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According to St. John's Gospel, John the Baptist came to testify to the light. That light is Jesus Christ.

In the past few weeks we have lit one more candle week- after-week on the Advent Wreath. The light has increased as we come closer to Christmas. It is a symbol of the coming of the light of the world into our hearts.

Next Sunday we will light the fourth and final candle. The wreath will be full of light as we await the celebration of Christ's birth. It is not only John the Baptist who testifies to the light. We too give testimony in the world. Have our own lives revealed more of Christ in these Advent weeks?

"COINS FOR CRIBS" - An Advent outreach program at Holy Cross. As we prepare to celebrate the Birth of Baby Jesus at Christmas, our parish will again collect coins during Advent that will be used for baby cribs. The money collected will be given to "Cradle of Hope" - a non-profit organization that works with mothers and infants in crisis. All coins received in the weekly collection plate will be given to this project. Bring extra coins to Church! If you prefer to give dollars or a check, please put your gift in an enveloped marked "Cradle of Hope."

Last week we collected $95.00. Thank you!


Goal -                                                                                      $1,500,000.00
Total paid to date (pledge payments and additional gifts)        $1,413,620.70
Pledge still outstanding                                                                $ 86.379.30

Thank you to all who continue to give gifts and make pledge payments. God Bless you!

Offertory Collection
December 4, 2005.......$7,772.25

From the Pastor ......

As you can tell, the scaffolding in the church has been taken down, indicating the re-decorating of the sanctuary is complete. I am sure you will agree the painting is beautiful! We thank the Conrad Schmitt Studios, New Berlin, WI for their excellent work. The electricians from Brite Lite Electric, St. Paul, MN are still working on the new lighting but assure us the work will be completed by Christmas.

Many ask me each week if we will continue painting the remainder of the Church. Without a doubt that would certainly be wonderful. However, up to this point the painting has been paid by money left to the parish in the Will of a generous couple. Any further painting will have to be funded through some special fund-raising or capital campaign. Somewhat complicating the issue is we still have one year left on the Continuing Our Tradition campaign. After the New Year, the Trustees, Finance Council and I will discuss this issue, assisted with a master plan, suggested time line and estimated cost submitted by Conrad Schmitt Studios to complete the painting in time for the 125th parish anniversary in 2011. I will keep you informed through the bulletin. In the meantime, enjoy the new look of our beautiful sanctuary.

Father David Ostrowski, Pastor

THE ENGLISH ALTAR AND ROSARY GUILD thanks everyone who participated in making their Bake and Craft Sale a success. Thanks to Roses 102 and 109 for all their hard work. Raffle winners: Stable - Jane Barrett, Snowman - Dianne Jedlenski, Throw and purse - Mary Kozacz, Candy Wreath - Janice Frakie, Holy Family Statue - Deb Jurek, Xmas Tree - Katie Madej, Manger - Karen Bishop, Wreath - Janice Godlewski, Candy Tree - Patrick Madej, Centerpiece - Mary Soltys, Ceramic Pitcher and Cookie Jar - Donna Morgan, Lit Ceramic Tree - Bernice Dziekciowski, Cookie Jar Bear - Kazmir Smoter, Christmas Bear - Felicia Hamann.


Saturday, December 10
    4:30 p.m. t Joseph Biernat, Sr., Walter Biernat, John Biernat, Helen Wickman & Frances Thompson
Sunday, December 11 - Third Sunday of Advent     8:00 a.m. t Joyce & Matthew Mycko - Anniv. Joyce
  10:00 a.m. t Katherine Partyka
  11:30 a.m. t Deceased Members of the Adamiec Family
    6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners
Monday, December 12
    6:45 a.m. t Eleanor O'Connell
Tuesday, December 13
    6:45 a.m. t Helen & Teresa Danaj
    6:00 p.m. t Father Robert Wiley, S.M.
Wednesday, December 14
    6:45 a.m. t John & Mary Majkrzak
Thursday, December 15
    6:45 a.m. t Mary Dec
Friday, December 16
    6:45 a.m. t Andrew Padula
    7:00 p.m. Grzegorz & Christine Ignatik - 10th Wedding Anniversary
Saturday, December 17
    8:00 a.m. t Kazimierz & Magdelena Chorzempa
    4:30 p.m. Living & Deceased Members of the Wos Family
Sunday, December 18
Fourth Sunday of Advent

    8:00 a.m. t Joseph Galka
  10:00 a.m. t Mary Zurek
  11:30 a.m. t Wladyslaw & Jozef Zoledziewski
    6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners

Readings for the Week of December 11, 2005

Sunday: Is 61 :1-2a, 10-11, 1 Thes 5:16-24, Jn 1:6-8, 19-28
Monday: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab, Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2,9-13, Mt 21:28-32
Wednesday: Is 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25, Lk 7:18b-23
Thursday: Is 54:1-10, Lk 7:24-30
Friday: Is 56:1-3a, 6-8, Jn 5:33-36
Saturday: Gn 49:2,8-10, Mt 1:1-17
Next Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16, Rom 16:25-27, Lk 1:26-38


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