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May 2018

Narcan Reverses Opioid Overdoses - Be Prepared By Learning Tonight


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 is available for purchase at pharmacies who will issue the drug to the purchaser.


Tonight's session is a joint effort of Holy Cross Church and the Rumson Police Department. The background of the opioid problem in New Jersey and the use of Narcan will be covered. Participants will know how to administer Narcan and learn how to obtain it. Limited supply of Narcan will be available for a donation to the church.

St. Joseph's Room in Holy Cross Church

May 22, 7:00 P.M.

Presenters: Lt. Chris York, Fr. Michael Manning

St. Felix of Cantalice
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 no formal education, he was sought out by many for his advice and became known for his sanctity, his fruitful efforts to aid the poor and his fidelity of lifetime service. He recognized the effectiveness of teaching young children through the use of song and was seen throughout Rome singing them the catechism. 

He reportedly was favored with visions of Mary and was allowed in one of them, to hold the baby Jesus in his arms. Artists have often depicted this vision. 


Saint Giulia Salzano

GiuliaSaint 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 a saint of the "new evangelization," she reminded her sisters they must always be ready to defend the faith and teach its truths, especially to young children. She hoped this mission would be hers until her dying day.



St. Brendan the Navigator

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 the gospel in far off lands. 

The statues in Ireland depicting him emphasize his courage and his great zeal. 

St Brendan Vikings
St Brendan Vikings


Garden Time 2018

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, Red Knock Out Roses


Perennial Blanket Flowers in front row. You may be able to see lavender plants and Russian sages in two rows behind them.


Hosta Sum and Substance, Phenomenal Lavender, Daylillies, Husker's Red Penstemon, Forget-Me-Nots


Hedge Row of Carefree Delight Roses, Mock Orange, Rosa Rugosa and other plantings.


? Tulip and oregano


Five Spot. Good self-seeder.


Purple Phlox


Knock Out Yellow Rose. Extremely fragrant!

Many of the plants in the front yard of the rectory are now three years old. They were started from young seedlings, cuttings or seed plugs so they have taken a while to get growing. Add a few unsual storms the usual crop of bunnies and deer and you've got the usual recipe for some plants succeeding and others failing. A few clematis vines which met up with the weed wacker last year are back and look like they're happy. So perhaps this summer will be a good year for flowering and more mature plants.

The show of daffodils was delightful and they were only planted last fall. The varieties I selected were quite fragrant and the trumpets were bold and yellow. 

I try to select perennials for their hardiness and the annuals for their capacity to self-sow. Gardens are, after all, partly for us to enjoy and partly for future generations too.

May we all have good luck with our gardens and have at least some of our efforts rewarded! 

First Responders From the Sky On Ascension Thursday




Sitting Soccer

Sitting SoccerStudents 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 to ask questions and inspect the copter up close.

More pictures later this afternoon!


Apparition of the Cross Over Jerusalem


"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, as one might suppose, rushing swiftly past in fancy, but seen openly above the earth many hours in plain sight, and overcoming the beams of the sun with its dazzling rays"

    St. Cyril of Jerusalem; May 7, 351 A.D.

Save A Life - Reverse A Drug Overdose

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 had without a prescription in New Jersey and used whenever circumstances dictate. 

We are in the grip of an opioid epidemic and while the ultimate resolution of the problem is elusive, preventing overdose deaths, including accidental ones, is simple.

Online training and information is available by clicking the logo. Holy Cross Church will also be sponsoring an information evening and training session in cooperation with the Rumson Police Department on May 22nd.

What are the opioids?

  • strong pain relievers like, Oxycontin, fentanyl, Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, codeine.
  • Illegal drugs like, heroin, manufactured variants or combinations

Who is at risk for an opioid overdose?

  •     users of prescription opioids especially with new regimens or use of other medications
  •     persons recently discharged from detox or rehab for drug or opioid abuse
  •     those who use opioids or unknown drugs of abuse recreationally, especially with alcohol
  •     history of mental health disorder, e.g. addiction or attempted suicide
  •     persons with chronic lung disease
  •     family members in homes where opioids are available, legally or illegally

Who should carry Narcan nasal spray?

  • If you yourself are at risk, if you know someone who is at risk, if your work or social interactions bring you into contact with someone who is at risk. 

What do I do if I suspect a drug overdose?

        That's what the training is for! Join us!

Call 911 but don't wait to take action. Knowing what to do can save a life! Check the website Get Naloxone Now

Holy Cross Church and School Session 

    May 22, 7:00 PM in the St. Joseph Room of the Church

Overdoses are tragic. Let's help someone get a another chance. 


Sts. Philip and James

Philip and james

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 in this morning's gospel for failing to understand that Jesus and the Father are One.

The diversity of the Universal Catholic Church was established from the beginning and should be seen as a strength not a weakness. Let us pray for a spirit of mutual respect as we each follow the Lord.


St. Athanasius


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 interacted with his identity as the Son of God. An early and persistent heresy in the church held that Jesus, though most perfectly human was created by God the Father and hence not equal to God the Father in His Divinity.

St. Athanasius, despite being exiled five different times for his belief, preached that Jesus was truly Divine and truly human and developed theological language to help us understand this mystery, or at least teach it clearly.

It is because Jesus was truly human and truly Divine that our redemption by his death and resurrection are assured, not merely a fine point in theological debate!

Thanks be to St. Athanasius for his courage and preaching.