Parish Life

Narcan Reverses Opioid Overdoses - Be Prepared By Learning Tonight

 

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Tonight is a Narcan (naloxone) information evening at Holy Cross Church. Narcan is a prescription drug which reverses the effects of opioid overdose. It has now been manufactured in a nasal spray preparation and through the intervention of lawmakers and the Surgeon General of the United States is available for purchase at pharmacies who will issue the drug to the purchaser.

 

Tonight's session is a joint effort of Holy Cross Church and the Rumson Police Department. The background of the opioid problem in New Jersey and the use of Narcan will be covered. Participants will know how to administer Narcan and learn how to obtain it. Limited supply of Narcan will be available for a donation to the church.

St. Joseph's Room in Holy Cross Church

May 22, 7:00 P.M.

Presenters: Lt. Chris York, Fr. Michael Manning




First Responders From the Sky On Ascension Thursday

 

 

 

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Sitting SoccerStudents and parishioners were treated to a visit from two NJ State Trooper helicopter rescue pilots after the 9:00 AM Mass.

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!

 


Save A Life - Reverse A Drug Overdose

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.

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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. 

 


Summer Traffic Patterns in Holy Cross Parking Lot

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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.

Leave Drones At Home, Please

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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.

 


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.


Mary, Mother of the Church

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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.


Church Elevator Back In Operation

ElevatorAs you may know, the church elevator was damaged by water caused by the bursting of a fire sprinkler pipe during the recent cold snap.

It required replacing the entire electronics panel of the operating mechanism, which will be partially covered by our property insurance we pay through the Diocese of Trenton (minus deductible).

Thank you for your patience during the inconvenience. We're taking steps to ensure the pipes remain warm enough during extremely colds snaps like we experienced this winter.


Blessed Candles for Candlemas Day

CandlesIt is customary for the Church to bless candles for liturgical use on Candlemas Day, also celebrated as the Presentation of Our Lord or the Purification of Our Blessed Virgin Mary, February 2nd.

Bring your own candles (predominantly beeswax) from home or receive two candles for a donation to be blessed at the 9 AM Mass on Friday, February 2nd.

 

 


Gifts Galore from "Stars for Jesus" Donations

It looks like Santa's Sleigh might have landed on Holy Cross' lawn for a few moments, but no, the generous gifts donated by parishioners and friends of Holy Cross to anonymous recipients were collected awaiting pick-up by the several agencies which participated in our Stars For Jesus annual Christmas gift drive.

Over six hundred gifts were donated, including sixteen brand new bicycles, clothing, toys, gift cards and others. 

Thank you to the organizers of the event for their energy and enthusiasm and to all those who took the time select a star, shop and wrap the gift.

May God bless your generosity and multiply the spirit of good will at Christmas.

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Enjoy Handel's Messiah at Holy Cross Church 2017

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RUMSON, NJ – On Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 p.m., the sanctuary of Holy Cross Church will be filled with the tremendous sounds of George Frideric Handel’s MessiahPart One. The classical piece, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus, will be performed by the Holy Cross Choir and several professional soloists accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

Due to its immense popularity, the event is now the third annual at the Catholic church in Rumson. The parish welcomes all to experience the beauty of music that celebrates anticipation and joy of the birth of the Jesus, as all Christians do during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

The concert is free and open to the public; a free will offering is appreciated.

Come; reset; prepare; and rejoice!

 

Thanks to Teresa Makin for the terrific ad and story now running in the Atlantic Highlands Herald


Living Rosary 2017

It has been a tradition at Holy Cross to pray a rosary outdoors during the month of October, Mary's month. This year's Living Rosary was prayed in our prayer garden during a beautiful, sunny, summer-like afternoon. The children were reverent and well prepared. The support of their teachers and parents helped make the day especially prayerful. Thanks to the photos from Teresa Makin, our school's Director of Public Relations.

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