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Holy Cross Church, Rumson New Jersey
A Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton
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Archbishop of Dublin and Papal Legate to Ireland, Laurence was known for his holiness and simplicity of life and his courageous peace-keeping efforts. As you may recall, a reliquary containing his heart was stolen some years ago but recently returned to the church from which it was taken. St. Laurence... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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St. Josaphat Lynched by an angry mob in his own episcopal residence, St. Josaphat worked towards unification of the disputing factions of the Catholic Church in the East. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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We don't celebrate a building today, per se, but three images in the mass readings are given to us for reflection: the Heavenly Jerusalem, the Mystical Body of Christ of which we are all a part, and Christ's Resurrected Body. St. John Lateran, the pope's cathedral with his cathedra or... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Students of church history know that some views that are mocked and condemned are eventually embraced as church teaching. Such was the case with the Franciscan Duns Scotus, who defended the idea of the Immaculate Conception before it was accepted by the universal church. One sticking point was whether Mary... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Both St. Paul and Jesus have encouraging words for us in today's Scriptures: keep trying, be encouraged, don't give up! Achieving anything worthwhile is difficult - moral goodness is no exception. One important way to keep encouraged is by prayer, especially Eucharistic Adoration. Stop in and spend some quiet time... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Thank you to all those parishioners, who having prayed a Mass of Christian Burial this year at Holy Cross for a family member or friend, returned to share Eucharist with us on All Souls Evening. After the homily, each family lit a candle on the Tree of Life in memory... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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One of Gustav Dore's illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy showing the climb through Purgatory. Today we pray for the faithful departed who are on their journey toward heaven. Our prayers and penance encourage them and speed their journey. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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On All Saints Day we commemorate the Communion of the Saints and pray united with them for our world. We ask their prayers on our behalf and for their sanctity to inspire us in word and deed to reach our goal with them in heaven. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Student government leaders were introduced to the student body and installed by our principal and pastor after the mass on Grandparents's Day. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Whenever the class who is preparing to receive First Eucharist gathers for a daily mass in the morning, they participate eagerly in all they can do (except, of course receive communion). That means they answer the prayers, pray the Our Father and usually help me with my homily. We also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today two brother martyrs are on the Roman calendar - both shoemakers by trade and evangelists by calling. They preached the gospel by day and cobbled at night - a real-life response to those of us who never seem to have time for anything. They were martyred under the Roman... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Today let us pray for the Claretians and all who help educate, house and feed the needy. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The Our Lady of Martyr's Shrine in Auriesville Photographer: Peter R. Barber Holy Martyrs and patrons, protect this land which you have blessed by the shedding of your blood. Renew in these days our Catholic faith which you helped to establish in this new land. Bring all our fellow citizens... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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One of the interesting traditions about St. Luke is that he was an artist and painted an icon/image of the Virgin Mary with Jesus from life. Artists portrayed this idea throughout the ages with interesting anachronisms such as the use of maul sticks, easels, etc. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Our faithful rosary prayers gathered to pray the Rosary in The Public Square last weekend at the corner of Rumson Road and Ward Avenue. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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In the parish office lunchroom there are several well-stocked, large plastic jars of Utz snack foods. My favorites are the unsalted pretzels which I usually raid right around lunchtime. The problem with the jars is that you can stick your hand in and grab a generous fistful of pretzels, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The Church of the Pater Noster on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem contains mosaics of the Our Father in well over one hundred languages. Jesus teaches the prayer today in Luke's version, a beautifully succinct prayer. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Faithful rosary prayers gathered in the Marian Prayer Garden after the 12 noon mass to pray the rosary in unity with others all across the country for the sanctification and peace of the church and the world. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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The children at this morning's mass had a very good understanding of mercy even at their young ages. It seems that those crying loudest for "justice" are the ones most in need of mercy and sometimes the least likely to extend mercy to others. If our own hearts seem reluctant... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Thank you to all who came and prayed the rosary with our school children this afternoon for our 2018 Living Rosary. The weather was warm (and the sunshine hot!) and the children prayed reverently in our Prayer Garden honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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One of the many stained glass windows honoring St. Francis of Assisi in Holy Cross Church. Holy Cross owns 14 smaller windows depicting events in the life of St. Francis. Many of them are installed alongside this larger window in a group and some are installed in the windows of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Moses had a list of the 70 elders invited to the meeting tent. The disciples of Jesus kept mental track of who was "one of us." In today's readings, inclusion of others not on the lists caused consternation. God's lists are not ours. Among those included as God's children are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest
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Raised by peasant farmers and captured into slavery, one would not expect Vincent de Paul to become a world renowned saint of the Catholic church. Yet his concern for the poor and for education, including the clergy, inspired people throughout the world. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Diary of a Parish Priest