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SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

Dear Friends in Christ, Our Confirmation celebration is this Wednesday and I know it will be spiritually uplifting. We are blessed to have Bishop Daniel Jenky with us to administer this wonderful Sacrament to our young men and women. Confirmation reminds us to put into action the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are: Wisdom, Reverence (Piety), Knowledge, Courage (Fortitude), Right Judgment (Counsel), Understanding, Wonder and Awe (Fear of the Lord). So many times we forget to use these great gifts. The Holy Spirit will strengthen and guide us each day if we trust in Him. When we have a simple or difficult decision to make, do we turn to the Holy Spirit? Do we trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us in the right direction? Or do we try to make that decision by ourselves? So many times we do our own thing because it is what we want, not what God wants. God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to use each moment of our life. LET’S START USING HIS SEVEN ABUNDANT GIFTS DWELLING WITHIN US AND BE OPEN TO GOD’S OVERFLOWING GRACE. In Christ, Father Willard


Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Sept. 22 Lectors: David Kristovich Euch Min: Dennis Menke, Lynette Lykins, Charlie Parr, Sharon Kristovich, Mary Lou Widloski Servers: Alexis Burgin, Natalie Fleming, Amarissa Garcia Sept. 23 Lector: Jay Geistlinger Euch Min: Greg Koerner, Candy Rollins, Judy Deverell, Joseph Hacker, Frances Hacker Servers: Preston Summitt, Joey Walker, James Plankenhorn Lector: Daniel Howie Euch Min: Carol Bergeson, Margie Hoss, Bonita Higgerson, Steve Carter, Sharon Foreman, Karen Ulbrich, Leonard Doyle Servers: Bri Hege, Jessica Duchinsky, Sean Parks

Monday, Sept. 17 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 7:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 7:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Robert Weber Lector: Euch Min: Sally Feller, Lisa Pellum, Jan Weber Servers: Haley Love, Nathan Love, Victoria Olsen

Offertory for week of SEPT. 9th $10,429.11 Please remember Holy Cross in your will.

In honor of James Schuster Dean Moore For the Parishioners Jennifer Deponai Souls in Purgatory Jennifer Martin Joe and Pat Doyle Clara Stanley Bown In honor of the Philip Fisk Family For the Parishioners


4:00 p.m.

June Giuffre


17 18 Marlin Michael Smock, Hasenstab, Victoria Stephen Olsen Jerkovitz



19 Laura Nussel, Olivia Nogle


20 Rachel Burdette, Olivia Herges

21 Dallas Caldwell, Natalie Deptula


24th Sunday in Ordinary Time EXALTATION of the HOLY CROSS CELEBRATION Continues this week!!! We’ve had some great fun this past week and would like to thank you all for your participation!! You make our Feast Week a success. BUT… it’s not over!!

There are three more events to enjoy: LIVING ROSARY Monday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m.

“True Meaning of the Cross” Presentation Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m.

Presented in the church by the students of Holy Cross School and the Family Formation Program.

Guest Speaker: Sr. M. Veronica of the Sisters of St Francis of the Martyr St. George From St. Matthew Parish

WELCOME BISHOP JENKY!! Wednesday, September 19th Adoration and Veneration of the Holy Cross 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 100th Anniversary and 8th Grade Confirmation Mass 6:00 p.m.

SPECIAL NOTES: The church will open to the general congregation for seating at 5:30 p.m. Please be mindful of the Reservation signs at the front and back of the church for Confirmands and their sponsors and the Knights of Columbus

OUR PARISH NEWLYWEDS. Our prayers and best wishes go with Kyler Donald Gorman and Nicole Elizabeth Mattox, who were married here on Saturday, September 8th. May God’s grace support them throughout their married life! FAITHFUL DEPARTED. Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Marie Clark. May her soul and all the souls of the Faithful Departed through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Coffee and Donuts volunteers for September 23rd 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 including after the 8:00 a.m. Mass on September 30th. Sign-up sheets are in the back of the church. PARISH NURSE NEWS Parish Nurses will be taking blood pressure in the Parish Center next Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Undetected high blood pressure can lead to other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Please take advantage of this free and convenient service. It could save your life!!

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. NEW CHURCH BOILER FUND UPDATE. Thanks to those who made a donation to the ‘New Church Boiler’ fund. Our church boiler is outdated, inefficient, and on it’s last leg. As of September 11th, there is $49,600 of the total estimated cost of $60,000 in the fund. If you would like to make a contribution, please make checks payable to ‘Holy Cross’ and put ‘New Boiler Fund’ in the memo. Thank you in advance for your support.

SPECIAL THANKS FROM THE McFARLANDS. Thank you all so much for your prayers for Sophie. Her surgery went well and she is doing great! She is a happy, healthy seven month old and such a gift to us. Thank you also to those who prepared meals for our family during the time of her surgery. It was very helpful and made a difference. It was truly wonderful to have the love and support of our parish family here at Holy Cross during this time. God bless and thanks again - Clarence, Donna, Lexi, Katie, Josie, Maddie, and Sophie McFarland

HOLY CROSS HISTORY Last week we heard about the cornerstone so carefully placed before 200 enthusiastic parishioners in August of 1912. In 1988, that very building was torn down to make way for a modern addition to the 1953 school and the parish center. Before it was razed, a Summerfest was held on July 16, 1988 to celebrate the old school. Rita McMahon's history of the parish, distributed that day, says it was, "a day of family fun, with lunch, cold drinks, and entertainment. School collectibles were sold. Orders were taken for decorated commemorative bricks. Old Holy Cross School was toured for the last time--it was to be razed within a few weeks." (Regarding the collectibles, I know my family acquired a small Station of the Cross that day, which we believe to be from the convent, and I'm wondering if there are any other such items still remaining in parish homes). As the building was being razed, the cornerstone was carefully removed and reused in the addition to Holy Cross School. Interestingly when the cornerstone was removed, a newspaper was found behind it which proclaimed, "Cornerstone Laid Tomorrow, Program Ready for Ceremonies, New Catholic Church." That newspaper was amazingly intact for one which had been printed 76 years earlier in 1912. That same newspaper was tucked in with the cornerstone when it was reused in the school addition. The history of the parish is not only the history of its cornerstones, but they do reflect a wonderful century-long commitment by our church community to Catholic education as well as service to one another for and through our Lord Jesus Christ. Please contact Barb Garvey, at, or 359-6089 with any stories, about cornerstones or otherwise.


Holy Cross Crusaders 356-9521 PART TIME POSITION AVAILABLE. Holy Cross is looking for anyone interested in a part time position in the School Cafeteria to help with cooking and serving. Experience would be helpful. Please contact the School Office at 356-9521. CRUSADER CASH. Crusader Cash Scrip cards are now available at the School Office. Stop in and purchase cards for places you regularly shop or as gift cards and help Holy Cross School earn cash. You will also earn cash back on each card for yourself. For more information please call the School Office.

The High School of St. Thomas More 352-7210 FROM THE STM CORNER - DID YOU KNOW. . . STM Fall Play Antigone. Be sure to see this modern-day STM production September 27th, 28th, and 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the STM Cafetorium. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets at the door are $7.00 for the general public; $5.00 for students and senior citizens. STM Homecoming Football Game. Mark your calendars for the STM Homecoming Parade Celebration and Football Game against the PBL Panthers on Friday, October 5th.

PRO-LIFE ISSUES Life is Sweet presents: Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action League of Chicago, on Monday, September 24th, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church (Feeney Hall), Champaign. This is a 40 Days for Life kick-off event, presentation, prayer. This FREE event will answer your questions regarding religious freedom, and help defend the most helpless among us. Free copies of Mr. Scheidler's book will be given to the first 50 guests at the gathering. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Holy Cross and St. Matthew Catholic Churches. 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

OUR COMMUNITY St. Mary Cemetery depends on annual donations for upkeep. Families who own lots at the cemetery are reminded to help pay for the costs of mowing and maintenance which this year will come to over $22,000. Please send your contribution to St. Mary Cemetery, 612 E, Park Street, Champaign, IL 61820.

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:

St. John’s Catholic Newman Center has an opening for a part-time assistant to the Business Manager. Applicants should possess a minimum of an associate’s degree in Accounting and have prior accounting experience. Knowledge and experience with QuickBooks preferred. Please send cover letter, resume, and references to:

The Catholic gentlemen of the Knights of Columbus invite you to consider joining them in service to the church and community at local area parishes and charitable organizations. If you are interested in becoming a Knight, please contact the Faithful Navigator, David Grace at 690-7775 for more information.

LIFE CHAIN SUNDAY 2012 is Sunday, October 7th happening across America and Canada. In our area it is being held along Kirby Avenue near Hessel Park in Champaign from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join us as we gather to pray silently as a witness to the tragedy of abortion, the unspeakable terror of the partial birth abortion procedure, fetal body part trafficking, stem cell research, and all forms of euthanasia. Contact Myrna Buyno for more information at 352-1007. Please join us in prayer wherever you may be.

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