It was a beautiful Memorial Day and many Holy Cross parishioners took time not only to relax and enjoy the sunshine, but also to mark the day as special.
Of course, no better way to start the day than with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, especially on this Feast of the Visitation - the time when Mary in her first trimester of pregnancy travelled to visit Elizabeth in her third and helped Elizabeth when John the Baptist was born. This visit is the idea behind the Elizabeth Ministry, a group of women who help each other and their families especially in bearing and rearing children. We are blessed to have such a group in Holy Cross parish.
Father Manning attended the Memorial Service at Sea Bright Fire Station and along with Pastor Rob Long of Sea Bright who gave the Benediction and Invocation in turn.Col. Cris J. Boyd, Operations Officer for the Research, Development and Engineering Command addressed the group on the challenges of military service and the dedication of those now serving our country. After the 30 minute service, Fr. Manning and Pastor Long blessed the brand new Ladder truck delivered only days ago to the Sea Bright Fire Department and we then enjoyed refreshments and the beautiful weather with sea breeze.
Meantime, a bit closer to home, the Memorial Day Parade was underway in Rumson and Holy Cross participated in the parade. Our anniversary banner led the Holy Cross contingent who were accompanied by Mr. Feerst, our team mascot and Eugenia Kelly on Mike's truck. Our copper cross from Holy Rosary was processed and safely secured on a cart.
Traffic was difficult everywhere (even on the Shrewsbury River!) and there was one serious accident at Ward and Rumson and another right outside the Sea Bright Fire Station during the Memorial Service!