Holy Week Mass Times

Holy Thursday

April 17, 2014 — 6:30 pm

Good Friday

April 18, 2014 — 6:30 pm

Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014 — 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday

April 20, 2014 — 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 12:00 noon

There is no adoration on Good Friday and Stations of the Cross will be at 3:00 pm.

Lenten Season Events and Information

Communal Penance Services

All Services begin at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, April 7th at Holy Cross

Tuesday, April 8th at St. Patrick

Wednesday, April 9th at St. Matthew

Thursday, April 10th at Our Lady of the Lake

Holy Week Mass Times

Holy Thursday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m.

Good Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 19th at 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20th at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12 Noon

There is NO Adoration on Good Friday and Stations of the the Cross  will be at 3:00 p.m. on that day.


Blessing of the Easter Foods

Of special interest to those of Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Central European background will be the traditional Blessing of Easter Foods at 1:00 p.m. on Holy Saturday, April 19th in the church.

For those sensitive to incense

Please make note that it will be used on PALM SUNDAY, HOLY THURSDAY at the beginning and end of Mass, and at the EASTER VIGIL.

Easter Flower Fund

Our beautiful Easter altar decorations are made possible through gifts to the Flower Fund.

If you would like to make a donation in the name of a loved one, please place your gift in a plain envelope marked “Flower Fund”.

Be sure to include a note with the name (s) of those to be remembered or honored.

The names will be published in the bulletin.

Eucharistic Adoration

will continue all day on Fridays, beginning about 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be chanted at 3:00 p.m.

All are invited to this beautiful devotion to the mercy of God.

Stations of the Cross

will be Fridays during Lent at 5:30 p.m. in the Church, followed by Benediction.

Fish Frys

3 Left!  March 28th, April 4th and April 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Parish Center.


Walk to Jerusalem

As of Monday, March 31st, participants walked 1005.8 miles!

We still have a long way to go so let’s make a team effort to reach Jerusalem by Easter.

We encourage ALL parishioners to participate so we can reach our goal. If you are unable to walk, chair exercises for 20 minutes count for 1 mile, too.

There are index cards located in the church foyer and in the Parish Center, to record your miles, or e-mail Karen Olivero at karengo12@yahoo.com.

For questions about the program, call Karen at 351-3181 or Gerrie Rein at 351-6169.


Ash Wednesday and the Attraction of Repentance

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.

This is the primary penitential season in the Catholic Church.

And when I say that, I’m sure everyone is like, “Yippee! Penance!”

No one really likes self-denial and suffering. Although, can you really call giving up chocolate for 40 days (not including Sundays) suffering?

Giving up things you love or working on bad habits may not seem appealing. However, a lot of people must realize they’re in a spiritual deficit and need help because Ash Wednesday Masses are always packed! And it’s not even a holy day of obligation! I never see crowds packing the church for the Feast of the Assumption.

Ash Wednesday has a special way of drawing together the essential themes of Lent and delivering them in a highly charged, visual, and sensory way. Deep down, we all know we’re not completely together, no matter what we public face we project. We screw things up and make a mess. We need help with life and can’t do it alone.

Whether they turn to God for that help most of the year is doubtful. However, on this one day, Ash Wednesday, the majority of Catholics (and non-Catholics) recognize God’s forgiveness and grace to get by.

Ash Wednesday Mass times are 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Please note that Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, therefore there is no Vigil Mass.

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics as well. When fasting you can eat one full meal and two smaller meals that don’t equal a full meal. Fasting is obligatory from age 18 until age 59. Abstinence means eating no meat and is obligatory from age 14 onwards.

There will be a collection taken up at these Ash Wednesday Masses in aid to Eastern Europe Churches.

Lenten Activities

Weekly Mass Schedule

  • 7:00 am Monday through Friday
  • 6:30 pm Wednesday
  • 8:15 am Friday (All School Mass)
  • 8:15 am Saturday

Friday Activities

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic adoration is an opportunity to adore Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament and exposed in the monstrance.

Eucharistic Adoration will continue all day on Fridays, beginning about 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.  The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be chanted at 3:00 p.m.   All are invited to this beautiful devotion to the mercy of God.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3:00 pm in the church

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are artistic representations depicting Christ carrying his Cross on the way to his crucifixion. Churches place these stations at intervals long the side walls of the church. It’s usually small plaques or paintings.

The Stations are a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer. Through meditating on the events of Christ’s Passion and death, the faithful are led to a spirit of repentance and contrition over their sins. 

Pilgrimages were an important part of Catholic devotional life from the early days of the Church. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land was the ultimate experience. When travel to the Holy Land became impractical, churches started setting up outdoor shrines to commemorate the points along the Way of the Cross so the faithful could make spiritual pilgrimages without traveling.

Stations of the Cross begin on Friday, March 7th at 5:30 p.m. in Church and continue until Good Friday. Stations wil be followed by Benediction.

Fish Fry

Fish Frys begin on Friday, March 7th at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Parish Center and continue every Friday throughout Lent except for Good Friday.

Communal Penance Services

Communal Penance Services are an excellent way to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially if you haven’t been for a while.

The service starts with everyone gathered in the church. There are usually 5 or 6 priests from around the Champaign area present at these services.

The presider opens with a reading from the Bible, usually something related to confession or sin, and a short homily. Then the priests go to different stations around the church and you can choose who you’d like to go to.

It goes quick and if you’re a little nervous about confessing to one of the Holy Cross priests because they might recognize who you are, there’s sure to be a priest who doesn’t know you from Adam.

Below are the dates for the Communal Penance Services. All services start at 7:00 pm:

  • Monday, April 7  at Holy Cross
  • Tuesday, April 8 at St. Patrick
  • Wednesday, April 9 at St. Matthew
  • Thursday, April 10 at Our Lady of the Lake

Lenten Booklets

Traditionally people give up things they love during Lent. But adding devotions is part of penance too. Prayer is one of the primary forms of penance recognized by the Church so many people take on extra prayer time during Lent. One of the best ways to pray is by meditating on Sacred Scripture. Because the readings during Lent are carefully chosen to fit the season, reflective Bible reading is an excellent way to add prayer to your lenten devotions.

Free Lenten booklets from The Word Among Us are available in the back of the church. These booklets provide the Mass readings of the day for weekdays and Sundays plus a reflection to aid your prayer.

Fasting and Abstinence for Lent

  • Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, and all Fridays of Lent
  • Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, and Good Friday, April 18, 2014.
  • 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 low does not oblige.
  • To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is a serious matter.

Holy Cross Bereavement Group

The Bereavement Support Group will meet Sunday, April 6th, after the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Parish Center Library.

Anyone suffering the loss of a loved one is welcome to attend.

Mass Led by our Youth.

Mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, April 5th  at the 5:30 p.m. Mass which will be led by our parish youth.

The children will be lectors, ushers greeters and will sing in the choir.

Interested in helping or volunteering to participate?

Call the Parish Office at 352-8748.

Parish Kitchen Need

The Parish Kitchen is in need of dishtowels and wash cloths.

With all of the Funeral Luncheons, Fish Fries and other events we have in the Parish Center, both of these are necessary items.

Our collection has dwindled over time and needs to be replenished.

If you would like to donate used or gently used dish towels and wash cloths, please drop them off at the Parish Center.

WATCH “Luck of the Draw” Fundraiser and Raffle

The next drawing for a $50 prize will be February 15th.

Purchase your chance now to win this and many other drawings to be held throughout the year.

Even when you win, your raffle ticket is put back in the pot for future drawings including $100 holiday specials and a $1000 grand prize drawing in 2014.

Raffle ticket cost is $10.

Forms are available in the parish office.

Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization WATCH.

Buy your tickets today.

Don Bosco Wants You!

Learn more about the Salesians Cooperators!

Formation is offered at Holy Cross Church.

Please join us:

Wednesday, February 12th after the 6:30 p.m. Mass

Wednesday, March 12th, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9th 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30th 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13th 6:30 p.m. with dinner

Call Father Dave Sajdak at 352-8748 for more information.