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NOVEMBER 4, 2012

Dear Catholic Believers, Since the foundation of the American Republic and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, I do not think there has ever been a time more threatening to our religious liberty than the present. Neither the president of the United States nor the current majority of the Federal Senate have been willing to even consider the Catholic community's grave objections to those HHS mandates that would require all Catholic institutions, exempting only our church buildings, to fund abortion, sterilization, and artificial contraception. This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system. Contrary to the guarantees embedded in the First Amendment, the HHS mandates attempt to now narrowly define and thereby drastically limit our traditional religious works. They grossly and intentionally intrude upon the deeply held moral convictions that have always guided our Catholic schools, hospitals, and other apostolic ministries. Nearly two thousand years ago, after our Savior had been bound, beaten, scourged, mocked, and crowned with thorns, a pagan Roman Procurator displayed Jesus to a hostile crowd by sarcastically declaring: Behold your King. The mob roared back: We have no king but Caesar. Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord. They are objectively guilty of grave sin. For those who hope for salvation, no political loyalty can ever take precedence over loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ and to his Gospel of Life. God is not mocked, and as the Bible clearly teaches, after this passing instant of life on earth, God's great mercy in time will give way to God's perfect judgment in eternity. I therefore call upon every practicing Catholic in this Diocese to vote. Be faithful to Christ and to your Catholic Faith. May God guide and protect his Holy Church, and may God bless America. Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C Catholic Bishop of Peoria


Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

Nov. 10 Lectors: Victoria Fitzgerald Euch Min: Lynette Lykins, Charlie Parr, Dennis Menke, Gloria Fellers, Mary Lou Widloski Servers: Lexi Baker, Joey Walker, Natalie Fleming Nov. 11 Lector: Rick Atterberry Euch Min: Judy Deverell, Greg Koerner, Joseph Hacker, Frances Hacker, John Deponai III Servers: Anthony Bonadies, Preston Summitt, James Plankenhorn Lector: Jean Hausladen Euch Min: Jessica McMahon, Donna Carter, Carol Bergeson, Margie Hoss, John Dixon, Pat Dixon, Paul Hausladen Servers: Sarah Perdekamp, Sean Parks, Jessica Duchinsky Lector: Penny Devall Euch Min: Elaine Hershbarger, Sally Feller, Mike O’Brien Servers: Nathan Love, Haley Love, Bri Hege

Monday, Nov. 5 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 7:00 a.m.

Vincent Lecher In Thanksgiving for the Freedom to Vote

Wednesday, Nov. 7 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 7:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9 7:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Al Hoss Charles Tabaka Margaret Toepke Living and Deceased Members of the CDA Court 1070 Celia Mitsdarfer For all Veterans For the Parishioners



5 Maria Stipes, Hayes Murray


6 Bri Hege, Amanda Werth


7 Emilee Kuczera, Jerrica Gallegos


8 Natalie Aguas, Antonio Aguas

9 Adam Zasada, Jon Gibas

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time OUR PARISH NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH and of Holy Cross, through the Sacrament of Baptism, are Lana Marie, daughter of Jason and Rachel Schott; Brynlee Grace, daughter of Michael and Amber Berkes; Colton Gregory, son of Shane and Kelli Stonecipher; and Connor James, son of Jason and Tifani Holdren. Let us support these children in their Faith Journey! There will be NO Coffee and Donuts on November 11th because of the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for Veteran’s Day. The HOLY CROSS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP will meet TODAY Sunday, November 4th, after the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Parish Center Mezzanine. Anyone suffering the loss of a loved one is welcome to attend. PARISH HISTORY BOOK. Orders have been coming in and now you, too, can own a part of Holy Cross history with this keepsake book full of pictures from the past and a collection of all the Parish History stories that have been in the church bulletins since 2008. Cost of the book is $15.00. Order forms are available at the Parish Office and at the back of the church. Please call the Parish Office for more information. The books will be here in time for Christmas. YOU ARE INVITED to come for Adoration in the library on Tuesday nights and pray for our RCIA candidates, catechumens, and team. Jesus will be present from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You may come and pray for any amount of time you have to offer. What Issues Will You Vote On This Election? TEST OF FIRE: ELECTION 2012 YouTube video. Check out this video on our parish website at Music. Laughter. New faces. Friendly People. A call to greater holiness. From-the-heart talks by fellow parishioners and Father Steve. Recognizing Jesus in the people around you. Love. Acceptance. Peace. (A few observations from Elaine Hershbarger, WATCH Board Advisor, about the WATCH weekends.)

IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERAN’S DAY, all veterans, whether Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, or Retired, are invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. Mass, Sunday, November 11th, at Holy Cross Church, where they will receive a blessing from Father Willard, followed by an appreciation brunch of pancakes and sausage in the Great Hall. The brunch is extended to the veterans, their families, and all those who would like to honor them. The Knights of Columbus will start serving brunch at 9:00 a.m. All veterans are encouraged to wear their military uniforms. Hey Moms! New Mother’s Group at Holy Cross!! Are you interested in meeting other moms at Holy Cross? Please join us for faith, food and fellowship. We will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month in the Parish Center beginning November 14th from 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Bring the kiddos and join us. If you have any questions or want to help plan the meetings, please contact Joslyn Unger at or 314-791-6535.

The GIFT Cluster Team, comprised of representatives from Holy Cross, Our Lady of the Lake (Mahomet), St. Boniface (Seymour), St. Matthew, St. Mary, St. Patrick, and the St. John Newman Center, met on October 17th to begin the discussion regarding how to implement Bishop Jenky’s directives. By mid-December the team will have a plan in place for our parishes to begin collaborating effectively. There will be opportunities in the future for parishioner input in the process. Please pray for wisdom and enthusiasm as our parishes seek unity in ministry.

Parish Goal $980,515


Please join us December 7th-9th. Call the Parish Office for more details. BOOK OF THE DEAD. Be sure to enroll the names of your deceased loved ones in the Book of the Dead in the vestibule.

Offertory for week of OCT. 28th $8,375.96 Please remember Holy Cross in your will.

PURGATORIAL SOCIETY ENVELOPES. Envelopes for the Purgatorial Society (All Souls) are available on the shelves in the back of the church. Masses are offered on Sundays, Holy Days, and other times of the year.

NOTE: Parish Goal is for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

$180,727 Raised Funds


HOLY CROSS HISTORY As we huddle in our homes this week when the weather turns cooler, we can be glad that the parish just replaced the boiler in the church, for certainly cooler days still are ahead of us. I wonder if anyone remembers the school holiday when the boiler broke at Holy Cross? It was December 4, 1984. At 2:00 a.m. the condensation tank of the boiler rusted out at the bottom. The boiler needed to be shut off, and school cancelled. Marilyn Joseph, principal at the time, "went into action in the wee hours of the morning to make sure all parents were notified that school would be closed until a new tank could be found and installed." wrote Father Mullen in the bulletin. T he nearest t ank was i n Marshalltown, Iowa and couldn't be deliv ered and inst alled until Saturday. The result? Three days off school and it didn't even have to snow! "Everything was shipshape by Monday again." One can detect a little regret in Father Mullen's tone, "The whole unfortunate business was in the nature of an emergency...all of this happened just as we were beginning to show a bit of a surplus in our Sunday collections. I'm sure it will remind some of you of the kinds of setbacks you run into at times in your own homes. The expected bills y o u c a n h a n d l e . . . i t s t h o se unexpected ones that can cause you to lose sleep." I'm sure Father Willard would agree. Do you remember a day off school for snow or any other reason? We'd love to hear about it. Contact Barb Garvey at 359-6089 or email

A BIG THANKS to all of you who supported our Pro-Life Baby Shower on Saturday. Your participation, whether in person or through sending donations, was greatly appreciated. The donations of clothes, diapers, handmade blankets, and many other baby items were wonderful, and making the afternoon even better was the fact that joining us were a few moms who the Pro-Life Committee has been helping over the past few years, with their adorable children. This is exactly what it is all about! Doing Christ’s work by living our faith actively and giving of ourselves to others! The moms and their children, like everyone else, had a great time playing the games and winning prizes, and at the end of the party we were able to send home some of the ‘Baby Shower Gifts’ with the moms and the ‘moms to be.’ It felt so good filling up bags with baby items and sending them on their way. The rest of the items will be given to Living Alternatives and Birthright, as we do each year, but it was really something to experience the ‘giving’ right there and then. Come and join us next year and experience the great work Pro-Life does here at Holy Cross! Donations are still welcome. Drop your gift off at the Parish Office.


Holy Cross Crusaders 356-9521 An Invitation to Veterans. Holy Cross School would like to extend an invitation to all Veterans to attend a celebration of their dedication and commitment to our freedom on Tuesday, November 13th.The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the school gymnasium. Light refreshments will follow the program. Library News. The Holy Cross Book Fair will be open in the school library November 5th through 7th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and during Parent-Teacher conferences on Thursday, November 8th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, November 9th, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Parish members and school families alike are welcome. (PS - There’s more than just books so come check it out!!) Help Needed Selling Programs. Program sellers are needed for men’s Illini basketball games! This is a great way to raise money for the school and enjoy Illini games for free. Holy Cross will be selling at 9 Illini games this season and you can sell at whichever of those games fit your schedule. Families and kids are welcome. Arrive at the Assembly Hall a little bit before the doors open and sell until the game gets started and then stay and watch the rest of the game. For more information, contact Nyle Bolliger at or 688-3205. Thanks and Go Illini!!

The High School of St. Thomas More 352-7210 Paideia Award Nominations for the 2012 Champaign Vicariate and High School of Saint Thomas More Paideia Award are now being accepted. This award is presented each year to an individual who exemplifies true leadership in the area of service to Catholic education. This year's recipient will be recognized at the STM Annual Donor Appreciation Brunch scheduled for Sunday, December 9th. Consider nominating someone from your parish or school for this prestigious award. Nomination forms are available on the STM website or by calling the office at 819-5708.

OUR COMMUNITY YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! BEREAVED PARENTS of the USA. A new chapter of Bereaved Parents of the USA is beginning in the Champaign-Urbana area. Monthly support meetings will be held the 2nd Sunday of each month with the first meeting on Sunday, November 11th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Robeson Room of the Champaign Public Library. For more information contact Jane Pica at 373-1321 or BP/USA is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion, and hope especially to the newly bereaved, be they bereaved parents, grandparents, or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of a loved one. It is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings regardless of age or circumstances of the death. Visit

The Good Samaritan Seniors Outreach Services of Catholic Charities in Tolono. is sponsoring a Potluck on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Center, Tolono. Please bring a dish to share, and invite a friend. Everyone over 55 is welcome! The food is always delicious and we have fun! A donation of $2.00 per person is asked. Our program for November is AUTUMN B-I-N-G-O. The program now provides the services of Rob Taylor, a certified social worker for 'In Home' counseling at 309-397-9169. Also available is 'The Caring Companion Service' with qualified volunteers, working under the direction of coordinator, Patsy Schmitt. Call her at 217-607-1594 to request the assistance of a trained volunteer or to attend a volunteer training session. Helping seniors in rural communities live independently, with hope, dignity and a sense of purpose, is the mission of The Good Samaritan Outreach Services of Catholic Charities. Call Nancy Slaton at (217) 485-5608, to let us know how many to plan for, or if you need a ride.

Real Pro-Life News – from Joy This past week while sidewalk counseling, we saw many, many women walk into that clinic - mostly collage-age, but some older. This was the first time I witnessed a very young woman throwing-up in the parking lot. As she was driven into the parking lot, she looked vacant-eyed out the window - looking incredibly sad and lost. Accompanied by an older woman, she continued into the clinic. Shoulders slumped, looking down she made it to the door. The woman accompanying her did not take her hand or help her. This older woman marched straight-backed, confidently, as the suffering young woman followed behind. Abortion is serious business, and many women are coerced into abortion by emotional and physical threats of harm and abandonment. While we do not know the details of this young woman’s story, please pray for her, her situation, and her family.

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 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

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