748.

SCHOOL KITS FOR STUDENTS IN NEED. Thanks to those who have responded so far. Your generosity has given us supplies to make almost 300 complete kits. To volunteer to help with assembling the kits on Wednesday, September 26th, please contact Cindy Howie at 352-8748.


Holy Cross Crusaders 356-9521 HOLY CROSS HISTORY In 1911, Father William Frawley came to Champaign to be the pastor of St. John’s Catholic parish, a German speaking mission of St. Mary’s. He did a census of families and discovered that there were at least 150 Catholic households to the west side of the Illinois Central Railroad tracks, and quickly it was determined that a Catholic parish was needed closer to them. By August 24, 1912, at least 200 people gathered to watch the laying of the cornerstone for their church, the first Holy Cross Church and School at Elm and Clark Streets. Those 200 people, our earlier parishioners were, for the most part, working class, Irish and German laborers. A few had survived the great famine in Ireland, some had lived through political wars in Germany, and a few had served in the Civil War. Many pledged only five or ten dollars to the building fund, but they knew the importance of what they were doing: creating a sacred space, and a place for religious education for the generations to come. They were laying both a literal and figurative cornerstone for Holy Cross. The Gazette reported, “The laying of the cornerstone was done by Rev. James Shannon, Vicar General of the Peoria Diocese. The stone was hung from a derrick about eight inches above its final resting space. Shannon was handed a trowel full of mortar which he placed in position below the stone. He sprinkled it with holy water and read a Latin ritual. Following the laying of the stone, Fr. W. E. Frawley, pastor of the new parish, made a short address of welcome and explanation.” We know from the dedication of the church in April 1913 that the cornerstone was paid for by special collection and cost a whopping $336.02! In a deeper sense, one could say that, metaphorically, the parish of Holy Cross has been the cornerstone of the Catholic faith in Champaign for 100 years. When the church opened, parish boundaries covered all of Central Champaign County to the county line and ran as far south as Tolono. Over the years our parish has given birth to others: we are the mother parish of both St. Matthew in Champaign and Our Lady of the Lake in Mahomet. Just a stone’s throw from City Hall, Holy Cross has also been the Catholic presence in the city’s center. Those early immigrant laborers laid the cornerstone for a century of faith not only at Holy Cross but throughout Champaign and beyond. Happy 100th Holy Cross!! If you have a Holy Cross history to share, contact Barb Garvey at 359-6089, or send an email to

School Open House. Come to our school during the Alumni/Parish/School Fun Day, Saturday, September 15th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit the classrooms and walk the halls of memories. Displays and pictures will be up featuring our school in years past. All School Mass. We invite Holy Cross parishioners to join our school children for our weekly all school Mass at 8:15 a.m. on Fridays.

The High School of St. Thomas More 352-7210 FROM THE STM CORNER - DID YOU KNOW. . . From STM Alumni - Two examples of how well STM prepares students for college: 1) Class of 2012 graduate took a Calculus Assessment test and scored 100%; 2) graduate also took the college Spanish placement exam. He not only tested out of college Spanish 1, he also tested out of Spanish 2 and will go straight into Spanish 3. STM Homecoming Football Game. Mark your calendars for the STM Homecoming Parade Celebration and Football Game against the PBL Panthers on Friday, October 5th. 40 Days for Life starts Wednesday, September 26th Get ready to set aside one hour a week to pray at our local Planned Parenthood, located at 3rd and Stoughton, Champaign. Pray to end abortion. Pray to help women. Pray that the Culture of Death will be replaced by a Culture of Life. See

Offertory for week of SEPT. 2nd $11,421.36 Please remember Holy Cross in your will. Our Legal Title is: HOLY CROSS ROMAN CATHOLIC CONGREGATION CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS

OUR COMMUNITY Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court #1070 will meet this Tuesday, September 11th at Provena Covenant Hospital, Urbana for a noon Mass, followed by a lunch meeting in the cafeteria Covenant room. Installation of new members! Visitors welcome! Come and join us!

The UNEMPLOYMENT NETWORK AND SUPPORT GROUP is looking for volunteers with business background needed to extend our help to the unemployed who frequent the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Time: during serving hours. Days are flexible. Please e-mail Deacon Cliff Maduzia if interested:

STRUGGLING WITH UNEMPLOYMENT? We are volunteers who are willing to listen, help you expand your network, and provide help if we can. To meet at Lincoln Square in the center court-food court area Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m., contact us through the St. Pats Website,, link “EMPLOYMENT NETWORK” or call Donna Rinkenberger at 220-0301.

People with cars and availability during weekday lunch time starting now are needed to pickup food donations on a regular basis or when other are unable to. Deacon Cliff Maduzia of St. Patrick Church coordinates these volunteers who are a vital link between the soup kitchens in the area and food donors in Champaign. If you can help once in a while or regularly, please call 217-791-1264 or email

Volunteers are a vital part of Carle Hospice’s ability to provide compassionate, dignified, and personal care most families are looking for someone to give them an hour or two each week to enable them time to pick up medications, go out for groceries, get their hair done, or just meet a friend for dinner. Training will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Carle Home Services Office located at 206A West Anthony Drive, Champaign. Pre-register by calling or e-mailing Justin Reed at: 383-3151 or (800)239-3620 or

Catholic Charities Good Samaritan Senior Outreach Services. The Good Samaritan Program is designed to positively influence the experience of aging for seniors in rural communities, restoring hope and lifting spirits. The program focuses on two main areas of service: in-home counseling and community support services. Catholic Charities needs people just like you to help make a difference in the life of an older adult. For more information on our Good Samaritan Program, to refer a senior, or to volunteer, please contact Robert Taylor at 309-397-9169 or 217-689-1427 or e-mail at

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 Loretto B. Doyle Birdie and Edward Cronau McNamara and Mulcahey Family Living and Dec. Mem. of Malone and Smiricky Family

Living and Dec. Mem. of Lachenmyer Family Linda Travaglini 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