Weekly Announcements


January 13, 2019

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: Beginning next Sunday, January 20th worship will be at Saint John’s Episcopal on Albany Avenue for the next 4 or 5 weeks while our church is being painted.  The Holy Cross/Santa Cruz office will be open as usual during this period. 


JANUARY: (6) Adele & Bill; (13) Sheila & John M.; (20) Ernst & Betty; (27) Karen M. & Cathy L.

FEBRUARY: (3) Carol B. & Connie S.; (10) Sheila & Jane B.; (17) Ernst & Betty; (24) John M. & Cathy L.

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

ADULT EDUCATION:  There are two adult education opportunities that  began on Sunday, October 28th and moving forward will alternate from Sunday to Sunday, following coffee hour, from 11:45 to 12:45, between an hour of Bible Study and an hour of theological reflection.

The Bible Study will focus on the Parables of Jesus. The theological reflection will be a study of the insights advanced in Fleming Rutledge’s work “The Crucifixion”. The focus of the latter will be the Reality of Human Suffering and the Mystery of God.

Upcoming dates for Bible Study & Adult Crucifixion Study;

  • January 13th – Bible Study
  • January 20th – Adult Study
  • January 27th –Bible Study
  • February 17th – Adult Study
  • February 24th – Annual Meeting (no study).
  • March 3rd – Bible Study
  • March 10th – Adult Study
  • March 17th – Bible Study
  • March 24th – Adult Study
  • March 31st – Bible study

 Please let Mary Vanderzande or Father Frank know if you are interested.

WARMING CENTER EXPERIENCE AND APPEAL: This past Sun. evening 7 people went to the Warming Center, housed in the basement of the AME Zion Baptist Church on Franklin St., to bring a supper meal to the guests and volunteers of that evening.  In the morning, another 3 people brought over breakfast.   We discovered that more help in the form of additional people and/or contributions from HC/SC parishioners would be really good!  So this report is to let all of you know this.

However, for those of us who did participate, the experience, certainly for me, was a joyful one.   It brought to mind my days of over 40 years ago when I worked in Harvard Square Cambridge, MA at a placed called Sanctuary that provided overnight space for homeless  people and runaway kids who considered themselves homeless.  In those days the restaurants would send over food at closing time that had not been used.  Probably the Health Dept. rules were a bit different then.  Those were rewarding days and nights too.

HC/SC is committed to bringing supper and breakfast to the Warming Center again on the first Sundays and Monday mornings of Feb. and March if the temperature is below 32.  Please consider seriously if you would like to join with these volunteers and/or donate some money and speak to Susan Mason or Father Frank if interested.  Thanks!  Judy Damron

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 for information about the Network .  The 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.

THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT: In partnership with the Kingston Interfaith Council will facilitate a conversation concerning Climate Change on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:30 at Trinity Lutheran Church on 72 Spring Street in Kingston.  It will be lead by Tim Guinee.

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Information on Sunday School including the schedule, teacher assistant list and overview of the curriculum will be available in the Church Office on one of the bulletin boards. 

Teachers and Helpers for January will be as follows: (6) No Sunday School – Children’s Eucharist instead; (13) Chuck K. (Kathleen H.); (20) Tebbie (Nejla); (27) Patty (Barbara).

IN GRATITUDE:  Several people volunteer on a regular basis to help the Church run more efficiently and to participate in completing tasks that need to be done.  Of late, some people come to mind that deserve a hearty “THANKS”:

Joe & Patty for the very unpleasant cleanup after some flooding in the area near the thrift shop, Carol Brown, Bonnie Greene & Tom Rinella for spending almost an entire day scrubbing, disinfecting and organizing the kitchen and Jane Birmingham for sanding and varnishing the floor in the room above the sacristy.  Your hard work is greatly appreciated!

SOAP CLOSET : It will generally be open the last week of each month on Tuesdays (from 10-12) and Wednesdays (from noon- 2 pm) through the end of June. Our stock is getting low and we are looking for donations.  We particularly need laundry and dish detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes (singles), soap and any samples you may have from motel visits.  We also accept money which we use to purchase things when they are on sale!  Thank you for all your contributions!     Thanks, 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.

JANUARY:  (6) Judy D. & George Allen; (13) Jane B. & Carol Brown; (20) Susan Mason & Bonnie Greene; (27) Chuck Krulis/Chuck & Connie Snyder.

FEBRUARY:  (3) Cathy Lunn & Tom Rinella; (10) Vinnie & Herb/Joe & Patty;

(17) Jim Kolessar & Judy D.; (24) Adele & Bill/Ken & Stephanie Nystrom.

MARCH:  (3) Carolyn Dederick/Ernst & Betty; (10) Sheila/Kathleen & David Hattenbrun; (17) June & Elaine/Tebbie; (24) Mary V. & TBA.

Starting in the New Year, the coffee set up and clean up will also be 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 Judy Damron or Peter Franceschetti of the change.

GOING TO PRESS:  The church bulletin will be printed on Thursday afternoons.  Any announcements that you would like included in the parish notes for a given Sunday need to be provided to the Parish Administrator by Thursday at 1pm for that particular week.

OFFICE HOURS:  In general, someone will be in the office during the following times: Mondays – (10-1); Tuesdays (8-12); Wednesdays (9-1); Thursdays (1-5).  On Fridays, someone may be in office in the morning but not on a consistent basis.  Please feel free to contact the Parish Administrator (Peter) if some church business needs immediate attention, especially if the office is closed.



In January: (2) Bryan Lemus; (14) Bea Moore; (18) Nejla Liias; (19) Jim Kolessar; (25) Cantor Bob; (29) John Boyd; (30) Judy Damron.

In February: (15) John McGeeney; (20) Owen Hattenbrun; (25) Susan Mason; (28) Adele Calcavecchio.


In January: (3) Tom Koskie (remembered by Gloria DeFalco-Hamilton);

(6) Ray Meek (remembered by Karen McGeeney); (9) Julia Radell (candle by Betty Radell); (12) Vincent DeStasio, Sr. (remembered by Vinnie); (13) Randy Jones (remembered by his sister Adele Calcavecchioi); (15) Frank Kates

(remembered by his daughter Katie Brandt); (16) Domenica Zoda (remembered by Gloria DeFalco-Hamilton); (26) Amos Hamilton (remembered by Gloria DeFalco-Hamilton); (30) Christine Lynn Snyder (remembered by Chuck Snyder).

In February: (01) Daniel Meek (remembered by Karen McGeeney); (11) Katherine Hamilton (remembered by Gloria DeFalco-Hamilton); (14) George Moylan (remembered by Gloria DeFalco-Hamilton); (16) Anthony DeCicco (candle by Betty Radell & family); (17) Christopher Meek (remembered by Karen McGeeney) & Robert Hamilton (remembered by Gloria DeFalco-Hamilton); (27) Reupen Guillan (remembered by Bea Moore).


Please continue to  keep these people in your prayersMichael 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); Gloria DeFalco Hamilton; Lori Kennedy (friend of Karen McGeeney); June Lamark; John McGeeney; Ali Miller (friend of Michael and Katie Brandt);  Nathaniel Ordway; Paula Slater (niece of Betty Radell); Ruben Velasco, Gloria Zoda (aunt of Gloria DeFalco Hamilton); Bea Moore; Susan Hayes; Julie Cook; Tom Rinella. Please continue to pray forpeace and for all military personnel and civilians whose lives are impacted by war.