Hurricane Relief

Mass For the Opening of the School Year

Thank you to our teachers who took the lead as Liturgical Ministers this morning at our opening mass for the academic year. It was great to see both the returning students and so many new faces as they prayed reverently for the Holy Cross School family which gathered today for the first time in church.

Flowers from a Weekend Wedding Adorned the Church
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8th Graders and Their 1st Grade Prayer Buddies Head Back to Their Classrooms


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Students Gather Under Jesus Calming The Storm Statue. We prayed for the intensity of the storms to lessen and for the generosity of those who can help alleviate the storm's impact.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection At Today's Masses

Thank you for your generosity to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection the bishop has asked us to take up this weekend. If the emergency collection caught you unawares, feel free to bring or send your envelope to the Parish Office over the next week and we will forward the funds to Bishop O'Connell who has promised to forward the funds directly to Cardinal Archbishop DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.


FEMA in Leonardo

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Now Open     FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center 
Address: 945 Highway 36, LEONARDO, NJ 07737

Hours of Operation:
Monday: - not open
Tuesday: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM 

Apply Online for FEMA Assistance or Apply/Check your status by phone 1-800-621-3362.

A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to your case.

Video: About disaster recovery centers

Some of the services may include:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site

NOTE: You can register for assistance at a Disaster Recovery Center or you can register online or by calling 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1 (800) 462-7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired.


Volunteers Needed: Check With Each Center Before Setting Out; Needs Change

CLEANING MATERIALS NEEDED IN MONMOUTH COUNTY: The Monmouth County hurricane-relief center is in need of cleaning materials: Detergents, disinfectants, wipes, rubber gloves, mops and brooms, sponges, rakes and shovels, goggles and trash bags. The Thompson Park center, on Route 520 in Middletown, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


HIGHLANDSVolunteers are needed to help with accepting and sorting donation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Route 36 in the borough. Please check this sign up for specific needs. The sign-up for volunteers:

            Links removed: do not appear to be active as of 11/10

Donations of Material Goods - Update 11/8

Except where noted, most of the sites need the following:

Non-perishable foods (especially protein foods like peanut butter, canned meats, beans)
Baby diapers and wipes
Personal care items
Flashlights and batteries
Bottled water
Blankets, sheets and towels
New hats, gloves and scarves
Aluminum foil and foil food trays
Work gloves
New thermal undergarments
Paper products
Manual can openers
Cleaning products
Hand sanitizers

Drop-off and Distribution Centers

Burlington County

St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish 
1 Jones Rd., Medford (one block south of Rte.70)       
7 days - Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
John Kallelis, 609-953-0021
Drop-offs and distribution

Mercer County

St. Gregory the Great Parish       
4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690              
Nov. 9, noon to 6 p.m.                   
Father Trammell, 609-587-4877  
For more information, visit

Monmouth County

Christ the King Parish               
408 Prospect St., Long Branch (behind church) 
Wed. – 4 to 6 p.m. (call in advance)                   
Theresa Burke, 908-309-2797                            
Drop-offs and distribution

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish/St. Agnes Parish/Mother Teresa Schools
104 Navesink Ave., Highlands, NJ 07732                      
5 days – noon to 5 p.m.   
Melissa Wisk, 732-872-1292, cell 908-461-0448            
Drop-offs and distribution

St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel

Children's wear Shopping Center, corner of Rt.35 and Hazlet Ave, Hazlet (behind McDonald’s)    
Nov. 7 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

St. Catherine Parish Gym
13 Bray Ave., Middletown, NJ 07748         
Shelter – Nov. 8 for two – three days
Office of Emergency Management (coordinating), 732-787-1318 

St. Clement Parish Gym
172 Freneau Ave., Matawan, NJ  07747
5 days – Wed. – Fri. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Joe Cahill/Father Scully, 732-566-3616   
Drop-offs and distribution

St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center
61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728                         
Nov. 11, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.                               
Pam Stengel, 732-580-0075; Linda Altini, 917-578-4852
Drop-offs and distribution

St. William the Abbott Parish Hall    
2740 Lakewood-Allenwood Rd., Howell NJ 07731 
7 days – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Father Sumanga, 732-840-3535     
Drop-offs and distribution

Ocean County

St. Barnabas Parish
33 Woodland Rd., P.O. Box 1, Bayville, NJ 08721                 
Mon, Wed., Fri . - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Wed. evening - 5:30 – 7:30pm          
St. Vincent de Paul Society, 732-269-2208

St. Francis Community Center relocated to 
St. Mary of the Pines Church, Manahawkin

5 days - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.         
Connie Becraft, 609-618-3338, cell 609-618-3338
Drop-offs and distribution at Ocean County Southern Service, 179 S. Main, Manahawkin             

St. Luke Parish
1674 Old Freehold Road
Toms River, NJ 08753
7 days, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Father Robert Grodnicki, 732-286-2222
Drop-offs and distribution

St. Peter Parish (school cafeteria)
6 Forman Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
6 days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.)
Sister Jeanne Morgan, 732-892-0049
Drop-offs and distribution; Coolers needed

St. Pius X Parish
300 Lacey Rd., Forked River, 08731                       
7 days – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.                 
Ann Brennan, 609-693-5107                                    
Distribution of hot meals

St. Theresa Parish
450 Radio Road
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
7 days, 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m.
Contact: Cathy Mazanek, 609-296-7800
Drop-offs and distribution