Monday, December 16
the Savior is Born!
School year office hours:
Parish Office Hours:
Holy Cross Catholic School is a Christ-centered Parish ministry dedicated to providing an extraordinary Catholic faith foundation with standards of academic excellence in a loving, hospitable environment.
ADORATION CHAPEL: Please consider praying just an hour each week with Our Lord in our parish Adoration Chapel. Christ is waiting there to provide you peace, help in daily life and companionship. Contact Pat Roatch in our parish office at 630-879-4750 x 110 for more information or to be placed on our sub list.
KIDS CURE CANCER T-SHIRTS order form here.
TOTUS TUUS ITEMS order form here.
Aurora Central Catholic Open House info here
Benet Academy Open House info here. Benet is also hosting a Breakfast at Benet for prospective parents on Thursday, Dec. 12. Buffet from 8-8:30am. Program 8:30-9:15am with optional tours following.Online registration and details available at www.benet.org.
Rosary High School Open House info here
Saint Francis High School Open House info here
Opportunities to volunteer in your child's classroom or on field trips will be presented throughout the year by your child's teacher.
Protecting God’s Children
As mandated by the Diocese of Rockford, Holy Cross Catholic School volunteers who work with children under the age of 18 must participate in the Protecting God’s Children Program. The program is approximately three hours and must be completed before any volunteer work can be started at HCCS. This applies to lunchroom supervisors, field trip chaperones, room moms, coaches, classroom volunteers, etc. Opportunities for attending the program will be available throughout the year.
As mandated by the State of Illinois, all volunteers will need to complete a background check before working with children at Holy Cross Catholic School. A form will need to be completed and returned to the Principal. The current cost is $16.00, payable to the State of Illinois, which is to be absorbed by each individual volunteer.
Friday, Dec. 6: Fun Lunch Order Form due; Volleyball Game 8th Grade vs. Staff, 3:15-4:15PM; Schwan's Truckload Sale 7:30AM-3:30PM; 3rd Grade Museum outing
Sunday, Dec. 8: Parents Afternoon Off 1-4PM
Monday, Dec. 9: Consecration to Mary at 8AM Mass; Christmas Carol at Paramount 7th & 8th Grade 12-2:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 11: "Unfiltered" presentations 8:45AM and 7PM
Please refer back to this calendar often as there may be updates throughout the yea
Thursday, Dec. 12: Field Museum Field Trip 6th Grade
Friday, Dec. 13-Sunday, Dec. 15: HC Days at Five Below
Monday, Dec. 16: Christmas Program 6:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 18: HC Day at California Pizza Kitchen
Thursday, Dec. 19: Preschool 3 Yr Old Birthday Party for Jesus 9-10AM
Friday, Dec. 20: Wear Red and Green Day; Preschool 4 Yr Old Birthday Party for Jesus 9-10AM; End of 2nd Quarter; Classroom parties 2-2:45PM
Monday, Dec. 23-Friday, Jan. 3: Christmas and New Year Vacation
Monday, Jan. 6: Classes resume; Start of 3rd Quarter
Thursday, Jan. 9: Spelling Bee 6:30PM
Friday, Jan. 10: Report cards go home
Monday, Jan. 13: Re-enrollment begins; Movie Night 3:15-4:30PM in Crusader Gym sponsored by 8th Grade
Sunday, Jan. 19-Thursday, Jan. 23: March for Life 8th Grade Trip
Monday, Jan. 20: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day
Catholic Schools Week January 26-February 1, 2014
Sunday, Jan 26: Open House 12:15-1:30PM; New parishioner enrollment begins
Thursday, Jan. 30: Night of Wonders, Business Fair 6-8PM; Feed My Starving Children 6th & 7th Grades 9:30-11:30AM; 8th Grade 12-2PM
Friday, Jan. 31: Late arrival 8:30AM; Spirit Day; Early Dismissal 11:40AM; Teacher In-service meeting
Saturday, Feb. 8: First Reconciliation 10:30AM and 12Noon
Friday, Feb. 14: Valentines Day celebration; Wear red/white/pink; Classroom parties 2-2:45PM
Saturday, Feb. 15: First Reconciliation 10:30AM and 12Noon
Monday, Feb. 17: NO SCHOOL President's Day
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Paramount Theatre 4th Grade outing
Saturday, Feb. 22: Confirmation Candidate/Sponsor Workshop 11AM-4PM
Sunday, Feb. 23: Confirmation Candidate/Sponsor Workshop 12:15-5:15PM
Wednesday, Mar 5: Ash Wednesday
Friday, Mar 7: Here I am, Lord Conference 8th Grade 8:30AM-2:15PM
Sunday, Mar 9: Daylight Savings Time
Friday, Mar 14: NO SCHOOL Teacher Institute Day; End of 3rd Quarter
Monday, Mar 17: Start of 4th Quarter
Friday, Mar 21: Stations of the Cross; Report cards go home
Friday, Mar 28: Spirit Day; Stations of the Cross
Monday, Mar 31: NO SCHOOL
Friday, Apr 4: Stations of the Cross
Sunday, April 6-Wednesday, Apr 9: Parish Mission, Fr. Dave Pivonka 7PM with confessions each night
Friday, Apr 11: Junior High Career Day; Living Stations of the Cross
Sunday, Apr 13: Palm Sunday
Thursday, Apr 17: Holy Thursday (no morning Mass) Late arrival 8:30AM; Early Dismissal 11:40AM; Teacher In-service meeting; Mass of the Lord's Supper
Friday, Apr 18: NO SCHOOL Good Friday
Saturday, Apr 19: Holy Saturday Blessing of Easter Baskets; Easter Vigil Mass
Sunday, Apr 20: Easter
Monday-Friday, Apr 21-25: Spring Break
Monday, Apr 28: Classes resume
Thursday, May 1: Overnight Retreat at Bishop Lane for 8th Grade
Friday, May 2: Overnight Retreat concludes for 8th Grade
Saturday, May 3: First Holy Communion
Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9
Monday, May 5: May Crowning at 8AM All-School Mass
Wednesday, May 14: Volunteer Appreciation Mass/Reception
Monday, May 19: Class Trip 8th Grade
Wednesday, May 21: Preschool 4 Yr Old Graduation during class times
Thursday, May 22: 8th Grade Graduation Mass 6PM
Friday, May 23: Preschool End of Year Picnic;
Monday, May 26: NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 27: Field Day
Wednesday, May 28: 8AM Honors Mass
Thursday, May 29: Used Uniform Sale
Friday, May 30: Last Day of School; Dismissal 1PM
Monday-Wednesday, June 2-4: Emergency Snow Days
Each month, our school community features a different Virtue
to spotlight in our classroom activities, our behaviors
and our prayer at the end of the day.
WILL YOU HELP OUR MEAL MINISTRY?
As we joyfully welcome new children to our parish family, bear a loss or challenging time, the Holy Cross Meal Ministry is there, offering companionship, support and nourishment.
If you can provide even a small portion of a meal, or a donation to defray costs for a more available cook,
the families are so grateful!
Just log in to the easy sign up at TakeThemAMeal.com to locate current schedules for:
Jim and Gayle Suess (password 3389)
Jacob and Heidi Clinard family (password 9603),
Tom and Aimee Lentz family (password 2398)
Scott and Jenny Russell family (password 4314.)
Thanks for your kind help with this loving service!
"Whatever you did for one of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matt 25:40
School Advisory Commission
Our School Advisory Commission meets regularly to provide Monsignor Brodeski and Mrs. Weis their valuable assistance.
SAC 2013-2014 Members:
Deacon Larry Motyka
Nikki Hoolehan (HSA President)
Our School Advisory Commission may be reached through the school and parish's Voice Mail system or by e-mail. Please dial 630-879-4750 x363 or
Knights of God Household Covenant
We, the Knights of God, promise to be kind to each other, be good examples at home and at school, and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We will do these things by using only kind words and actions, treating others the way we want to be treated, pausing to think before we act, and asking if Jesus would be pleased by what we are doing.
We pledge to participate in Mass, receive the Sacraments regularly, and share our faith with others.
We pledge to do our best to keep this covenant as the household of the Knights of God.
Fourth Grade, 2012-2013
At the school entrance each morning at 7:35AM, we pray a decade of the Rosary as students arrive for a new day. Come join us as we entrust our community's prayer intentions to the loving, immaculate heart of Our Blessed Mother.
Special Community Prayer Intention:
O gentle, loving God, You chose Saint Joseph to watch over the Divine Child and our Blessed Mother, knowing that his care would be loving and sure, constant and wise. We seek his care and protection, entrusting our spiritual and temporal needs to his fatherly intercession.
INTENTION for HCCS needs: Guide us as we place our parish spacing needs into your hands!
Saint Joseph, strengthen our faith, renew our hope and keep us steadfast in God’s love. Surround us with His unseen light, and we will walk in your footsteps with trusting hearts that are ready to accept God’s Will and carry it out with courage and trusting confidence. Amen.
"The path we have walked (in building and opening Holy Cross Catholic School)...has been in the footprints of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Supreme Architect whose plan we have followed. All that we have tried to do has been for Him. There is a joy in this new ministry for our parish and the exciting work we have been able to accomplish under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
On behalf of the administration, faculty, parents and students, I wish to express gratitude and praise to God for all the good work that He has begun and prayerful hope for all that we have yet to accomplish...From daily Mass, confessions, adoration, prayer, classes, sports, friendships, challenges and joyful expectation for all that is to come, Holy Cross School is a place of love diffusing far and wide the goodness of Christ. Only in openness to the Holy Spirit can we continue to grow in body, mind and soul and give glory to Christ by becoming all that He calls us to be in His Holy Name.
Yours in Jesus through Mary,
Msgr. Daniel J. Deutsch August, 2008