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Friday, October 24
8:30 am
† Sr. Mary Joel Kramer, S,V.M.
Saturday, October 25
8:30 am
† June Weber
4:00 pm
† Bill Denehy
Sunday, October 26
6:30 am
† Mary Olive Murphy
8:00 am
† Frieda Ginges
10:00 am
† Mary Stankewicz
12:00 pm
† Alvin Siefker
2:00 pm
† Opal Woys
4:00 pm
Vincent & Sally Blauvelt (SI)
Monday, October 27
8:30 am
† Benjamin Bachar
Tuesday, October 28
8:30 am
† Ernesto Usiga
Wednesday, October 29
8:30 am
† Kenneth Bolken
Thursday, October 30
8:30 am
† Larry Arts

SET Renewal

DVD Series

Join us as we deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through Fr. Robert Barron’s new DVD-based Study Program: Priest, Prophet, King.

Explore the biblical archetypes (model) of priest, prophet and king and see how Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of each one. Throughout this experience, you will better understand who Jesus really is and also realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission.

In Wellens Hall
Deacon Gene Messer, Facilitator

For registration and/or more information, contact the Religious Education department at 480-325-5375 or cbenzing@holycrossmesa.org.

Paving & Painting Project

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My sweetest Jesus, be not my Judge, but my Savior.

Dear Parishioners,
As summer turns to fall, nature reminds us of the generosity and provision of God with the splendor of changing colors and the bountiful harvest reaped from gardens and fields. Know that you, our friends, are also a reminder of God’s bounteousness. Because of you, we are able to continue our ministries of service to God’s family at Holy Cross Parish. Because of you, we are able to accomplish parish maintenance projects like the repair of our parking lot and purchase of the new air conditioning units. Because of you, we are hopeful that even the pending projects like repairing our Church doors, re-plastering and re-painting our buildings will be accomplished. On behalf of the entire parish staff, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Today, I want to update you with the sound stewardship of the parish financial resources. I am pleased to report that collections in the last year increased. Thanks be to God! Additionally, the past year, we were able to pay all our bills and meet our obligations. That is all very good news!

While I thank all those who supported our parish, especially in a time of a challenging economy, allow me to humbly remind each and every one of us of our privilege and responsibility to continue spreading the Gospel by supporting the work of the parish. Our intent is to serve you more fully. Though we have been very conservative with our expenses, there are increased costs: utilities, a modest salary increase for our staff members, continued upkeep and maintenance of our beautiful properties. All these require our continued financial attention.

We have approximately 4,000 registered families, yet records show that only about 1,600 families make any kind of regular monetary contribution.

A challenge! While the Bible teaches us to give sacrificially, allow me to make the following specific challenges: For the 2400 families that we have no record of any contributions, kindly think of contributing to support the parish by using either envelopes, electronic or credit cards. For those 1600 families that are donating currently, when was the last time you increased your weekly donation? Will you give more? I challenge you to increase your weekly donation by a sacrificial amount!

Other thoughts... Have you embraced biblical tithing? (Of gross income: 5% to the parish, 5% to other charities). The 5% of gross income equals 2 hours of your gross hourly income to be donated every week. What sacrifices are you willing to make so you can be more generous to the Church? Parents, are you teaching your children to give a certain percentage of their allowance to the parish? For those who can, begin using automatic contributions from your credit card / bank accounts. This way of giving is safe and convenient. But if electronic and credit card giving is not an option, please make sure that you contribute regularly through envelopes, whether you attend or not. Parish weekly expenses occur whether you are present or away for a weekend.

Last but not least, after consulting with the parish Finance Council, we are publishing on this page the stewardship report for 2013/14. Kindly consider this budget as our collective challenge. You have been great in meeting previous challenges. Let us meet this one and surpass it.

In the service of God's Family,
Fr. Solomon Bandiho

Dear Parishioners,
As summer turns to fall, nature reminds us of the generosity and provision of God with the splendor of changing colors and the bountiful harvest reaped from gardens and fields. Know that you, our friends, are also a reminder of God’s bounteousness. Because of you, we are able to continue our ministries of service to God’s family at Holy Cross Parish. Because of you, we are able to accomplish parish maintenance projects like the repair of our parking lot and purchase of the new air conditioning units. Because of you, we are hopeful that even the pending projects like repairing our Church doors, re-plastering and re-painting our buildings will be accomplished. On behalf of the entire parish staff, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Today, I want to update you with the sound stewardship of the parish financial resources. I am pleased to report that collections in the last year increased. Thanks be to God! Additionally, the past year, we were able to pay all our bills and meet our obligations. That is all very good news!

While I thank all those who supported our parish, especially in a time of a challenging economy, allow me to humbly remind each and every one of us of our privilege and responsibility to continue spreading the Gospel by supporting the work of the parish. Our intent is to serve you more fully. Though we have been very conservative with our expenses, there are increased costs: utilities, a modest salary increase for our staff members, continued upkeep and maintenance of our beautiful properties. All these require our continued financial attention.

We have approximately 4,000 registered families, yet records show that only about 1,600 families make any kind of regular monetary contribution.

A challenge! While the Bible teaches us to give sacrificially, allow me to make the following specific challenges: For the 2400 families that we have no record of any contributions, kindly think of contributing to support the parish by using either envelopes, electronic or credit cards. For those 1600 families that are donating currently, when was the last time you increased your weekly donation? Will you give more? I challenge you to increase your weekly donation by a sacrificial amount!

Other thoughts... Have you embraced biblical tithing? (Of gross income: 5% to the parish, 5% to other charities). The 5% of gross income equals 2 hours of your gross hourly income to be donated every week. What sacrifices are you willing to make so you can be more generous to the Church? Parents, are you teaching your children to give a certain percentage of their allowance to the parish? For those who can, begin using automatic contributions from your credit card / bank accounts. This way of giving is safe and convenient. But if electronic and credit card giving is not an option, please make sure that you contribute regularly through envelopes, whether you attend or not. Parish weekly expenses occur whether you are present or away for a weekend.

Last but not least, after consulting with the parish Finance Council, we are publishing on this page the stewardship report for 2013/14. Kindly consider this budget as our collective challenge. You have been great in meeting previous challenges. Let us meet this one and surpass it.

In the service of God's Family,
Fr. Solomon Bandiho

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 30 - 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!

[ Around the Diocese Cursillo ]

40 Days for Life Fall Campaign

Help to save the lives of Unborn Babies. Offer your prayers & fasting for an end to abortion in America.

If we do God's work, we can accomplish this through prayer and fasting and the 40 Days for Life Vigil for Life.

It is a nation-wide pro life movement. endorsed by our bishop., for the 40 days from Wed, Sep 24 to Sun, Nov 2. Each one of us is given the opportunity to put our Catholic faith in action to save lives, bring healing and receive the grace of God Pledge your Prayer and Fasting and a daily Rosary for an end to abortion in America.

Stop at the Respect Life table in the Court yard after Mass the weekend of Sep 20/21.

[ Respect Life ]

Fr. Robert Barron’s new DVD-based Study Program: Priest, Prophet, King

Jesus is the Anointed One – the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Join us as we deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through Fr. Robert Barron's new DVD-based Study Program: Priest, Prophet, King.

Explore the biblical archetypes (model) of priest, prophet and king and see how Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of each one. Throughout this experience, you will better understand who Jesus really is and also realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission.

Tuesday mornings
Oct 14, 21, and 28
9:15 – 10:45am

Wednesday evenings
6:00 – 7:30pm
Oct 15, 22, and 29

in Wellens Hall
Deacon Gene Messer, Facilitator

For registration and/or more information, contact the Religious Education department at 480-325-5375 or cbenzing@holycrossmesa.org.

[ Bible Study ]

Rosary for Life - Thursdays in October

Every Thursday night During the month of October, Holy Cross Church will celebrate a special Respect for Life Rosary service at 6:30pm in the church. Each week the Rosary is sponsored by a different parish ministry.

All are urged to attend to raise your voice in prayer for an end to abortion in America and to preserve the sanctity of life, as a gift of God.

[ Rosary ]

Help Wanted: Men/Women interested in forming small church communities

Wanted
Men/Women interested in forming small church communities
Your choice of daytime or evening groups
No experience necessary

Requirements
Must be able to meet at least twice a month
Meetings are in member's home
Must commit to those meeting days or nights
(Deacon Tom will attend first meeting to offer assistance)

Format
Welcome members
10 to 15 minutes of shared conversation
Meeting begins with brief prayer
Start your pre-selected program
Members may select program best for their group
Most programs are available at Holy Cross
Read next Sunday's Gospel from Faith First Booklet
Respond to a Gospel reflection question
Close with personal prayer petitions and brief prayer
Total time 90 minutes
Refreshments and conversation at conclusion

Please contact Deacon Tom for more information: 480-981-2021, tferreira@holycrossmesa.org

[ Help Wanted ]

Pro Life Dinner benefits Maggie's Place

Oct 25, 2014 (5:30p)

in Anderson Hall

Dinner & Speaker Program
William Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney.
Dedicated prosecutor, Decorated war veteran, Committed law enforcer, a Pro-Life activist and Advocate for Religious Freedom

Donation: $ 10.00 / plate

Mail to: Jerry Walsh, 1869 Leisure World, Mesa 85206
Or call: 480-218-6369
Make checks to: Knights of Columbus #7904

[ Respect Life ]

Prayer and Rosary Vigil at Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic

Nov 1, 2014 (10:00a - 11:15a)

You are invited to join the Holy Cross Parish Respect Life Committee for Prayer and Rosary Vigil at Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, 1250 Apache Blvd, Tempe
1st Saturday, Nov 1 from 10:00–11:15am.

We will gather in front of Holy Cross Church at 9:15am, just after the morning Mass. Maps and Rides will be available.

Gather to pray for the expectant mothers, that they may realize that life is a precious gift from God and that they make the decision to preserve the lives of their unborn child.

[ Respect Life ]

Now and Later Sale

Nov 2, 2014

Ice Cream Sundaes
1 scoop $1
2 scopps $2

And Life Teen Bake Sale

Sun, Nov 2 following the 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm Masses.

Questions? Contact Patti Phillips at 480-325-5375 or pphillips @holycrossmesa.org.

Proceeds benefit 40 teens going on retreat in November.
Thank you for your support!

[ Youth ]

Mass of Remembrance

Nov 3, 2014 (6:00p)

If you have lost a loved one since Nov 2, 2013, please join us on Monday, November 3rd for a Mass of Remembrance at 6:30pm. It is our tradition to have a candle ceremony at this Mass mentioning the names of all those who have died this past year.

If you have lost someone in the past year and would like to participate in the candle ceremony, please complete the form in the bulletin and turn it into the Parish Office by Mon, Oct 27. There are extra forms on the tables at the entrance of the Church.

Also, our Book of All Souls is available if you would like to sign the names of any of your beloved deceased. The book will be mentioned in our intercessions in the month of November. Please contact the parish office if you have any questions. (Your loved one may be from another parish or another state.)

Please Note—This Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on Mon, Nov 3 at 6:30pm. Please plan to arrive at Church by 6:00pm.
Return the form to the parish office by Mon, Oct 27.

Venga a orar con nosotros el lunes, 3 de noviembre para conmemorar a todos nuestros queridos difuntos en el día de los muertos. Habrá una Misa bilingüe a las 6:30pm. Es nuestra tradición el tener una ceremonia de candelas durante ésta Misa donde mencionamos a todos los feligreses que han fallecido éste último año.

Si quiere tomar parte en la ceremonia, por favor llene el formulario que aparece debajo. (por favor con LETRA DE MOLDE). Entregue el formulario llenado a la oficina de la parroquia. En el vestíbulo de la Iglesia hay formularios adicionales si se necesitan.

También está el Libro de los Difuntos a su disposición para anotar los nombres de cualquiera de sus seres queridos que han fallecido en cualquier año. Este libro se menciona en las peticiones durante las Misas en noviembre. Si tiene alguna pregunta llame a la oficina de la parroquia.(Su ser querido puede ser de otra parroquia o de otro estado).

NOTA: Este año esta Misa con la ceremonia de candelas se celebrará el lunes 3 de noviembre. Por favor llegue a la Iglesia a las 6:00pm. Por favor entregue esta hoja a la oficina el lunes 27 de octubre.

[ Special Mass/Event ]

5th Annual Annulment Information Seminar

Nov 8, 2014 (10:00a - 12:00p)

The Diocese of Phoenix Tribunal invites you to attend the 5th Annual Annulment Information Seminar on Sat, Nov 8 from 10:00-12:00pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix.

Learn everything you need to know about annulments and the application process with presentations in English and Spanish. Tribunal staff will be available to answer questions following the seminar. No RSVP is required. No petitions will be accepted; this is a non-committal, informational event.

Visit www.diocese-tribunal.org.

[ Around the Diocese ]

2014 Stewardship Golf Tournament

Nov 15, 2014 (8:00a)

EARLY REGISTRATION!!
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!

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
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!!

MORE INFORMATION

[ Stewardship Golf Tournament ]

Dealing with Grief during the Holidays

Nov 19, 2014 (6:00p - 9:00p)

Workshop with Jim and Jane Santa Cruz Thu, Nov 19, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Light supper and sign-in begin at 5:30pm. 
at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery & Mortuary.

Reservations are required. Call Debbie Reed 602-267-1329 or email dreed@dopccm.com.

[ Around the Diocese ]