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Sunday, November 23
6:30 am
† Michael Lyne
8:00 am
† Lena R. Tomei
10:00 am
† Mike Kuryla
12:00 pm
† Greta Getman
2:00 pm
† Souls in Purgatory
4:00 pm
† Jamie Martinez
Monday, November 24
8:30 am
† Maxine Driscoll
Tuesday, November 25
8:30 am
† James E. Whitton
Wednesday, November 26
8:30 am
† Lawrence McMann
Thursday, November 27
9:00 am
† Richard Wals
Friday, November 28
8:30 am
† Libia Hernandez
Saturday, November 29
8:30 am
† John E. Scott
4:00 pm
† Schlachter Family
† Souls in Purgatory

Giving Trees

Un Concerto Navideno

Christmas Concert

Thanksgiving Day

MISA “Multicultural”

SET Renewal

Every family is encouraged to stop by the trees and pick up a tag. Please SAVE THE TAG and tape it to the wrapped gift. This is VERY IMPORTANT as the colored tag tells us which nursing home the gifts are to be delivered to.

Please bring your gift to the church no later than Monday, December 15th. They can be returned to the Christmas trees, parish or RE offices. As in years past, the Holy Cross Community has been so GENEROUS in buying and returning the gifts. For many residents, these are the only gifts they will receive. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. If you have any questions or wish to assist with this project please contact the RE Department at 480-325-5375.

Please bring food from your own heritage:

(Feel free to wear your cultural attire.)
Bread to be blessed during Mass (to take home).
Appetizers to share with the community at a reception in the courtyard after Mass.

Traigan comida que refleje su cultura:

Pan para bendecirlo durante la Misa y llevarlo de regreso a casa.
Bocadillos para compartir con la comunidad de la Santa Cruz en una recepción después de Misa

Paving & Painting Project

ACH Donation Credit Card Donation
Jesus, my God, here present in the Sacrament of Thy love, I adore Thee.

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

"Little Blue Books" for the Advent/Christmas Season

Many of you have been requesting copies of the "Little Blue Book" for the Advent/Christmas Season. The Little Blue Book Reflections begins with the First Sunday of Advent, Nov 30 and ends on the Baptism of the Lord on Sun, Jan 11. Reflections are based on the daily Gospels of Advent.

We currently have both English and Spanish books in stock.
The cost is $3.00/book and copies can be purchased in the parish office.

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Adult Ed Class: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas

Tuesday mornings, Dec 2 and 9
9:15-10:45am in Wellens Hall
Deacon Gene Messer, Facilitator

Repeated on Wednesday evenings, Dec 3 and 10
6:00-7:15pm in Wellens Hall

The Blood and the Rose is a documentary film shot on location in Mexico and Spain. The film investigates the historical, scientific, and spiritual significance of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico to St. Juan Diego.

On December 9, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to Juan Diego, an ordinary man of extraordinary faith. Juan Diego humbly embraced the call to serve as a Messenger Eagle. Today this apparition is known as "the Virgin of Guadalupe." The beautiful miracle of that day is chronicled in this story that begins with Mary's faith filled yes. This eternal struggle of good versus evil is the battle for our souls.

Please contact Cindy at 480-325-5375 or cbenzing@holycrossmesa.org if you can join us so that we have sufficient handouts prepared. Walk-ins are also welcome.

[ Faith Formation ]

Annual Christmas Giving Trees

Our Annual Christmas Giving Trees are set up in the Church and Anderson Hall. These giving trees will help brighten Christmas for many residents in our neighboring nursing homes. Every family is encouraged to stop by the trees and pick up a tag. Please SAVE THE TAG and tape it to the wrapped gift. This is VERY IMPORTANT as the colored tag tells us which nursing home the gifts are to be delivered to.

Please bring your gift to the church no later than Mon, Dec 15.

They can be returned to the Christmas trees, parish or RE offices. As in years past, the Holy Cross Community has been so GENEROUS in buying and returning the gifts. For many residents, these are the only gifts they will receive. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. If you have any questions or wish to assist with this project please contact the RE Department at 480-325-5375.

Nuestros árboles navideños anuales para regalar ya están en la Iglesia y en el salón Anderson. Los regalos navideños, que usted done, alegraran la Navidad de muchos residentes en los hogares de ancianos a nuestro alrededor. Invitamos anima a que cada familia pase por los árboles y recojan una etiqueta. Por favor guarde la etiqueta y con cinta adhesiva póngala en el regalo ya envuelto. Es muy importante la etiqueta porque nos da a saber el hogar de ancianos al cual se entregara el regalo.

Por favor traiga su regalo a la Iglesia a más tardar el lunes, 15 de diciembre.

Se puede regresar al los árboles de Navidad, a la oficina parroquial o a las oficinas de Educación Religiosa. En años pasados, la comunidad de Santa Cruz ha sido muy generosa en traer los regalos. Para muchos residentes, éstos son los únicos regalos que van a recibir para la Navidad. Gracias por su bondad y generosidad. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta por favor póngase en contacto con el Departamento de Educación Religiosa al 480-325-5375.

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Thanksgiving Multicultural Mass

Nov 27, 2014 (9:00a)

Let us TOGETHER give Thanks to God for the many blessings we have received this year…

Please bring food from your own heritage and feel free to wear your cultural attire.
Bread to be blessed during Mass (to take home).
Appetizers to share with the community at a reception in the courtyard after Mass.

Demos gracias a Dios por todas las Bendiciones que nos ha dado esta año…

Traigan comida que refleje su cultura.
Pan para bendecirlo durante la Misa y llevarlo de regreso a casa.
Bocadillos para compartir con la comunidad de la Santa Cruz en una recepción después de Misa.

[ Special Mass/Event ]

Hand Carved Religious items from Bethlehem

Nov 29, 2014 to Nov 30, 2014

Please stop the main courtyard after all Masses the weekend of November 29/30 to see a beautiful display of religious wares from Bethlehem. There will be nativity sets, rosaries, statues, crucifixes, charms and more! These items make great Christmas gifts!

Ayman Khair represents about 140 Christian families from Bethlehem. These families have been dependent upon sales of their hand carved religious articles to tourists of the Holy Land. Due to the conflict in the Middle East, the tourism has been cut off. In order to survive, they have turned to Christian communities in the United States to purchase their articles.

These hand carved religious articles are beyond description. Carved from wood of the sacred Olive tree, this workmanship has been traditional for these families for hundreds of years. It is hoped that through the efforts of Mr. Khair that these families have a little income and are able to stay living in the Holy Land.

Amazingly enough, the Christian population has dropped from 22 % to less than 2% in the last 30 years.

Thank you in advance for your support.

[ For Sale ]

December Ultreya

Dec 4, 2014 (12:00p)

in Room J

Come share and celebrate the Cursillo movement with your friends at Holy Cross who have made the Cursillo. It’s an experience to help you stay connected to Christ and to serve Him.

[ Cursillo ]

Advent/Christmas Concert

Dec 6, 2014 (5:30p)

Featuring Jaime Cortez and all the Music Ministry of Holy Cross Church.

Bring the entire family and join us for:
Singing
Fellowship
Pictures with Santa
Refreshments in Anderson Hall following the concert

A free will offering will be taken to benefit our parish programs.

Concierto de adviento y navidad en la Iglesia de la Santa Cruz con Jaime Cortez y todos los músicos de la parroquia.

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Mass of healing and reconciliation for survivors of abuse and their families

Dec 9, 2014 (6:30p)

Bishop Thomas Olmsted and The Office of Child & Youth Protection would like to cordially invite you to gather for a Mass of healing and reconciliation for survivors of abuse and their families on Tue, Dec 9 at 6:30pm, at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix.

Questions: Please call your local parish or the Office of Child and Youth Protection at 602-354-2396.

[ Around the Diocese ]

Caregivers Support Group Meeting

Dec 10, 2014 (2:30p)

Holy Cross Caregivers: The holidays are upon us bringing lots of things to do and an extra dose of stress. Take a break from this busy moments of the holiday season and de-stress with other caregivers at our next support group meeting on Wed, Dec 10 at 2:30pm. We meet in classrooms 3 and 4 on the second floor at Mountain Vista Medical Center which is located on the southeast corner of Southern Avenue and Crismon Road in Mesa. Park in the east parking lot and come in through the outpatient entry located on the east side of the Center.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to call 1-877-924-9355 to pre-register. For any questions about the caregivers' support group, call Holy Cross parishioner and group facilitator, Evelyn Sanchez, at 602-882-5197.

[ Caregivers Support Group ]

Advent Retreat

Dec 13, 2014

Theme: The Blessed Mother and Advent

Deacon Tom and his retreat team will explore the meaning of Advent and especially the role of Mary. Who was Mary, before and after the visit by the Angel Gabriel?

Cost: $10.00 (to cover cost of refreshments and lunch)
Please bring pad /pen and bible.

Please register by calling or coming into the parish office.

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Advent Penance Service

Dec 15, 2014

at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Sacramental Preparation for Adults

Jan 11, 2015 (9:00a - 11:30a)

We are currently accepting registrations for the Spring Adult Sacrament Class. This session is for adults baptized in another Christian denomination and adults who are baptized Catholic but have not completed Communion and/or Confirmation.

Classes begin Sun, Jan 11 from 9:30-11:30am.

Please contact Cindy Benzing, coordinator of Religious Education, at 480-981-2021 x 214 or cbenzing@holycrossmesa.org to schedule an introductory meeting.

[ Sacrament Preparation ]

5th Annual Phoenix Catholic Women's Conference "That which is True, Beautiful and Good"

Feb 21, 2015

at Xavier College Prep, Phoenix

Speakers include: Leah Darrow, Leila Miller and Ruth Ristow
Please join us for a Spirit-filled day!
New this year: Breakout Session for young Catholic ladies ages 16-22 years old!
Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Tickets now available!
Cost: Early bird tickets: $50
After Thu, Jan 15: $60
Young Catholic Ladies (16-22): $25

For more information call Roberta at 602-471-1944 or visit pdccw.com.
Hosted by the Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

[ Around the Diocese ]