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December 7, 2022

Dear Holy Cross Families,

Join me in congratulating Mrs. Gustine, this year’s recipient of the Fort Wayne - South Bend Diocese Christ the Teacher Award. Excerpts from the nomination form describe Mrs. Gustine as a joyful, insightful teacher, kind, funny, understanding, patient, welcoming, calming presence. Our students, faculty, and staff are “blessed to have her in our lives”. Thank you, Mrs. Gustine, for your dedication and answering the call to serve Holy Cross School!

Our second-trimester electives for the 4th-8th grade classes start tomorrow. I am grateful for all the parishioners, teachers, parents, and volunteers that allow us to continue to offer these courses! This week we will have Mass tomorrow as we celebrate the Solemnity of the  Immaculate Conception.

St. Nicholas visited our students on Monday! Thank you HASA for coordinating this beloved tradition! The December celebrations continue next week with our Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration on Monday. All are welcome to attend this mass and celebration, tamales, rice, and beans will be provided for everyone free of charge. However, students are welcome to pack their lunch if they prefer.

Our Christmas Musical Program for grades K-2 will be next Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m. Students participating should dress up in their Sunday/ Christmas best attire and arrive no later than 6:15 p.m. This program has been long overdue, and I am looking forward to it!

Have a great week!

Annie Borjas

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Queridas familias,

Quiero felicitar a la Sra. Gustine, quien recibió el Premio de Cristo el Maestro de la Diócesis de Fort Wayne - South Bend este año.  El formulario de nominación describe a la maestra Gustine como una maestra alegre, amable, divertida, comprensiva, paciente, acogedora y con una presencia que tranquiliza. Nuestros estudiantes, maestros y personal están "bendecidos por tenerla en nuestras vidas". ¡Gracias, Sra. Gustine, por su dedicación y por responder al llamado de servir a la Escuela Holy Cross!

Nuestras clases electivas del segundo trimestre  de 4º a 8º grado comienzan mañana. ¡Estoy muy agradecida por todos los feligreses, maestros, padres y voluntarios que nos permiten continuar ofreciendo estos cursos! Esta semana tendremos Misa mañana mientras celebramos la Solemnidad de la Inmaculada Concepción.

¡San Nicolás nos visitó el lunes! ¡Gracias HASA por coordinar esta querida tradición! Las celebraciones de diciembre continúan la próxima semana con la celebración de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe el lunes. Todos son bienvenidos a esta misa y celebración, se proporcionarán tamales, arroz y frijoles para todos de forma gratuita. Sin embargo, los estudiantes pueden empacar su almuerzo si lo prefieren.

Nuestro Programa Musical de Navidad para los grados de Kinder a 2do grado será el próximo jueves 15 de diciembre a las 6:30 p.m. Los estudiantes que participen deben venir con ropa de vestir y llegar a más tardar a las 6:15 p. m. ¡Esperamos ansiosamente este programa! 

¡Que tengas una buena semana!

Annie Borjas

Important Dates/ Fechas Importantes
12/08 - 8:30 a.m. Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception School Mass
12/12 - 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Guadalupe School Mass
12/15 - 6:30 p.m. K-2nd grade Christmas Program
12/22 - 8:30 a.m. Kindergarten Angel Mass
12/23-1/8 - Christmas Break
1/9 - Classes Resume

Last weekend members of our finance council [spoke] to us at Mass concerning our need to raise financial aid for tuition assistance for our school students. Our greatest unmet need is for children who do not qualify for the School Choice Voucher, including all Pre-K and most Kindergarten students. Our continued growth in enrollment provides us with two Pre-K and two Kindergarten classes each year. This most welcome growth, that we have worked diligently to develop and sustain, brings with it an increased need for tuition assistance.

Our SGO goal this year is to raise $90,000 (about $15,000 more than we raised last year), which we believe will allow us to offer adequate financial aid to all SGO qualified students in need of tuition assistance and/or a pathway to School Choice Vouchers… Please remember that any business with an Indiana State tax burden can become an SGO participant and provide important scholarship funding to our school where future business leaders are building the foundation for their workplace success. Most individuals who pay Indiana State income tax also qualify… Thank you to all who provide your support with an SGO donation.
Athletics Newsletter December 7th Edition
Attention Moms!
Walking With Moms would like to invite you to a Moms Luncheon on Sunday December 11 at 1:00 in the Crusader Commons. We’ll share a simple meal and have time to talk together. Childcare provided!  It would help if you could let us know you’re coming, but spontaneous drop-ins are welcome. Call or email Kathy Farthing (574) 360-3422 or
Our Lady of Guadalupe Help Sign Up

Christmas Eve

Live Nativity and Family Mass

Sign up now

(by returning the bottom portion of this flyer to school or signing up on the sheets in church)

to be a part of the Live Nativity Pageant and/or Children’s Choir

for the Christmas Eve Pageant (4:00p) and Mass (4:30p) at Holy Cross.

The Children’s Choir – 3rd Grade and up - will have 4 rehearsals.

(While attending all rehearsals is best, we understand that folks are BUSY this time year) 

TUESDAY Dec 13 3:00- 4:00pm (choir room)                
THURSDAY, Dec 15 3:00-4:00p (choir room)      

TUESDAY Dec 20 3:00-4:00pm (choir room)                    
FRIDAY Dec 23 11:00a-12:00noon (Church)   


Pageant – 4th Grade DOWN to Preschool - will have ONE rehearsal

FRIDAY, Dec 23 10:00-11:00a in the Church

Mary and Joseph, Angels, Shepherds, Sheep, Narrators

We will have some Costumes available

or children may bring their own simple costumes as well.


To Sign Up or if you have any questions you can email

Meg Hartz at

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