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Friday, August 22
8:30 am
† Maria Vreeburg
Saturday, August 23
8:30 am
† Hayley & Travis Schmidt
4:00 pm
† Tony Black
Sunday, August 24
6:30 am
† Josephine Dugais
8:00 am
† Tom Brossard
10:00 am
† Xavier Igielinski
12:00 pm
† Doris Gurtlinger
2:00 pm
† Tula Flores
4:00 pm
† Joan T. Barry
Monday, August 25
8:30 am
† Santiago R Ardito Jr.
Tuesday, August 26
8:30 am
† Tula M. de Flores
Wednesday, August 27
8:30 am
† Catherine Vreeburg
Thursday, August 28
8:30 am
† Christine Winger

2nd Collections

New Office & Church Hours

Effective August 1, 2014

Church Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7:30am-12noon
Saturday: 7:30am-5:30pm
Sunday: 5:30am-5:30pm

Parish Office Hours:

Monday-Thursdays: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12noon
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Paving & Painting Project

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Mary, most sorrowful, Mother of Christians, pray for us.

Fr. Solomon Bandiho's "Personal Story"

Early Situation
Each of us has a unique journey. My story starts on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Bukoba, Tanzania some 49 years ago. I am the fifth born of eight children to the late parents who were small-scale farmers in an area dominated by hills and valleys [9 degrees below the equator] and with basically two seasons, the rainy and dry seasons.

Visiting Bukoba, you will find ‘forests’ of unending green banana plantations, which is the main food in that area. [It is in these plantations that people build their permanent homes. Apart from food, bananas serve many other purposes such as juice, fruit and beer. Leaves of banana plants serve as plates, glasses for drinking water or beer as well as umbrellas. Parts of their stem reserve moisture, which is used for cleansing when water is scarce. Banana barks serve as ropes; they are used in making baskets for grain storage, carpets, tablemats as well as decorations. Children use parts of a banana plant to make soccer balls and toys.] Other foods in the area include sweet and ‘Irish’ potatoes, yams and cassava, and fish from the fresh waters of Lake Victoria.

Basic Education
Although not educated themselves, my parents valued education. They couldn’t help me with my school assignments but made sure that a lantern was filled up with kerosene to enable me to study at night. The conditions to attend school were not easy at all. When I began my basic education at age seven, for example, I would wake up around 6 AM, grab previous night’s cold leftovers and walk [bare footed] seven miles to school where I was supposed to report at 7:30 AM. I spent the whole day without lunch and when classes ended at 4.30 PM, I returned home to help with house responsibilities like bringing family cattle home from grazing areas, chopping firewood and fetching water from the streams for cooking.

A Choice to Priesthood
While in grade three, I joined the altar server team at my home parish. After a couple of years, I felt a calling of being like the priests I served on the altar. Thanks to my Pastor, who made the necessary arrangements, I joined the junior Seminary at age 15. My departure from home was the beginning of the long journey to priesthood. I never looked back both academically and the route of life I had decided to take, although there were several bumps on the way related with limited funds. Thanks to the missionary priests who were ready to fill the gaps.

National Service Experience: A challenging year
The national service year was compulsory to all Tanzanian men and women at that time. It was a challenging year in many ways, none like we had experienced before. Through tough training and extensive demands, I came to recognize the importance of other people and team work, especially in times of great need and despair. Despite that positive experience, I almost left the priestly vocation while there. Being the best volley baller in our intake, I became the point of attraction to the army officers. Coming from a poor family and being assured of employment in the army, it was easy for me to accept the invitation, so as to get funds and help my poor parents and siblings back home. Thank God, the love for the priesthood was still strong that I ignored the offer.

Senior Seminaries, Ordination and Past Assignments
Having successfully completed high school education and National Service, I had philosophical studies for two years; then theological studies for five years [which included the year of discernment]. I was ordained transitional deacon on December 12 , 1993, and a priest on June 19, 1994 for the Catholic Diocese of Bukoba, Tanzania.

Apart from the year I spent at the parish immediately after ordination and the other two years I attended Graduate Studies in Nairobi, Kenya, the rest of the years have been spent in the Seminaries either as formator or lecturer in Systematic Theology.

After serving the National Senior Seminary community for 9 years in a row, 6 of which I obliged as Rector, the Bishops released me for a sabbatical leave and further studies. Thus, in August through December 2011, I attended the sabbatical program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Thereafter, Bishop Thomas Olmsted asked me to serve in the Diocese of Phoenix. I obeyed the calling and served at St. Helen’s Parish in Glendale as the Parochial Administrator from January to August, 2012. In the Fall of 2012 I joined the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Berkeley campus, to pursue a doctorate degree in Systematic Theology.

New Ministry at Holy Cross Parish
Though still working on my dissertation, I wholeheartedly accepted the calling of the Holy Spirit, through the Bishop of Phoenix, Most Rev. Thomas Olmsted, to come and work with you and for you at this wonderful community of Holy Cross Parish. I appreciate and promise to uphold all the good things you were able to accomplish with Fr. Felt for the last 10 years. Together you built a Parish family where even outsiders feel at home. Indeed, that is how it should be. As the Second Vatican Council put it, the Church is the People of God, not a place. Our Church should be understood as God’s Family. Ours is not the Church of power but the Church of reciprocal service and mutual evangelization. I encourage you, dear parishioners, to continue to see God in one another and find strength and openness in the Holy Spirit. Let us cherish the multiplicity of cultures in our Parish where the motto has been, is and always will be ‘all are welcome.’ Yes, we are a community of faith, we are pilgrims on a journey, and that journey is moving on now.

Lastly, allow me to repeat what I already said in one of the previous bulletins: I have come to serve you as your friend and, together, continue with our journey of faith. Indeed, ministering to you is my life’s greatest privilege. Please pray for me, and be assured of my prayers and service for all of you.

Respectfully yours,
Fr. Solomon Bandiho


Situación inicial
Cada uno de nosotros tiene una jornada única. Mi historia comienza en las orillas del Lago Victoria, en Bukoba, Tanzania hace unos 49 años. Soy el quinto de ocho hijos, nacidos de mis padres ya difuntos, quienes eran agricultores en pequeña escala en un área dominada por valles y colinas (9 grados por debajo del ecuador) y donde básicamente sólo había dos estaciones, la lluviosa y la seca

Al visitar Bukoba, uno encuentra 'bosques' verdes interminables de plantaciones de bananos, que es el alimento principal en esa área. (Es en esas plantaciones donde la gente construye sus hogares permanentes. Aparte de alimento, los bananos sirven para muchos otros usos, como jugo, fruta y cerveza. Las hojas de las plantas de banana sirven como platos, recipientes para beber agua o cerveza y también como sombrillas. Parte de sus tallos guardan humedad, la cual se usa para lavarse cuando el agua escasea. La corteza de las plantas de banano sirve como sogas, se usa para hacer cestas para guardar grano, para hacer alfombras, tapetes individuales para la mesa, y también para artículos decorativos. Los niños usan partes de la planta de banana para hacer pelotas de fútbol y juguetes.) Otros alimentos en el área incluyen papas dulces y de las llamadas "irlandesas", camotes, yucas y pescado de las aguas frescas del Lago Victoria.

Educación Básica
Aunque mis padres no eran educados, ellos valoraban mucho la educación. No podían ayudarme con mis tareas de la escuela; pero se aseguraban de que hubiera una lámpara llena con gas kerosene para permitirme estudiar de noche. Las condiciones para asistir a la escuela no eran fáciles para nada. Por ejemplo, cuando comencé mi educación primaria a los siete años, yo tenía que despertarme a las 6 a.m., tomar las sobras frías de la cena de la noche anterior y caminar (descalzo) siete millas a la escuela donde se suponía que debía presentarme a las 7:30 a.m. Me pasaba todo el día sin comer y, cuando las clases terminaban a las 4:30 p.m., regresaba a casa para ayudar con las responsabilidades del hogar como recoger el ganado y traerlo a casa de los pastizales, cortar madera para el fuego e ir al arroyo a buscar agua para cocinar.

Mi elección del sacerdocio
Cuando estaba en tercer grado, me uní al grupo de monaguillos de mi parroquia. Después de un par de años, sentí el llamado de ser como los sacerdotes a quienes yo servía en el altar. Gracias a mi Pastor, quien hizo los arreglos necesarios, me uní al Seminario menor a los 15 años. Esa separación de mi hogar fue el comienzo del largo viaje hacia el sacerdocio. Nunca vi hacia atrás, ni académicamente ni en cuanto a la ruta que yo había decidido para mi vida, a pesar de que hubo varios obstáculos en el camino debido a mis fondos limitados. Gracias a los sacerdotes misioneros que siempre estuvieron listos a llenar ese hueco.

Experiencia de Servicio National: Un año lleno de desafíos
El año de servicio nacional era obligatorio a todo hombre o mujer en Tanzania en ese tiempo. Era un año lleno de desafíos en muchas maneras, y ninguno que yo hubiera experimentado antes. Por medio de entrenamiento pesado y de demandas enormes, llegué a reconocer la importancia de otras personas y del trabajo en equipo, especialmente en tiempos de gran necesidad y de desesperación. A pesar de la experiencia positiva, casi dejé la vocación sacerdotal mientras estuve allí. Como yo era el mejor jugador de volley ball en nuestro grupo, los oficiales del ejército pronto se fijaron en mí. Siendo de una familia pobre y recibiendo la seguridad de empleo en el ejército, se hacía fácil para mí aceptar la invitación de quedarme, para así obtener dinero y ayudar a mis pobres padres y hermanos allá en casa. Por la gracia de Dios, mi amor por el sacerdocio era todavía fuerte y eso me ayudó a no aceptar la oferta del ejército.

Seminarios mayores, ordenación, y trabajos anteriores
Después de completar exitosamente la educación secundaria y el Servicio Nacional, cursé estudios filosóficos por dos años; luego estudios teológicos por cinco años (que incluían el año de discernimiento). Fui ordenado como diácono en transición el 12 de diciembre de 1993, y ordenado como sacerdote el 19 de junio de 1994 en la Diócesis Católica de Bukoba, Tanzania.

Aparte del año que pasé en la parroquia inmediatamente después de mi ordenación y de otros dos años que asistí a la escuela graduada en Nairobi, Kenia, el resto de los años los he pasado en los Seminarios ya sea como formador y como profesor de Teología Sistemática.

Luego de servir a la comunidad del Seminario Nacional mayor por 9 años seguidos, seis de los cuales fue como Rector, los Obispos me otorgaron un sabático para descansar y para estudiar más. Así fue que desde agosto hasta diciembre de 2011 asistí al programa de sabático de la Escuela Oblata de Teología en San Antonio, Texas. Después, el Obispo Thomas Olmsted me pidió servir en la Diócesis de Phoenix. Yo obedecí el llamado y serví como Administrador Parroquial en la parroquia de St. Helen en Glendale de enero a agosto de 2012. En el otoño del 2012, me mudé para asistir a la Escuela Jesuita de Teología de la Universidad de Santa Clara en Berkeley, CA para completar un doctorado en Teología Sistemática.

Nuevo Ministerio en la Parroquia de la Santa Cruz
Aun cuando todavía estoy trabajando en mi disertación, con el mayor de los gustos acepté el llamado del Espíritu Santo, por medio del Obispo de Phoenix, Reverendísimo Thomas Olmsted, para venir y trabajar con ustedes y para ustedes en esta comunidad maravillosa de la Parroquia de la Santa Cruz. Yo aprecio -y les prometo mantener- todas las cosas buenas que pudieron lograr con el Padre Felt en los últimos 10 años. Juntos, ustedes construyeron una familia parroquial donde hasta los "fuereños" se sienten en casa. Y, definitivamente, así es como debe ser. Como lo dictó el Concilio Vaticano Segundo, la Iglesia es el Pueblo de Dios, no es un lugar. Nuestra Iglesia debe ser entendida como la Familia de Dios. La nuestra no es una iglesia de poder sino una Iglesia de servicio recíproco y de evangelización mutua. Los animo, queridos feligreses, a continuar viendo a Dios los unos en los otros y a encontrar la fuerza y la apertura en el Espíritu Santo. Apreciemos en todo su valor la multiplicidad de culturas en nuestra Parroquia, donde la misión ha sido, es y siempre será: "Todos son bienvenidos." Si, somos una comunidad de fe, somos peregrinos en una jornada, y esa jornada se está moviendo hacia adelante ahora mismo.

Por último, permítanme repetir lo que ya les he expresado en uno de los boletines anteriores: He venido a servirles a ustedes como su amigo, y he venido para que juntos continuemos con nuestra jornada de fe. Sin duda que servirles como Pastor a ustedes es el privilegio más grande de mi vida. Por favor recen por mí, y tengan la seguridad de que todas mis oraciones y mi servicio son para todos ustedes.

Padre Solomon Bandiho

RE Adopt-a-Student Program

The Department of Religious Education and Evangelization at Holy Cross is dedicated to providing a high quality education where students and their families grow in faith and knowledge of the Catholic Church. During these difficult financial times, many families are struggling to live from day to day and often postpone religious education for their children because of the annual $60 registration fee. Our goal at Holy Cross is to reach out to these families by providing scholarship opportunities so that they will register their children in religious education classes each year.

Live the Gospel and give a deserving student an opportunity to learn more about our faith by becoming an RE Adopt-a-Student benefactor today! 100% of your gift goes towards the RE registration fee to help defray the cost of textbooks, teaching resources, and supplies. Remember, your gift is 100% tax deductible.

How to Become an RE Adopt-a-Student Benefactor: For additional information, please call Cindy Benzing, coordinator of Religious Education and Evangelization at 480-981-2021 x214 or

El Departmento de Educación Religiosa y Evangelización en la Iglesia de la Santa Cruz está dedicado a proporcionar educación de alta calidad para que los estudiantes y sus familias crezcan en le fe y en el conocimiento de la Iglesia Católica. Durante estos tiempos financieramente tan difíciles, muchas familias están haciendo muchos esfuerzos para pasar su día a día, y por esa razón a menudo tienen que posponer la educación religiosa de sus niños porque no tienen los $60.00 de la cuota de inscripción. Nuestra meta aquí en la Santa Cruz es tenderles la mano a esas familias y proveerles oportunidades de becas para que puedan inscribir a sus niños en las clases de educación religiosa cada año.

Practiquemos vivir según el Evangelio y démosle a un estudiante la oportunidad bien merecida de aprender más acerca de nuestra fe convirtiéndonos hoy mismo en benefactores dentro del RE – Programa "Adoptar un Estudiante". El 100% de los donativos se aplica al pago de la cuota de inscripción de un estudiante, la cual ayuda a cubrir los costos de libros de texto, materiales de instrucción, y suministros. Recordemos también que este donativo es 100% deducible de los impuestos.

Cómo convertirse en Benefactor dentro del programa RE – "Adoptar un Estudiante: Para información adicional, comuníquense por favor con Cindy Benzing, coordinadora de Educación Religiosa y Evangelización al número 480-325-5375 o

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Consider making a Cursillo!!

Cursillo is a Catholic Christian movement recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. It is not a typical retreat and is best described as an experience. It is an experience discovering a better life and what is fundamental in Christianity.

During the three day weekend, participants receive a deep and profound experience of Christian life.

  • To begin to know ourselves better
  • We experience the love of Jesus
  • We see the goodness that can be provided by a loving and caring community.

The weekend helps us experience our Catholic faith more fully. We become motivated to engage in a spiritual life filled with joy, laughter and enthusiasm. We discover an enhanced relationship with God. The point of the Cursillo movement is ordinary people steadily growing in the love and service of God and His people for the rest of our lives.

Next Cursillos:
Mens - Oct 20 - Nov 2
Womens - Nov 13 - 16
For further information, please call 480-396-0173. We will be happy to spend time answering your questions. Many people say it is the highlight of their life!

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Holy Hour & Rosary for Christians in Iraq

Aug 22, 2014 (7:00p)

Please attend a Holy Hour on Fri, Aug 22 at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral to pray for the Christians who are being persecuted for their faith in Iraq. Pope Francis has called on Catholics to pray for the tens of thousands who have had to flee and who are suffering for their faith in Christ. A collection will be taken to support them at the Holy Hour. The local Iraqi Catholic community will be in attendance and their pastor will offer the scriptural reflection.

For more information, call 602-242-1300.

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Religious Education Classes begin on Tue, Aug 26 and Wed, Aug 27

Aug 26, 2014

The first class session is a Parent/Student Orientation. All parents and students will meet in Anderson Hall at your child's scheduled class time. At the conclusion of orientation you will have the opportunity to go to the classroom and meet the catechist and aides.

Registrations for sacrament preparations are closed, but general formation classes are still available.

Las Clases de Educación Religiosa Comienzan el Martes, 26 de agosto y el miércoles 27 de agosto. La primera sesión es una Orientación de Padres/Estudiantes. Todos los padres y estudiantes se reunirán en el Salón Anderson a la hora que le corresponde a su niño. Al terminar la orientación, ustedes tendrán la oportunidad de visitar los salones de clase y conocer a los catequistas y a los asistentes.

Inscripciones para clases de Preparación de Sacramentos ya están cerradas pero aun tenemos clases disponibles en formación general.

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Choir Rehearsals begin soon

Aug 26, 2014

Children's Choir
We begin our Children's Choir season once again. Children from 4th grade to 7th grade are invited to join. We rehearse on Tuesdays from 5:45-6:20pm in the Church. Our first rehearsal is Tue, Aug 26.

Adult Choir
We begin rehearsals with our Adult Choir once again. This choir sings at the 8:00am Mass on Sundays. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45pm in the Church. Our first rehearsal will be on Tue, Aug 26.

Please e-mail Jaime Cortez if you have any questions.

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"Mary of Nazareth" - 3rd viewing

Aug 27, 2014 (7:00p)

at Harkins Superstition 25 Theater, 6950 East Superstition Blvd. Mesa (next to Home Depot).

Cost: $10.00 per ticket
Advanced sale of tickets only. No tickets available at the theater.

Contact Steve Nosal for tickets. 602-290-2456 or

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September Ultreya

Sep 4, 2014 (12:00p)

Wellens Hall, Rm. J

Attention Holy Cross Cursillistas...Come witness, share and celebrate the Cursillo movement with you friends from Holy Cross who have already made their Cursillo.

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Catholics in the Public Square

Sep 6, 2014 (8:00a)

Bishop Olmsted would like to invite everyone to join him for the "Catholics in the Public Square" event being held on Sat, Sep 6 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. The event begins with 8:00am Mass at St. Mary's Basilica and will end at 12:00pm. The Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring this event, which is entirely free, includes breakfast, and features prominent national Catholic speakers.

RSVP to 602-568-5286 or email

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RCIA Journey for the Unbaptized

Sep 7, 2014

Do you know any adult or child over the age of 7 who has never experienced the beauty of Baptism? The next RCIA journey begins Sun, Sep 7.

Sacrament Preparation Classes for Adults will begin on Sun, Sep 7.

Please contact Cindy at 480-981-2021 x 214 or to schedule an registration meeting.

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Aid to Women Center's Fall Fala Fundraiser "Heroes"

Sep 20, 2014 (5:00p)

at the Doubletree, Phoenix-Tempe

5:00pm Open House at Aid to Women Center
6:00pm Cocktail Hour
7:00pm Dinner & Program with featured speaker Josh Brahm.

Call Aid to Women Center at 480-966-1902 for reservations and table sponsorship opportunities.

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Retreat weekend with the Benedictine Monks at Holy Trinity Monastery

Sep 26, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

What does it mean to be a man of God? A man of God is someone who leads well during adversity. He knows his bible and prays. He is someone who acts with integrity.

The man of God follows God in every way, he obeys His commands with joy, he does not live for the things of this life but for the things of eternity, he willingly serves his God in giving freely of all his resources yet gladly suffers as a consequence of his faith.

A man of God takes time to be with God, a quiet place to listen and to learn and to build spiritual muscles. So if you are interested in this call to be a man of God: join Deacon Tom for a weekend with the Benedictine Monks at Holy Trinity Monastery, the last weekend of September in Saint David, Arizona.

Fri, Sep 26-Sun, Sep 28
Departure: Friday from Holy Cross Parking Lot at 3:00pm
Return: Sunday to church parking lot about 5:00pm
Cost: 2 nights, 5 meals = $125.00 ($25.00 non-refundable deposit)

For more information, contact Deacon Tom at 480-981-2021 or

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Catholic Retreat for Young Singles (CRYS)

Sep 26, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

Catholic...Single...21-40? Join us for our Fall retreat! It's a weekend of reflection, devotion, & fellowship, on Fri, Sep 26 at 6:00pm to Sun, Sep 28 at 4:00pm at Mount Claret Retreat Center at the base of beautiful Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.

Registration is $110. Register with a friend, get a $10 discount per person!

For more information, contact Brendan Wells at 480.540.4760 or

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Annual Celebrate Marriage Event with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Sep 27, 2014 (10:00a)

at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

Come celebrate marriage at this annual diocesan event consisting of a beautiful bilingual Mass with Bishop Olmsted and luncheon. This year's speakers at the luncheon are humorous and dynamic Steve and Becky Greene, radio hosts of The Catholic Conversation, "The Surprising Joys Surrounding Marriage." Mass begins at 10:00am, luncheon follows in the parish hall. Those celebrating 25th, 40th, and 50th + jubilee anniversaries receive a special blessing, group photo with Bishop Olmsted, and frameable certificate when pre-registered.

$45 per couple for luncheon. Registration required.

For registration information, call Clarissa Quiring at 602-354-2132. Or register online at Seating for luncheon and speakers limited. Couples of all ages welcome, as well as family members.

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7th Annual MP9K - A Race for Maggie’s Place Arizona

Oct 5, 2014

Sponsored by: Luis Gonzalez – Going Gonzo For Kids
at Arts Park at Tempe Town Lake Sun, Oct 5 at 7:23am

9K Run, 10K Run, 5K Run / Walk, 5K Stroller Push, Diaper Dash and Kids’ Dash
Join us at our 7th Annual MP9K in Tempe, AZ. Bring your friends and family to this fun, family oriented and stroller friendly event! Participants receive a custom Tech shirt and a chip timed result.

Online Registration

100% of the proceeds benefit Maggie’s Place.

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2014 Stewardship Golf Tournament

Nov 15, 2014 (8:00a)

Going to cooler temperatures for the summer? If you are a winter visitor and won't be back until the fall or if you just want to get a head start on reserving your spot, don't worry; early registration is now available for the 2014 Stewardship Golf Tournament!

Last year our tournament featured several exciting experiences, such as the opportunity to win prizes like a flat screen TV and multiple hole-in-one opportunities! So sign up today and don't miss out on what's in store for this year's upcoming tournament!

at Arizona Golf Resort (Located on the SE Corner of Broadway and Power in Mesa)
Shotgun start on Sat, Nov 15 at 8:00am
$85.00/player or $60.00/AGR Annual Golf Member
Entry Fee includes: Green fees, cart, range balls, tee gift, lunch and much more
Tournament format is a 4-person team scramble.

Please pick up an Early Registration Flyer from the parish office for more information!!

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