Tradition holds that St. Francis of Assisi was one of the first to create and display a Christmas creche in order to teach the joy and meaning of Christmas. This is a scene from one of our windows. In the complete panel, Francis is shown leading the children to the Christ child.
Join us tonight at 7 PM for the festive formal beginning of the Christmas season at Holy Cross.
Gather in the church for song, a Scripture reading and reflection, followed by the lighting of our Christmas tree on Ward Avenue and the blessing of the Manger at the pergola.
Every year the sheep and other live animals create extra interest for our younger children.
Enjoy hot chocolate and other refreshing goodies in our gymatorium immediately after the blessings.
(We'll adapt to the weather conditions if necessary and not spend too long in blustery winds or really cold temperatures.
This year all masses are celebrated in the church.
Thursday, Christmas Eve
3:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 11:00 PM
Friday, Christmas Day
10:30 AM and Noon
Last evening three fashionably dressed young ladies decided to have some fun with Holy Cross' Christmas Creche at approximately 11:20 PM.
After taking multiple selfies, they took the Christmas crib and substituted another, only to leave the crib on Rumson Road in front of the school. So were not missing a crib, we now have two and presumably someone else is missing one.
Though the surveillance video is rough, there are some uniquely distinguishing characteristics about the young ladies which will probably allow someone to identify them. Please call the Parish Office or the Rumson Police with information.
Due to rain, we had to cancel the live four-legged animals, but we had plenty of live people on hand for our Advent celebration.
Raining, we'll be in the church and gym. Clear and we'll be outside long enough to bless the manger.
and will be the Christmas tree we light this year (and hopefully for many years to come).
Join us at 7 PM for Holy Cross Annual Carols at the Creche and Christmas Tree Lighting. Our faithful collection of live animals, including a donkey for Mary to ride and Joseph to lead will be there, along with plenty of good cheer, carols and Christmas joy. The weather looks promising (at least it might not be as COLD as last year!) and the spirit is right.
Look for a special view of the new church (if all things work out as planned...)
Rumson police returned one of our lost lambs from the evidence locker at Police Headquarters. We hadn't seen this lamb for a while. This was part of the theft in the first of three lambnappings. In this 2005 caper, two sheep were stolen: this one was recovered from a mailbox in Middletown with two fractured back legs. It was successfully dusted for fingerprints and returned to us these many years later for possible repairs.
The lamb taken from in front of the rectory in 2006 by a young girl who wrapped it in a garbage bag was never recovered, but was last seen headed toward Pond Road in Rumson.
Of two lambs most recently stolen in 2011, one had been returned within days of the original theft.
Oh, the pastoral challenges of tending a flock!
Blessed Christmas to all parishioners and their families.
Spirits were joyful and the masses were well attended. We thank all those who helped decorate our gymatorium for the liturgy and the choirs, both adult and children's for helping make the liturgies more festive.
6:00 pm - Mass - Fr. McGowan - gym
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The Parish Live Christmas Tree on Rumson Road donated and decorated by Shady Tree
What a wonderful Christmas concert the school children of Holy Cross School put on for their parents and families this evening. Everyone was festively dressed for the Christmas season and it was good to see so many grandparents and family members. Mr. Heim and our teachers did a great job leading the children and are to be congratulated and thanked for making a great contribution to the Christmas spirit at Holy Cross.
Tomorrow is the last day of school before the Christmas break with dismissal at noon. Most of the classes are having class parties and festivities from arrival to dismissal.
More than our parking at Christmas masses, which is now diffused over several mass times, haphazard parking at the Christmas show can cause damage to our lawn and our neighbor's lawns.
In the spirit of the Christmas season, please be courteous to our neighbors and each other when coming to tonight's concert.
Thanks to Sean Smyth for the video of this year's Manger and Tree Blessing.
The Holy Family and friends have settled in alongside the Carriage House this winter as the safest place still easily accessible to parishioners.
Everyone, of course, still awaits Baby Jesus' arrival on Christmas eve.
Thanks to John Habeck of Shady Tree Landscape in Long Branch not only for the gift of a living evergreen tree for the campus at Holy Cross, but the offer to have it decorated for the Christmas season! What a perfect gift for the whole parish to enjoy. Check out his website and ask about the other properties he has decorated for Christmas.
The tree will be located in front of Holy Cross School on Rumson Road somewhere near the flagpole and the Rumson Road entry door.
We can't wait!
A place alongside the Carriage House has been saved for the Christmas Nativity Scene and you may have already noticed the strings of colored LED lights hanging from the nearby lightpost. Franciso and Susan with some help from our construction workers who fabricated a large, circular anchoring base of rebar have come up with a worthy substitute for our living evergreen trees. Our Christmas tree for the last several years is now gone, and the one remaining evergreen of any size is temporarily off limits.
There also looks to be enough room for our usual collection of Christmas animals to join us for the Stations of the Creche and the Christmas tree lighting - donkey, sheep, goats!