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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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The installation of the additional ambo handrail into the sanctuary and the guard rails on each of our stained glass windows has been completed. The hand railing is to help those who have difficulty getting into the sanctuary with an extra boost. No longer will you need to use the... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Our novena prayers to the Sacred Heart culminate in the solemnity of today's celebration. Every pope in modern times has affirmed devotion to the Sacred Heart, an idea which when it was first introduced to the church after almost one hundred centuries seemed strange to some. It is difficult to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Great story about Mr. Belluzzi and Holy Cross School. The photo was taken at our recent First Communions. It was a glorious day in many ways! Mr. Bill Belluzzi and Father Michael Manning The Monmouth Journal. PS Thanks to Teresa Makin for all the terrific publicity throughout the last year! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The principal and chaplain of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville would like to have a statue of a saint in every classroom along with a description of the statue to promote knowledge and devotion to our many inspirational saints. The statues should be between 24 to 36 inches tall.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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A Prayer for Christian Fathers Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son Jesus, the child of Mary, to the care of Joseph, an earthly father. Bless all fathers as they care for their families. Give them strength and wisdom, tenderness and patience; support them in the work they have to do,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It was a pleasure to celebrate mass this morning with parishioners, students, faculty and parents in attendance to give thanks for the blessings we have received this year. On hand were our retiring principal, Mr. Bill Belluzzi and our incoming principal Dr. Mark DeMareo. Dr. DeMareo will be informally greeting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Mrs. Kabash and Susan Symington are diligently working with those children who have volunteered to become Altar Servers to prepare them for this important parish ministry. There's still plenty of room for new servers in grades 4 through 8 and including high school. Serving at the Lord's Table is an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today is a half-day of school and many classes will take the time not only to clean up their classrooms, but also to bid goodbye to our principal Mr. Bill Belluzzi. Our new principal, Dr. Mark DeMareo, will have his formal meeting with our faculty tomorrow on the last day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The reconfigured round window was delivered and installed today and looks terrific. It is not visible from the interior of the church, but will be illuminated at night and visible from outside the church. Besides preventing an unhindered view of the church attic, it will shine a beautiful harmony of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today we began a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus initiating nine days of prayerful preparation before the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart on June 23rd. It is celebrated on the date asked of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque during the apparitions to her of the Sacred Heart. The practice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Tuesday, June 13th was the second monthly anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima indulgenced by Pope Francis. We prayed them after the 9:00 AM mass as a group, but our statue is exposed for veneration all day. There is an interesting book on the challenges of crafting a statue according... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Workers will be on hand this Thursday to repair the two lighting bollards which were mowed down during snow plowing, adjust the lights on St. Joseph and St. Mary and add a dimmer, install a light on the Sacred Heart Statue in the narthex and hang an additional lantern lamp... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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On Wednesday, artisans from Beyer Studio will be at Holy Cross to install the new stained glass window in the oculus on Ward Avenue. The original, small round window was fractured in many places and had a hornets nest in between the panes of glass. Its wooden frame was rotted.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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For the weekend masses we had our icon of Rublev's Trinity in the sanctuary. It used to hang in the atrium to the chapel over the baptismal font while the new church was under construction. It's a beautiful meditation on the mystery of the Trinity, including even the simple identification... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Thank you so much for your generous outpouring of offers to help in our various parish ministries! There was a solid response across the board for ministries of all kinds. Please continue to pray for the Spirit of Pentecost to enliven and enrich our parish community. Fr Manning Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It was a privilege for us to welcome Fr. Joseph Favole-Mihm, a recently ordained priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, for a Latin Mass at Holy Cross. Father's first assignment is in Allentown, Pennsylvania. May his priestly ministry be filled with blessings and yield a bountiful harvest in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Rumson's Police Officers RUMSON – On Friday, May 25th, Holy Cross School PTA’s Faith in Action Committee invited neighboring police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to Holy Cross Church for Mass and a special blessing. The Community Heroes Mass was offered on the Feast of Ascension Thursday, in which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
The Memorial Service itself will take place under cover at the Oceanic Firehouse at 11 AM. Remember to pray for the dead. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Join us in the line of march with Holy Cross parishioners on Monday, May 29th Memorial Day. We will assemble on Black Point Road next to Forrestdale School at 9:30 AM to begin at 10:00 AM. Let us pray for the dead and honor their sacrifice for our freedoms. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Please help support Holy Cross Church during the summer months when we typically experience a decline in mass attendance, by purchasing a monthly 50-50 raffle ticket. Whether you donate your share of winnings to a charity or retain it for yourself, the winner's pot is usually a nice sum! The... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It was so wonderful to celebrate mass with so many of Rumson's Police Officers in attendance yesterday morning as the Holy Cross School children and parishioners of Holy Cross welcomed area First Responders to join in our celebration of prayer and Eucharist. Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
An honor guard of First Communicants and Newly Confirmed helped honor Mary by crowning our indoor statue and singing a hymn in her honor at the conclusion of the 12 noon mass on Sunday. Thank you to the children and their parents who took the time to dress in their... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The journey begins when Christians leave their homes and beds . They leave , indeed , their life in this present and concrete world , and whether they have to drive fifteen miles or walk a few blocks , a sacramental act is already taking place , an act which... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest