Smooth as silk...
Smooth as silk...
Please note corrected date!
Take a musical retreat during Lent! On April 2d at 3:00 PM at Holy Cross Church we will host a performance of Fauré's Requiem.
The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin, composed between 1887 - 1890, is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. The composer himself noted that
Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."
In place of the somber nature of many requiems that had gone before, Fauré’s is noted for its calm, serene and peaceful outlook. Anyone looking for morose themes is searching in the wrong place. Instead, here we find musical solace in a work that focuses not on the morbid, but on the supposedly restful and fear-free nature of death.(1) He described death as “a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful experience”, and the Requiem encapsulates this feeling in a way that continues to hold audiences spellbound.(2)
There will be an eight-page newsprint hand-out from The Monitor available at all the Masses on the weekend of Jan. 28 and 29.
In addition to this print hand-out, the FAITH IN OUR FUTURE report will be available on the diocesan website and The Monitor website. We will publish the links on the parish webpage and on this blog.
The special publication will also be included inside the Jan. 26 issue of The Monitor.
Join us tonight at 7 PM for the festive formal beginning of the Christmas season at Holy Cross.
Gather in the church for song, a Scripture reading and reflection, followed by the lighting of our Christmas tree on Ward Avenue and the blessing of the Manger at the pergola.
Every year the sheep and other live animals create extra interest for our younger children.
Enjoy hot chocolate and other refreshing goodies in our gymatorium immediately after the blessings.
(We'll adapt to the weather conditions if necessary and not spend too long in blustery winds or really cold temperatures.
Thank you to all our talented musicians, choir members and soloists and especially our Music Director, Don Carolina for another spectacular performance of Handel's Messiah.
A trial run of our Sunday Mini Office will happen after the 10:30 AM Mass this weekend. Mass cards (the new calendar year will be open), Memorial Candles, Parish Registration forms along with information about scheduling a Baptism or Wedding at Holy Cross Church will be available along with a staff member and a volunteer to help you.
Look for the setup in the North Transept cry room with its new St. Francis windows.
Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk now associated with a group called Gratefulness.org, reminds us that
It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.
We're guilty of thinking the other way around, especially when we expect gratitude to spontaneously well up from an unhappy heart. To be grateful we must be observant and focus more on what we already have than what we feel need.
May we experience the joy which comes from gratitude this Thanksgiving!
Beginning in December, coincident with the opening of the mass intention book for the year, we would like to experiment having an outreach parish office in the North transept in the large, mostly unused "cry-room."
A volunteer would staff the desk after the 10:30 AM mass for approximately 30 minutes or so, to serve the people who have attended that mass. A wireless connection to the parish office computer system will allow us to schedule memorial masses, distribute Memorial Mass cards, reserve Memorial Candles in the Prayer Garden and distribute new parishioner registration forms.
If the experiment is successful, we'll consider expanding it to other masses.
We need volunteers to learn the mass scheduling software (easy) and be available by schedule from approx. 11:30 AM to noon. Please call the Parish Office
PRAYER AFTER AN ELECTION
God of all nations,
Father of the human family,
we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise
and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy
in these United States of America.
We ask for your protection and guidance
for all who devote themselves to the common good,
working for justice and peace at home and around the world.We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants,
those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges,
those in the military and law enforcement.
Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,
with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice
in the years ahead for all people,
and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.
Excerpts from the prayer Bishop John Carroll, first American bishop, composed this prayer in 1791.
We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.
...We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers gathered for an evening of prayer and reflection last Monday, followed by sessions of review and critique of the procedures now in use at weekend masses for reading and distributing Holy Communion.
We're always trying to accommodate to the needs of each mass congregation within the confines of our efficiently arranged seating. Please let us know of any suggestions how Holy Communion could flow more easily (remember that it doesn't need to be quick) or the readers could be more clearly understood.
We have ordered the second group of acoustic sound panels for the church, since the installation of the first group improved the sound in the narthex so greatly.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
For in this visible house that you have let us build
and where you never cease to show favor
to the family on pilgrimage to you in this place,
you wonderfully manifest and accomplish
the mystery of your communion with us.
Here you build up for yourself the temple that we are
and cause your Church, spread throughout the world,
to grow ever more and more as the Lord's own Body,
till she reaches her fullness in the vision of peace,
the heavenly city of Jerusalem.
Join us in prayer at 9:00 AM Eucharist tomorrow morning to commemorate the First Anniversary of the Dedication of our parish church. The special mass has its own readings and prayers and is a solemnity (Gloria, Creed).
In some ways, it doesn't seem like one year ago!
The church has served us well in the last year accommodating groups large and small, joyful celebrations and mournful ones.
We're excited to report that two sisters from the Dominican Community in Nashville
will be visiting Holy Cross on December 5th.
It was an amazing coincidence to discover that the sisters would already be in our diocese that week and were able to extend their visit and add us to their itinerary.
The sisters will make a presentation to our Holy Cross students during the day. Monday evening they will discuss the topic of Family Prayer with school parents and parishioners alike based on their publication
We will be extending an invitation for parishioners in our cohort and surrounding parishes to join us for this prayerful recollection in Advent.
September 14 was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our patronal feast, and we defer its commemoration until a weekend so that many more members of our parish family may pray together. Join us at Mass on this festive and joyful occasion. There will be hospitality after the 10:30 AM mass. Check our our just-finished Hospitality Room in the St. Joseph Room.
The Finding of the True Cross window on the west wall of the church depicts the story of St. Helena's discovery of the cross through a divine healing. Since its cleaning and restoration, there are spectacular views of the window at various times of the day, especially during the fall.
Monday also commemorates the first year anniversary dedication of our new church, another cause for great joy.
P.S. This is a "before cleaning" picture. We'll have to take an "after restoration" picture for comparison.
Once per month, a supplemental collection will be taken up for our monthly mortgage payment. This new monthly expense will challenge our capacity to meet all our financial obligations from our regular collections.
I've included a letter in this weekend's bulletin with more details.
Thank you to everyone who have been faithfully fulfilling pledges made to A Time to Build. We depend on your pledges!
Please consider a modest increase in weekly giving, especially to the special Mortgage Collection.
The driveway by the rectory which provides access to the barrier free parking court is closed until Saturday's 5 PM Vigil Mass. The new concrete has been poured and is curing and we have been asked to prohibit vehicular traffic until then.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but we're glad the weather cooperated and the job planning proceeded just as expected.
May God keep you in His loving care,
may you shine forth as living witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and may you grow in wisdom, age and grace.