Holy Cross Preschool Now Includes An Extended Day Option


Holy Cross is proud to announce our preschool program will include an extended day option for this coming fall. Classes are available for children age 3 & 4.

Our Catholic preschool provides a safe, nurturing environment for your child—an environment where education and prayer go hand in hand.

If you would like to obtain registration materials, please call the school office at 217-356-9521 or email the principal at cellis@holycrosselem.org.

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.

Friday Eucharistic Adoration – Jesus is Calling You!!

Jesus' beautiful faceOpen House. All are Invited.

Each week Jesus holds a special Open House in the peacefulness of our beautiful church.

He invites us to spend quiet time with Him to give thanks for blessings received and to tell Him about our pressing concerns.

Please consider signing up for a half-hour or more to visit Our Lord on Fridays beginning after the 8:15 a.m. All School Mass and ending with Benediction at 4:45 p.m.

It would be time well spent. And Jesus would love your company!

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 together as a Catholic family.

For families whose children are not enrolled in a Catholic school, Family Formation fulfills the need for religious education and sacramental preparation. However, all families with children in grades K-6 are invited to come and be part of the Family Formation community.

For more information about Family Formation look under the ‘Faith Formaiton’ tab or if you would like to register for this year please contact Cindy Howie at 352-8748. The program begins in September.

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 was that he loved without measure.”