Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross


This week and next we celebrate the manifestation of Christ. As we celebrate the Epiphany today he is revealed to the nations by a star. Next week, as we celebrate the Lord's baptism, he is made manifest in Jordan's waters as the Spirit of God descends upon him and a voice is heard from the heavens.

These feasts stretch out the Christmas mystery. Even though the holiday decorations are coming down in the stores and the Valentine cards are out already, we are still exploring what it means for the Son of God to come and dwell among us.

The mystery of the incarnation that we celebrate is no less than this: The Son of God took on our humanity so that we might come to share in his divine life! That incredible gift is ours through our baptism, when we were enlightened by Christ.

Now you see why we can't just spend one day celebrating Christmas. Even three weeks isn't enough. It takes a whole lifetime to uncover the mystery of the life that is ours in Christ!


Goal -                                                                        $1,500,000.00
Total paid to date (pledge payments and additional gifts)    $1,281,655.20
Pledge payments still outstanding                                    $ 193,261.30
Gifts still needed (in addition to pledges)                            $ 25.083.50

The yellow envelope in the packet mailed to your home can be used for gifts and pledge payments.
THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Carmel Corn and Candy. A donation of $2,015.00 was made from the proceeds to the Continuing Our Tradition Fund.

Offertory Collection

December 19, 2004..........................$6,974.64
December 26,2004..........................$6,456.13


              Jarrod P. Mount & Carla M. Velez - III


Dear Parishioners,

I would like to again extend my thanks to all of you for a beautiful Christmas at Holy Cross. On behalf of Father Andrew and the staff, I offer my gratitude for your cards, prayers and words of support you sent to us.

Also, I want to thank in particular:

   All the musicians, ushers, servers, Lectors and Ministers of the Altar.
   All who helped prepare and deliver the food baskets.
   All who helped decorate the Church so beautifully.
   All who helped deliver the flowers to the sick and shut-ins of the parish.
   All those who worked behind the scenes in any way.

Above all, to the loyal and faithful members of Holy Cross, I am grateful for your generosity and benevolence to the parish through a wonderful Christmas collection of $19,498.24.

God Bless You in the New Year!
Father David Ostrowski, Pastor

THE 2005 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES for youth in grades 1 through 11 can be picked up at the University Avenue entrance to Church. Please take a minute and pick yours up. Thank you!


Saturday, January 1
    4:30 p.m. t Mary Zurek
Sunday, January 2
Epiphany of the Lord

    8:00 a.m. t Jerome Deminsky
  10:00 a.m. t Raymond Partyka
  11:30 a.m. Living & Deceased of the Ignatik Family
    6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners
Monday, January 3
    6:45 a.m. t Lorraine Fitzgerald - ERS
Tuesday, January 4
    6:45 a.m. t Florence Wratkowski - ERS
Wednesday, January 5
    6:45 a.m. t Jacob Partyka
Thursday, January 6
    6:45 a.m. t Evan Evans
Friday, January 7
    6:45 a.m. t Joseph Kolodjski - Ushers
    7:00 p.m. t Peter Pawluk
Saturday, January 8
    8:00 a.m. t Joan Jagodzinski
    1:00 p.m. Jarrod Mount & Carla Velez - Wedding
    4:30 p.m. t Media Kozacz
Sunday, January 9
Baptism of the Lord

    8:00 a.m. t Bernadine & Vern Berry - Anniv. Bernadine
  10:00 a.m. t Felix Lamusga
  11:30 a.m. t Joseph & Stanislawa Staron
    6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners

Readings for the Week of January 2, 2005

Sunday: Is 60:1-6 Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6 Mt 2:1-12
Monday: 1 In 3:22-4:6 Mt 4:12-17,23-25
Tuesday: 1 In 4:7-10 Mk 6:34-44
Wednesday: 1 In 4:11-18 Mk 6:45-52
Thursday: 1 In 4:19-5:4 Lk 4:14-22a
Friday: 1 In 5:5-13 Lk 5:12-16
Saturday: 1 In 5:14-21 In 3:22-30
Next Sunday: Is 42:1-4,6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Mt 3:13-17


January 3, 1521
Martin Luther is excommunicated by
Pope Leo X.

THANKS TO ALL who gave to Coins For Cribs the Advent outreach program at Holy Cross. The parish was able to give $605.00 to "Cradle of Hope" - a non-profit organization that provides financial aid for critical maternity-related expenses such as cribs.

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