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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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The Scribes and Pharisees mocked prophets through the ages with inconsistent, child-like cat calls, complains Jesus. We are so grateful for His coming anyway. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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This is a famous sketch of Christ crucified drawn by St. John of the Cross. It was later used by Salvatore Dali as his inspiration for one of his own paintings of Christ on the cross. John of the Cross had so many wonderful insights about the spiritual life. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It looks like Santa's Sleigh might have landed on Holy Cross' lawn for a few moments, but no, the generous gifts donated by parishioners and friends of Holy Cross to anonymous recipients were collected awaiting pick-up by the several agencies which participated in our Stars For Jesus annual Christmas gift... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Many grades had excellent Mass attendance last weekend. Our Eight graders attend their Confirmation preparation program and Mass faithfully. Class 4A has won the Holy Cross in their classroom for a record six consecutive weeks (and their Italian Ice lunch dessert)! Congratulations 4A on consistent, excellent attendance at Mass. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Michelangelo's Isaiah on the Sistine Ceiling The readings from the Prophet Isaiah loose our minds from the historical context in which they were written, to pray about the two comings of Christ: in the Incarnation and at the End of Time. The first we acknowledge with gratitude for the nourishment... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Music Director Don Carolina, Holy Cross Choir and Guest Solists The Ensemble Under the Advent Wreath The Musicians Gather Sacred Music in A Sacred Space - Sublime The Audience Stands for the Alleluia Chorus Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Our Christmas tree is getting ready with a dressing of snow for the Blessing of the Creche and the Lighting of the Tree! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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There are many columns around the world dedicated to Mary, this one in Rome is under the title of the Immaculate Conception. It was erected shortly after the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception was promulgated. Mary is shown with representations of the four evangelists along with her typical artistic calligraphy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint Ambrose, bishop and one of original doctors of the Church helps keep the Chair of Peter aloft in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He is shown on the left front in mitre, with one of his pupils, St. Augustine in miter on the right front of the chair. Ambrose... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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St. Nicholas, a bishop and one of the signers of the Nicene Creed, became famous for miracle working and helping the poor, often anonymously. We are indebted to him for many of the traditions surrounding the feast of Christmas. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It's always exciting to see our Nativity Set come out of storage and take its place center stage for the Advent and Christmas Season. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Advent motifs at Holy Cross Church in Rumson, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Apparently fig trees can be immense! Jesus uses them to focus our attention on paying the proper attention to the signs his ministry manifests to the world: the deaf hear, the blind see, the dead are raised, the poor are fed and the people have the Good News preached to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Statue of St. Andrew in the Vatican Saint Andrew is sometimes called the "first called" apostle, since it was he who introduced his brother Simon to Jesus (in John's gospel). Andrew's generosity and immediacy in responding to Christ's call can be a model for our discipleship. So often we ruminate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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RUMSON, NJ – On Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 p.m., the sanctuary of Holy Cross Church will be filled with the tremendous sounds of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, Part One. The classical piece, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus, will be performed by the Holy Cross Choir and several professional soloists... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today's reading recounts Daniel's prophetic interpretation of the mysterious handwriting on the wall which appeared during a sacrilegious feast by King Belshazzar using the sacred vessels from the captured Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The king could not read the message due to his hardness of heart and his drunkenness. These... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today's parable of the Widow's Mite is a good reminder during this holiday season and always, to give from our abundance, not our left overs. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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To close the Centennial Year of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, we prayed the prayer dedicating ourselves to Our Lady after the 12 noon Mass and then processed the statue, which has been in our sanctuary for the past six months, to its new home in the St.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Martians in St. Peter's? One of our seventh graders asked me last week if there are aliens on other planets and would they have souls and go to heaven? I knew that the topic had been explored with the manned lunar landing and the martian rover. As recently as Vatican... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today Holy Cross School children in the lower grades gave thanks to God for their many blessings. Each of our 3rd grade students had drawn and colored a picture of something they were thankful for and they presented their artwork on a PowerPoint as we prayed for their intention. We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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According to legend, when St. Cecilia's body was exhumed, her fingers were found in positions interpreted as a witness to the Trinity - Three persons in One God. Her husband and brother-in-law were martyred for piously burying the dead Christian martyrs and Cecilia's burying them both brought her to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Our Memorial Donor Book for the church's capital campaign has been engraved and returned to Holy Cross. Thank you to all our generous donors. It is truly a worthy remembrance for those who have given so generously to Holy Cross Church. Our next engraving will likely be in six months... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119 Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest