Text Box:      Church of the Holy Cross

Volume 28,  No.   5                                                                December, 2007


Each year our parishioners and friends are invited to participate in the “Flower Memorial Fund” where the money received is used to purchase the poinsettias and decorations for our Church at Christmas.  A Memorial Book is prepared that lists your name and the names of those you wish to remember.

If you would like to remember your loved ones in a very special way, please return the form below by Monday, December 17.

On Wednesday, December 26 many of the poinsettia plants will be given to the sick and shut-in of our parish.  In this way, they are able to share in the Christmas celebration of Holy Cross.  Thank you!

My name:



I wish to remember:




Donation: ____________



The prophet Isaiah says of the coming king we all await: “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse and from his roots a bud shall blossom.”  Our Savior has human ancestors.  His family goes back to Jesse, the father of King David.  David was the first member of a new royal family which ruled over Israel for many years.


When we make a Jesse Tree, we remember the family of Jesus and all those people throughout history who helped prepare the world for the coming of Jesus.  We think about one thing which will help us recall each person - this is called a symbol.


The Jesse Tree symbols are decorations for Christmas trees.  When they are hung on the tree, it is transformed into the “Family Tree” of Christ since each decoration is a symbol either of an ancestor of Christ or of a prophecy foretelling His coming. 


All children are invited to help decorate the Jesse Tree.  Sign-up for symbols will be at the doors of the church Dec. 8 & 9.  Pick up your symbols on Dec. 15-16.  The Jesse Tree will be decorated at the 10:00 Mass on Sunday, December 23.



The English Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 PM.  Following rehearsals will be from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on December 5, 12, 19 and at 10:30 PM December 24.  We invite you to join our loyal choir members to make this a festive Advent and Christmas.  You’ll be glad you did!

                          Phil Baird - Organist & Choirmaster



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The World Apostolate of Fatima, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, is sponsoring an All Night Vigil of reparation and prayer at: St. John Catholic Church, 977 5th St. East, St. Paul.  The vigil will begin on Friday, December 7, at  8:00 PM with the Rosary, Mass at 9:00 PM, conclude with Mass at 4:00 AM on Saturday, December 8.  Contact: Dorothy at 651-776-5764.  Everyone is invited to part or all of this devotion.


We thank everyone who donated so generously to the Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Thank you also to the great crew who made and delivered the baskets!