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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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Posted yesterday at Diary of a Parish Priest
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This striking statue of St. Matthew in St. John Lateran show Matthew stepping on his collected taxes and embracing the Word of God. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The Administrative Committee [of the USCCB] took the following actions within its authority: 1. Approved the establishment of a third-party reporting system that will receive confidentially, by phone and online, complaints of sexual abuse of minors by a bishop and sexual harassment of or sexual misconduct with adults by a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Joe and Miriam Tort, Holy Cross' pilgrims on the road to St. James in Compostela, have finished about half of their walking pilgrimage. They sent this picture of one of their nightly masses in pilgrim churches along the way. Keep praying for their perseverance and strength! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Statue of St. Paul Yun Ji-choong outside of Jeondong Cathedral. Yun was killed along with his fellow believers in 1791 and was among the 124 Koreans who died for their beliefs that are today honored as martyrs. The Cathedral itself is built on the site of the earliest group of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today we celebrated mass marking the Third Anniversary of the Dedication of our church. The readings emphasized both the sacred character of the building and the people of God who worship in it. Deo gratias! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Bellarmine by Bernini St. Robert Bellarmine played an important role in the counter-reformation of the Catholic Church. He helped clarify Catholic teachings and orthodoxy and wrote two catechisms, including one for children. He opposed censuring Galileo and urged him to more clearly define his view of the universe as a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Worship with us today to be fed with the Eucharist and give thanks to God for the history of our parish and is presence as part of the diocesan church. The triptych will be opened to display our new painting Risen Christ with Cross, there will be Hospitality after the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today we celebrated the first school mass of the academic year with Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. Several of our school children helped us open the doors to the triptych and reveal the new painting for the reredos Risen Christ With Cross installed just yesterday. The paint is still... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Installation of the reredos painting above the altar at Holy Cross has begun. It should be securely affixed by later this afternoon and ready for unveiling by the students at tomorrow morning's mass with the school children and parishioners of Holy Cross. The painting will be formally blessed at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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This Marian feast was promulgated ever more widely as victorious Christian forces successfully withstood assaults from non-Christian and Muslim invaders. Through the intercession of Mary with her Son, may the Church of Christ always stand firm against unholy assaults from within and without. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint Nicholas of Tolentine was named by his mother in honor of St. Nicholas (December 6th) after intercession to the saint to bear a child. He was dedicated to the church at an early age and became noted for the sanctity of his life, his preaching and miracles through his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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In this morning's gospel, Jesus is once again being tested by the Pharisees. This time it's what we should do when two rules conflict. In his parables about repairing a torn garment and an old wine skin, he suggests common sense should prevail. We're born with the capacity to acquire... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The President of the USCCB has reiterated his commitment to work with Pope Francis in establishing mechanisms to improve the effectiveness of child protection procedures and oversight of adults working in the church including seminarians. Read the full text of the Cardinal's letter which should give us all encouragement in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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"Do everything for Jesus." Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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William Blake Inattentiveness sometimes leads not simply to missing an appointment or making a miscalculation, but to missing the boat entirely. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint Fiacre, patron of gardeners and healers grew medicinal herbs and prayed for healing the afflicted. Many plants and herbs are still grown for their restorative and medicinal properties and even the peace and beauty of a home garden can bring healing and peace to the weary soul. Amid the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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https://www.vam.ac.uk John the Baptist by August Rodin We can see how lust, greed for power and approval, the need to save face and other vices tempted King Herod who condemned St. John the Baptist to the chopping block. If John was the conscience of the king, the king chose to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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St. Monica is one example of the power of persistent prayer. Her husband reportedly converted to Christianity on his deathbed and we know, of course, about the conversion of her famous son Augustine. I like this statue of her, because even though the opening prayer at this morning's mass invoked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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A statue after the monumental work in St. John Lateran in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Aristotle's definition of virtue was the Golden Mean between two extremes of vice. Courage, for example, is neither the extreme vice of cowardice nor the extreme vice of foolhardiness. Examining the lives of the saints gives us an opportunity to look at the heroic virtues in their lives and emulate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Piero della Francesa's Mother of Mercy highlights not only Mary's Queenship, but her protective role over each of us as mother. Pope Benedict XVI once remarked that her queenship is intimately related to Jesus' kingship by love. Neither Jesus nor Mary are royalty as the world would have it. Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest