Today's Gospel is Jesus' great teaching on the mountain at the beginning of his ministry in St. Matthew's Gospel. The beatitudes are Jesus' directions to his followers. They are a way of life for Christians.
There have been many new stories in the last few years about the struggles of some groups or individuals to have the Ten Commandments posted in public places. You don't ever hear about anyone who wants to post the Eight Beatitudes. Yet those are rules that Jesus left for his followers. The Sermon on the Mount even continues for three chapters in Matthew's Gospel to explain in a more detailed way how Christians are asked to go far beyond the requirements of the Commandments. You can read Matthew, Chapters 5, 6 and 7 to discover more about this challenging life we're asked to live.
If you haven't yet memorized the Beatitudes, why don't you set that as a goal for yourself before Lent begins on February 9th?
|USHER'S ROOM - After some
discussion it has been decided to add a security door from
the usher's room to the basement. This will minimize cost as
well as avoid changing the interior of the church.
HOSPITAL AND NURSING HOME POLICY - Because
of Privacy Laws, the staff of Holy Cross is not able to know when a parishioner
is hospitalized or sent to a nursing home. We cannot know when a person is
admitted or discharged. Nor can we know how long their stay will be. The
hospital or nursing home will not give out any information because such
information is confidential. Thus, we depend entirely on the immediate family
(spouse or children) to inform us and keep us informed of a patient's
whereabouts. Though this at times is quite frustrating and seems to cause hurt
feelings, the size of our parish (700 families) and privacy laws make it
difficult for us to know where a person is and whether they want a visit with
communion and/or anointing from a priest. Of course we also are aware some
people do not want a visit. We depend on the immediate family to keep us
informed. Holy Cross is fortunate to have two priests and two nuns who are very
happy and willing to minister to our parishioners when they are in the hospital,
nursing home or homebound. Please simply inform us directly 612-789-7238
(rectory), 612-789-9168 (convent) and we will gladly visit, bring communion, or
anoint our parishioners.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these matters.
|CONTINUING OUR TRADITION - January 23, 2005
Total paid to date (pledge payments and additional gifts)
Pledge payments still outstanding
Gifts still needed (in addition to pledges)
Thank you to all who continue to make regular pledge payments and gifts. We are
grateful for your generosity!
|THE BAPTISM CLASS IN
FEBRUARY will be on
Tuesday, February 1 (one week early) due to the Sauerkraut
Supper on February 8. For registration, questions or
information please call Sister Donna at 612-789-7238.
|NEXT WEEKEND marks the beginning of the 2005 Annual Catholic Appeal. The
Appeal supports forty-five ministries and programs that help the spiritual, educational
and social needs of the Archdiocesan community. Please look for your letter from Archbishop Flynn and prayerfully consider a gift to the Appeal.
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 29
4:30 p.m. t Anton, Mary & Nancy Nawara
Sunday, January 30
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00 a.m. t Stanley Moritko
10:00 a.m. t Henry Wos
11:30 a.m. t Tadeusz & Renata Swica
6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners
Monday, January 31
6:45 a.m. t Ann Strauss - Anniv.
Tuesday, February 1
6:45 a.m. t Joseph Koniar
Wednesday, February 2
6:45 a.m. t Carol Berry
Thursday, February 3
6:45 a.m. t Walter & Mary Horowicki
Friday, February 4
6:45 a.m. t Ann Berg
7:00 p.m. t Father Edward Wojtowicz
Saturday, February 5
8:00 a.m. t Phyllis Oberg & Andrea Arnold
4:30 p.m. t Roger Lipa
Sunday, February 6
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00 a.m. t John & Divine Deminsky
10:00 a.m. t George Zurek
11:30 a.m. Living Members of Ellingson Family
6:30 p.m. For the Parishioners
Readings for the Week of January 30, 2005
Sunday: Zep 2:3; 3:12-13, 1 Cor 1:26-31, Mt 5:1-12a
Monday: Heb 11 :32-40, Mk 5:1-20
Tuesday: Heb 12:1-4, Mk 5:21-43
Wednesday: Mal 3:1-4, Heb 2:14-18, Lk 2:22-40
Thursday: Heb 12:18-19, 21-24, Mk 6:7-13
Friday: Heb 13:1-8, Mk 6:14-29
Saturday: Heb 13:15-17, 20-21, Mk 6:30-34
Next Sunday: Is 58:7-10, 1 Cor 2:1-5, Mt 5:13-16
IN HISTORY THIS WEEK:
February 1, 1790
The first session of the United States
Supreme Court is held in the Royal Exchange
Building on Broad St. in New York City.
February 3, 1913
The 16th Amendment, authorizing a federal
income tax, takes effect.
February 4, 1789
George Washington is elected as the first president
of the United States by the presidential electors.