Mission Statement

Holy Cross parish is a diverse Christian community which gathers to worship and pray, giving mutual support, growing spiritually and interacting joyfully. We seek to live the gospel message of Jesus Christ as it challenges us daily. We feel that our diversity adds to our strength.

Guided by the Holy Spirit and nourished by the sacraments and teachings of the Catholic Church, we pledge to participate in the liturgical, educational and social ministries of our parish and the larger church and to provide the spiritual, physical and financial resources these ministries require.

We reach out in service to the larger community in which we live. We welcome and accept anyone who wishes to join us in our spiritual journey.

Activities & Meetings

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 17, 2002


 Monday  No Mass
 Wednesday  7:00 P. M.
  Friday  12:10 P. M.

There will be no Mass on Monday morning, as Fr. Neil will be in Little Rock attending a diocesan meeting.

Bake Sale The Council of Women will have its annual Bake Sale this Thursday from 10:00 A. M. until all items are sold. Each family is asked to contribute three items to this fund-raiser, the proceeds being used to help pay off the church's mortgage. Suggested items are baked goods (cakes, pies, cookies), candy, frozen chili, casseroles, spaghetti sauce, enchiladas, tamales, etc. Please wrap the goods in plastic, marking each with the name of the item, your name and the suggested price. If you are able to work the sale on Thursday, please sign up on the schedule in the hall. We thank everyone in advance for helping to make this a successful endeavor.

Thanksgiving Dinner The Thanksgiving meal for shut-ins will be coordinated from Holy Cross on Thanksgiving Day with the cooperation of the C. Y. F. members, advisors, and other volunteers. Please sign up on the sheet in the hall if you can bring any of the food items needed, such as canned green beans, rolls, cake, cooked turkey, dressing.

P. R. E. Wednesday 5:30 P. M. Snacks 6:00 Classes begin 6:00 P. M. R. C. I. A. class 7:30 P. M. Scripture Study, Lesson Four

Special Collection The special diocesan collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be taken up next Sunday. CCHD's emphasis is on job creation and business development for low-income persons. For 30 years CCHD has been the forerunner of this approach to effectively limiting the impact of poverty. CCHD now needs more funding than ever to help meet the increased demand for this type of assistance. CCHD is a "hand up", not a "hand out" program, which is actively supported by U. S. Catholic Bishops and Pope John Paul II. Thirty-four nationally funded projects have been funded in Arkansas (usually $25,000 or more) and 87 locally funded projects. Right to Life is about providing every opportunity for every person regardless of race, religion, culture, sex or age to develop and become all they can become. That is the mission of CCHD in this country.

Birthdays Nov. 17 Pam Clay Nov. 18 Lauren Kilburn Nov. 19 Nell Landry

Last Week's Collection $966 Nov. to Date: $2088 Budget: $4902 Building Fund, Nov. to Date: $1185 Budget: $1438.87

Ministry Schedule for Nov. 24: Greeters-E. Henley, S. Crihfield; Ushers-R. Henley, L. Halliburton; Lector-S. White; E. Mins.-P. Clay, A. Mondragon, Liz White; Servers-J. Halliburton, S. Rabalais; C. Bearer-L. Aju; Cantor-P. Schueth; Donuts-L. L. McMahen

Using Talents If we use God's talents, we shall find that they become multiplied in the use. We thought we had two; we find we have five. --Richard Meux Benson (1824-1915)


Church Office Hours

Office Hours:
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday in Hamburg (870-853-8991) Holy Spirit
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon.

The posting of office hours is meant to serve as a convenience for the community. This in no way means that the parish staff is unavailable other times. Our home phone numbers and e-mail addresses are in the bulletin. Never hesitate to contact us for any reason.


Last Week's Collection: $1143.00

Budget for August: $4877.00

Building Fund: $90.00

August Budget: $1438.87


Giving to God out of gratitude the first portion of the time, talent and treasure which God entrusts to us is fundamental to the practice of our Catholic faith. We encourage the regular use of envelopes for monetary contributions. A special collection for the building fund is taken up on the second Sunday of each month. Envelopes are available in the parish office.