FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

THIS SEPTEMBER 1 2TH WE ARE CELEBRATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOLY CROSS. I LOVE ANY ANNIVERSARY. IT IS A TIME TO LOOK BACK AND BE GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS WE HAVE RECEIVED AND HOW GOOD GOD HAS BEEN TO US IN SO MANY WAYS, BE THEY BIG OR SMALL, SHOWING HIS LOVING PROVIDENCE FOR US AS INDIV!DUALS. ANY ANNIVERSARY IS A CAUSE FOR JOY AND GRATITUDE, BE IT A BIRTHOAY, WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, ANNIVERSARY OF VOWS FOR A RELIGIOUS OR ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD. ANNIVERSARIES ARE MILES STONES !N OUR JOURNEY IN LI FE, THEY SHOW US HOW WE ARE ADVANCING IN THIS L!FE AND !N THE LI FE OF GRACE.

 

HOW MUCH MORE JOY ANO GRATITUDE FOR AN ANNI ERSARY OF A PARISH. A CATHOLIC PARISH IS THE BASIC UNIT OF THE CHURCH. I T IS A SACRED PLACE SET ASIDE FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD AND WHERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD GROW !N THE KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE OF GOD AND OF NEIGHBOR .

 

IT IS A PLACE WHERE WE CONSTANTLY MEET THE LORD IN IN HIS HOLY SACRAMENTS. IT IS A PLACE WHERE A CHILD IS BROUGHT INTO THE SAVING FOLD OF CHRIST IN BAPTISM. WHERE WE ARE MADE ADULT CATHOLICS IN CONFORMATION. WHERE WE ARE BROUGHT  BACK INTO GOD'S GRACE BY RECONCILIATION , WHERE THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS IS CELEBRATED IN WHICH WE RECEIVE THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, WHERE COUPLES BECOME ONE l N CHR!ST THROUGH HOLY MATRIMONY A ND WHER E WE ARE BROUGHT FOR OUR FINAL BLESSING OF THE CHURCH IN CHRISTIAN BURIAL. THE PLACE WHERE WE PRAY FOR THE L!V!NG AND THE DEAD. IT IS INDEED A CENTER OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES WHICH GUIDES AND GUARDS US ON OUR PILGRIM WAY.

 

AL L THIS HAS BEEN DONE HERE AT HOLY CROSS FOR 20 YEARS. TRULY A SACRED PLACE AND A CENTER OF LOVE, GRACE AND PEACE FOR ALL WHO COME I NTO THIS SANCTUARY.  TRULY THE PRESENCE OF GOD IS IN THIS PLACE.

 

MAY THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY BE ONE OF THE MANY MILESTONES FOR THE GREAT PARISH OF HOLY CROSS!

AD MULTOS ANOS!