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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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US Surgeon General Tonight is a Narcan (naloxone) information evening at Holy Cross Church. Narcan is a prescription drug which reverses the effects of opioid overdose. It has now been manufactured in a nasal spray preparation and through the intervention of lawmakers and the Surgeon General of the United States... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Mary, Mother of the Church rose window at Holy Cross Church in Rumson. Our window depicts Mary with the Christ child surrounded by symbols of the 12 apostles. The four evangelists are shown at 9, 12, 3 and 6 o'clock. Today was the first worldwide celebration of the new feast... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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St. Felix (left) and St. Philip Neri St. Felix with his sack of alms for the poor Friend of St. Philip Neri and acquaintance of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Felix spent his life as a lay brother in the order which would eventually become the Capuchins of the Franciscans. Despite... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint Giulia was noted for her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary and founded a congregation of nuns called the Catechetical Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to teach children about the faith and spread the love of the gospel. Canonized by John Paul II as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Holy Cross Church doesn't have a window dedicated to St. Brendan, but he is pictured in one of our windows. He is shown as one of the saintly students of St. Ita, who does have a dedicated window. St. Brendan was inspired to set out into unknown waters to preach... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Common Witch Hazel Rosa Rugosa, sp. These roses are pretty hardy around these parts, but this particular variety is quite fragrant - this one bloom (also inset) spreads a sweet aroma many feet away from the plant. Clematis augustifolia Mock Orange Border with Walker's Low Catmint, Phenomenal lavender, Japanese Iris,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint Matthias, chosen to replace Judas Iscariot by the Apostles and the Holy Spirit. He preached fearlessly and met a martyrs death. This statue honors the tradition that he was beheaded. We heard Jesus' words from Scripture in this morning's gospel which are carved on the book he is holding,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Last minute instructions before the procession down the nave. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today we celebrated two Masses with our First Communicants of 2018. The children were well prepared and reverent and their parents and families were joyful. First Holy Communions enrich our entire parish family and are a wonderful sign of the Holy Spirit bringing nearer to completion our youngest members of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Perfect landing right on the playground! Everyone had a chance to ask questions of the State Troopers and get a really close up look of the cockpit. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Students and parishioners were treated to a visit from two NJ State Trooper helicopter rescue pilots after the 9:00 AM Mass. It was an exciting landing and take off, postponed for a little while by fog, but the sky wound up clear and blue for their arrival. Students were able... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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"At about the third hour of the day, an enormous Cross, formed of light, appeared in the heaven above holy Golgotha and reaching to the holy Mount of Olives, being seen not by one or two only, but manifest with perfect clarity to the whole multitude of the city; not,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Holy Cross School has put together an informational 6 minute video to showcase the assets of our school. Share the link on YouTube. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Thanks to quick action by medical professionals and lawmakers, including the Surgeon General of the United States, each of now has the power to administer an effective drug against opioid overdose, quickly, safely and with legal protection under Good Samaritan Laws in New Jersey. The drug, Narcan (naloxone) can be... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Though each was an apostle of the Lord, each was very different. James, observant Jew not insistent on imposing Jewish law on Gentile converts, was the first bishop of Jerusalem and conferred with St. Paul on the mission of the early church. Philip recruited Nathaniel and was rebuked by Jesus... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Our Catholic concept of God, Trinity and the Union of Divine and Human Natures in Christ owes much to the preaching, teaching and courageous persistence of St. Athanasius. For hundreds of years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the church wrestled with how the human nature of Jesus... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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In John's gospel, Jesus points out that if we love God, we will keep God's commandments, not that we must first prove our love by obedience. It's a wonderful distinction, one often lost on those who harbor resentment or rebel against any restrictions on personal autonomy. Love should change how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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As you are aware, the traffic congestion in Rumson during the summer months has been getting worse in recent years. Unless Baptisms are performed before 1 PM, the traffic becomes so bad around the church due to our proximity to the Shrewsbury Bridge, there is little chance that families can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Graduations, First Holy Communions, Confirmations and Weddings are a joyful part of Church life and family members are eager to record these happy moments to recall again and again. As personal drones have become more affordable, photographers and hobbyists have more ready access to them for photography. Flying drones from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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St. Mark's Square With Leonine Column in Venice A close-up of the lion atop the column. From theurgetowander.com The lion has been the iconographic symbol for St. Mark from the early days of the church. The lion is the symbol of the city of Venice, Italy, which has claimed St.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Here's an excerpt from the annual survey of newly ordained priests across the United States: Regarding participation in parish ministries before entering the seminary, nearly three fourths of responding ordinands (74 percent) served as altar servers before entering the seminary. Nearly three in five (57 percent) served as lectors. Around... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest