Parish Life

Evening Prayer With Liturgical Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers gathered for an evening of prayer and reflection last Monday, followed by sessions of review and critique of the procedures now in use at weekend masses for reading and distributing Holy Communion.

We're always trying to accommodate to the needs of each mass congregation within the confines of our efficiently arranged seating. Please let us know of any suggestions how Holy Communion could flow more easily (remember that it doesn't need to be quick) or the readers could be more clearly understood.

We have ordered the second group of acoustic sound panels for the church, since the installation of the first group improved the sound in the narthex so greatly. 


Preface of the Mass on the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
For in this visible house that you have let us build
and where you never cease to show favor
to the family on pilgrimage to you in this place,
you wonderfully manifest and accomplish
the mystery of your communion with us.
Here you build up for yourself the temple that we are
and cause your Church, spread throughout the world,
to grow ever more and more as the Lord's own Body,
till she reaches her fullness in the vision of peace,
the heavenly city of Jerusalem.

First Anniversary of the Dedication of Holy Cross Church - Monday September 19

000156-0028-001366Join us in prayer at 9:00 AM Eucharist tomorrow morning to commemorate the First Anniversary of the Dedication of our parish church.  The special mass has its own readings and prayers and is a solemnity (Gloria, Creed).

In some ways, it doesn't seem like one year ago! 

The church has served us well in the last year accommodating groups large and small, joyful celebrations and mournful ones. 


The Dominicans Are Coming - Save the Date - December 5th, Monday

We're excited to report that two sisters from the Dominican Community in Nashville

will be visiting Holy Cross on December 5th.


It was an amazing coincidence to discover that the sisters would already be in our diocese that week and were able to extend their visit and add us to their itinerary.

The sisters will make a presentation to our Holy Cross students during the day. Monday evening they will discuss the topic of Family Prayer with school parents and parishioners alike based on their publication 

 Praying As A Family

We will be extending an invitation for parishioners in our cohort and surrounding parishes to join us for this prayerful recollection in Advent. 

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14 was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our patronal feast, and we defer its commemoration until a weekend so that many more members of our parish family may pray together. Join us at Mass on this festive and joyful occasion. There will be hospitality after the 10:30 AM mass. Check our our just-finished Hospitality Room in the St. Joseph Room.

The Finding of the True Cross window on the west wall of the church depicts the story of St. Helena's discovery of the cross through a divine healing. Since its cleaning and restoration, there are spectacular views of the window at various times of the day, especially during the fall.

Monday also commemorates the first year anniversary dedication of our new church, another cause for great joy.

Round top window


P.S. This is a "before cleaning" picture. We'll have to take an "after restoration" picture for comparison. 

New Monthly Collection - Church Mortgage

Once per month, a supplemental collection will be taken up for our monthly mortgage payment. This new monthly expense will challenge our capacity to meet all our financial obligations from our regular collections. 

I've included a letter in this weekend's bulletin with more details. 

Thank you to everyone who have been faithfully fulfilling pledges made to A Time to Build. We depend on your pledges!

Please consider a modest increase in weekly giving, especially to the special Mortgage Collection.

Thank you!

Fr Manning


North Driveway to Open Saturday Afternoon / Evening

The driveway by the rectory which provides access to the barrier free parking court is closed until Saturday's 5 PM Vigil Mass. The new concrete has been poured and is curing and we have been asked to prohibit vehicular traffic until then.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but we're glad the weather cooperated and the job planning proceeded just as expected.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Hospitalized

RiverviewmedctrWe had a lively and spiritually uplifting meeting of a group of volunteers from our parish and surrounding parishes who will bring Holy Communion and visit the sick in Riverview Medical Center. They will augment the team from St. James who has been faithfully filling this mission for years.

Deanna Sass, Diocesan Director of Pastoral Care and Rev. Matt Agresti, chaplain at Riverview Medical Center addressed the group and guided them on protocols for visiting at Riverview and pastoral concerns, including confidentiality. 11_dy_pm_communion


We always welcome more volunteers. Please call the office and indicate your willingness to serve.


Drone Zones

We live in times when technology races ahead of regulation. The field of bioethics in medicine is one area where medical technology has made procedures possible before serious ethical reflection and political debate can guide its implementation.

Drone technology, especially the miniaturization of components, has also quickly brought to market inexpensive and relatively easy to operate unmanned aircraft that have legislators struggling to keep up.

Are you ready for wedding drones? Seriously.  They are becoming quite popular with wedding photographers for the bird's eye view they give of the church and its environs. 

After a recent wedding employed a photographic drone around the wedding time, we were prompted to check with both law enforcement and the Diocese of Trenton to formulate a policy regarding their use at Holy Cross weddings.

Diocesan liability insurers have recommended prohibiting drone photography at weddings. In addition, the parish can exclude drone operators from being present on parish or school property for the purpose of operating a drone. 

Our concerns are twofold: safety of persons on the ground and privacy both during worship services and school activities such as recess, gym, etc.

Other than near airports and stadiums, the law is surprisingly silent on drone flyovers. Legislation is being discussed at the state level and the Federal Aviation Association has issued recent guidelines for recreational drone flying, including a requirement that many drones be registered and that drone operators be 13 years of age or older and US Citizens or foreign nationals.  Here is an excerpt from the "Fly for Fun" publication by the FAA:

  • Fly at or below 400 feet
  • Keep your UAS within sight
  • Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
  • Never fly over groups of people
  • Never fly over stadiums or sports events
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
  • Never fly under the influence
  • Be aware of airspace requirements

Reasonable requests for drone photography from experienced operators with registered drones over our campus can be considered. Please call the Parish Office to arrange for a safe time.

Hot on the Outside, Cool on the Inside

...Our church on Saturday afternoon. I'm happy to say that our church was a comfortable 70 degrees while temperatures soared outside to over 90 degrees. 

The air conditioning has been a pleasure so far this summer: it is very responsive when necessary and helps us avoid pre-cooling the church for hours or keeping the church air conditioning running overnight.

As frustrating as things can be when they malfunction, it's important to note when they perform exactly as intended. Deo gratias!


Diocesan Planning Commission's Recommendations For Our Immediate Area

It occurred to me that it might be useful to summarize the findings of the Diocesan Planning Commission's preliminary recommendations for parishes in our cohort and parishes contiguous with Holy Cross. It is automatically assumed that ALL parishes will collaborate

Holy Cross, as you know, is in Cohort 16. St. Agnes/ OLPH is in Cohort 15 and Precious Blood is in Cohort 17.

Holy Family, St. Agnes/OLPH and St Catherine Laboure to link, i.e. have one pastor and separate Finance Councils.

St. Jerome and St. Mary's to merge at the St. Jerome site by 2018. The merged parish to link with St. Michael's.

St. Dorothea's and Precious Blood to link.


Be sure to check the diocesan webpage for the


Faith in Our Future Preliminary Recommendations for ALL COHORTS



The diocese has released the preliminary recommendations of The Diocesan Planning Commission for all 25 cohorts in the Diocese of Trenton.

Each individual cohort received the recommendation from their own county weeks ago, but this is the first time the results for the entire diocese have been released to the general community.

Follow the link and click on the cohort(s) you are interested in to see the information. As you may know, Holy Cross belongs to Cohort 16.

Remember that these are preliminary recommendations and will be discussed and potentially modified after feedback from parishioners, administrators and pastors.


Two Generator Nights This Week

Our church emergency generator was put to good use two nights in the last week. One for a wedding which took place during torrential downpour #1; the second for a wedding rehearsal during the much shorter, but also torrential downpour #2. 

It performed as intended both times, providing sanctuary lighting and emergency stair and exit lighting for the duration of both power outages. It was fortunate the air conditioning had already cooled the church down for the wedding before the power went out, since the air conditioner is not on the generator unit, and the church had already begun to warm up by the time the wedding was finished. 

The generator has shown itself perfectly capable of helping us finish a mass if the power goes out and allowing a safe and orderly exit.




Summertime Projects

ChurchSummertime is a good opportunity to accomplish routine maintenance tasks on the Holy Cross campus. Here are a few of the items we're working on this summer:

  • The completion of the church punchlist continues with shoe molding being installed in the building and the installation of our Hospitality Room in the church basement. Acoustic panels will be installed above the stained glass windows in the church in the nave. This should improve the sound quality when the church is not completely filled. 
  • The main parking lot will be resurfaced and relined.
  • The gutters on the Rumson Road side of the school damaged by the winter blizzard will be replaced with insurance money from the diocesan property damage insurance