Weekly Announcements

December 9, 2018


DECEMBER: (2) Jane Birmingham and Cathy Lunn; (9) Adele Calcavecchio and Bill Clare; (16) Ernst and Betty Schoen-Rene; (23) Karen McGeeney and Sheila France; (24) Connie Snyder and Tebbie Collins.

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. (A schedule of dates for the remaining time will be posted in next week’s bulletin).

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

BRING HOLIDAY CHEER: The Mental Health Association of Ulster County is sponsoring a holiday gift program to assist people dealing with mental illness who are currently living in an MHA residence or involved in a community-based program. For many it will be the only gift they receive this year. One can donate a new gift for a man or woman, something to wear (hats, socks, scarves, sweaters, gloves and sweatshirts. Clothing in large and extra large would be greatly appreciated. Soap closet-like items, candy, cookies stationery, etc. are also useful. Checks also can be made to MHA as a tax deductible contribution. For further information, please call: MHA Resource Development at 336-4747, ext. 1102.

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.

UPDATES AND MORE: If you would like to add, delete or update in any way information on anniversaries, birthdays, memorials and intercessions please take and fill out one of the forms on top of the piano. They can be returned to the office via the collection plate, put in the mail or brought to the office in person. Thank you.

“BELLA CHIESA”: Please help make the “beautiful church” more festive by giving a donation for the holiday flowers and decorations. Envelopes will be on the piano if you would like to do so and contributions can be made in the name of someone you would like remembered. Thus far, contributions have been sparse so please be as generous as you can. Thank you.

HOLIDAY DINNER: The Zen Mountain Monastery will be hosting their Annual Community Holiday Dinner on Saturday, December 15. There will be seatings at 11:30 and 2:30 PM. The festivities include a traditional holiday dinner, live music, kids’ corner crafts and a visit from St. Nick. There will be free bus service to and from Kingston, picking up passengers at 11 AM and 2 PM from Deisings. This event is especially beneficial for those who might otherwise have few opportunities to enjoy the holidays with others.

JOY TO THE WORLD: On December 19th there will be a “Parents’ Night Out” where the children of the Sunday School Program can be dropped off at the Parish hall starting at 4:30 PM. This will allow parents some time during the Christmas shopping season to relax, shop or do something for themselves. This will also give time for the children to practice for Christmas Caroling which will occur on December 21st with time TBA. Patty Parker is organizing the event and will provide additional details as they are decided. Currently, there is a 6 PM commitment to sing at Mountain Valley Manor.

TIME CHANGE: Starting Sunday, December 16th, the Latino Sunday Mass will begin at 4:30 instead of the current time of 6 PM. This will remain the same until the springtime.

THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM: Ars Choralis presents a musical setting of the Christmas story on Saturday, December 8, 7 PM at the Old Dutch Church on 272 Wall Street in Kingston & on Sunday, December 9, 4 PM ay the Overlook Methodist Church on 233 Tinker Street in Woodstock. Adult tickets are $18 prepaid and $22 at the door. Children 18 and under are half-price. Tickets are available online at arschoralis.org, the Golden Notebook and Catskill Art & Supply in Woodstock as well as Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston.

BLOOM & THE B52’S: The Benefit Concert for Ulster Immigrant Defense Network was a HUGE success. Many thanks go out the group for their wonderful singing and multi-cultural songs.

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 December will be as follows: (2) Tebbie (Kathleen Hattenbrun); (9) Patty P. (Barbara Lee); (16) Chuck (Jane); (23) Tebbie (Nejla); (30) Patty (Carolyn).

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.

DECEMBER: (9) Tebbie with Jim Kolessar; (16) Pot Luck following 4:30 Bilingual Mass so there is no coffee hour; (23) Nejla & Peter with TBA; (30) Patty and Joe with June Lamark and Elaine Mertine.

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.


BIRTHDAYS – December (2) Carol Brown; (4) Karen McGeeney; (12) Mary Vandezande; (19) Gloria DeFalco-Hamilton; (19) Carolyn Dickey; (28) June Lamark.


In December: (17) Irene DeCicco (candle by Betty Radell and family);
(23) Eugene Radell (candle by Betty Radell and family); (24) Michael Brant, Sr.; (28) Ralph Calcavecchio; (29) Shirley Longendyke and Barry Considine;
(31) Charles DeCicco (candle by Betty Radell).


Please continue to keep these people in your prayers: Vinnie DeStasio; 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. Dottie and Rev. Mark Dunnam of St. James Church in Florence Italy. Please continue to pray for peace and for all military personnel and civilians whose lives are impacted by war.