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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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How could I have omitted this one! He was even buried in a hat like this, a camauro. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque's revelations were instrumental in changing popular piety. Jesus' merciful love for us became more greatly appreciated and more frequent communion encouraged. First Friday Communion was actually more frequent than receiving once per year at Easter! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Diary of a Parish Priest
From Sunday's Homily. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Only one kind of designer label need be in our heavenly garment. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Yes, those Borgias. If I am reading the family tree correctly, he was the great-grandson of Pope Alexander VI. Francis enjoyed great success in the royal and ecclesiastical politics of the day, marrying a Portuguese noblewoman and becoming a close advisor to the Holy Roman Emperor. Upon the death of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint John Leonardi was a diocesan priest, originally trained as a pharmacist, who ministered in the Church during the Catholic Reformation and The Council of Trent. As he began to pastor a parish, a group of young men gathered around him whom he helped realize their vocations to priesthood. A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Here are more photos of the Living Rosary which give a different perspective of the liturgy itself. The children group into five decades and each wears a distinctive color chosen for that particular decade. There are usually several children making up each "bead." The framework of the rosary is a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The US Bishops hailed the Trump administrations new regulations which restore more broad exemptions from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act to religious groups and organizations. This should finally allow the Little Sisters of the Poor and other groups who have been challenging the regulations to come to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Beside the warning to the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day That their stewardship Of the Kingdom of God Will be taken away from them There is also an implicit warning to us: What are we doing with the vineyard? There are the many homilies Written now that turn this into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint Bruno founded a unique form of religious life, a way of being alone - together. Carthusians live in individual cells with their own workshop, study, oratory and garden but eat some meals and pray sometimes in community. Their entire day is arranged around praying, working, reading and studying for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It has been a tradition at Holy Cross to pray a rosary outdoors during the month of October, Mary's month. This year's Living Rosary was prayed in our prayer garden during a beautiful, sunny, summer-like afternoon. The children were reverent and well prepared. The support of their teachers and parents... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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A missionary to the German immigrants to the United States, but serving all God's people, Francis Xavier Seelos entered the United States around the time of Civil War, the "Know Nothing" Anti-Catholic movement and the rise of American Nativism in the US Church. Initially an associate pastor with St. John... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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St. Francis is famously pictured preaching to the birds and St. Anthony of Padua to the fishes. Undoubtedly both these saints loved God's creation, but both these sermons were meant for people who rejected the preacher and his message. Only the birds and the fish would listen. Today it is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Most images of Guardian Angels are whimsical Cards depicting them have glitter, lots of glitter I hope my Guardian angel is strong sure of foot in storms And patient, very patient Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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This is a sculpture of St. Michael the Archangel defeating Satan in Coventry, England. The Cathedral is rebuilt, but some of its bombed-out ruins from World War II stand nearby as a reminder not only of the devastation that war can bring, but the necessity of fighting and defeating evil. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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We are proud of our 8th grade students who organized a book drive for a school library in Texas devastated by the hurricane. Here are a few of the boys carting the donations to the U.S Post Office in Rumson. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Wenceslas and His Page ...As the lyrics to the well-known Christmas carol go. He saw a poor man gathering firewood and asked his page who the man was. The page identified the man and the king (actually Duke Wenceslas) determined to set out and bring the man food and drink... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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This is the statue of St. Vincent dePaul in St. Peter's Basilica. It's not the usual representation of St. Vincent with children on his lap or giving service to the poor. It depicts his determination to serve God and God's people throughout his life, whether he was enslaved or free,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Jesus' warning in today's gospel about whoever seems to have little it will be taken away, while to those who have, more will be given is understood in the context of the remarks about not lighting a lamp and placing it under a bushel basket or under a bed. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Yes, that famous saying is from Scripture! Today it was from 1 Timothy in which we are warned that love of money derails good intentions and causes people to give themselves suffering. Food, clothing and shelter are enough says Paul. It's a good question for us too, "How much is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Saint Matthew's conversion must be one of the quickest in Scripture. Jesus invited him to follow and he did. There's no indication that he asked Jesus if he could wait until closing time or give him some time to think about it, or flesh-out the 3 year plan. That Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The truth about Jesus Christ also reached Korean soil. It came by means of books brought from China. And in a most marvellous way, divine grace soon moved your scholarly ancestors first to an intellectual quest for the truth of God’s word and then to a living faith in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest