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125th Anniversary Celebration
of the Volga-German
Settlement in this Area

Holy Cross Church
Pfeifer, Kansas 67660
July 25, 2001


Celebrants:Rev. Maris Goetz, OFM., Cap.
  Rev. Frank X. Grinko, OFM., Cap.
Rev. Christian Fey, OFM. Cap.
Rev. Reginald (Ivan) Sanders, O.S.B.

Organist: Kevin Rupp
Choir: Volga German Mens Choir
Lector: Larry Urban

Before Mass: Blessing of Holy Cross Cemetery on the front steps of the church.

Das Schicksal

Presentation. of the United States Flag from the office of Congressman Jerry Moran.

Prelude: Geleite durch die elle
  Adoramus te

Entrance: Praise To The Lord


Opening Prayer

Kyrie: Latin -Bernardi

Gloria: Pope Paul VI

First Reading:

Responsorial: Psalm 23
  I Shall Live in the House...

Alleluis: Celtic


Homily: Rev. Maris Goetz, OFM, Cap.

Prayer of the Faithful: Your response is:
  Lord, Hear our Prayer

Offertory: Preisz den herrn

Holy, Holy

Memorial Acclamation: Mass of Creation

Our Father:

Sign of Peace

Lamb of God: Latin -Bernardi

Communion: Ecce Panis Angelorum
  Deinem Heiland
Kommet Lobet Ohne 'End
Closing: Grosser Gott Wir Loben Dich

Holy Cross Church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, was built in 1917-1918, of native limestone at a cost of $56,000.00 and was solemnly blessed and dedicated on May 3, 1918. It was built under the direction of Rev. Father Peter Burkard. It stands as a lasting monument to the strong and lively faith of the people whose generosity and self-denial have made its erection possible.

The following is an English translation from Father Peter Burkard's original about the dedication of Holy Cross Church.

“This was a great day of joy and jubilation, in the midst of war chaos, for the people of Pfeifer, as well as all Ellis County Catholics and the surrounding areas in which all of them heartily participated.”

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