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									                       FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT                                                           PARISH GIVING
                           MARCH 10, 2013                                                      March 3 weekly collection - $7,140
                                                                                            Our budgeted weekly cost of operating
                               THIS WEEK’S THEME                                            the Parish is $7,600. Thank you for
                                                                                            your continued financial support of our
Having arrived in the Promised Land, the Hebrews celebrated their deliverance from          Parish.
affliction and distress in the Passover. Christ, our Passover, has entrusted to us the
message of reconciliation; let us forgive one another and celebrate the unconditional       THIS WEEK AT HOLY CROSS
and abundant love of God our Father.
                                                                                            Mon., Mar. 11 – Franciscan Reflections
We ask God to return to eternal life: Our recently departed friends and family              1:30pm in the parlor. Family Life 6:30pm in
members.                                                                                    the parlor. Spiritual Life 6:30pm in the
                                                                                            rectory conference room.
Open Pantry - Next week we ask that you please bring pasta.
                                                                                            Tuesday, Mar. 12 – Social Club 1:30pm in
                                                                                            the meeting room. JustFaith 7pm in the
               LENTEN SACRIFICIAL MEALS – Fridays of Lent                                   youth room.
                  5:30pm Soup/Salad/Bread in the meeting room
                    7:00pm Stations of the Cross in the Church                              Wednesday, Mar. 13 – East Forest Park
  We appreciate those who volunteer to prepare a soup, salad, and bread for our             Civic Association 6:30pm in the meeting
  meals. If you would like to help prepare this meal, please contact Maureen at             room.
                                                                                            Thurs., Mar. 14 – Yoga 5:30pm          in the
                                                                                            gym. Brownies 6pm in the gold          room.
                                                                                            JustFaith for Deacons 7pm in the        youth
SAVE THE DATES – MARCH 18-20 – Lenten Parish Mission at Holy Name
                                                                                            room. Parents’ Prayer Group 7:30pm     in the
Church, 323 Dickinson St., Springfield. The combined Holy Cross/Holy Name
Mission will begin at 7:00, with Mass and talk. Deacon Bill will be presenting on the
theme “Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Justice”.
                                                                                            Fri., March 15 – Sacrificial Meal 5:30pm in
                                                                                            the meeting room. Stations of the Cross 7pm
                            OPERATION RICE BOWL
                                                                                            in the Church.
During this Lenten season, our parish family will once again participate in Operation
Rice Bowl. Throughout Lent let us pray and fast in solidarity with those who hunger.
                                                                                            Sun., March 17 – Religious Ed. 9:30am in
Lent is an opportune time to learn about our global community and give to our poor
                                                                                            the school. Sandwiches 11:50am in the
brothers and sisters overseas and in our own diocese. Our donations will be shared
                                                                                            meeting room. Youth Group 4pm in the gold
with Catholic Relief Services, Sr. Linda Donovan, MM (to continue her work in Chile)
and Sr. Cindy’s Community, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, for their work in
Bolivia, Brazil and Jamaica. The sandwich ministry also benefits from this collection.
Operation Rice Bowls are available at the entrances of the Church.
                                                                                                   HOLY CROSS LOTTERY
          DONATIONS NEEDED FOR OUR PANCAKE BUNNY BRUCH                                              CALENDAR WINNERS
There will be a Parish Pancake Bunny Brunch on Sunday, March 24, from 9am to                   Our winners of $50 on March 3 were:
1pm. We are looking for large themed raffle prize baskets with grouped items such as:               Jon and Karine Craven
chocolate items, movie-popcorn items, spa gift items, gift certificates, lottery tickets,           CONGRATULATIONS!
spirits, as well as baskets for children and adults. These may be left at the Rectory
during the next two weeks with your name as the donor. Anyone donating a raffle
basket will receive a family ticket to this Parish gathering. Call Frank Ryan with any      The Outreach to the Poor Committee is
questions, 782-5730. Baked items are also needed to complete this delightful Breakfast      collecting canned food at all Masses this
Brunch. Please call Ann Gagnon, 783-0339 and let her know that you will help. Thank         weekend for families who will be receiving
you.                                                                                        Easter (Ham) dinners from our parish. We
                                                                                            are in need of coffee, tea, corn, green beans,
                                 SACRISTAN HELP                                             peas, sliced pineapple, brown sugar and
If you are interested in volunteering your time to help in the Sacristy, please contact     boxed scalloped or au gratin potatoes. Please
Fr. David at 796-7675, ext. 110. We need people to help with our weekday (7am),             leave your donations in the open pantry
weekend, and funeral Masses (you do not have to be available for all Masses). Some          baskets at the entrances of the church. Thank
of the duties include opening/closing the Church and setting-up for the Masses.             you for making the Easter holiday special for
                                                                                            those in our parish family experiencing
SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, April 4, Dr. Rob Robinson will be speaking at                     financial difficulties.
7pm, in the meeting room, on helping pre-teens and teens cope with stress. All
adults are welcome.

                           The Holy Cross Social Club
Wear your green for our St. Patrick's Day luncheon, March 12th, at 1:30, in the
meeting room. There will be food, music and lots of fun. We look forward to our time
           FROM YOUR                        you are welcome to participate in the        the physical demands of yoga.
       PASTORAL MINISTER                    New Hope Community Health Clinic,
                                            which is held every Tuesday evening,         If you are thinking about taking yoga
Franciscan Reflection Group – Our           from 6:30 to 9:00, at the Evangelical        classes, be sure to talk to your health
next session will be at 1:30pm on           Covenant Church (915 Plumtree Road).         care providers. Give them a full picture
Monday, March 11. We will continue          This is a “walk-in” clinic. If you have      of what you do to manage your health. It
with the Fr. Gittens series on              questions, please call 782-5219. There       is in your best interest to always inform
Discipleship. You do not have to attend     is also a free clinic on Wed. evenings, at   to your health care providers about any
every session. All are welcome.             281 Maple Street in E. Longmeadow,           complementary health practices you use,
                                            from 6:30 to 8:30. The Pioneer Valley        including yoga. This information will
Yoga – We will begin a new Yoga             Free Health Clinic’s phone number is         help to ensure your coordinated and safe
series on Thursday, March 14, at            525-3866.                                    care.
5:30pm in the gym. The cost for the six           RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
week series is $50.00. If you are                                                        Source:      http://nccam.nih.gov/health
interested in participating in this                                                      /tips/yoga September, 2012
program, please call Cheryl at 782-5314.    Congratulations to William Abange
All are welcome. (If you are in need of     who made his First Communion today!
a scholarship, or partial scholarship,                                                   Vocations - God welcomes us home
please let Cheryl know this.)               The POLICY for cancellation of               with extravagant love. Let the call to
                                            Religious Education classes: If the          holiness draw you home into a deeper
Ballroom Dancing classes will begin on      weather conditions are poor, a message       relationship with God. (Luke 15: 1-3, 11-
Sunday, April 7, at 6:30pm if enough        of class cancellation will be left on the    32) If you think God is calling you, call
people register. The fee for each           Religious Education answering machine        Fr. Gary Dailey at 413-452-0816, or
session is $10.00 per person. Please call   by 7:30 am (796-7675 - ext 121). In          email at g.dailey@diospringfield.org.
Sr. Cindy at 783-4111 ext. 117 by April     addition      to    this,    cancellation    Website: www.myvocation.com
1st to register. This program is open to    announcements will be broadcast over
teens and adults. Singles and couples       television stations WGGB-TV News 40          A Vigil for the Unborn is held the
are welcome.                                and WWLP Channel 22 TV.                      second Thursday of each month at the
                                                                                         Holy Spirit Chapel at St. Michael’s
Eucharistic Ministers/Visitors to our                                                    Cathedral, 254 State St., Springfield,
confined parishioners are asked to pick     Religious Education Classes in March         beginning at 10am. Three mysteries of
up our Easter remembrances on March         will be held on the 10th, 17th, and 24th.    the rosary and Benediction precede the
16/17 and deliver them prior to Easter.     No classes on the 31st, Easter Sunday.       12:10 daily Mass. All are welcome.
If you are not able to do this, please                                                   Call 567-6085 for more information.
arrange for someone else to deliver the     CONFIRMATION – Meetings will be
gift for you. Thank you for your care       held on March 10th and 24th. If you            East Forest Park Civic Association
and concern for those who are not able      have not already turned in your Baptism      On Wed., March 13, at 6:30pm, Mike
to be with us in church. They so            information, it is due no later than         Kogut will speak on Citizens Against
appreciate your efforts on their behalf.    March 24th.                                  Casino Gaming. Also, Ward 7 City
                                                                                         Councilor, Tim Allen, will update
Our Family Life Commission will                                                          residents on local and city matters. The
                                                      PARISH NURSES
meet in the rectory at 6:30pm on                                                         topic of the April 10th meeting will be
Monday, March 11. If you would like to                                                   Springfield Public Schools with Supt.
                                            Recent studies in people with chronic
be a part of this Commission, please join                                                Dan Warwick.
                                            low-back pain suggest that a carefully
us on the 11th.
                                            adapted set of yoga poses can help to
                                            reduce pain and improve function. Also,
Cancelled Stamps – If you would like to                                                  The Parishes of the Springfield Deanery
                                            there is research that suggests that the
help purchase food, medicines and used                                                   invite you to attend a Lenten Penance
                                            practice of yoga (as well as other forms
clothing for the poor children of                                                        Service on Thursday, March 14, at
Lithuania, simply cut off your cancelled    of regular exercise) might have
                                                                                         Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St.,
stamps with a quarter-inch piece of         additional health benefits such as
                                                                                         Springfield. Join us for Mass at 5:15pm
envelope around them and get them to        reducing heart rate and blood pressure
                                                                                         followed by confessions heard by area
Sr. Cindy. They will be sent to the         and relieving anxiety and depression.
                                                                                         priests in various languages.
Lithuanian Children’s Relief Fund for
sale to stamp collectors.                   Be sure to practice any new exercise
                                                                                         Bishop McDonnell invites married
                                            safely and mindfully. Everyone’s body
                                                                                         couples from across the diocese to
                                            is different, and a qualified yoga
If you are hospitalized and would like a                                                 celebrate their significant anniversaries
                                            instructor will know how to modify
visit from our parish staff/volunteers,                                                  by attending the Annual Mass for
                                            postures based on individual abilities.
please have someone notify the rectory.                                                  Married     Couples.      This     year’s
                                            Carefully selecting an instructor who is
We continue to experience difficulties                                                   celebration will take place on Sunday,
                                            experienced and is attentive to
getting the names of our hospitalized                                                    April 28th, 2013, at 2pm, at St.
                                            individual needs is an important step
parishioners from the hospitals.                                                         Michael's Cathedral. If you or a couple
                                            toward helping you practice yoga safely.
                                                                                         you know would like to attend, contact
                                            Inform your instructor about any
                                                                                         the parish office by March 21.
If you are uninsured or underinsured,       medical issues you have, and ask about
                                                                                                    ANNOUNCED MASSES
                                                                                                      FOR THE WEEK
                                                                                                    March 9th – March 17th

                                                                                           Saturday – March 9th
                      PARISH PANCAKE BUNNY BREAKFAST                                       +3:00 p.m. – Rite of Reconciliation
Don’t miss out on the fun!!!! Join us on Sun., March 24th, (Palm Sunday) from              +4:00 p.m. – Nicholas Romano requested by
9:15am-1pm, for our Parish Pancake Bunny Breakfast in the gym. Have your picture           his family.
taken with the Easter Bunny for $5. The cost for the breakfast is $5 (adults), $3
(children), and $10 (families). There will be crafts for the kids, as well as Happy
Easter raffle prizes.                                                                      Sunday, March 10th
                                                                                           +8:30 a.m. – Dorothy Angers (1st
                                                                                           anniversary) requested by her family.
Did you know that the Annual Catholic Appeal has been helping those most in need           +11:00 a.m. – Albert Proulx requested by his
for 54 years? Please continue the tradition of Neighbor Helping Neighbor through           family.
your financial gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. One-time gifts, pledges paid over 8     +6:00 p.m. – For the People of Holy Cross
months, matching gifts and gifts of stock are just a few of the ways you can make a
difference in someone’s life. If you did not receive an invitation in the mail to          Monday, March 11th
participate in this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal, please contact the rectory or call      +7:00 a.m. – Celeste Bernier requested by
413-452-0630. Online donations may be made at www.diospringfield.org/aca.                  her daughter Gail.
EVERY GIFT COUNTS - no matter the amount, so please make your donation today.
                                                                                           Tuesday, March 12th
Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did      +7:00 a.m. – Eric Collins requested by the
for me (Mt. 25:40). Today, we are reminded of the gospel message to love all our           Eimmerman and Wyszynski families.
brothers and sisters around the world and treat them with respect. The Catholic Relief
Services collection sees Jesus in victims of human trafficking, those who seek to change   Wednesday, March 13th
unjust laws, and those who need pastoral care and humanitarian assistance across the       +7:00 a.m. – Prayer Shawl Recipients
globe. How will you help Jesus in disguise? Please be generous in today’s collection.      requested by the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

                                    Undie Sunday                                           Thursday, March 14th
We have designated the third Sunday of each month as “Undie Sunday”, a clothing            +7:00 a.m. – Amy Vacirca requested by the
collection for the homeless we see every Sunday through our sandwiches for the             Cournoyer family.
homeless ministry. We are looking for new white socks, boxer shorts for men (sizes
M-XL), and under garments for women in various sizes. During the winter months, we         Friday, March 15th
are also looking for gloves, hats and scarves. Please deposit your donation next           +7:00 a.m. – Communion Service
weekend in the barrels at the entrances of the Church. We continue to be so                +7:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
BLESSED by your generosity and ask for your help on “Undie Sunday”! Call Deacon
Bill at 796-7675 ext. 116 if you have any questions or suggestions.                        Saturday – March 16th
                                                                                           +3:00 p.m. – Rite of Reconciliation
Last year, 700 faith-filled women gathered for prayer, talks and inspiration. This year,   +4:00 p.m. – Domenico Dell’Aera requested
the 2013 Catholic Women’s Conference features another exciting lineup of speakers.         by his family.
The 6th annual conference will be on Saturday, April 20, at Bellamy School in
Chicopee.                                                                                  Sunday, March 17th
                                                                                           +8:30 a.m. – Carol Demers requested by
The keynote speaker will be Father Leo Patalinghug, the author of Grace Before             Mickey and Michaela Paul.
Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life. Father Patalinghug
                                                                                           +11:00 a.m. – Clifford Nason requested by
was born in the Philippines and raised in the Baltimore, MD area. He says he
                                                                                           his family.
developed his love for cooking while attending the seminary at the North American
                                                                                           +6:00 p.m. – Franca Mesiti requested by her
College in Rome. Many people might have seen him on the Food Network when he
defeated Bobby Flay in a steak fajita “throwdown” cooking competition. And he has a
cooking show on EWTN. Also featured will be Susan Conroy, who worked with
Mother Teresa and Missionary of Charities in 1986 and 1991. She also was given
permission by Mother Teresa to write a book about her experiences called Mother            Let us keep in our prayers our
Teresa’s Lessons of Love and Secrets of Sanctity. Susan also will speak about the          hospitalized and homebound parishioners
challenges and joys of caring for her aging parents as part of her talk. Kathy Tobin,      and those who depend on our prayers.
former anchor and news director for WGGB, and now the development director for
Friends of the Homeless, will round out the group and speak about her life and work.
                                                                                           If you are mailing in the requested Mass
Register now! Call 452-0812 for a brochure or log onto www.iobserve.org.                   stipend, please include the name and date
                                                                                           of the Mass you are sending the check in
                                                                                           for. If it is multiple Masses, please be sure
                                                                                           to include a note with the names and dates
                                                                                           for all the Masses. Thank you.
PARISH GOALS                        Saturdays 3 - 3:30 p.m. and by
                                                                           Administration and Finance
                                                                           Richard Allen ……………..734-6292
                                                                           Altar Servers
       Goal One                     Sacrament of Marriage                  Maureen Garner……………783-6428
                                    The policy for the Diocese of          Athletic Association
                                    Springfield requires a period of       Connie Begley…...................739-2685
Create                additional    preparation for the Sacrament of       Cursillo
opportunities      to      build    Marriage, which includes sessions      Deacon Bill Toller..Ext.116..796-7675
                                    with the Parish Priest and             Eucharistic Ministers
community in our Parish,                                                   Loretta Gaffney…….............301-8562
                                    participation at either the Pre-Cana
reaching out to involve             conferences or the Engaged             Family Life
young      adults,      singles,                                           Patty Ferrarini…………...…782-3509
                                    Encounter weekend.            Please
                                                                           Girl Scouts
families, and seniors.              contact the Priest a minimum of six    Glenda Pons…………(413) 329-6845
                                    (6) months prior to setting any        Greeters
                                    dates      to     allow     adequate   Kim Manning………………782-5468
                                    preparation.                           JustFaith
       Goal Two                                                            Deacon Bill Toller...Ext116..796-7675
                                    Pastoral Care                          Knights of Columbus
                                    Arrangements for the reception of      Jim McVey………………...788-0618
                                    the Sacraments at home can be          Jeffrey Morgan…………….896-6298
Increase the number of                                                     Lectors
                                    made by contacting the Rectory.
opportunities for spiritual                                                Mary Hosmer........................782-6054
                                    Please also notify the Rectory
growth in our Parish.                                                      Liturgical Environment
                                    when a Parishioner is in the           Bob Tyer…………...…........782-6017
                                    hospital or otherwise confined. If     Ministry of Motherhood
                                    you have an emergency sick call,       Vira Craig..............................782-0382
                                    please call the Rectory.               Pastoral Council
     Goal Three                                                            Jim Maiolo…………………374-1548
                                    Sacrament of Baptism                   Tom Voudrin……………….237-0536
                                    Baptism is celebrated on the           Parish Nursing
Provide       support         and   second Sunday of each month at         Maureen Marotte...................796-1638
outreach to families          and   12:30 p.m. Expectant parents           Prayer Line
                                    should call the Parish office and      Joyce Carty………………....783-7687
individuals in need.                                                       RCIA
                                    speak with Deacon Bill Toller to
                                                                           Mary Cheney…………….....537-8902
                                    make arrangements.
                                                                           Single Parent Support Group
                                                                           Sr. Cindy……… ..Ext 117..796-7675
                                    Baptismal preparation takes place      Sister Parish
                                    on the first Monday of the month at    Kevin McCarthy……….......783-9160
                                    7 p.m. in the church.                  Social Club
                                                                           Claire Howard.......................782-5857
                                    Religious Education                    Spiritual Life
                                    Classes are held from September        Bob Tyer...............................782-6017
                                    through April.                         Ushers
                                                                           Ron Dion…………...............782-4359

Sacrament of Reconciliation         Parish Leadership

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