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May 2018

First Responders From the Sky On Ascension Thursday

 

 

 

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Sitting Soccer

Sitting SoccerStudents and parishioners were treated to a visit from two NJ State Trooper helicopter rescue pilots after the 9:00 AM Mass.

It was an exciting landing and take off, postponed for a little while by fog, but the sky wound up clear and blue for their arrival.

Students were able to ask questions and inspect the copter up close.

More pictures later this afternoon!

 


Apparition of the Cross Over Jerusalem

Jerusalem

"At about the third hour of the day, an enormous Cross, formed of light, appeared in the heaven above holy Golgotha and reaching to the holy Mount of Olives, being seen not by one or two only, but manifest with perfect clarity to the whole multitude of the city; not, as one might suppose, rushing swiftly past in fancy, but seen openly above the earth many hours in plain sight, and overcoming the beams of the sun with its dazzling rays"

    St. Cyril of Jerusalem; May 7, 351 A.D.


Save A Life - Reverse A Drug Overdose

Thanks to quick action by medical professionals and lawmakers, including the Surgeon General of the United States, each of now has the power to administer an effective drug against opioid  overdose, quickly, safely and with legal protection under Good Samaritan Laws in New Jersey.

The drug, Narcan (naloxone) can be had without a prescription in New Jersey and used whenever circumstances dictate. 

We are in the grip of an opioid epidemic and while the ultimate resolution of the problem is elusive, preventing overdose deaths, including accidental ones, is simple.

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Online training and information is available by clicking the logo. Holy Cross Church will also be sponsoring an information evening and training session in cooperation with the Rumson Police Department on May 22nd.

What are the opioids?

  • strong pain relievers like, Oxycontin, fentanyl, Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, codeine.
  • Illegal drugs like, heroin, manufactured variants or combinations

Who is at risk for an opioid overdose?

  •     users of prescription opioids especially with new regimens or use of other medications
  •     persons recently discharged from detox or rehab for drug or opioid abuse
  •     those who use opioids or unknown drugs of abuse recreationally, especially with alcohol
  •     history of mental health disorder, e.g. addiction or attempted suicide
  •     persons with chronic lung disease
  •     family members in homes where opioids are available, legally or illegally

Who should carry Narcan nasal spray?

  • If you yourself are at risk, if you know someone who is at risk, if your work or social interactions bring you into contact with someone who is at risk. 

What do I do if I suspect a drug overdose?

        That's what the training is for! Join us!

Call 911 but don't wait to take action. Knowing what to do can save a life! Check the website Get Naloxone Now

Holy Cross Church and School Session 

    May 22, 7:00 PM in the St. Joseph Room of the Church

Overdoses are tragic. Let's help someone get a another chance. 

 


Sts. Philip and James

Philip and james

Though each was an apostle of the Lord, each was very different. James, observant Jew not insistent on imposing Jewish law on Gentile converts, was the first bishop of Jerusalem and conferred with St. Paul on the mission of the early church. Philip recruited Nathaniel and was rebuked by Jesus in this morning's gospel for failing to understand that Jesus and the Father are One.

The diversity of the Universal Catholic Church was established from the beginning and should be seen as a strength not a weakness. Let us pray for a spirit of mutual respect as we each follow the Lord.

 


St. Athanasius

Athanasius

Our Catholic concept of God, Trinity and the Union of Divine and Human Natures in Christ owes much to the preaching, teaching and courageous persistence of St. Athanasius. For hundreds of years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the church wrestled with how the human nature of Jesus interacted with his identity as the Son of God. An early and persistent heresy in the church held that Jesus, though most perfectly human was created by God the Father and hence not equal to God the Father in His Divinity.

St. Athanasius, despite being exiled five different times for his belief, preached that Jesus was truly Divine and truly human and developed theological language to help us understand this mystery, or at least teach it clearly.

It is because Jesus was truly human and truly Divine that our redemption by his death and resurrection are assured, not merely a fine point in theological debate!

Thanks be to St. Athanasius for his courage and preaching.