Week of January 28

01-28-2018Evangelization CampaignFr. Larry Merta

Dear Parishioners,

I wish to offer thanks to those who've participated in the planning study at Holy Cross. The response is strong, but we do need input from everyone in our community. Completing the survey will take just a few minutes.

The deadline to return your completed survey is Tuesday, Jan. 30. You may return it to the office or place it in the offertory basket at any of the Masses.


AARP’s New Effort to Support Male Caregivers

01-28-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

At one time, most family caregivers were females – wives, daughters, granddaughters, nieces and sisters. In the past twenty years, the face of caregiving has changed as more men step up to assume the tasks of helping their loved ones. According to AARP, today 40 percent of caregivers are men and the vast majority of them are caring for a loved one with dementia. While many of the resources for caregivers are geared toward women, a growing number of caregiving resources are becoming male-oriented and male-friendly. If you are a male caregiver, check out AARP’s website at www.aarp.org which includes a section for male family caregivers. If you enter “support for male caregivers” into the AARP search engine, you will find a link to take you to “AARP’s New Effort to Support Male Caregivers.”

Oscar Wilde Story

01-28-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

What is it with the Superstitions? I keep traveling back to this mountain looking for the perfect shot because I am captivated by its natural beauty. I am not deterred by harsh dullness of cloudless skies or the distance to get there and set up for a shot before sunset. I just keep at it until something unique and captivating shows up in my camera's viewfinder.


Fr. Blasé Meyer

01-21-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

When Fr. William Mitchell, our founding Pastor retired in 1994, Fr. Blasé Meyer was appointed as interim until the new Pastor, Fr. Dennis Riccitelli could be installed. Last month, Fr. Blasé left this world to meet the Lord.


Focus for your 2018 Caregiving Journey

01-21-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

2017, how did you do on your caregiving journey?

  1. If you felt overwhelmed during the past year, did you ask anyone else to help you with your caregiving duties?
  2. Did you take some breaks from your caregiving duties even if just for a couple of hours each week?
  3. Did you seek and receive support from others on the caregiving journey through in-person support groups or online virtual support groups?
  4. Did you keep up with your own medical appointments and wellness exams?
  5. Did you remember to affirm yourself occasionally for all you are doing for your loved one?

If you answered "yes" to four of the five questions above, then you had a successful year that deserves to be replicated. If you answered "yes" to three or fewer questions, you should have a good idea of a focus for your 2018 caregiving journey.

Week of January 21

01-21-2018Evangelization CampaignFr. Larry Merta

Dear Parishioners,

You may be aware that a comprehensive planning study of the entire parish is underway. The purpose of this review is to help gauge support for the following projects that constitute our parish master plan:

  • Building an adoration chapel and outreach center
  • Installing a new church roof
  • A new altar, ambo and tabernacle for the main church
  • Modifications for the placing of the tabernacle and altar in the sanctuary

How are you holding up on your caregiving journey?

01-14-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

How are you holding up on your caregiving journey? Are you beginning to feel the strain of handling too many responsibilities? Are you starting to resent the time and energy you are spending taking care of your loved one? Are you feeling unhappy and even depressed because you are no longer able to live your own life? Are there days when you feel like crying or screaming? Are you longing for the day when your journey is over? If any of these describe your present situation, you may be on experiencing early stages of compassion fatigue commonly experienced by professional and family caregivers who are rapidly losing their ability to provide care in a compassionate, loving way. Compassion fatigue sets in when caregivers do not take time for self-care. So what are you doing in the area of self-care? Not sure what to do? Not sure how to fit in self-care?


01-14-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Here's a nice shot from the days of my summer well spent in Prescott. The locals will know if you're from out of town. 'Prescott', they'll point out, rhymes with biscuit. Pride for the old and the new live side by side. The man in this old Ford receives compliments for his set of wheels at a traffic light from a younger townie driving his Corvette with the factory smell still on the seats.


Week of January 14

01-14-2018Evangelization CampaignFr. Larry Merta

Dear Parishioners,

We're conducting a planning study at Holy Cross Catholic Church. I trust that you all by now have received the detailed fact sheet about our proposed projects. As you spend time reviewing the plans, I would like to provide further information about the planning study.

Q. What is a planning study?

A. It is an assessment used to gauge support for a capital campaign to address some, or all, of the needs identified in the fact sheet. The study will tell us which projects parishioners deem to be most important and help guide our planning for a potential fundraising effort.

Q. Would you please explain this process?

A. The Steier Group, a development firm, is conducting the study. The goal is to collect data from participants answering questions such as: Is the parish in favor of a campaign? Who will serve as volunteers? How much support can we expect to raise if we conduct a campaign?


Week of January 7

01-07-2018Evangelization CampaignFr. Larry Merta

Dear Parishioners,

We need your input!

Beginning Monday, Jan. 8, we'll conduct a comprehensive survey of the entire parish. This planning study follows an extensive process that helped produce our master plan. Before making any final decisions regarding the long-range plan for Holy Cross Catholic Church, we need to hear from you.

We're asking everyone to share their thoughts regarding our needs and the possibility of conducting a major fundraising effort. Your feedback will enable us to determine potential support for the master plan projects. If we, as a faith community, choose to move forward, the planning study will also provide us with information to identify prospective campaign leaders and to establish a realistic campaign goal.


Taking Care of Yourself

01-07-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

This is the time of the year when everyone makes New Year's resolutions to live life in better, healthier ways. What resolutions have you made? Are you resolved to do something to take better care of yourself? As a caregiver, it is imperative that you engage in self-care. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of anyone else.


Feast of the Epiphany

01-07-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Here's my Epiphany shoot from the San Felip de Neri Parish in Albuquerque. We don't know how many wise men actually visited the Infant Jesus. We portray them as a group of three only because three gifts are mentioned. It took men of deep insight and contemplation to ride out hundreds of miles in search of the Jewish Messiah.


Fr. Blasé Meyer


When Fr. William Mitchell, our founding Pastor retired in 1994, Fr. Blasé Meyer was appointed as interim until the new Pastor, Fr. Dennis Riccitelli could be installed. Last month, Fr. Blasé left this world to meet the Lord.

When a man of the cloth dies, priests from all over the Diocese turn out to concelebrate and offer their mass intentions for the fallen 'brother in arms'. We were 30 to 40 priests at his funeral mass. Each priest celebrated his mass intentions for Fr. Meyer, which was the equivalent of that many masses being offered for the deceased—all at once. Bishop Olmsted presided over the Eucharistic Liturgy. Fr. Dennis Riccitelli preached a beautiful homily about how Blasé helped Dennis say 'yes' to his priestly vocation more than half a century ago. Fr. Richard Felt was present, offering a temporal adieu and his prayers on behalf of the deceased.