During Construction at Holy Cross Church
Every effort will be made by our Construction Manager, Parish and School staffs to minimize the impact of construction work on the comings and goings of parishioners and school students. The current estimate for the project is May, 2013 – August 2014. We will publish the site plan map when we have it, showing parking, access driveways and fenced-off construction areas. We do not anticipate losing any parking spaces except the spaces directly behind the Carriage House, as this area will be developed for the plaza and prayer garden.
Holy Cross School should function normally. Student security and safety will be paramount. No contractors will have access to the school or contact with our students. Outdoor recess and play will continue. Some areas of the parish field and the play equipment may be restricted during different phases of the project.
Holy Cross Chapel is a wonderful place for private prayer and liturgical worship and the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in its tabernacle. The chapel is open daytime hours seven days. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held all day on Wednesdays. Our votive candles and alms box are located inside the chapel. A security camera is operational and masses wlll be live streamed soon.
Weekday masses will continue to be held in our refurbished Holy Cross Chapel at 9 AM. Classes of school children will attend mass in rotation during the school year as they have been doing since we moved from the Church some weeks ago.
Weekend masses will be held in the auditorium except for the Latin Mass which will be held in the chapel on Sundays at 7 PM.
Funerals will be held in either our auditorium or by special arrangement through Holy Cross, at Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach. Fr. Manning and the Holy Cross parish staff including our Music Director and soloist will conduct the services at Precious Blood.
Our chapel seats approximately 60 people. In cases where this seating may be
adequate, funeral masses with cremains, funeral services without a mass or funeral masses without bringing the casket into the chapel may also be arranged. Memorial masses are also possible, keeping in mind the seating limitations.
Our chapel is available for smaller weddings and convalidations (sometimes known as “blessing of a marriage”). Otherwise, Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach has agreed to make their church available for Holy Cross parish staff and pastor to conduct weddings there subject to availability of dates.
Infant baptisms are being scheduled as usual. They may be held either in the chapel or at a Sunday mass in the auditorium.
By appointment or Saturday mornings immediately following the 9 AM mass in the Chapel.