As we celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy, please join us on Saturday, March 5 from 6:45am to 1pm for a Holy Door Pilgrimage and 1st Saturday Mini-Retreat. We will be taking a bus up to the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
Event will include:
Walk through the Holy Door
Confession (24 Hours for the Lord initiated by Pope Francis)
Speaker Father John Klockeman will present 2 talks:
We Fear Being Loved Too Much By God
A Hope That Provides
Complimentary light refreshments after Mass
Cost: not to exceed $15 (this covers the bus ride to/from the Cathedral and will depend on the total number of participants)
Every Lent, Catholics in the United States do something amazing. Their prayers, fasting and almsgiving become lifesaving aid for millions of individuals living in conditions of poverty around the world. The hungry are fed; the thirsty are given drink; the homeless find shelter. And this has been going on for more than 40 years. That’s the impact of CRS Rice Bowl. That’s how what you give up for Lent can change lives. A simple cardboard box—a CRS Rice Bowl—inspires prayers, fasting and almsgiving within Catholic families across the U.S., and delivers hope to millions around the world.
Pope Francis writes in Misericordiae Vultus—the papal bull that announced this Jubilee Year of Mercy— that he desires that Christian people everywhere more deeply reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The pope views this year as an opportunity to “reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty.” He challenges us to “enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy.”
Lent is a time to reflect more intentionally on Pope Francis’ invitation. During these 40 days, we examine our own lives in an ongoing effort to “be merciful, just as [the] Father is merciful.” And CRS Rice Bowl is our tool to do just this. Through CRS Rice Bowl, we encounter those living in conditions of poverty around the world, and we have the opportunity to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Visit the Catholic Relief Services website at www.crsricebowl.org for more information and stories of hope.
Rice bowls are available in the back of church; please pick one up today!
Catholic Schools Week is January 24 – 30. Holy Cross Students will be celebrating with special activities, speakers, service projects, and dress-up days. The main goal of this annual celebration is to build community awareness about the strengths and distinctiveness of Catholic schools. Catholic education is an investment in a child’s spiritual and academic formation, and the students and staff of Holy Cross are grateful for your support!
The Catholic Schools Raffle kicked off Friday, January 22nd! Holy Cross Catholic School students are selling $5 Catholic Schools Raffle tickets through February 28th. The raffle is fully supported by Catholic United Financial and all proceeds go directly to the school. Please help us reach our goal of $12,000 by purchasing tickets from a student or calling the school at (952) 652-6100. Prizes include:
Even though the snow storm cancelled our first session, our Advent and Christmas Reflections group is still scheduled to meet Monday evenings during Advent (December 7, 14 and 21). We will meet at 7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Villages of Lonsdale. Meetings should last about 45 minutes. You will receive an Advent Reflections Book (that will keep you thinking, praying, and reflecting all week long) and a prayer candle to light when you read; a small donation will gladly be accepted. Please come join us!
Additionally, below are a couple resources if you prefer to travel on your Advent Journey through email:
Bishop Robert Barron offers daily Advent Reflections. These are brief words to inspire and help you prepare for the most pivotal event in history. Sign up here: adventreflections.com
Join Matthew Kelly on a journey through the “Best Advent Ever.” Imagine how different the world would be if everyone discovered God’s incredible mercy! To learn more and sign up, click here: BestAdventEver.com
This year we will be participating in the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf Christmas Gift Program by sponsoring 3 families. This provides us the opportunity to provide Christmas joy to several families most in need within our community.
✢ “Wish List bulbs/tags” will be hung on a tree in the back of Church during the weekends of November 14-15 and November 21-22.
✢ Each “bulb/tag” lists a suggested item to buy, along with age, male/female, suggested price range, and clothing size (if appropriate).
✢ Please take a tag (or 2), & go shopping!
✢ No time to shop? Take a bulb and donate the money instead. Or donate to the general program to offset costs for families that aren’t adopted