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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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Holy Cross recently completed the installation of high resolution security cameras in and around the church. The school, of course has had such cameras for some time now and the old church had security cameras, but the new church has been without them until now. Technology advances quickly and the... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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St. Stephen of Hungary was crowned king by Pope Sylvester II in 1000 A.D. after Stephen consolidated his rule over competing tribal chieftains and allied with Christianity as a unifying dimension of his kingdom. He later founded many monasteries and built churches emphasizing liturgical and faithful unity with the papacy.... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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In 1950 Pius XII infallibly defined the dogma of the Assumption of Mary, a belief already held by Catholics and many other Christians since the early days of the church. The dogma deliberately leaves open the question of whether Mary suffered death before her assumption prevented bodily deterioration. In 2005... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Diary of a Parish Priest
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While canon lawyers are still discussing the technical requirements of the Catholic church for being declared a martyr, we should not miss Maximilian Kolbe's heroic life of virtue long before he volunteered to take the place of a condemned man in a Nazi concentration camp. His self-sacrifice and service to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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I laughed when St. Peter's sinking into the stormy waves reminded me of learning To ride a bike. For my first brief solo flights without training wheels, I was fine until I realized Dad wasn’t holding on anymore. And then...crash...right into the hedges! This gospel is wonderful encouragement as we... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Pope Pius XII named St Clare, virgin and abbess, patron saint of television due to her reported ability to "watch" mass on the wall of her room when she was unable to attend in the chapel due to illness. She had one of the earliest big screen televisions? Her radical... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Jesus told us that where our treasure is, there also will be our heart. The lure of earthly possessions, reputation, and other things which pass can attract our heart away from things which last forever. St. Lawrence had it right when he counted not the possessions of the church as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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A photo of Edith Stein before her professed life as a Carmelite nun, and later as Sr. Benedicta of the Cross. Edith was born a German Jew and distinguished herself as an excellent scholar, eventually becoming as associate of Edmund Husserl, the famous philosopher. An interesting aspect of the school... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Many times we find ourselves asking the question, "Enough?" If we fall under the spell of modern advertisers our answer is certainly "no." We become convinced no one can never have enough money or popularity or youth or time. When we find ourselves in this state of worry, the tone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Save the date: Tuesday, December 5th 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Saint Alfonso Retreat House, West Long Branch $ 35/person includes lunch and refreshments Three Redemptorist priests will preach the retreat which concludes with Mass at 2:30 P.M. Confession will be available. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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In exchange for showing the newly assigned pastor, St. John Vianney, the way to Ars, the saint told the young shepherd boys, "I shall show you the way to heaven." The parents of one the children erected a bronze statue in memory of this meeting after Vianney's death. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there: if you set it on fire, it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full, they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets What is bad they throw away. Matthew 13:47-48 Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Communion is as necessary for us to sustain our Christian vitality as the vision of God is necessary to the angels to maintain their life of glory. St. Peter Julian Eymard Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Reminder that this Thursday is Holy Thursday and there will be a Holy Hour of prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the church. Come get a little Sonshine ! Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Owen Stadele of Stadele's Allen Organ and cabinetmakers from David Ramsay Cabinetmakers did a superb job in getting our organ pipes and cabinets installed efficiently and beautifully. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Work on the organ pipes and cabinet was interrupted for a day due to a Mass of Christian Burial, but the job is right on track and will resume tomorrow. I love when a modification appears like it's always been there! The cabinets look beautiful. It will be interesting to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Image Journal is always an interesting collection of prose, poetry and art, but the summer issue deals with film, specifically life changing, meaningful film It's not specifically Christian, so there are the usual articles against hierarchical and organized religion, but these are occasional and can usually be avoided easily should... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The US Bishops have re-issued a call to American Catholics to pray and fast on Fridays for the protection of all human life, religious liberty and the dignity of marriage and the sacrament of matrimony. One suggestion is to abstain from eating meat on Fridays (just like the olden days).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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There will be some construction work going on in the choir loft next Monday and Tuesday. The cabinet maker will be here to install the organ pipes and their new cabinet against the back wall in the choir loft. The work should only take two days, but will add to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The sickly boxwoods by the church main entrance have been replaced. Happily our sprinkler system is working and the well is functioning too. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The evergreens will eventually completely hide the playground fence. The boxwoods near the entrance stairs were not doing well and have been removed. They will be replaced with a more hardy variety. We'll take care to be sure these plants are watered thoroughly every day until established. Happily, the sprinklers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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I missed the first Springtime blooms, but here are some early summer blooms which are still going strong. It is good to see many of the perennials planted in the new areas around the church take root and get going. Oak Leaf and Big Leaf Hydrangeas by the Carriage House... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest