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Listen With A New Heart!! Our Church is calling for a “new evangelization”. In short, this means “to hear the Gospel anew, or to really hear it for the first time.” We all know the Christmas story. You have heard it many times, I’m sure. But we all can learn more from the story. We all need to hear the Gospel story anew, as if for the first time. As we listen to Holy Scripture again this season, listen with your heart and let the characters and circumstances of our Savior’s birth come alive and live within you. Visualize and meditate on how Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlehem, feel the panic when there was no room in the Inn, experience the humility of being born in a stable and laid in a manger.

December 22, 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

The characters and the circumstances of the first Christmas have a lot to teach us about our faith, and how we are to live it - that is, to base every decision in our everyday lives on our faith.

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.

Let’s look at the first characters in the Christmas story who came to the manger, and see what we can learn about our faith from them. The shepherds were the first ones to hear the announcement of Christ’s birth, and the first to visit the manger. The Gospel of Luke describes what the shepherds experienced:

HOLY CROSS PARISH OFFICE 405 W. Clark St., Champaign, Illinois, 61820 Phone: 217-352-8748 Fax: 217-366-2929 e-mail address: website:

“Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

HOLY CROSS SCHOOL Christina Ellis, Principal 410 W. White, Champaign, Illinois, 61820 Phone: 217-356-9521 Fax: 217-356-1745

The shepherds were simple, hard-working, honest people. They were really peasants. Now, you may consider yourself hardworking and honest, but as to being simple or a peasant - we have to admit we are far more educated and sophisticated than those lowly shepherds. But, let’s not be arrogant or naïve. Under our layers of sophistication and education, we are all peasants. We all have a peasant soul within us. We all have a needy soul. Secondly, the shepherds were “living in the fields” - they were outdoors, in the open, under God’s heavens, and not sheltered by any man-made covering or protection. The shepherds were in the open - they were vulnerable - they were open to receive the announcement of Christ’s birth. We may work in high-rise offices or surrounded by technology, but we, too, can be open to receiving the announcement of Christ’s birth. We, too, can admit our vulnerability before God and one another. The shepherds “kept watch by night”. In the silence of the night, the shepherds watched over their flocks and waited for the breaking of the daylight. We, too, must keep watch, waiting for the break of the true Daylight - the Word made Flesh to brighten our lives. This Christmas, may you hear the Christmas Story anew - as if for the first time - and come to know more deeply God’s love for you in Jesus Christ. Fr. Dave

TRIBUAL 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. 24 Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

6:30 p.m.

Lector: Euch Min. Servers:

Midnight Mass

Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Wednesday, Dec. 25 8:00 a.m. Lector: Euch Min: Servers: 10:00 a.m.

Lector: Euch Min: Servers

Christmas Eve Joe Murphy Kathleen Murray, Jessica McMahon, Margie Hoss, John Kelley, Greg Koerner Sydney McMahon, Michael Plecki, Wade Baillon, Sean Coffey, Nathaniel Love

Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Bob Weber Jan Weber, Sharon Kristovich, Peg Swanson, Elaine Hershberger Adam Zasada, Alexis Burgin, Spencer Burgin, Joe Hoffman, J. P. Hoffman

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

Harry Breen Gloria Fellers, Ron Davis, Sharon Foreman Elizabeth Bristow, Justin Bristow, Alex Summers, Micki Walker, Megan Walker

10:00 a.m.

Christmas Day Skip Thompson Joe Hacker, Fran Hacker, John Deponai III, John Sullivan Paul Burton, Veronica Burton, Stephanie Burton



Dec. 29 Lector: Euch Min: Servers: Lector: Euch Min:

Servers: 4:00 p.m.

Lector: Euch Min: Servers:

Victoria Fitzgerald Vanna Cunningham, John Cunningham Michael Hasenstab, Nick Hasenstab, James Plankenhorn

Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.


Dec. 28 Lector: Euch Min:


23 24 25 Nick John No Hasenstab, Bingaman 7:00 a.m. Michael Mass Hasenstab


26 Noelle Schacht, Kayley Schacht


27 Hayes Murray, Lexi Baker

Offertory for week of DEC. 8th $10,910.75 Offertory for week of DEC. 15th $7,713.63 Thank you for your generous contributions.

David Kristovich Lynette Lykins, Charlie Parr, Dennis Menke, Sharon Kristovich, Mary Lou Widloski Olivia Herges, Joseph Herges, Natalie Fleming Greg Miely Greg Koerner, Judy Deverell, John Deponai III, John Sullivan, Candy Rollins Abigail Keck, Sam Keck, Sean Sullivan Jean Hausladen Margie Hoss, Steve Carter, Sharon Foreman, John Dixon, Pat Dixon, Karen Ulbrich, Paul Hausladen Lexi McFarland, Alexa Hardy, Grace Hausladen Ed Seebauer Bonita Higgerson, Mike O’Brien, Elaine Hershbarger, Jan Weber, Robert Weber Quinn Bolliger, Joe Hoffman, John Paul Hoffman

Mass Intentions for the Week Monday, Dec. 23 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 7:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Midnight Wednesday, Dec. 25 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 7:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27 7:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 8:15 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

James Cain Christmas Eve Marian Walker Queto Rennier Bob Cain Florence Desmier Christmas Day For the Parishioners Joe and Pat Doyle In honor of Philip Fisk II Poor Souls

Clarence Berger Stanley Spurgeon Martha Kappes Patricia Gratkowski For the Parishioners

OUR PARISH NEWLYWEDS. Our prayers and best wishes go with Henry Turek and Hilary Lohrstorfer, who were married here on Saturday, December 14th. May God’s grace support them throughout their married life! COFFEE

AND DONUTS VOLUNTEERS for December 29th are the Smock, Garcia, and Summers families for both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Mass crowds. Thank you for your gift

of time. The sign-up sheet for the new year is now available at the back of the church. Please consider a New Year’s Resolution to volunteer to help with Coffee and Donuts in 2014.

CATECHISM STUDY SERIES CONTINUES, MONDAY, JANUARY 20TH. The Year of Faith is officially over but there’s still more of the Catechism to study! Part 2 on Liturgy and Sacraments begins again on Monday, January 20th and Tuesday, January 21st. If you’ve ever wondered why the Mass is the way it is, why we worship the way we do, and what difference the Sacraments make, this study is for you. Each study stands alone, so feel free to jump in even if you haven’t taken any of the other studies in the series. The cost is $25 per person for materials. If you bought a workbook for any of the other sessions, you don’t need to pay again. The same book will be used throughout the study series. To register, call the Parish Office at 352-8748.



Pastors in most parishes have a cook to prepare their meals during the week. YOU ARE OUR PARISH COOKS AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! The calendar has been extended through 2014 and is now available for sign up to provide dinner for Fr. Dave, Fr. Bill, and Fr. Santa. Make a New Year’s Resolution to volunteer one day a month to make a meal. Please log in to the calendar and sign up using the following information: Care calendar # 154196 Helper security code: 9944 ORL. You may also call the Call the Parish Office at 352-8748 and we’ll help get you sign up.

ARE YOU A REGULAR MEAL PROVIDER FOR OUR SHEPHERDS? Thank you so much and be sure to pick up your dishes in the Parish Office if you would like them back. WE ALSO HAVE an abundance of reusable containers that you may come and grab to use on your next F3 meal.

THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Christmas Eve at Noon, all day Christmas Day, and Thursday, December 26th. Have a blessed Christmas from your Parish Staff!! The office will also be closed Tuesday, December 31st at noon and New Year’s Day.

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)


Donations have been made to the Flower Fund for the Folts family, and in memory of Evelyn Bell, Joe and Pat Doyle, the Cochrane, O’Brien, and Vedder families, Tom and Anne Corkery, Ethel Cox, John F. Murray, Jr., Robert Reiser, the Mickulich and Pisani families, the Morton and Cross families, the Graham and Huguet families, the Lynch and Lecher families, Bill McMahon, Linda and Mike Wesolowski, Jason Widloski, Jim Schroeder, Chuck, Chad, and Megan Schweighart, Larry Hausmann, Jim and Kathryn Bristow, William and Kevin Pellum, and in honor of the Hausladen and Ranweiler families.

VOCATIONS “A call from God to live in a particular way” “When Joseph awoke he did as the angel of the Lord directed him.” Are you prayerfully vigilant about discovering your vocation in Christ? Might He be inviting you 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. Adam Dupre, and Diocese of Peoria seminarian Brian Bibb.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! A warm Christmas welcome to all from your Holy Cross Parish family. How blessed we are to be able to freely come together in faith and share in the gift of Jesus’ birth. In celebrating this glorious miracle of life we are reminded of new and small beginnings. God entered the world not in overwhelming power and glory, but in the weakness, vulnerability and need of humanity. May we find a bond with Him in this helplessness that He shares with us and fully understands. Our prayer for you is that this Christmas gift from God offers you the new start in a love that Christ calls us to every time we revisit His own humble beginnings. It is never too late to start anew! Let us all become Dynamic Catholics! “Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event). Christmas is something more. Christmas is an encounter” with the Lord. (Pope Francis)

FOR YOUR INFORMATION This is a special section of the bulletin just for you at Christmas. We want to share with you the many ministries and activities that are a part of our Parish Family Life. We invite you to join us! Coffee and Donuts. Stimulating conversation, informative discussions, delicious treats. No, it's not some costly seminar. It's the "coffee and donuts" show in our parish center after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses. Meet your friends! Better yet, invite the person you see in church each Sunday but haven’t yet met. COME JOIN US!! OVER 60’S/RETIREES: A Potluck is held the second Wednesday of every month beginning around noon. You are invited to bring your favorite dish to share and join fellow parish members for a tasty lunch and good company. Hey Moms! 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 from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Bring the kiddos to stay and play in the nursery and join us. If you have any questions or want to help plan the meetings, please contact Joslyn Unger at or 314-791-6535.

PARISH LIBRARY. The Parish Library, located in the Parish Center, is open for business Sunday mornings during Coffee Shop and Monday through Friday during regular office hours. Instructions for self-checkout are posted near the top of two bookcases in big bold type. THE CRUX, our parish bi-monthly newsletter, is available for viewing on our parish website at Stay informed on all the up to date events in our parish family and school. To sign up for the reminder e-mail notice, please contact the Parish Office. CHURCH CONTRIBUTIONS. Your financial support of the parish can now be given through Automatic Donations (ACH Debit) and the Online Giving Program. Visit our Parish website for instructions or forms are available in the Parish Office and can be picked up during regular office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ARE YOU REGISTERED? Many people who have never formally registered in the parish attend Mass faithfully at Holy Cross and consider themselves members. We would like to assist you with family baptisms, marriages, and other important needs, but can do so only if we have records on file for you. It takes only a moment to fill out a registration form and become an official member of your Holy Cross Parish Family. Please call or stop by the parish office to register.

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Do you know of anyone - a family member, a friend, a co-worker - who’s drifted away from their Catholic faith and no longer attends Mass? What better time to encourage them to return to the Church than Christmas! Invite them to come with you to any of the Christmas Masses where they can join us in celebrating the birth of the Son of God in the majesty of our decorated sanctuary. Whether it’s been months or even years since they have been to Mass, they can be like the wise men and shepherds on that night so long ago who sought and found the Newborn King.


OUR COMMUNITY UNEMPLOYMENT IS A PAINFUL PILGRIMMAGE Trying to find a job isn’t easy. You don’t have to do this journey alone! Meet with other unemployed people on a regular basis while looking for work. Shared experiences and solutions can reduce the threat of: Eviction or loss of access to email or phone which are essential to a job search; Not having enough money to pay for food and for daily necessities like clothing or making repairs to a car or for prescription drugs; Feeling isolated, rejected or hopeless because people no longer treat you like you have any worth. To get started call Cliff Maduzia at 217-791-1264 or email at

KID’S CORNER Merry Christmas!! Don’t forget to sing Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus!!

Holy Cross School 356-9521 CHRISTMAS BREAK School resumes Monday, January 6th. Have a very Merry Christmas!! The High School of St. Thomas More 352-7210 STM 2014-2015 Admissions. The High School of Saint Thomas More is now accepting applications for the 20142015 school year. For questions, call 819-5702 or visit: STM OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSING. The STM school office will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 6th.

PRO-LIFE ISSUES A word from Joy Real Pro-Life News – from Joy Food for thought: Jesus came into this world: born into poverty, with no roof over his head, no health insurance, poor job prospects, no college educationJ. Can’t we see past the difficulties of life to welcome all children, instead of aborting them? Every child deserves a birthday. Love big. Give generously. Hope always.

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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