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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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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 yesterday at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It was good news to hear that the blue stone steps should be finished by tomorrow afternoon. The weather surely has been cooperating this week! Here is a screenshot of the work from the new security camera on the school across the parking lot. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Thanks to the police who helped us sort traffic out and get into and out of our parking lot and driveways without hassle, the paving on Ward Avenue has been completed for now. Smooth as silk... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Crafted by Beyer Studios, this will be the design for the small rose window at the peak of the steeple on Ward Avenue. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Workmen seemed to have installed most or all of the risers for the steps. The weather cooperated perfectly. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Numerous intrepid prayers gathered despite the driving rain to pray the outdoor Rosary this past Saturday. They were able to seek some shelter from the rain under the school's porch and still remain visible to passers-by as a visible witness to the power of prayer, especially the Rosary. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
It was good to see so many families attending mass together for Mother's Day. It's no small accomplishment these days to get all the family gathered together. Even better when the family worships God together. Thank you for your Christian witness! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must fulfill the ordinary conditions: (1) go to Confession and Communion,(2) be interiorly detached from sin, and (3) pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, usually the Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be. "An indulgence is a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Join in prayer today for our confirmandi as we celebrate the conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation by Msgr. Ed Arnister in Holy Cross Church. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Holy Cross Welcomes New Principal Mark DeMareo, Ed.D. It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Mark DeMareo as the new principal of Holy Cross School. He comes to us with an extensive background in New Jersey public primary and secondary education and a life of devoted Catholic faith. The Diocesan... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Please continue to pray for our confirmandi, their sponsors and families as we prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday, May 12th. The bishop's delegate to confer the sacrament will be Msgr. Ed Arnister, pastor of St. Rose in Belmar. Come Holy Spirit enliven the hearts of your... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
What a beautiful day we were gifted with for First Communions! The cool, crisp wind seemed to keep cloud covers away and both the morning and afternoon ceremonies were perfect picture weather. The children were so reverent and sang the mass parts so well, it was a pleasure to invite... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Beautiful weather helped workers install the new snow melt cable, which is now ready for testing before the mortar and bluestone steps are reapplied. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Pray for our First Communicants and their families who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communions this weekend. It is a time of grace for communicants, their families and parishioners alike. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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We've ordered new missals for Sunday night Latin mass here at Holy Cross. For many years we have been using the leaflet missalettes along with photocopied propers. Especially as we prepare to periodically celebrate one of our weekly masses in song, it seemed a good idea to have a more... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Artist Zu Sheng Yu has completed work on a second study for the reredos at Holy Cross Church. The scene more clearly represents The Triumph of the Holy Cross: Christ in Heaven with the Holy Cross along with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. We were delighted with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Weather permitting, work will begin on installation of the snow melt cable on Monday. Once the heater cables have been installed, which should take a day or two, new bluestone stair pavers will be applied. We don't yet have a definitive timetable for the completion of the work. Thank you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Bluestone be gone. We're ready for the replacement snow melt cables. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The search committee for a new principal for Holy Cross School continues its work after a brief rest for the Easter holiday vacation. Pray for the committee's success. It was no small measure of consolation to note that the Walt Disney Corporation has persuaded its own CEO, Bob Iger, to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Well, at least for a few minutes! It was fun standing behind giant cutouts of priests and sisters to get an idea of how people would see us a priest or a nun. We had some good fun and the children welcomed the opportunity to ask many questions about religious... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Crafstmen are about to begin work on the church organ pipes and cabinets for installation in the choir loft. We have received beautiful designs and reasonable estimates. We are still in need of financial donors for this beautiful addition to the church. Please call the office if you are willing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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We finally got the burned out LED's replaced on the sanctuary ceiling (40% of them were already out) and have brightened up the sanctuary quite a bit. It's still not as it will be, but better. The Holy Cross had been pretty much in the dark for Lent, but that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Workers began pulling up the stairway to expose and replace the heating cables buried within. The Center stairs of the southwest entryway are closed until work is complete. Please use the stairs to the former Holy Door, or the east staircase for access to the church. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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We've approved two additions by Two Brothers Iron Works who fabricated the beautiful railing for our ambo: a hand rail into the north end of the sanctuary near the ambo and brass window rails along the main aisle and transept windows. People have occasionally been sitting on the window sills... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Please be attentive to our contractors as they begin remediation of our stairway this Friday and Saturday. Use the east stairs at the Jesus statue. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest