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June 2012

Webcam Streaming Down for a New Hosting Service

Grcomp_36Some of the ads hosted by the free server we were using to test the capacity of our webcam to stream from the church were not appropriate in my view, despite our signing in as a "religious" provider. So until we can either eliminate ads altogther by using a subscription service, or sign up with a service that customizes ads to nature of the subscriber,  we've suspended the transmissions.

The good news is that without a significant expenditure on hardware, webstream seems feasible. It won't take long. I can't wait to stream Wednesday mornings mass and devotions and the Latin mass.

Stay tuned!


Good To Know...

Teachers at Holy Cross School are covered by Diocesan guidelines for tenure. Academic tenure is granted to those who possess a valid teaching certificate or a Diocesan Certification for Religious Instruction and continuous, satisfactory, full-time perfomance in one school for three years and one day.

Tenure protects teachers from capricious discipline by school administrators and/or pastors and stipulates  procedures for handling all academic discipline, including termination or non-renewal of contracts. All tenured teachers enjoy the right of appeal to the Diocese of Trenton appeal and review.

Children Will Listen

 One of the many amazing things about parish life is that we come to learn each other’s foibles and weaknesses, virtues and strengths. We live alongside each other in joys and sorrows, through births and deaths, weddings (and divorces) and graduations, suffering and illness, unemployment and times of economic success. Even without trying, we hear a good deal of the gossip about each other and like any family, we learn how to love each other, and how to hurt each other with surgical precision if we choose. WB Yeats pleaded “I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” With such knowledge comes a sacred responsibility, especially to our children, who learn as much by watching what we do and how we act as by what we say.

I remember a song by Barbra Streisand called, “Children Will Listen.” Its lyrics and melody are haunting. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:

Careful the things you say,
Children will listen.
Careful the things you do,
Children will see.
And learn.
Children may not obey,
But children will listen.
Children will look to you
For which way to turn,
To learn what to be.
Careful before you say,
Listen to me.
Children will listen.

So if we take them to Eucharistic Adoration to applaud a person, what then? If we dress them up in custom made protest T shirts, help them decorate banners with handy gospel slogans and march them to mass in the morning to parade around outside church, blow car horns to disrupt worship, race after the pastor with protest placards, then spend 20 minutes pounding on the school and parish office doors ringing the intercoms non-stop, what are we teaching? We hope we’re teaching the words we’ve encouraged them to trace on their glittery signs, but if they can read our faces and our hearts, we should shudder. 


Happy Summer Vacation !


Congratulations to all our students, teachers and parents on the completion of a successful year and the excitement of welcoming Summer 2012. 

While formal classroom activities have come to an end, our summer sports camp, art camp, Vacation Bible School, basketball clinics and all kinds of other activities are getting ready to begin. 

Our summer mass schedule will begin this weekend and this past Wednesday was the first summer schedule Wednesday of one daily AM mass (no Latin 12 noon mass) and morning only Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.


Church Webcam


Interesting that there have been over 1600 hits to the church webcam in the few days since it's been broadcasting. Still no sound, and a relatively inexpensive camera upgrade is in the works, but the pictures are remarkably clear. The experiment with this free hosting service is working pretty well.

Tomorrow both masses and the morning Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be online.


Great Interviews with Potential Construction Managers

Hammer_07Today Parish Committee members and our architect James McCrery and his project manager completed the last of four interviews with potential Constuction Managers for the church renovation project.

There is very good news that these reputable companies responded favorably to the preliminary design drawings with great suggestions and a willingness to work with Holy Cross, the Diocese and our architect to accomplish the great work of our new church project.

Our committee hopes to make the selection by the end of the week and begin work immediately with our Construction Manager to craft the details of the project. There is much careful planning and discussion to be done well before a shovel breaks ground.

Help us pray for the continued guidance of the the Holy Spirit.



Consider a Virtual Visit to Holy Cross

Virtual Visit

For the last few days, we've been experimenting with a streaming webcam in the Church and will be refining the system over the next week or so. The sound is a problem for the moment, with too much squealing and feedback from the drivers we've tried, so the sound is muted until we can adjust it. 

It's especially exciting to offer the capability of virtual visits with the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings and all our liturgies, but especially our two Latin masses. We've suspended our Wednesday noontime Latin mass for the summer months, but our Sunday evening 7 PM Latin mass will be celebrated as usual.

There's no substitute for a spiritually enriching visit to the Church in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament, but if you cannot be present, consider a virtual visit with Jesus along with those adorers in the Church who are keeping watch for us all.

 Click on the webcam link in the right hand column.

New Principal Visits Holy Cross


It was a pleasure to be finally able to introduce our new principal, Bill Belluzzi to a significant number of parishioners. Bill has already met our faculty and School Board, but this was the first time he was able to personally greet so many of our parish families.

Mr. Belluzzi spoke about his educational and Catholic background and asked parishioners to pray for the mission of our school and for those who do not send their children to our school to consider doing so. The reason I created this particular welcome logo was because Bill mentioned how thrilled he will be to make a shore town his full time home. 

Thanks to everyone for their warm reception and their enthusiastic greetings.


Eucharistic Procession


10218agxThe rain held off and we were able to have our Eucharistic Procession after the 10:30 mass in the Gymatorium to the Church. We dispensed with the portable altar on the parish field this year because of the weather.

Thank you to everyone who participated and for the prayerful respect during the procession through our parking lot.

In recent years, the Church has begun to more strongly encourage processions of all kinds to emphasize our character as a pilgrim people. That is why we began the Eucharistic Procession and the Procession with Palms on Palm Sunday from Sea Bright to Rumson.



Sons of God Hear His Holy Word


Acoustic_guitar_illustrationIs anyone humming this tune, which was very popular in the sixties? The reason I remember it near the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is because of its lyrics " His Body, drink His Blood, and we'll sing a song of love..." Probably another reason I remember the song so well was that it was sung all the time and to be honest, because of its catchy tune, which resembles a fraternity drinking song more than a traditional Catholic hymn. 

Even though the second stanza contained the inclusive lyrics, "brothers, sisters we are one..." the song seems to have fallen out of use, probably because of its remarkably politically incorrect title. 

What I think about now is the joyful, almost secular revelry that accompanied lyrics which sang about eating someone's body and drinking their blood. It puts the dramatic act of eating and drinking the Body and Blood of Christ in the context of the joy which He brings in our salvation.

Don't worry, we won't be singing it at Mass this weekend, but we should keep in mind the drastic and life-giving sacrifice Christ made for us, and our participation with him through the sacraments - The Eucharist remembered especially on this solemnity.


 WARNING: Do not click on this link unless you are prepared to HEAR "Sons of God" in all its retro glory

YouTube "Sons of God"

Construction Timeline Renovated Church

Calendar_20122013As the finishing touches are put to the contract with our architect, the most accurate estimate of the construction timeline for the renovated church is proposed:

  • Construction Manager Selection        June 15, 2012
  • Design Development Services            July 1, 2012
  • Construction Documents Services        Feb. 1, 2013
  • Ground Breaking                                April 1, 2013
  • Construction Administration (18 mos)  Oct. 1, 2014

Interviews with the prospective Construction Managers begin next week, and as can be seen from the outline, selection should be accomplished by June 15th.

Remember to keep the entire parish and project in your prayers.



Nazi Medical Atrocities: A German Apology

323407291_di4K4-LLast month the German Medical Association asked forgiveness for the German physicians who perpetrated atrocities and abetted the Nazi medical philosophy before and during WWII. The group admitted that contrary to public belief, German physicians were not coerced into experimenting on prisoners or running Nazi death camps.

I was a seminarian browsing the current periodicals section of St. Mary’s Seminary library twenty years ago, when I discovered an article which discussed the leadership role that Nazi physicians and nurses took in euthanizing physically disabled and mentally incompetent German children in hospitals and asylums before the beginning of WWII. I had been standing while casually leafing through the pages of the magazine, but sat down quickly, not only to read the article more attentively, but because I was suddenly sickened to learn the German doctors were not unwilling participants in the Nazi holocaust or its prodrome. Nazi medicine began in German hospitals with the killing of the “unfit” well before Hitler’s “final solution” of genocide. It was this discovery which fueled my interest in medical ethics and the importance for every people and nation to respect the dignity of every human life.

Such a long time after my disturbing discovery in a quiet seminary library, and even longer after the terrible events themselves, the German Medical Association on behalf of its previous and present leaders acknowledges its cruelties before and during the war and asks forgiveness from their victims, living and dead and their descendants. Their request comes alongside their caution to the German nation to avoid travelling down the road of state-sponsored euthanasia programs ever again as the Dutch-based euthanasia programs have done. So many from whom they need forgiveness are gone. It is imperative that we never forget, never give up warning, and never repeat such crude violations of human dignity. 


Holy Cross Parishioners Sign Petitions Against Instrusive and Immoral HHS Mandate


This weekend Holy Cross parishioners signed petitions expressing our opposition to the intrusive and immoral mandate by the US Department of Health and Human Services that Catholic employers include objectionable medications (among them artificial contraceptives and the abortifacient "morning after pill") and procedures in whatever health care insurance they provide.

Over 600 petitions were collected and signed. Reach out to the Department and its Director, Kathleen Sebelius, and President Obama to decry this interference with Catholic public ministry.



Big Week for Holy Cross Class of 2012


Grad2This week Holy Cross Class of 2012 will pray at a baccalaureate mass on Monday afternoon at 5 PM in the church and Commencement on Friday at 5 PM in the gymatorium. Our Commencement speaker will be Mr. Michael Tomaino, teacher and coach at CBA and husband of our 8th grade teacher Michelle.

Last week the teachers and staff of Holy Cross honored Mrs. Patricia Graham, our retiring principal at a luncheon. Fr. Manning thanked Mrs. Graham for the last six years of her leadership and sacrifices for Holy Cross and reminded everyone that followers of Jesus are asked to share in both the joys and struggles of discipleship - servant leaders in the Church today experience this dual blessing in many ways.

Mr. Bill Belluzzi visited our school last week and met with our school faculty, parish staff and School Board Members. His prepared remarks gave us good insight into his leadership style and spiritual outlook, but his spontaneous interactions with the children were even more inspiring. He has offered to speak at some of our masses one weekend before summer vacation begins to meet and greet more parishioners. Look for the date and time soon.