The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy Bible Study begins in August

Prophets Bible Study

A Ten-Part Bible Study Featuring Thomas Smith

 If we consider that God is the Divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as “spiritual marriage counselors.” They afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, calling us to return to our covenant relationship with God. They urge us to repentance, warn us of the dangers of sin, and announce the blessings of faithfulness. Their prophetic words speak to us even today, as they draw us closer to our heavenly Bridegroom.
Join Holy Cross for this Great Adventure study on the prophets, presented by Thomas Smith! Each week, you will come to know a prophet from Scripture and learn how his message sheds light on our faith and our lives. In getting to know these messengers of God, you will read Scripture and the Catechism, while answering thought provoking questions and powerful reflections. Plus, you will learn practical ways to apply the messages of the prophets in your own life.

A study on the prophets has been one of the most requested programs from The Great Adventure. Like A Quick Journey and The Bible Timeline, The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy places the Old Testament prophets in context of salvation history, making their personalities and contexts easy to follow, understand, and relate to our lives.

In The Prophets  You Will:

  • Discover who the prophets were, what their message was, and why they are important to us.
  • See how God is constantly calling you to a deeper relationship with him.
  • Discover the areas in your life that prevent you from drawing closer to God.
  • Understand how the central message of the prophets is one of love, proclaiming the mercy of God for his children.
  • See how their powerful words speak to us today, shedding light on our faith and our lives.
  • Discover the ways you are called to be the voice of God to others.

…and much more!
Join us for The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy in the Holy Cross Parish Center Great Hall for Monday night sessions at 6:30 p.m. or Tuesday morning sessions at 9:30 a.m. beginning August 24th and 25th continuing through November 16th and 17th. The fee for the workbook is $25. For more information or to register for the study, call the Parish Office at 352-8748.

Totus Tuus is This Week at Holy Cross

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Totus Tuus is a Catholic Grade School, Jr. High, and High School Summer Program that packs a whole lot of fun into the word FAITH!

Celebrate being a Catholic with old friends and make new friends at the same time.

Learn to love Jesus and Mary more!

Share that love with others!

 

Grade School Program
Students entering grades 1-6
Monday to Friday, July 13-17
From 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Outdoor fun break at midday
$20 fee per child/$30 fee per family

 

Jr. High & High School Program
Students entering grades 7-12
Sunday to Thursday, July 12-July 16
From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday night—student social
12$ fee per teen

 

For more details click here :

Totus Tuus parish brochure 2015

 

To register, click and print the form below and return it to:

Holy Cross Church
405 W. Clark St.
Champaign, IL  61820

Totus Tuus registration form

 

Or contact:

Holy Cross Parish Office
(217) 352-8748
cdhowie689@sbcglobal.net

 

COME HAVE SOME FUN!! We’ll see you there.

 

 

 

Alleluia is Our Song

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Alleluia! We haven’t heard that word for a while—in fact, a little over six weeks. Alleluia is the word we ring out again at Easter. Alleluia means “Praise the Lord!” And, at Easter we praise our God for the greatest event that has taken place in all of creation—Jesus has been raised from the dead.

If the Resurrection of Jesus never happened we would not be here—in Holy Cross parish, in the Catholic Church, in a Catholic school. EVERYTHING we are about in our faith hinges on and is because of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus is without question the most pivotal truth to the Christian faith. St. Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians 15:16. He says: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.”

Paul was writing to people who refused to believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. It seems that they still wanted to follow and adhere to his teachings, but stopped short in their belief that he defeated death! Paul was logically helping them to understand that Jesus is more than a moral teacher whose teachings lead to a full and balanced life. He is much more that a moral influence!

Paul’s point is that life continues! It does not end with your final heartbeat and breath! It didn’t end for Jesus and it doesn’t end for anyone! For if we believe in Jesus and His Resurrection and accept Him into our lives, we will share in His Resurrection. The difference is that Jesus came back! He went to the other side and has returned to tell us that for all people who receive His forgiveness all is well, on the other side of your last heartbeat!

The first law of thermodynamics says that no mass or energy is ever destroyed, that it merely changes form. When a piece of wood is burned, it is not gone. Some of it becomes heat; some deteriorates into the ashes. But it is not destroyed—it just changes. When a lake dries up, the water is gone. It has evaporated into the air, only to fall to earth again someday.

Now, if we can see this all around us in the physical world, why is it so hard to conceive of it in the spiritual world? Harry Emerson Fosdick said, “Can it be that God is the most unscrupulous waster in the universe making great personalities, only to throw them utterly away?” If we can see it easily in nature, why can’t we see it easily in the sphere of faith? When we can, then we too can have the same confidence that the apostle Paul had when he said, “We shall all be changed.”

For the promise of eternal life, and making it happen through the Resurrection of Jesus, we praise the Lord! And, we sing Alleluia! Jesus is risen!

Fr. Dave

 

Regulations For Lent and Easter Triduum

The regulations for Lent and Easter Triduum follow:

 Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian Year. Priests, religious and laity are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial, attentiveness to prayer, and especially to works of charity and mercy.

 Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 and all the Fridays of Lent.

 Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015, and Good Friday, April 3, 2015.

 On these two days of fast and abstinence, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

 To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is a serious matter.