Holy Cross Catholic Church
MASS TIMES (CST)
Sunday - 8:00am
Tuesday - 4:00pm
Thursday - 8:30am


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  1. "And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." Ephesians 1:22-23
    Inside of Holy Cross Church
  2. "...one Lord, one faith, one baptism..." Ephesians 4:5
    Baptism with Godparents and Priest
  3. "The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. " Isaiah 11:2
    2015 Confirmands
  4. "Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." 1John 3:18
    Parent holding baby's feet
  5. "...love, which is the perfect bond of unity." Colossians 3:14
    Holding Hands
  6. "But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. " Luke 18:16
    Children looking for Easter eggs
  7. "But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. " Luke 18:16
    Youth Group of Holy Cross
  8. "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes." - 1Corinthians 11:26
    "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes." - 1Corinthians 11:26
​NOVENA TO SAINT THERESE
Please join our Parish Family as we pray for the future of Holy Cross Church:

 (The Twenty-four "Glory be to the Father's" novena can be said at any time. However, the ninth to the seventeenth of the month is particularly recommended, for on those days the petitioner joins in prayer with all those making the novena, thus forming one great prayer in common.)
The "Glory be to the Father" is said twenty-four times each of the nine days, in thanksgiving for all the blessings and favors given to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus during the twenty-four years of her life. After each “Glory be to the Father” say, “Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.”

OR

O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands… (mention specific requests)

Saint Therese, help me to always believe as you did, in God’s great love for me, so that I might imitate your “Little Way” each day.
Amen

Pray the novena with great devotion and faith, and with confidence that the Lord will grant what you ask.

The Prayer "Glory Be To The Father..."
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.
History
Catholic settlers in the St. Croix area were first visited in the 1840's by Fr. Auguste Bessonies, working out of Leopold.  These settlers were French and Belgian Catholics, to judge from the names, soon to be strengthened by many Irishmen. 
Fr. John P. Dion, the last of the old French missionaries, followed Fr. Bessonies in 1853.  In 1855, he established a station in St. Croix, celebrating mass on May 3, the feast of the Invention of Cross.  Fr. Dion purchased out of his own pocket 34 and ½ acres of land, and with 5 and ½ acres donated by John Dupaquier, assembled a 40-acre parcel in 1856.  A log church was built over the next four years and dedicated in 1860.  He settled in as resident pastor in 1866, until his retirement in 1880.  Newly ordained Fr. Charles Bilger succeeded the old missionary. 
          The congregation grew.  Traffic changed.  The church location was thought inconvenient.  William McHugh and John Flannagan gave each of them 2 and ½ acres for a new site, closer to the highways.  A beautiful stone church in the Romanesque style, designed by Fr. Roman Weinzaepfel, OSB, was erected and dedicated on the Invention of the Cross, May 3, 1885.  Fr. Bilger was transferred to Celestine in 1891, and with his passing from the scene, we may think the age of the founders to have passed.
          Years since the founding have seen the steady round of parish life and worship, the care of family and the praise of God, interrupted but once by the fire of 1932.  The Byzantine tower is a reminder of the reconstruction.  Fr. Raymond McGinnis presided over the centennial of the parish in 1960, a moment of grace and splendor in the memory of all.  Fr. Andrew Diezeman was the last resident pastor.  After his retirement in 1989, the Archdiocese committed the care of Holy Cross and St. Isidore to one pastor. 
Mission Statement
The mission of Holy Cross Parish is, first, to worship the one true God, creator of heaven and earth, through his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the Holy Spirit, and in charity with one another, especially at Mass and in the Sacraments, and according to the teaching of the gospel and in obedience to the Roman Catholic Church.
Second, the mission is to continue the worship of God in the daily sacrifice of our lives, which we offer in our work and in taking care of our families.
Third, our mission is to provide our children with a rich, meaningful Christian education.
Finally, our mission is to invite all men and women of good will in the area to join us in the Church.

PURPOSE:
Through this parish action plan, we want to present a clear picture of what it will require in human resources and financial resources to develop, enhance, create, and support efficient and effective ministry through the parish.   It is our vision that each parishioner will covenant with God in relationship to his or her gifts of time, talent, and treasure and commit to continued and increased involvement in the Holy Cross Parish community.
Holy Cross Catholic Church located near Holiday World Splashin' Safari and French Lick Casino and Resort is a parish of believers looking to spread the word of GOD and follow in Jesus Christ's footsteps.