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March 2020

Masses at Holy Cross Church Rumson - 3/14/2020

All Masses, Adoration Hours and Confessions will take place as scheduled at Holy Cross Church. Our attendance figures do not approach a threshold of concern except for our Christmas Masses. Hospitality gatherings after Mass are cancelled. The church remains open for prayer. We are exploring some immediate ways to live stream our Masses on Twitch or YouTube. Parish staff are available during office hours as usual.

The downstairs rest rooms in the Church are closed until further notice. The rest room in the south transept remains open.

All Religious Education events (classes, retreats, liturgy practices, etc.) are cancelled whenever Holy Cross Academy is closed (March 14 - March 30).

Small holy water bottles have arrived and are available in the South Transept in which you make take home some holy water. Monday or Tuesday there will be small packets of blessed salt for the same purpose. (We are awaiting the arrival of the small plastic bags and the time to fill them.)


Mass and Communion in Trenton Diocese - update 3/13/20

Bishop O'Connell has dispensed the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday mass until further notice. He has instructed parishes to offer all masses as scheduled. Communion from the cups and touching at the Sign of Peace remain suspended. All other previous instructions remain in effect. 

Holy Cross Academy will close for a two week break beginning Monday, March 16th and will reopen on March 30th pending further notification.


Mass and Communion in Diocese of Trenton

In light of the escalating concern about the spread of the corona virus (COVID19) Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has issued the following instructions on liturgical practices to be observed in ALL parishes, institutions and organizations within the Diocese of Trenton, effective immediately until otherwise notified:
1. People who have flu-like symptoms or who are otherwise feeling sick should not go to Mass or other Church gatherings;
2. Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should practice good hygiene, washing hands with soap and water or anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, before and after distributing Holy Communion;
3. People are encouraged not to receive communion on the tongue; worthy, reverent reception by hand is preferred until otherwise notified;
4. The practice of distributing the Precious Blood from the Chalice is suspended;
5. The practice of exchanging the sign of peace by any physical contact (handshake, embrace, kissing) is suspended. 

We continue to encourage the faithful to stay informed through our diocesan communications online at as well as through the Centers for Disease Control and prevention at: