Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The Tree in Your Living Room

“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how steadfast are your branches! Your boughs are green in summer’s clime and through the snows of wintertime. O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how steadfast are your branches!” The Christmas tree is one of the most popular and cherished Christmas customs. Each year 35-40 million live trees are […]

Jesse Tree

The Jesse Tree…. Do You Have One?

‘Tis the season for decorations! At this time of year, practically everyone decorates trees in their living rooms! We do have the long tradition of having a “Christmas Tree” in our homes. But how about putting another tree up as well? How about having an Advent Tree? The Advent tree is also called the Jesse […]

News & Announcements

Parish Penitential Services

To prepare for Christmas, there will be an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of a parish Penitential Service. Several priests will gather at the following churches to celebrate the Lord’s forgiveness: Monday, Dec. 15th  at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Champaign Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick […]

Christmas Schedule for Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

We invite you and your family to join us this year to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord!   Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 12:00 Midnight (Music begins at 11:15 p.m.) Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. (THERE WILL BE NO evening Mass)  


If you, or someone you know, want to become Catholic, now’s the time to make that call! Classes are for: Non-Catholics who know they want to join or who may be interested in joining but need more information first. Catholics who have never received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Married couples of mixed religious […]

THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – A program for Pre-school age children

OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is available at Holy Cross. This program is an approach to the religious formation of children that is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. The children come to an ’atrium’ where they are given the opportunity […]

FAMILY FORMATION – A Different Approach to Religious Education

FAMILY FORMATION is a whole family approach to learning and living the Catholic Faith. The Family Formation Program at Holy Cross serves families with children in grades K – 6. It is a faith formation opportunity for the entire family. Families are supported and encouraged in their efforts to pray, worship, and grow in faith […]

The Life of St. John Bosco: Indiscriminate Love

Saint John Bosco accomplished what many people considered an impossibility. He walked through the streets of Turin, Italy, looking for the dirtiest, roughest urchins he could find, then made good men of them. His extraordinary success can be summed up in the words of his patron Saint, Francis de Sales: “The measure of his love […]