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August 2016

Monday's Religious Education - "The Classes Follow The Masses"

September is a busy month with lots of new schedules, new classes and new friends. Our Monday Religious Education class with the pastor is something else new. We are working to make it fun and challenging and to nourish your faith as you grow in the love of Jesus Christ.

We will be using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies for the year. Each week’s lesson corresponds to the Scripture readings at Sunday’s mass. In addition to the weekly workbooks, students will receive a handbook, What the Church Believes and Teaches, a resource of prayers and material for the entire year.

The program has great web based resources and other details we’ll explain later, but the main thing now is to understand that “the classes will follow the Masses” as closely as possible instead of working through chapters in a textbook.

I am praying that Jesus will help us all grow in faith and grace this coming year. See you on September 19th!

Fr. Manning

Here is a link to Pflaum Publishing for the Gospel of September 18th: GOSPEL ON SEPTEMBER 18

And a link explaining a little more about the program: GOSPEL BASED EDUCATION


North Driveway Near Rectory to Close Wednesday - Friday

Workers have begun cutting the cracked concrete away from walkways in preparation for its removal. Unfortunately, this includes several sections of sidewalks and driveway, which were driven over before they were fully cured by heavy construction vehicles (not ours) making K turns and maneuvering for deliveries. 

Depending on the weather, it may be necessary to close the driveway Wednesday through Friday. The contractor may be able to provide a plywood ramp over which vehicles can drive, in which case please exercise caution.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but want to accomplish the repairs before the freeze-thaw cycles of winter set in.


Masonry Work To Begin Tomorrow At Church

00200024154Tomorrow work is scheduled to begin on repairing the cracks in the concrete walkways around the church. 

The cracks were caused by the need to move heavy equipment after they had been poured, both as a matter of poor staging of the construction job and insufficient protection for the walkways over which the machinery traversed.

The parge coat around the base of the exterior foundation masonry wall will also be completed, including some work to repoint the original brickwork on the Ward Avenue facade. 


Faith Seeking Understanding Schedule Fall/Winter 2016

Here are the topics and meeting dates for the Fall/Winter Faith Seeking Understanding Adult Faith sessions:

Composing Sacred Scripture: How the Bible Was Formed Donald Senior, CP; Liturgy Training Publications, 2016

October 5  

Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2 (pp. 1-37)

October 12 

Chapters 3 and 4 (pp. 38-59)

October 19

Chapters 5 and 6 (pp. 60-92)

October 26

Chapters 7, 8 and 9    (pp. 93-125)


Books are available for a donation of $ 10 at the Parish Office or at the sessions once they begin. They are available from Amazon in hard copy or in Kindle, or from Liturgy Training Publications.

Please join us for one or all of the sessions and invite someone to come with you.

All sessions will be in the church hospitality room and begin at 7:00 PM.


Fall Winter Sunday Mass Schedule

Get ready for a return to the Fall/Winter Mass Schedules on the Weekend of September 10 - 11. 

It's a good idea to mark you calendars now.

Saturday        5:00 PM 

Sunday           8:00 AM

                      10:30 AM

                       12 Noon

                       5:00 PM    (No organ)

                       7:00 PM    Latin 


Four Evangelists in Sanctuary



Images of Matthew, Mark and Luke have joined the image of St. John in our sanctuary. 

St. Matthew is symbolized by an angel or winged man, St. Mark by a winged lion, St. Luke by a winged bull and St. John by an eagle.

These iconographic representations of the evangelists come from the Book of Kells. The book has a connection with St. Columcille (Columba) - the third window from the east on the southern nave of Holy Cross -  and is sometimes called the Book of Columba, since by tradition it survived Viking raids on Iona from at least the 9th century.



Last Call: Religious Education Registration Holy Cross

Plans are well underway for the 2016-2017 Religious Education Program at Holy Cross. Please register if you have not already done so. We can always use additional catechists and assistants, so consider volunteering.

This year an online program, a bi-weekly Monday formation session with Fr. Manning and a two year formation program for Eucharist will augment the program already in place. Cross_kid


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Hospitalized

RiverviewmedctrWe had a lively and spiritually uplifting meeting of a group of volunteers from our parish and surrounding parishes who will bring Holy Communion and visit the sick in Riverview Medical Center. They will augment the team from St. James who has been faithfully filling this mission for years.

Deanna Sass, Diocesan Director of Pastoral Care and Rev. Matt Agresti, chaplain at Riverview Medical Center addressed the group and guided them on protocols for visiting at Riverview and pastoral concerns, including confidentiality. 11_dy_pm_communion


We always welcome more volunteers. Please call the office and indicate your willingness to serve.


St. John Vianney, Example for All

John Vianney's life can serve as an example for everyone, not only priests.

His father initially opposed his vocation, prefering him to work on the family farm. Formal study, especially Latin proved very difficult for him and he failed the entrance exam for seminary. Intercession by his parish pastor won him ordination nonetheless and John served as a curate with him until the pastor's death. His own parish was not a dream choice, by any means. Secularism had taken strong root, which John overcame with persistent work and the example of his own holy life. He felt he might be happier as a monk, and even tried to leave the parish, but was persuaded to stay where he was for the good of the people he served. 

Who has not know resentment or opposition from loved ones, difficulty at work or school, discouraging prospects for success, dreamed that changing circumstances would bring happiness? What wonderful encouragement to see an example of prayer, persistence, loyalty bear great fruit.

St. John Vianney, pray for us.


Plus jamais ca



A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Father Jacques Hamel, a French diocesan priest who was slain during morning mass in his parish by Islamic terrorists. I've posted some screencaps of the funeral televised by KTO TV, a French speaking Catholic channel founded in 1999 at the prompting of Cardinal Lustiger, then archbishop of Paris.


Fr. Hamel's sister speaks at funeral.


The funeral procession arrives at the Cathedral.

The family chose the gospel reading from Matthew's Sermon on the Mount, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." 

His sister noted that Father Jacques refused a promotion in the military during the war in Algeria since it would involve his giving orders leading to the deaths of others, something he could never do.

The Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun revealed that Hamel's last words as he tried to repel his attackers with his feet were, "Get away, Satan, Get away, Satan." The archbishop had words for those tempted to jihad: "You who are tormented by diabolical violence, you who are in the clutches of demoniacal murderous folly...we pray that God will free you from the grip of the devil. We pray for you, we pray that Jesus rescues those who are in under the power of evil. (As St. Paul said)..We are wounded, we are shocked, but not destroyed.

He asked those who might have strayed from the church to return on August 15 to light a candle to help sanctify the church after the sacrilegious attack.

The video shows the poignant procession of priests, family, faithful and famous at Father Hamel's funeral.

No more of this.