Advent Begins Next Weekend!

It’s that time of year when we prepare ourselves for the coming of our dear Lord!!

How can you prepare yourself and those whom you love?

It’s Time to Get the Advent Wreath Out

What a wonderful tradition to share at the dinner table. Don’t have a wreath? Visit our local Catholic Store, C&A Inspirations, at 313 N. Mattis for all your

Advent needs.


There are many ways to prepare your heart this season here at Holy Cross!

Donations to the Flower Fund

During the Christmas Season our altar is filled with a multitude of beautiful flowers all placed around the creche. You are invited to make a donation toward the purchase of those flowers and in gratitude for your gift, the names of those you wish to remember in honor or memorial will be listed in the bulletin during Christmas. Stop in the Parish Office or give us a call at 352-8748 for more information.

Holy Cross Christmas Cards Available

Purchase your Christmas cards here at Holy Cross this year. The cover is a picture of the altar decorated for Christmas. Cards are being sold after all the Masses. Cost is $15:00 for a box of 20 and $8.00 for a box of 10. A single card, $1.00. Or buy them during office hours weekdays  at the Parish Office.

Santa is Coming to the Swann Special Care Center And He Needs Our Help!

This year we will again participate in the Angel Tree Project providing Christmas gifts for 35 residents of Swann. Their ages range from 11 to 62. With each name is a wish list. Help bring the joy of Christmas Day to these members of Swann.

If you would like to provide a gift for a resident this year, please call the Parish Office during office hours at 352-8748 for the name of a resident.

Gifts must be in the office by Thursday, December 4th, for pick up, so call soon! Gifts are in the $30 range and our 8th grade students will gift wrap the gifts as a service project.

Deck the Halls with Holiday Evergreens From Troop 9!

Before shopping for decorations this season, consider purchasing fresh greenery from a Troop 9 Boy Scout! 20%-25% of each sale helps a boy pay for his Scouting activities. Wreaths, garlands, and center-pieces are available in time for Thanksgiving festivities. For more information or to have a Scout contact you, contact:
          Charles Walters, Troop 9 Scoutmaster, 217-898-8684.
          Gabe Jackson, Assistant Scoutmaster, 217-979-3309.

Advent Activities for you at Holy Cross

Visit Baby Jesus With the Kids!

Children’s Live Nativity.

YOU ARE INVITED to the Children’s Live Nativity, Sunday, December 7th, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. View Jesus and his family in his first days of life. Enjoy a tasty Christmas cookie and hot chocolate before joining the Holy Cross Carolers as they sing Christmas songs to Baby Jesus.

We’re looking for parishioners to bring nativity sets from home to share in a display of Nativity sets with other parishioners.
Set-up: Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Nativities will be blessed!
Hosted by Holy Cross families.

Monetary donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be accepted. For more info or to display your nativity, please call Jessica McMahon at 355-1197.

Come Sing With Us!

Christmas Caroling.

On December 7th we will have our annual Holy Cross Christmas caroling. We’ll begin the afternoon at two local nursing homes and end with singing at the Live Nativity at
the Parish Center. Join us for an old-fashioned, fun-filled afternoon welcoming the Advent Season!
We’ll meet at the Parish Center at 2:00 p.m. to warm up our voices. Our finale will be singing at the Children’s Live Nativity beginning at 4:30 p.m. (see above). Please let us
know by Tuesday, December 2nd, if you would like to join us.
Call Cheri or Harry Rakers, at 352-4918, or



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 faiths who wish to unite their religious practice in Catholicism.

Please contact Cindy Howie at 352-8748 for more details.

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 to independently discover the beauty of the Catholic faith and their role as a part of the body of Christ.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered for pre-school age children. If you are interested in your preschooler participating in this exceptional program, please call the Parish Office at 352-8748.

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.