Parish Life

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

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.

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.


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.



Blessed Father's Day



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.



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

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.