Weekly Announcements


November 17, 2019



NOVEMBER: (3) Carol Dederick, Karen McGeeney; (10) John Meehan, Sheila France; (17) Addele Calcavecchio & Bill Clare; (24) Ernst & Betty Schoen-Rene.

DECEMBER: (1) Cathy Lunn, Carol Brown; (8) Jane Birmingham, Sheila France; (15) Karen McGeeney, John Meehan; (22) Ernst & Betty Schoen-Rene; (24) CHRISTMAS EVE : Connie Snyder & TBA; (29) Adele Calcavecchio & Bill Clare.

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

SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSISTANTS: The Sunday school could use a couple more assistants. This is a safety and security issue so we have an extra adult.  No preparation is needed.  You should arrive about 9:55 AM and be available to help with snacks, bathroom breaks, handing out materials or encouraging clean-up at the end of the session. The more assistants we have the less often you have to serve, but no more than 1x /month.  If you enjoy children, please consider lending a hand.  Contact Tebbie or any of the teachers in church.  Thanks, Tebbie, Patty, and Chuck K.

Schedule of teachers/assistants:

11/17 Children’s Eucharist – no Sunday School; 11/24 – Tebbie (Stephanie).  12/1 Chuck (Victoria); 12/8 Patty; 12/15 Tebbie; 12/22 Chuck; 12/29 Patty.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Our next monthly UIDN Food and Clothing Giveaway event is on Thursday, November 21st, in the parish hall at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Church. We invite you to volunteer your time. We need assistance during the hours of 11:00 am and 6:30 pm with transportation of clothing, household items and food to the parish hall, set up and clean up, staffing of tables, transportation of families back to their homes and repacking items to return to storage at the end of the day.  Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to help make this event possible for our families in need.  Please contact: Leslie Gallagher at 845-901-0215 or Kim Touchette at 914-475-8097.

BECAUSE WE ALL BELONG: An afternoon of music, dance and storytelling in honor of our immigrant, migrant and asylum seeker friends and neighbors will take place on Saturday, November 23rd from 4 – 5:30 PM at the Rosendale Theatre Collective on 408 Main Street in Rosendale.  Tickets are available at the box office with donations ranging from $20 – $30.  Doors open at 3:30 PM.  This is a fundraiser for the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network.

NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW:  Please join Indivisible NY 19 on Friday, November 22, 5:30-8:30 in Kingston on 733 Broadway (Restorative Justice Building) if you are concerned about the current situation regarding bribery in our government!

HOLIDAY CONCERT:  Ars Choralis presents IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: The Holiday Classic Reimagined on December 7th at 7 PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church on 104 Wurts St. in Kingston and on Sunday, December 8th at 4 PM at Overlook Methodist Church on 233 Tinker Street in Woodstock.  Adults: $20 prepaid (arschoralis.org/tickets) or $25 at the door.  Students $10, Children under 5, FREE.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK: Once again it is nearing Thanksgiving – a time to take stock of all you have to be grateful for.  However, there are those less fortunate (our immigrant population, for example) who may be lacking in basic needs.  Please consider making a contribution by November 22 so that gift cards can be purchased and given to those who need assistance before the holiday.  Envelopes will be available in the Parish Hall this week where the Sunday services will be held.

NICKEL SOCIAL:  Thanks for all those who helped make this a success!

COOKIE SALE: Once again a variety of festive goodies will be on sale.  There will also be crafts and other handmade articles to peruse and perhaps be used for some early holiday gifts.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 7th.  Please consider making your finest cookies (childhood favorites, ones from old secret family recipes or otherwise ones that are just plain SCRUMPTIOUS) to be sold.  More details to follow.

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.

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. Note: we are temporarily on hold until the roof renovation is completed.

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.

NOVEMBER: (3) Vinnie DeStasio & Herb Wilcox, Catherine Giller; (10) Adele Calcavecchio  & Bill Clare, Carolyn Dickey; (17) Judy Damron, Joe Longendyke & Patty Parker; (24) Cathy Lunn, Stephanie & Ken Nystrom.

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: (13) Thomas Buboltz; (21) Bonnie Greene; (26) Andy Latham  (homebound); (28) Michael Brant, Jr.

Memorials: (1) Jerry DeStasio; (15) Anthony DeStasio; (27) Margaret DeStasio.

DECEMBER: (2) Carol Brown; (5) Mariam Sheperd; (19) Gloria DeFalco Hamilton; (28) June Lamark.

Memorials: (17) Irene DeCicco; (23) Eugene Radell; (24) Michael Brant, Sr.; (28) Ralph Calcavecchio (29) Shirley Longendyke; (29) Barry Considine; (31) Charles DeCicco.


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.