Parish Life

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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Blessed Father's Day

 

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A Prayer for Christian Fathers

Heavenly Father,
you entrusted your Son Jesus,
the child of Mary,
to the care of Joseph, an earthly father.
Bless all fathers
as they care for their families.
Give them strength and wisdom,
tenderness and patience;
support them in the work they have to do,
protecting those who look to them,
as we look to you for love and salvation,
through Jesus Christ our rock and defender.

Amen.

 

It was great to see so many fathers and their families at mass today! God bless us all!


Faure's Requiem - April 2nd at 3:00 PM At Holy Cross Church

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Gabriel Faure c. 1900

Please note corrected date!


Take a musical retreat during Lent! On April 2d at 3:00 PM at Holy Cross Church we will host a performance of Fauré's Requiem.

The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin, composed between 1887 - 1890, is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation.  The composer himself noted that

 Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

In place of the somber nature of many requiems that had gone before, Fauré’s is noted for its calm, serene and peaceful outlook. Anyone looking for morose themes is searching in the wrong place. Instead, here we find musical solace in a work that focuses not on the morbid, but on the supposedly restful and fear-free nature of death.(1) He described death as “a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful experience”, and the Requiem encapsulates this feeling in a way that continues to hold audiences spellbound.(2)

 

 


Communication Plan for Faith In Our Future

FutureThe Office of Communication and Media has announced the plans to publish Bishop O'Connell's decisions regarding the Faith In Our Future plan you have  been hearing so much about.

There will be an eight-page newsprint hand-out from The Monitor available at all the Masses on the weekend of Jan. 28 and 29.  

In addition to this print hand-out, the FAITH IN OUR FUTURE report will be available on the diocesan website and The Monitor website.  We will publish the links on the parish webpage and on this blog.

The special publication will also be included inside the Jan. 26 issue of The Monitor. 

 


Don't Miss Thursday Evening's Advent Prayer Service and Christmas Tree Lighting

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A Christmas Tree of the Past

Join us tonight at 7 PM for the festive formal beginning of the Christmas season at Holy Cross.

Gather in the church for song, a Scripture reading and reflection, followed by the lighting of our Christmas tree on Ward Avenue and the blessing of the Manger at the pergola.

Every year the sheep and other live animals create extra interest for our younger children.

Enjoy hot chocolate and other refreshing goodies in our gymatorium immediately after the blessings.

(We'll adapt to the weather conditions if necessary and not spend too long in blustery winds or really cold temperatures.

 


Parish Sunday Mini Office To Open This Weekend

OfficeA trial run of our Sunday Mini Office will happen after the 10:30 AM Mass this weekend. Mass cards (the new calendar year will be open), Memorial Candles, Parish Registration forms along with information about scheduling a Baptism or Wedding at Holy Cross Church will be available along with a staff member and a volunteer to help you.

Look for the setup in the North Transept cry room with its new St. Francis windows.

 

 


The Root of Joy Is Gratefulness

Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk now associated with a group called Gratefulness.org, reminds us that 

    It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

We're guilty of thinking the other way around, especially when we expect gratitude to spontaneously well up from an unhappy heart. To be grateful we must be observant and focus more on what we already have than what we feel need.

May we experience the joy which comes from gratitude this Thanksgiving!

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Holy Cross Mini Parish Office on Sundays After the 10:30 AM Mass

BzkidzlemonadestandBeginning in December, coincident with the opening of the mass intention book for the year, we would like to experiment having an outreach parish office in the North transept in the large, mostly unused "cry-room."

A volunteer would staff the desk after the 10:30 AM mass for approximately 30 minutes or so, to serve the people who have attended that mass. A wireless connection to the parish office computer system will allow us to schedule memorial masses, distribute Memorial Mass cards, reserve Memorial Candles in the Prayer Garden and distribute new parishioner registration forms.

If the experiment is successful, we'll consider expanding it to other masses.

We need volunteers to learn the mass scheduling software (easy) and be available by schedule from approx. 11:30 AM to noon. Please call the Parish Office 

 


Prayer After An Election From the USCCB

PRAYER AFTER AN ELECTION


God of all nations,

Father of the human family,

we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise

and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy

in these United States of America. 

We ask for your protection and guidance

for all who devote themselves to the common good,

working for justice and peace at home and around the world.We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants, 

those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges,

those in the military and law enforcement.

Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,

with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice

in the years ahead for all people,

and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.

Amen.


Prayer of Bishop John Carroll for the United States of America

Excerpts from the prayer Bishop John Carroll, first American bishop, composed this prayer in 1791.

 

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We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

...We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.