New Altar Servers In Training

Mrs. Kabash and Susan Symington are diligently working with those children who have volunteered to become Altar Servers to prepare them for this important parish ministry.

There's still plenty of room for new servers in grades 4 through 8 and including high school. Serving at the Lord's Table is an immense privilege and cannot but help bring one closer to Christ.


School Getting Ready To Dive Into Summer Vacation!

Diving_board_131981Today is a half-day of school and many classes will take the time not only to clean up their classrooms, but also to bid goodbye to our principal Mr. Bill Belluzzi. 

Our new principal, Dr. Mark DeMareo, will have his formal meeting with our faculty tomorrow on the last day of school.

Tomorrow is the official last-day-of-school starting off with our the last school mass of this academic year at 9:00 AM in the church. All parishioners are invited and we hope to see many parents there to give thanks to God for the blessings we received this past year and to ask God's protective care during the summer months.


New Round Window Installed

The reconfigured round window was delivered and installed today and looks terrific.  It is not visible from the interior of the church, but will be illuminated at night and visible from outside the church. Besides preventing an unhindered view of the church attic, it will shine a beautiful harmony of light from the church steeple.



Interior daylight view from bell tower

Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

Sacred heartToday we began a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus initiating nine days of prayerful preparation before the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart on June 23rd. It is celebrated on the date asked of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque during the apparitions to her of the Sacred Heart. 

The practice of novenas may originate from the Roman custom of honoring their dead for 9 days. Indeed, novenas of mourning are still one of the popular type of novena prayers - recall the novena published by the USCCB after the death of St. Pope John Paul II. But there are other types of novenas as well: preparation for a feast, prayers for specific intentions or to obtain indulgences.

We began praying the novena when St. Pope John Paul II designated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart as a day of worldwide prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. 

Join us in public prayer or private devotional prayer for the Catholic priesthood and our priests.



Second Monthly Fatima Prayer Indulgence

Tuesday, June 13th was the second monthly anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima indulgenced by Pope Francis. We prayed them after the 9:00 AM mass as a group, but our statue is exposed for veneration all day.

There is an interesting book on the challenges of crafting a statue according to the directions of Sister Lucia, the visionary who survived the longest, written by the priest-sculptor, Fr. Thomas McGlynn: Vision of Fatima  has been recently re-published. It gives good insight on the apparitions, Sister Lucia's personality and the variations in the public images of the apparitions.

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Lighting Work For Church This Week

Workers will be on hand this Thursday to repair the two lighting bollards which were mowed down during snow plowing, adjust the lights on St. Joseph and St. Mary and add a dimmer, install a light on the Sacred Heart Statue in the narthex and hang an additional lantern lamp under our angel statue at the main entrance. This lamp will provide greater illumination for the vestibule and upper church stairway. The pole lanterns on the church steps will also be reconfigured for brighter lamps and safer night time visibility.

We have been informed there is a delay in fabricating the organ pipes for the choir loft, though the cabinet is painted and ready to be installed. No date for installation of the ambo handrail and protective rails for the aisle windows.


Church Mini-Rose Window To Be Installed Wednesday

OculusWindowOn Wednesday, artisans from Beyer Studio will be at Holy Cross to install the new stained glass window in the oculus on Ward Avenue. 

The original, small round window was fractured in many places and had a hornets nest in between the panes of glass. Its wooden frame was rotted. Some of the glass was preserved and included in the new, larger window design. 

It should lend a more beautiful, finished appearance to the illuminated church facade on Ward Avenue.


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

For the weekend masses we had our icon of Rublev's Trinity in the sanctuary. It used to hang in the atrium to the chapel over the baptismal font while the new church was under construction.

It's a beautiful meditation on the mystery of the Trinity, including even the simple identification of which of the figures represents Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Community Heroes Gather for Mass


Rumson's Police Officers

RUMSON – On Friday, May 25th, Holy Cross School PTA’s Faith in Action Committee invited neighboring police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to Holy Cross Church for Mass and a special blessing. The Community Heroes Mass was offered on the Feast of Ascension Thursday, in which the entire school community gathered for Mass to celebrate the Holy Day of Obligation.

The guests received handmade thank-you cards from the students and were given extra to take back to their coworkers who were unable to attend. They also received wallet-size cards bearing the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and a photo of the church’s stained glass window honoring him. The prayer asks the saint to protect us against evil in the world. Fr. Michael Manning, Pastor of Holy Cross Church, offered a special blessing for the protection of those who protect us.

A spontaneous standing ovation accompanied the officers as they exited the church.


50-50 Summertime Raffles Return

Please help support Holy Cross Church during the summer months when we typically experience a decline in mass attendance, by purchasing a monthly 50-50 raffle ticket. Whether you donate your share of winnings to a charity or retain it for yourself, the winner's pot is usually a nice sum!

The winning raffle ticket is picked by the Monday morning counting team.

Thank you for your support.


Ascension Mass With First Responders

It was so wonderful to celebrate mass with so many of Rumson's Police Officers in attendance yesterday morning as the Holy Cross School children and parishioners of Holy Cross welcomed area First Responders to join in our celebration of prayer and Eucharist.

St Michael The Archangel Window at Holy Cross RumsonSaint Michael Archangel,
defend us in battle,

be our protection

against the wickedness and snares of the devil;

may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,

cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.


May Crowning of Mary at 12 Noon Mass

An honor guard of First Communicants and Newly Confirmed helped honor Mary by crowning our indoor statue and singing a hymn in her honor at the conclusion of the 12 noon mass on Sunday. 

Thank you to the children and their parents who took the time to dress in their First Communion finery and looked so prayerful and excited to participate.



Leaving The World For Church

Alexander_SchmemannThe journey begins when Christians leave their homes and beds . They leave , indeed , their life in this present and concrete world , and whether they have to drive fifteen miles or walk a few blocks , a sacramental act is already taking place , an act which is the very condition of everything else that is to happen . For they are now on their way to constitute the Church , or to be more exact , to be transformed into the Church of God... And now they have been called to " come together in one place , " to bring their lives , their very " world " with them and to be more than what they were : a new community with a new life .

We are already far beyond the categories of common worship and prayer . The purpose of this " coming together " is not simply to add a religious dimension to the natural community , to make it " better " - more responsible , more Christian . The purpose is to fulfill the Church , and that means to make present the One in whom all things are at their end , and all things are at their beginning . The liturgy begins then as a real separation from the world . 

...In church today, we so often find we meet only the same old world, not Christ and His Kingdom. We do not realize that we never get anywhere because we never leave any place behind us.

Schmemann, Alexander. For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy (Kindle Locations 298-300). Kindle Edition.