Happy Thanskgiving

I just want to take this opportunity to extend to you and your family and friends the wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I can remember as a child, my Nonna (grandmother) insisting on the completion of a tradition that I am sure most if not all of you do as well.  After the grace before meals, we would each need to highlight something for which we were grateful.  As tomorrow looms so closely, I have decided to share with you what I am most grateful for…You!  Each and every Sunday, as I look out toward the congregation I see all of you gathered together.  I see the crosses that many of you are carrying and I see the generosity of so many of you towards the poor and marginalized within our society and world.  This year, I was overwhelmed by your care and concern for the people affected by natural disasters and financial instability.  Your love for families in our parish experiencing medical crisis has been inspirational.  Our food pantry has served numerous families throughout the year, including 40 families this Thanksgiving.  The Thanksgiving outpouring from so many of our parish groups has been incredible.  From our Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, our Ladies Confraternity and the Knights of Columbus along with countless Parishioners, you made this possible.  Your continued support for the parish through your weekly contribution and your fulfilling your pledges  to the renew & rebuild campaign has allowed us to complete numerous projects with several large projects coming in the spring.  For all of these reasons, I give thank to the Lord for the gift of being your Pastor!  Enjoy this special day with your families…See you this weekend!

Vacation Bible School 2017

Its that time of year again.  Our Vacation Bible School will be held the week of August 14th-18th.  This free program runs daily from 9:30-12noon.  There are a limited number of spaces.  Please click on the link below for the registration form and submit it to the rectory by mai, drop off or by placing it in the collection as soon as possible.

VBS 2017 Registration Form

 

Paschal Triduum

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PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD, Sunday, April 9th, 2017

5:30pm Mass at Holy Cross

7:45am Mass at Holy Cross

9:30am Mass at OLS

11:15am Mass at Holy Cross

 

RECONCILIATION MONDAY, Monday, April 10th, 2017

Confessions will be heard from 3:00pm-9:00pm at Holy Cross

 

HOLY WEDNESDAY, April 12th, 2017

Confesions will be heard from 6:00pm-8:00pm

 

HOLY THURSDAY, April 13th, 2017

9:00am     Tenebrae

7:30pm   Mass of the Lord’s Supper

8:45pm-11:00pm  Adoration in the Repository (Parish Center)

 

GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION, April 14th, 2017

9:00am   Tenebrae

3:00pm    Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

7:00pm  Solemn Stations of the Cross

 

HOLY SATURDAY, April 15th, 2017

9:00am   Tenebrae

10:00am  Blessing of the Easter Foods

8:00pm    Great Vigil of Easter

 

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION, April 16th, 2017

7:30am Mass at Holy Cross

9:00am Mass at OLS

10:45am Mass at Holy Cross

 

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Closings & Cancellations

With the forecast of 16″-24″ of snow, we have decided to close the Rectory Offices tomorrow.  In addition, all Religious Education classes have been cancelled along with all scouting programs.  There will be no activities either on or off campus tomorrow.  I will be offering the weekday Mass for all of your intentions but ask that you remain safely at home.  We will be watching the storm conditions and its effects to determine Wednesday.  Please be safe and enjoy the snow day.  Be sure to pray for all of the first responders, the road crews and those who keep the power flowing.  God Bless you!  Father Michael

Wine Tasting Fun Raiser

Please join us on Friday, May 20th, 2016 for our second annual Wine Tasting Fun Raiser.  The event will take place from 7pm-10pm in our Parish Center.  There will be a full dinner and desert served along with various wines throughout the evening. There will also be music, raffles and 50/50.  We will also be holding our annual lottery basket raffle so be sure to purchase your tickets!   The cost of the event is $25 per person and tickets can be purchased before and after all Masses and from the rectory.  Please join us for what is expected to be a most wonderful evening!

Tuesday, February 16th…

Due to the weather, Minisink Valley CSD has closed school today.  We have cancelled all sessions of religious education for tonight.  May everyone stay safe and sound in their homes and enjoy this snow day…

Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal

The Appeal has begun!!!  Our Parish goal is $29,500   Together we can meet and exceed our goal.  Take a fe moments to watch the following video from His Eminence.

Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal Video 2016

 

SPECIAL MASS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 23RD & 24TH

I am certain that everyone joins me in praying that everyone who must travel over the next few days, that they do so safely.  With the forecasted snow to primarily take place on Saturday, I have decided to add an additional Mass on Sunday afternoon.  The Saturday Mass will still be offered, but for those who are unable to attend this additional Mass I hope will be helpful.  So the Mass schedule for this weekend, January 23rd & 24th will be as follows:     Saturday, January 23rd             5:30pm at Holy Cross

                                    Sunday, January 24th            7:45am at Holy Cross

                                                                              9:15am at Scapular

                                                                             10:45am at Holy Cross

 

                                                                        ***    4:30pm at Holy Cross

 

Be safe and see everyone at Mass!

 

Father Michael

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Due to the impending snow event, Minisink Valley CSD has cancelled all after school activities.  We have cancelled all sessions of religious education for tonight including the Teacher Conference.  May everyone stay safe and sound in their homes and enjoy this very first snow day…

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Our Knights of Columbus Council #16365 is hosting a Valentines Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 13th from 7pm-11pm in our Parish Center.  Tickets are $15 per person and $30 per couple.  There will be food, music, soda, water and coffee and tea.  Tickets will be available for purchase after every Mass until February 7th and during office hours at the rectory.  Please join us!