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December 2015

Christmas Creche Caper

Last evening three fashionably dressed young ladies decided to have some fun with Holy Cross' Christmas Creche at approximately 11:20 PM.

After taking multiple selfies, they took the Christmas crib and substituted another, only to leave the crib on Rumson Road in front of the school. So were not missing a crib, we now have two and presumably someone else is missing one.

Though the surveillance video is rough, there are some uniquely distinguishing characteristics about the young ladies which will probably allow someone to identify them. Please call the Parish Office or the Rumson Police with information.



Insignias Ready For Holy Door Year of Mercy


Exterior of Holy Cross Church's Holy Door for the Year of Mercy is ready. A 3D printed papal insignia has been affixed above the entry to the door with two simple wooden crosses to signify each of the doors. 

Inside the church, smaller papal and episcopal coat of arms have been displayed along with information on the Year of Mercy, the significance of the Holy Door and the stipulations for receiving indulgences.

The door will be opened with a liturgical celebration at mass this weekend.


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Before we focus all our attention on

Marble Statue of Mary in Prayer Garden
Our marble statue of Mary in the prayer garden was blessed on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Jesus’ Birth
Tonight we’re asked to consider
How Mary’s birth came about
And to honor her
And her prime place
In God’s plan
For our salvation

Not her birth exactly,
But her conception
Her very beginning
And her Divine exemption
From original sin. 
Born in the full human nature
We were intended by God
To possess from the beginning
Before greed, pride and disobedience
Entered the human family
Through our own consent

From the first moment of her existence
Divine grace kept her safe from all sin
Since she was to be the mother of Jesus

Not from a right all her own
But from a privilege...
The first to enjoy
The redemptive grace
Of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection
Even before it happened
Through a merciful act of God
Who can act in and through time
Or around and above it

It’s a lot to think about
In any time and place
But especially
During the Season of Advent
When our imaginations
Not only have Mary born
But of age, engaged
And expecting the infant Jesus

Hail Mary, from the beginning
Hail Mary, when grown and visited by Gabriel
Hail Mary, in Bethlehem with the newborn
Son of God
Hail Mary, at the foot of the cross
At the empty tomb
At Pentecost
Hail Mary this day