Diocesan priests renew their promise of priestly committment at the Chrism mass each year.
Holy Cross Parish will officially receive the oils at the beginning of the Triduum, the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday evening.
Thank you to the Sea Bright and Rumson Police Department for keeping our procession safe, to the Children's Choir and their parents for braving the wind and temperature, to Don Carolina for his expert Musical Direction and to our parishioners and parish staff who facilitated the procession. Paul LaPlante took most of these great photos. God provided the beautiful sky!
Please join us for the liturgies of Holy Week, especially the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday evening, Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday and the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night.
Join us for our annual Palm Sunday Procession from Seabright to Rumson on Palm Sunday morning. We will gather at the Municipal Parking lot in Seabright beginning at 10 AM and process at 10:15 AM from Seabright to our gymatorium for our 10:30 AM mass.
This year our procession will be led by our brand new Holy Cross Parish Children's Choir led by our Music Director Don Carolina. The weather has been brisk in recent years, but we'll process in any weather but heavy rain.
The procession is a splendid sign of our Christian faith that our hope in Christ's resurrection will make all things new. Please join us!
The surprise of the evening was a full sized, color print of our St. Kieran window, who even in his slightly pixellated state look magnificent. I think we'll have St. Kieran make an appearance at all our masses on the weekend of our groundbreaking, April 14th.
The window shows Kieran holding his crozier as founder of the Monastery at Clonmacnoise. The monastery itself is pictured at his feet in the background along the shores of the River Shannon. A hair shirt protrudes ever so slightly from underneath his fine garments.
Remember to get to Wednesday night's talk on stained glass in America by artisan Joe Beyer of Beyer Studios. Joe will tell us all about the manufacture, design and inconography in the St. Francis windows we are lucky enough to acquire.
7:00 PM in the gymatorium.
I was delighted at their level of preparation and attentiveness. Their confessions gave evidence of a good, age-appropriate examination of conscience and many children were quite thoughtful and thorough in their remarks.
Thank you to all teachers, parents and parish staff for your efforts to instruct our children how to follow faithfully in Jesus' footsteps.
There are a few windows which depict events I cannot identify with certainty. I'm pretty sure the labels accurately describe the windows in this post.
Who would have guessed that one of the saints in our stained glass windows would be the new pope's inspiration for his papal name?
We have not only the large stained glass window pictured here, but 14 smaller windows depicting events in the life of St. Francis!
Be sure to join us on Wednesday evening March 20th at 7:00 PM in the gymatorium for a discussion about the windows with stained glass artisan Joe Beyer of Beyer Studios.
Help us select a list of saint statues to consider for inclusion in the niches on the church walls and the gardens surrounding the church.
If you've got a favorite saint or two, include their names in our easy-to-take survey:
Many of the places we have planted perennials over the last years will need to be disturbed for the church construction. Earlier in the season, all the heritage roses in harm's way were pruned back to the ground in preparation for being transplanted. All plantings behind the church bordering the parish field will need to be moved or disposed of. Some of the many burning bushes were not in particularly good condition, but the hydrangeas, half dozen heritage rose bushes, dozens of hosta, pulmonaria, coreopsis, coneflowers, sedum, hyssop and others were quite happy and proliferating well. It will be relatively easy to move some of them, but others look like a challenge. One of the "Home Run" roses I planted when I first arrived has quite a well developed set of roots.
All the plantings along the side door of the rectory near the church will also need to be relocated - a witch hazel or two, hundreds of Stella d'Oro daylillies, a Julia Child rosebush along with several others heirloom varieties. All the rose bushes and clematis around the air conditioning units for the church will also be dug.
Some of the trees around the church are overgrown and many are in sad shape after the storms, but a holly or two may be rescued. The perennial border of evergreens and others alongside the handicapped ramp will also need to be moved.
The plantings in the two islands between the large and small parking lots need to go too, I think. There are dozens of day lillies, several species of heritage roses, and the two ornamental trees needing new places to grow. Many of the other plants like California poppies, Blanket flowers and others are so easy to resow that they can be sacrificed if necessary.
Lots of digging! Any ideas?Perhaps some time after the groundbreaking, we could organize a
dig (or two) to help move some of the plants. Some will move easily with a trowel, others will take some good work with a shovel. If we pot some of them up, they might even help us raise some funds for the church project?
Let me know if you have any good ideas, or if you would be willing to help us dig up some plants when we make plans. Thanks!
We have obtained the use of a "loaner" Allen Organ for use in our gymatorium until the new church is completed. The range of sounds it can produce is far greater than our Clavinova. Don Carolina took it for a test drive on Thursday afternoon and it sounded great...so did he! The new instrument will add immeasurably to both adult and children choirs and to the reverence of our liturgies in the gymatorium.
Triptychs ("three folds") are probably known these days for picture frames and cards or brochures, but their earliest use in art was as altarpieces. When closed, two panels are visible and when opened, the three interior panels are seen. This permits the art in the sanctuary to reflect the changing liturgical season and to celebrate liturgies with varying degrees of solemnity. Since liturgical art was used as a primary teaching tool about the life of Christ, the saints and Scripture, the use of a triptych allowed the church to display more sacred art in a smaller space throughout the year.
Ever wonder what the inside of our pipe organ looks like?
It puts me in mind of an old Fleischer cartoon with Grampy pulling all kinds of levers and pulleys to perform some kind of automated miracle like cleaning the whole house or cooking dinner.
There are also quite a number of initials carved on its wood beams, many from the early 1970's - no comment.
I unexpectedly learned a lot about polishing brass over the last several weeks. Having decided to try and remove some of the tarnish from the beautiful candlesticks and altar cross we acquired from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, I researched how to clean and polish brass on the Internet. There are everything from commercial products to home made formulas - at this point I have tried just about all of them. It is important to use the right polish and technique, but nothing substitutes for elbow grease. The dogs evacuated the kitchen when I started boiling a soupy mixture of water, vinegar, salt and dishwashing detergent in an oven roasting pan one night. (It's one of the methods to strip lacquer from brass and it worked very well.)
So far, our new brass altar cross, four brass candlesticks and one of the brass sanctuary lamps have been cleaned and polished. I'll post up some pictures of the new shiny appointments soon, and they will be available for viewing after the masses in the gymatorium and for memorials in the new church.
The Rose Window at St. Francis Church is so intricate and embedded in a limestone tracery its removal would be quite difficult. Beyer Studio has proposed to fabricate a new window, 96 inches in diameter for Holy Cross.
The new window is modelled on the rose window at St. Francis and includes several petals which depict the instruments of the Passion of Christ.