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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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Bluestone be gone. We're ready for the replacement snow melt cables. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The search committee for a new principal for Holy Cross School continues its work after a brief rest for the Easter holiday vacation. Pray for the committee's success. It was no small measure of consolation to note that the Walt Disney Corporation has persuaded its own CEO, Bob Iger, to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Well, at least for a few minutes! It was fun standing behind giant cutouts of priests and sisters to get an idea of how people would see us a priest or a nun. We had some good fun and the children welcomed the opportunity to ask many questions about religious... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Crafstmen are about to begin work on the church organ pipes and cabinets for installation in the choir loft. We have received beautiful designs and reasonable estimates. We are still in need of financial donors for this beautiful addition to the church. Please call the office if you are willing... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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We finally got the burned out LED's replaced on the sanctuary ceiling (40% of them were already out) and have brightened up the sanctuary quite a bit. It's still not as it will be, but better. The Holy Cross had been pretty much in the dark for Lent, but that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Workers began pulling up the stairway to expose and replace the heating cables buried within. The Center stairs of the southwest entryway are closed until work is complete. Please use the stairs to the former Holy Door, or the east staircase for access to the church. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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We've approved two additions by Two Brothers Iron Works who fabricated the beautiful railing for our ambo: a hand rail into the north end of the sanctuary near the ambo and brass window rails along the main aisle and transept windows. People have occasionally been sitting on the window sills... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
Please be attentive to our contractors as they begin remediation of our stairway this Friday and Saturday. Use the east stairs at the Jesus statue. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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As you may recall, the snow melt cables laid under the blue stone stairs on our south west main entry staircase and into the basement were inadvertently cut during changes to the hazardous diagonal cut stair patterns in the upper landing. Neither the architect nor the construction supervisor were aware... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Honor Guard and Crucifers Ready the Cross The Cross is Carried Down the Main Aisle: Behold! Heavy Lifting: Behold the Wood of the Cross on Which Hung the Savior of the World! The Fire Blazes As We Wait For Darkness Our Easter Vigil Servers Easter Resurrection Finest The Easter Candle... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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This year we decided to go back to Christian roots for the building of the "new fire" - flint and steel and cotton soaked with last year's Holy Oils to start. One of our helpful Boy Scouts loaned his fire starting skills. We built the fire at dusk so that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Once again this year, thanks to the help of those who raise and lower our Rood from above the altar and to the help of our crucifers who carry the cross during the Veneration liturgy, we were able to revere the cross which hangs atop our congregation all year long.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Having watched our church under construction, many of us have seen the sanctuary in various stages of completion, often without sacred furnishings. Still, the sight of an empty tabernacle and bare altar stirs to prayer on a starkly quiet Good Friday morning. Veneration of the Cross and Communion Service 3:00... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Tonight's mass includes the rite for Reception of the Holy Oils from the Chrism Mass with Bishop O'Connell and the priests of the Diocese and the Rite of Washing of the Feet. The first signifies our unity with the Church of the Diocese of Trenton and the second our solidarity... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Our fountain has been awakened from its winter slumber. Everything is ready. Come to the Lord's Triduum. The Rood has been taken down in order that It may be reverenced on Good Friday. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It's an old term, not one often used in the Latin church for Holy Wednesday but it makes a good point. The gospel on this day describes Judas Iscariot's agreement to lead his enemies to Jesus under the cover of darkness at a place and a time when no crowds... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It may be true that Americans have reached a point of moral and compassion fatigue on many issues. But to have so many personal indignations in Washington, DC and in our cities and schools constantly paraded before us, while many of the most significant world-wide issues get little notice only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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I'm not sure how many parishes in the diocese are made up of parts of different cities, but each year one important message we send by processing from Sea Bright to Rumson is that both belong to our parish. The sky was beautiful and the weather almost warm enough to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Many contemporary ethicists, including some Catholic theologians beginning in the 1970's, began to doubt the existence of absolute moral norms. The real world, they argue is free from any moral imperative at all, and within the contingent realm of human ethics, nothing can be for ever. In Catholic moral theology,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Praying the Easter Mysteries during the 3 day Triduum will strengthen our faith, not only for the weeks and months until the next Easter, but for our entire faith journey. Please join us for the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday evening at 7 PM, the Veneration of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Holy Cross School Class of 3B unwraps our Prayer Garden Fountain from its Winter Sleep and strips off its protective covering. This class had nearly perfect mass attendance last weekend and so was invited to participate in what has become an annual rite of Spring for Holy Cross. The children... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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It was an amazing experience to sit in our church, the place many of us customarily pray, and be treated to the sounds of a composer's invitation to enjoy something of what "eternal rest" may feel like. The concert, featuring, Faure's Requiem took us through each of the parts of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Spend a time of relaxing beauty and prayer in church on Sunday afternoon and join us for a performance of Faure's Requiem by guest soloists and member of the Holy Cross Choir. Faure's Requiem is noted for its quiet beauty. The composer wanted the composition to help people imagine the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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We were so delighted to receive not simply a small painting for our first review from Zu Zheng Yu, but a beautiful work of art. Those who saw the 25% sized panels in the reredos space itself were enthralled and the comments we received were universally positive. It is far... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest
Well, it's "Be Happy" Sunday or officially "Laetare " or REJOICE Sunday. So get ready to sing! Part A Part B Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Diary of a Parish Priest