Saint 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.
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.
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!
Saint Matthias, chosen to replace Judas Iscariot by the Apostles and the Holy Spirit. He preached fearlessly and met a martyrs death. This statue honors the tradition that he was beheaded.
We heard Jesus' words from Scripture in this morning's gospel which are carved on the book he is holding, "You are my friends."
Today we celebrated two Masses with our First Communicants of 2018. The children were well prepared and reverent and their parents and families were joyful. First Holy Communions enrich our entire parish family and are a wonderful sign of the Holy Spirit bringing nearer to completion our youngest members of the Body of Christ.
Perfect landing right on the playground!
Everyone had a chance to ask questions of the State Troopers and get a really close up look of the cockpit.
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!
"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.
Holy Cross School has put together an informational 6 minute video to showcase the assets of our school. Share the link on YouTube.
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.
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.
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.
In John's gospel, Jesus points out that if we love God, we will keep God's commandments, not that we must first prove our love by obedience. It's a wonderful distinction, one often lost on those who harbor resentment or rebel against any restrictions on personal autonomy.
Love should change how we relate to God, family, friends and fellow human beings.
As you are aware, the traffic congestion in Rumson during the summer months has been getting worse in recent years. Unless Baptisms are performed before 1 PM, the traffic becomes so bad around the church due to our proximity to the Shrewsbury Bridge, there is little chance that families can arrive on time.
As traffic worsens, so do the erratic driving patterns through our parking lot. Frustrated U-turns from the bus lane in front of the school and short cuts from Rumson Road to Ward Avenue through the parking lot are two of the most dangerous manuevers. Even our own parishioners make illegal use of the driveway alongside the school for entry, often at high speed. For these drivers, the visibility behind the school is ZERO until they make the right turn into an area where children or others are sometimes gathered. In order improve campus safety, the following steps are being taken:
- After the last day of school, the bus lane on Rumson Road will be closed to traffic at all times (solid red color on diagram).
- Any access to our parking lot from Rumson Road will be closed during the summer months, except for exit during Masses.
- A speed bump will be installed on the Rumson Road driveway in approximately the area indicated by slashed red lines. This will help us all slow down, especially those who enter illegally from Rumson Road.
Graduations, First Holy Communions, Confirmations and Weddings are a joyful part of Church life and family members are eager to record these happy moments to recall again and again.
As personal drones have become more affordable, photographers and hobbyists have more ready access to them for photography.
Flying drones from parish property is prohibited at all times. Wedding couples agree not to use drone photography at any time staged from any location. Staff and parishioners who witness unauthorized drone photography on the campus are asked to call Rumson police.
The lion has been the iconographic symbol for St. Mark from the early days of the church. The lion is the symbol of the city of Venice, Italy, which has claimed St. Mark as their patron. The courage of a roaring lion is sometimes required to witness the gospel in inimical times and places.