What September Means...

Even though in our present calendar, September is the ninth month, the title September harkens back to its original place in the Roman calendar as the seventh (septem-) month. Go figure! Even if the title lacks clarity, as a parish we are quite familiar with what September means…

September means SeptemberFest 2018 is here—depending on how you look at it, finally or already! On behalf of Tom & Jan Siwek and Michelle & Doug Leba, our principal festival organizers, and all of our Booth Leaders, our dedicated parish staff and countless volunteers, a hearty NE welcome to all of our guests. The common joy shared throughout festival weekend is a real expression of our faith and hope in Christ, it flows from our conviction that Christ has triumphed over death and given a share in His life. In addition, our festival this year also coincides with Our Lady’s birthday—celebrated each year on September 8th. May she lovingly watch over us who look to her with devotion and trust!

If you are visiting, we hope that you will take home this bulletin to catch a glimpse of our parish life which is made up of four previously stand-alone parishes of Northeast—Holy Cross, St. Clement, St. Hedwig and St. Anthony of Padua. Each of these parishes used to host their own festivals—each great in their own right! Since our parish merger in 2013, we have joined forces to put on the greatest festival in Northeast Minneapolis (or maybe the world)—though I must admit that I’m partial! The generous involvement of our parishioners, friends, community partners and many local sponsors makes it possible for us to put on our single most significant fundraising and community-building event each year. Thank you for joining us this year; come back again next year—September 13-15, 2019 if you wondered!

If you are reading this bulletin article during or after Mass at one of our parish campuses, please stop by the festival on Saturday evening or Sunday behind Holy Cross church and across the street from the school—at the corner of 17th Avenue NE and 4th Street. You don’t want to miss it! Saturday night is our beloved NE Reunion Night with PopBANG! playing again. Also with the partnership of Ideal Diner on Central Avenue we are hosting for the first time ever an Ideal Diner Pancake Breakfast Bar from 8 am—12 pm. Raffle Tickets can still be purchased at the Festival until the drawing at 3 pm on Sunday. Don’t miss your chance to win.

A few other notes about what September means:

+ September means Labor Day Weekend and the end of the State Fair, but thankfully not the end of some of the most beautiful weather Minnesota has to offer.

+ September means back to school. Polish Saturday School will soon be back in session. St. John Paul II Catholic School already started on August 27th so their school year is well underway. Returning and new students are thrilled with the newly completed playground area. Welcome to Tricia Menzhuber, new principal at JPII and some other new teachers and staff that have joined the team. Our Family Faith Formation classes will kick off on Wednesday, October 3. There will be an orientation night on Wednesday, September 26 to explain more about the classes and the expectations throughout the year. Registration is still underway on the parish website at www.OurHolyCross.org/faith-formation *Registration deadline is September 23*

+ September means our patronal feast day. The weekend of September 15-16 will be celebrated at our parish campuses as a transferred feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Construction on the present Holy Cross church building, the third house of worship with that title, began in 1927 as evidenced by the cornerstone visible on 17th Avenue. It was not completed until the fall of 1928 when Archbishop Austin Dowling was present to lead its dedication. We will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the current Holy Cross church structure at the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday, September 16th. Bishop Andrew Cozzens will be present to preach and commemorate the occasion. After Mass a light reception will follow—hopefully outdoors if weather allows. All are invited!

+ September means the beginning of our autumn wedding season. Our prayers are with couples who were married over the summer and especially with those preparing for Holy Matrimony in these coming weeks and for those who begin preparation for next year. 

+ September means the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, who the church commemorates on Saturday, September 15th. This year, Archbishop Hebda has invited all the clergy and faithful of our local church to a Eucharistic Holy Hour of Reparation and Prayers for Healing at the Cathedral of St. Paul beginning at 11 am. Let us commit to pray and fast for healing, reparation and renewal here and throughout the Church. Our Lady of Sorrows, who stood firm beneath the Cross, intercede for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

+ September means many of our regular parish groups and programs begin to meet normally again including the Women’s Rosary Guilds, Holy Name Society, Coletta Club, RCIA, Pastoral Council and much more. Stay tuned in this bulletin for upcoming activities and opportunities to get involved. One upcoming opportunity for fellowship to note is the NE Holy Name Society Steak Fry on Friday, September 14th. Gentlemen, see p. 6 of this bulletin for information to sign up. Given the fact that this is our actual patronal solemnity, steak is very much in order, even on a Friday.

+ Strangely, September means Octoberfest! I’m told that even in Germany Octoberfest begins in September. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Thankfully you don’t have to go that far as our friends at Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit will be hosting just up University Ave. Please enjoy responsibly.

September means all of this and so much more…

Grace and peace,

Fr. Howe