Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross


With this feast we bring the Christmas season to an end. But the story isn't over. Even though this is the last day of our Christmas celebration in the Church, you'll notice that the scripture readings were not about a little baby. They were about the adult Jesus, the one who went out to preach the good news to the poor and who announced that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

Our faith is not wrapped up in the swaddling clothes of a tiny child. Real Christmas faith recognizes that the Son of God who became one like us in his birth, grew up like we do. He lived his life in this world like we do. He knew people who are powerful and people who are weak, just as we do. And he suffered and died - just like us.

The true mystery of the incarnation is that the Son of God did all this so that we can come to share in the divine life that is his. The Son of God became like us so that we can become daughters and sons of the Most High. As the Christmas Gospel says, "To those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God." (John 1:12)


On the evening of January 1st, two young men found their way into our church through a door that was not properly closed on 17th Avenue. They made their way quickly to the Usher's room where they forced open the door. As they entered the Church the robbers set off the alarm system and the police responded immediately. The two men were arrested as they tried to leave the church. From the sketchy details it seems the two young men had observed during a Mass how the collection was handled. As they broke into the church the men clearly knew where they could look for money. Fortunately, because of the lack of time, nothing was stolen from the Church.

Though it was unfortunate the Church door was not properly secured, the security alarm system with motion detectors and quick notification of the police proves our parish made a wise investment. Ironically, the Finance Council and I have been discussing over the past year the precarious nature of the Usher's room door which is secluded by the vestibule. During Mass it would not be difficult for someone to sneak into the Usher's room and hide in the Church basement. It has been recommended moving the Usher's room door to the inside of the church proper (by the Mission Cross) and adding a second security door leading to the church basement. It would seem that the recent robbery attempt gives the idea high priority now.

Father David Ostrowski, Pastor


Goal -                                                                         $1,500,000.00
Total paid to date (pledge payments and additional gifts)     $1,295,623.20
Pledge payments still outstanding                                     $ 180,906.30
Gifts still needed (in addition to pledges)                                23,470.50

Thank you to all who recently gave gifts to the Campaign and thank you to all who made year-end pledge payments. We are grateful for your gifts and generosity!
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                                          ADORATION NEWS

Baptism of Our Lord Jesus - and a voice came from the heavens saying, "This is MY beloved SON, with whom I am well pleased." (Matt. 3:17).

Let us visit this BELOVED SON in the Adoration Chapel. Note the open hours. The Adoration Chapel is located in the convent of Holy Cross. Open hours: Tuesday 1:00 p.m., Wednesday 8:00 a.m., Saturday 12:00 noon, Saturday 3:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 3:00 p.m. To have questions answered or for more information call 612-605-2558 or 612-781-4806. Thank you!

Offertory Collection

January 2,2005......................$6,465.77
Christmas collection updated $21,658.24


Saturday, January 8
    4:30 p.m. t Media Kozacz
Sunday, January 9
Baptism of Our 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 & Parents
    6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners
Monday, January 10
    6:45 a.m. Health of Katherine Bye
Tuesday, January 11
    6:45 a.m. t Helen Danaj
Wednesday,January 12
    6:45 a.m. t Mary Dec
Thursday, January 13
    6:45 a.m. t Dorothy Slota
Friday, January 14
    6:45 a.m. t John & Julia Narog - Anniv. Julia
    7:00 p.m. t Father Edward Wojtowicz
Saturday, January 15
    8:00 a.m. t Elaine Newman
    4:30 p.m. t Laurence O. Johnson
Sunday,January 16
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    8:00 a.m. Betty Chorzempa- Special Intention
  10:00 a.m. t Michael Niznik
  11:30 a.m. t Barbara Lamusga
    6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners

Readings for the Week of January 9, 2005

Sunday: Is 42:1-4,6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Mt 3:13-17
Monday: Heb 1:1-6 Mk 1:14-20
Tuesday: Heb 2:5-12 Mk 1:21-28
Wednesday: Heb 2:14-18 Mk 1:29-39
Thursday: Heb 3:7-14 Mk 1:40-45
Friday: Heb 4:1-5, 11 Mk 2:1-12
Saturday: Heb 4:12-16 Mk 2:13-17
Next Sunday: Is 49:3, 5-6 1 Cor 1:1-3 Jn 1:29-34


January 12, 1932
Ophelia Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas becomes
the first woman elected to the U. S. Senate.

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