Parish Tag Sale

Saturday, May 18 ~ 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday, May 19 ~ 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

 

All donations can be dropped off at the Parish Hall (across from the church).

Please use the Holy Cross Avenue entrance for your drop offs.

 

Collection Dates Are:

Monday, April 15 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Monday, April 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 4 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm

Monday, May 6 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Rent A Space

If you would like to set up on our lawn to sell some of your treasures on Saturday, May 18, you are welcome to for a cost of $25.00. To register, please call the parish office.

If you would like to help in anyway, please contact:

Parish Office - 532-5661 Dotty Skibel - 533-4105 Lee McGarrigle - 533-0486

 

 

 

A Letter From Bishop Rozanski ~ Bishop Visit, May 9

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Cross Parish,

I and some staff from the Diocese will be on a pastoral visitation to your parish on Thursday, May 9. These visitations are an opportunity to better know the parishes in the Diocese and to support the ministries that the church provides for and with you. I hope I will have the opportunity to greet many of you personally with the various activities scheduled for the day. Please come and say hello, if you are able, at the 8:30 am Mass.

In case we do not have the opportunity to personally visit that day, I invite your thoughts on the following questions which I will explore with the parish staff during my visit:

  • Which ministries or services at Our Lady of the Cross Parish have you found especially helpful in supporting you, your family, neighbors and community?
  • How might Our Lady of the Cross Parish best continue or strengthen its ministry for its parishioners and the community? 
  • What areas might the church leadership explore to be an even fuller witness of God’s love and healing among you?   

After prayerful consideration, if you have thoughts on these questions I would appreciate receiving them by email to Sr. Paula Robillard, my assistant. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

God bless you and thank you for your role in the pastoral visitation of Our Lady of the Cross Parish.

+Bishop  Mitchell Rozanski; Bishop of Springfield

 

Decorators Needed

Next Saturday April 20, immediately after morning prayer (about 9:00 am), we will be decorating the church for Easter. If you have helped in the past or never decorated before, we could use your assistance. Thank you!

 

Blessing of Food

On Holy Saturday Poles around the world go to church with their Easter baskets to have them blessed by a priest. The food from the basket is then placed on the Easter table and shared during Swiecone, the name of the Easter brunch that is served after Mass on Easter Sunday. The contents of the Easter basket are both traditional and symbolic, reflecting the religious meaning of the Easter holiday.

The basket is usually covered with a white linen or lace cloth and decorated with greenery, pussywillows, and daffodils.

Despite this being a Polish tradition, all are welcome to bring baskets of food to be blessed!

Please consider making this a new family tradition. Any food that you serve on Easter may be brought for the blessing, including Easter candy.

The Blessing of Food will take place  on  Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 am, 12 & 1:00 pm.

 

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

  Holy ThursdayApril 18        

8:30 am:  Morning Prayer

7:00 pm:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper 

                   (Washing of Feet)

           Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

           until 11:00 pm

 

Good Friday: April 19

8:30 am:  Morning Prayer

3:00 pm:  Stations of the Cross (English)

5:00 pm:  Stations of the Cross (Polish)

7:00 pm:  The Lord’s Passion

                (Veneration of Cross & Communion)

 

Holy Saturday: April 20        

8:30 am:  Morning Prayer

Blessing of Food:  11, 12, & 1 o’clock 

7:30 pm:  Easter Vigil

 

Easter: April 21            

Masses: 7:00 am, 8:15 am (Polish), 10:30 am

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt following the 10:30 am Mass – church lawn

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Our Lady of the Cross is having our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 21 following the 10:30 am Mass. Children of all ages are welcome. Bring a basket or bag for your eggs. The Easter Bunny will appear, so bring a camera! Hopping to see you there!!!

 

Purse Bingo with a Twist – More than just Purses

Saturday,  April 27  -   St. Pope John Paul II Social Center

Doors Open at 6:00  pm - Games start at 7:00 pm

$30.00 per person – gets you ten games

Bring your own food/snacks; a Cash Bar will be available

Prizes include: Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Coach,

Michael Kors, Camping Package, Golf Package, etc.

We prefer cash or check made out to Mater Dolorosa School

Contact Nora or the school for tickets

Tickets  will be sold after Masses

on the weekend of March 30 & 31

       Email –Nora Moreau at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 315.1030 with questions

 

LENTEN SCHEDULE

Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays ~ after the 8:30 am Mass

Fridays at Noon &

 4:00 pm in Polish

 

Confessions

Sundays: 11:30 am - Noon

Monday - Saturday: 8:00 am

Or, by appointment with any of our Friars

 

Penance Service

Monday, April 8: 7:00 pm

 

Daily Mass

Monday - Saturday: 8:30 am

 

Gorzkie Zale

(Polish Lamentations)

Sundays: After 8:15 am Mass

 

 

The Meaning of TRUE JOY

 

Jesus

 

Others

 

Yourself

 

Always Welcoming New Parishioners!

 

A parish means a new family. A family where I am always welcome.  A parish means a fresh start, new beginnings.  A parish means forgiveness and new life through the sacraments.  A parish means love. Unconditional love from God forever.

 

Please consider everything a parish could be to you  -  and what you could be to your parish. To become a parishioner here at OLC, please call the parish office at 532-5661. 

 

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