Weekly Announcements


October 6, 2019



OCTOBER: (6) Jane Birmingham & Sheila France (13) John Meehan & Cathy Lunn;  (20) Adele Calcavecchio & Bill Clare; (27) Ernst & Betty Schoen-Rene.

If you would like to serve as a lector, contact Judy Damron.

UIDN TRAINING: A training is being offered for new volunteers as well as refreshers for current volunteers.

  • Sunday, October 6 from 1-4 PM at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz.  This training will be about Rapid Response which responds to ICE incursions in Ulster County and provides support to our immigrant neighbors.

If you are interested, please contact Nic at ulsteridn@gmail.com with contact information.

KINGSTON FOOD SUPPORT WALK: This was formally known as the CROPWALK.  Come join the Family of Woodstock, People’s Place and Kingston Interfaith Council to help raise funds to support the food insecure in our community.  The walk begins at Saint James Methodist Church at 1 PM on October 6th and will go for 1.5 miles around Kingston.  For participation information, contact info@olddutchchurch.org.  If you would care to make a contribution without actually walking, please make a check out to Kingston Food Support Walk and return it to the church office.  Thank you.

PERFORMING ARTS OF WOODSTOCK:  Adele asked for the following information to be included with the announcements and hopes that folks will support this event.  It will be a cast of actors reading from a play by Cheryl Davis, M. A. Butcher & Charlotte Fehlman about Phillis Wheatley who was the first enslaved person to be published in the U.S.  It will be performed on Sunday, October 13th at 2 PM at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock.  Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at https://www.performingartsofwoodstock.org or at the door.

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR ULSTER IMMIGRATION DEFENSE NETWORK: Bloom & The B2’s will be performing at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 26th from 7-9 in the church.  Tickets at the door by suggested donation of $10-$25.  Refreshments will be for sale.

ALTAR GUILD:  Volunteers are still needed, please help. In an effort to relieve Father Frank of some of the Sacristy duties that are ongoing, as well as, the decoration and oversight of the order and cleanliness ofthe sacristy, sanctuary, and altars, the following list is offered.  Please review each item on the list to determine which area you can assist with, hopefully working in concert with another parishioner.

  1. FLOWERS:  Procuring and arranging flowers, watering flowers and removingand replacing flowers based on their condition or the liturgical season.
  2. ALTAR LINENS: Ongoing oversight of the cleanliness and care of the altar linens and purificators (used to wipe the chalice), corporals (placemat for the sacred vessels on the altar), and towels (used at the washing of the priest’s hands).  
  1. VESTMENTS AND ALTAR VESTURE:  Ongoing oversight of the condition, repair and cleanliness of the vestments and altar vesture.  Attending to vestments and altar frontals so that they are washed or dry cleaned as needed.
  1. MASS SET UP: Set up for Sunday Mass and Wednesday Mass.  Replenishing the candles with oil as needed.
  2. SUNDAY MORNING SACRISTAN:  This requires arriving early to unlock doors, open windows, turn on fans and lights, set up mics, set out the sacred vessels, offertory gifts, altar books, mass programs, etc.
  1. ALTAR SUPPLIES:  Ordering wine and hosts for communion, as well as,Keeping a sufficient supply of candles ready for use.  This task requires ongoing oversight of these supplies and notifying the Parish Administrator of orders to be placed.
  2. CLEANING:  Arranging for a thorough cleaning of the Sanctuary and other altars at least twice per year or more often, as needed.  Again, this task requires ongoing oversight.

Thank you for reviewing these items.  I will be coordinating this effort with Father Frank’s assistance and the help of other parishioners who are already involved. Please phone me to let me know your interest.  You can leave amessage at that number if I am unavailable and I will contact you readily. – Jane Birmingham.

ADULT EDUCATION: Following coffee hour, from 11:45 to 12:45 the study will focus on Fleming Rutledge’s work “The Crucifixion” for the next several weeks.   See Father Frank or Mary Vandezande if interested.

PIANO OR VIOLIN LESSONS – Available at Holy Cross, all ages and flexible times.  Call Linda Marion, (845) 255-9620 or leave a message at (845) 430-1819.

ULSTER IMMIGRANT DEFENSE NETWORK (UIDN): Please visit the UlsterImmigrantDefenseNetwork.org  information about the NetworkThe Ulster Immigrant Defense Fund (UIDF) is part of the Network that can receive contributions through PayPal or by checks being written to Holy Cross Church and including UIDF on the memo of the check. If you are interested in becoming more involved in this good work please speak with Father Frank.

MID-WEEK SERVICE: Every Wednesday, there will be a mid-week Eucharist at 5 PM.  As you are able, please join in this opportunity to pray.

SOAP CLOSET UPDATE : The Soap will reopen on September 24-25.  The Soap Closet is depleted of supplies so DONATIONS are essential for its continued success.  Donations can be made by check (to Holy Cross/Santa Cruz with “Soap Closet” put on the memo line) or actual supplies can be brought to the Parish Hall such as laundry and dish detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and any samples from motel/hotel visits. In addition, reusable cloth shopping bags with handles are needed since plastic bags are being phased out.  Please do what you can!  Thanks for your continued support. – Betty Schoen-Rene

COFFEE HOUR: Due to the popularity of Coffee Hour and our growing parish, two families will now be assigned to provide the refreshments each week.  Please, both parties talk with each other so that both healthy and maybe not-so-healthy options are covered.  And please bring your contributions between 9:30 and 9:45 and if possible, be prepared to help with clean up when coffee hour is finished.  Many thanks.

OCTOBER: (6) Chuck Krulis, Kathleen & David Hattenbrun; (13) Mary Vandezande, John Meehan; (20) Betty & Ernst Schoen-Rene, Cathy Lunn; (27) Susan Mason, Peter Franceschetti.

The coffee set up and clean up are also the responsibility of the people providing food.  Hopefully, others will pitch in to help clean upon the completion of coffee hour.

If you need to switch with someone on the date you are assigned, please notify Peter Franceschetti of the change.




Birthdays: (04) Michael Brant, Sr.; (07) Betty Schoen-Rene; (11) Sheila France & Connie Snyder; (13) Ernst Schoen-Rene; (19) Meghan Brant.

Memorials: (02) Irene DeCicco (candle by Betty Radell & family); (04) Hank Fisher (friend of Gloria DeFalco Hamilton); (07) Charles DeCicco (candle by Betty Radell & family; (14) Bill Damron (candle by Judy Damron); (25) Rose Tyrell (candle by Betty Radell & family).



Please continue to  keep these people in your prayersSheila France; Thelma Lucas; Bonnie Greene; Michael Kovarik (friend of Peter and Chuck); Brian Jones (brother of Adele Calcavecchio); Michael Brandt; Richard Brandt (brother of Michael Brandt);  Judy Buboltz; Jamie Canipe (friend of Sheila France); Ben Cross, Maryann Donaldson (sister of Gloria DeFalco Hamilton); Jean Krulis (sister of Chuck Krulis); Maria Gagliardi (friend of Gloria DeFalco Hamilton); Lori Kennedy (friend of Karen McGeeney); June Lamark; John McGeeney; Ali Miller (friend of Michael and Katie Brandt);  Nathaniel Ordway; Ruben Velasco, Gloria Zoda (aunt of Gloria DeFalco Hamilton); Susan Hayes; Carol Pitts; John Boyd. Please continue to pray for peace and for all military personnel and civilians whose lives are impacted by war.