Lenten Prayer

Shutterstock_124646857An investigative journalist once eagerly asked a desert monk who spends most of the day in prayer, these questions:

Reporter: "Does God speak with you?"

Monk: "Why? He has already said everything."

Reporter: "Don't you speak with God?"

Monk: "I don't pray to speak with God. I pray to feel God."

Good to ponder as we pray during Lent. 


No Pleading Necessary For Forgiveness

No Pleading Necessary

We might get the impression from today's reading in which Moses pleaded mercy for the Israelites, that we too need to change God's mind toward mercy. Moses used two good arguments for God: you promised, and you'll look confused about your plan. 

Since Jesus offered Himself for our salvation and took all our sins upon Himself, we needn't plead for God's mercy, although our contrition should be heartfelt and sincere, we simply need to express our sorrow and ask.

Call Congress For the Conscience Protection Act

ConscienceCall, Write or Email Congress This Week for

Conscience Protection Act


We call on all the faithful to pray and to act by emailing and calling Congress in the coming week especially on Monday, March 12 with the message that enacting the Conscience Protection Act is urgently needed to protect Americans from being forced to violate their deeply held convictions about respect for human life. Your calls and emails to your Members of Congress really do make a difference, so please act now to protect conscience rights!"

Members of Congress can be reached by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected with your representative or senator. 

Or you can email and call your Members of Congress quickly and easily at Notify Congress.

The USCCB has also created a YouTube channel video and Facebook.com/USCCB.

For additional information and videos featuring nurses who were forced by their employers to choose between their jobs and participating in abortions go to www.usccb.org/conscience.

Join Us For the Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade Today at 1 PM

Whether you cheer along the line of march, or join with the contingent of our own parishioners who will be carrying the Irish Saints Banners from our windows, come enjoy the sunshine and the joy!

Blessed St. Patrick

We your spiritual sons and daughters

Remember the courage

With which you proclaimed

The Catholic faith throughout Ireland.

We ask you to inspire us

With the same courage

To witness our faith

To our own land.

You made the shamrock

A sign of the most wondrous

Mystery, The Holy Trinity.

Through your intercession

May this Trinity

Protect all who march

Under its banner

And give glory and honor

To God’s name

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

24 Hours With the Lord A Graced Experience

Gratitude to so many for so much: to Pope Francis and Bishop O'Connell for the opportunity to participate in the world-wide worship of Christ, our Lord; to the parishioners who so graciously and readily signed up for prayer hours before the Blessed Sacrament; to our parish staff for their organization of the prayer times, setting up the hospitality spread, and keeping a prayerful quiet in the church for worship.

There was a steady stream of adorers both day and night. Penitents' most recent confessions ranged from days to decades.

"Faithfulness has disappeared; the word has vanished from their speech."

There is an expression, sometimes attributed to Voltaire, "I wholly disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Removing certain words from public discourse or silencing debate all together is a powerful way to manipulate not only language, but ideas. The civility Voltaire advocated is gone. "Hate speech" has been defined by some groups as ideas with which they disagree. 

In a pluralistic society, we must expect to hear some views with which we disagree, and as long as the speech does not incite violence, or diminish the intrinsic dignity of persons should be tolerated in a healthy democratic climate. This includes speech of religious belief and the moral values we hold as a nation.



Mary, Mother of the Church

Mary, Mother of the Church
Mary, Mother of the Church Rose Window at Holy Cross Church, Rumson

Pope Francis has added a Marian celebration to the calendar of the church: Mary, Mother of the Church to be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost Sunday.

Holy Cross created a window entitled "Mary, Mother of the Church" for the North Transept Rose Window. It consists of a central representation of Mary with the Infant Jesus, emphasizing her maternity, surrounded by representations of the 12 apostles and the 4 evangelists.

After yesterday's storm, complete with thunder-snow, the sun was shining brightly today and so I snapped this picture.

PTA Gala Reception for Holy Cross School



The Dining Room at the Shadowbrook, venue for the PTA Gala this year.


A night of memories snapshot near some of the many baskets of bidding items.


Thank you to our faculty for their diligent work with our students and their support of this event.
PhotoThe bar was a popular gathering spot and a quiet place of refuge from the excitement in the dining room.


Mr. McCue, Mrs. Farley and Mrs. Furlong, three of our faculty members share a smile.

StaffSome of our parish staff pause for a photo.

Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?

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In today's gospel, Jesus asks his disciples a direct question, "Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?" They answer yes, probably not understanding the implications of their quick answer.

It is the chalice of his Own Blood, the Chalice of Blessing and the Spiritual Drink of eternal life, but it also a Chalice of Suffering, a Chalice of Self-Sacrifice and ultimately a Chalice of Martyrdom.

The Blood of Christ is not a super-food to save us from suffering, but an eternal medicine for everlasting life.


Good Measure, Packed Together, Shaken Down and Overflowing

Contents May Settle During Shipment

The world's generosity it not like God's. God's generosity will not be outdone and doesn't require fancy packaging to get our attention. Today's reading from Luke's gospel reassures us:

Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.

Fast and Abstinence During Lent









From the Bishops of the United States:

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

Fasting is obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.

Abstinence from meat is binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onward.


The distinction between fasting and abstaining is a little confusing, particularly because people have begun to talk about "fasting" from things like video games, television programs, etc. during Lent. Fasting was traditionally understood as voluntarily having an empty stomach for a while.

Abstinence, such as when one abstains from voting, means refraining from something. Abstaining from meat is refraining from eating meat, but not necessarily going with an empty stomach, since full meals may be eaten unless one is also fasting. Abstaining from alcohol, dessert, etc. is the typical "giving up" something for Lent tradition many Catholics still practice. These sacrifices typically have no relation to whether or not the person is also fasting.

Fasting is not enjoined on anyone whose age or medical condition makes it unwise. Abstinence is still a worthy practice during Lent. It strengthens our self-discipline as the opening prayer in today's mass acknowledges. In small matters, we experience victory over whims or passing pleasures strengthening our prudence and restraint. These virtues serve us well in everyday life and during times of temptation.




St. Claude de la Colombiere

ClaudeA Jesuit priest who became confessor to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and was the first to believe the authenticity of her visions and revelations. St. Claude and St. Margaret Mary promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart during a time in the French Church when Jansenism (a particularly severe and gloomy spirituality) was afoot. 

The mercy of a loving Jesus was a refreshing and necessary counterpoint to this viewpoint.

He was later transferred to England and became the confessor to the Duchess of York but was falsely ensnared in the "Popish Plot" during the Titus Oates controversy, was imprisoned and nearly lost his life but for the intercession of King Louis XIV.

His health suffered greatly during his cruel imprisonment and he never fully recovered after his return to France.

His bones are preserved in the chapel outside which this statue stands. He points to an image of the Sacred Heart inscribed with the words, "He loved but was loved not." This highlights an aspect of devotion to the Sacred Heart which is to make reparation for the insults and slights to Jesus' love for us.