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"Rejoice!" the angel tells Mary. But that was more than Mary could manage at first. She felt fear in the angelic presence. She felt confusion as to how her motherhood would come about. She must have been anxious about how Joseph would take the news. She trusted in God, however, and gave her consent. And somewhere on the road from Galilee to Judah where her cousin Elizabeth lived, joy came to her. Joy is also God's gift to you. Open your heart and rejoice.

CHRISTMAS EVE - Tuesday, December 24
     Children's "Happy Birthday Jesus" Mass 4:00 PM.
     Christmas Eve Mass at 12:00 Midnight with
          combined choirs.
     Church doors will open at 11:00 PM.
     Kolendy (Christmas Carols) begin at 11:30 PM.

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES - Wed., December 25
     Mass at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM (Polish).
     No 6:30 PM Mass on Christmas Day.

     Mass on Saturday, December 28 - 4:30 PM.
     Mass on Sunday, December 29 - 8:00 AM,
         10:00 AM, 11:30 AM (Polish) and 6:30 PM.

MARY, MOTHER OF GOD - Wed., January 1, 2003
     Mass of Anticipation - Tuesday, Dec. 31 - 5:30 PM
     Mass on Wednesday, January 1
         8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:30 AM (Polish).
     No 6:30 PM Mass on January 1.

Goal - $1,500.000.00
Pledges & Gifts - - $1,295.122.00
Needed to reach Goal - $ 204,878.00

Pledges & Gifts - $1,295,122.00
Paid to date - $ 730.895.70
Outstanding - $ 564,226.30

All donations to the "Continuing Our Tradition" Campaign are tax deductible. As the end of the year draws near, please consider a gift to the Campaign or the tax advantages of making extra pledge payments. All gifts and pledge payments are applied to our outstanding debt and early payments will save loan interest costs. The yellow envelope in the envelope packet mailed to your home can be used for gifts and/or pledge payments.

 Offertory Collection
December 15,2002........................$6,036.41

PLEASE REMEMBER HOLY CROSS PARISH at Christmas time. The funds we receive on Christmas help pay our insurance, utilities, and/or parish assessment. Thank you and God bless you for your generosity.
THE 2003 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES for youth in grades 1 thru 11 can be picked up at the University Ave. entrance to Church. Adults will continue to receive their envelopes in the mail.
WE WARMLY WELCOME and wish Merry Christmas to all who have come to worship our Savior with us this Christmas. Each day we live is a priceless gift from God, loaded with possibilities to learn something new to gain fresh insight into His great truths. May we be showered with those blessings as we together profess His name on Christmas.

                                   Father David, Father Andy, Father Ed
                                                      and Parish Staff
THANK YOU TO THE POLISH HOLY NAME SOCIETY for their donation of $1,250.00 to the Continuing Our Tradition Campaign and for tables and chairs in Kolbe Center.


Saturday, December 21
    4:30 p.m. Living and Deceased Members of the Haider & Schauer Families
Sunday, December 22
Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. t Leona Maciej
  10:00 a.m. t Felix Lamusga
  11:30 a.m. t Leon Adamczyk
    6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners
Monday, December 23
    6:45 a.m. Andrew Traczyk
Tuesday, 24 Christmas Eve
6:45 a.m. t Walter Walicki
    4:00 p.m. For the Children of the Parish
  12:00 p.m. t Ceil Tomas
Wednesday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day
8:00 a.m. t Tom Soltys
  10:00 a.m. t Phyllis Oberg
  11:30 a.m. t Julian, Mary & Felix Smietana - Anniv. Julian
                      No 6:30 PM Mass
Thursday, December 26
    6:45 a.m. t Poor Souls
Friday, December 27
    6:45 a.m. t Andrew & Louise Chorzempa
Saturday, December 28
    8:00 a.m. t Zygmunt & Anna Sarna
    4:30 p.m. Living & Deceased Members of the Frank & Sophie Wos Family
Sunday, December 29
Feast of the Holy Family
8:00 a.m. t Joseph A. Galka
  10:00 a.m. t Frank & Angela Provos
  11:30 a.m. Genevieve Niznik- Special Intention
    6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners

Readings for the Week of December 22, 2002

Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38
Monday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-24; Lk 1:57-66
Tuesday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Lk 1:67-79
Wednesday: Is 52:7-10; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18
Thursday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Mt 10:17-22
Friday: 1 Jn 1:1-4; Jn 20:2-8
Saturday: 1 Jn 1:5-2:2; Mt 2:13-18
Next Sunday: Sir 3:2-7,12-14; CoI3:12-21; Lk 2:22-40

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