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June 2020

Eucharistic Blessing on Church and Parish

BlessedsacramentJoin us tomorrow morning after mass for a Eucharistic Procession through and around Holy Cross Church. This will be celebrated in anticipation of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ and of our first weekend Sunday Mass.

Fr. will process down the main aisle with the Blessed Sacrament, out the door by the entrance to the basement, down the rectory driveway, across the front of the church on Ward, through the prayer garden and back into the church through the Main door. 

The procession will occur after mass. Those at mass are free to leave after communion, stay in the church during the brief procession, or follow in single file six feet apart.

Let us pray for the protection of our church and all those attending it from illness and disease, especially from the virus.


Penance Tent


It sounds maybe like a place to go for punishment, instead it's our outdoor confessional and a place to go for peace. I've been looking for a place outside in the shade (especially since the weather is turning warmer) to hear confessions and couldn't find the right place. The pergola only provides shade at certain hours, and the benches near Mary are almost always exposed to direct sunlight. 

So I thought we'd try the school's portable tent to see how it goes. The shade shifts, but will likely always accommodate two chairs. 

Take a look at it at tomorrow's mass and see what you think.

We'll have to decide on times after the weekend.


First Mass In Church 25 + 1

One person had to wait in the vestibule at this morning's mass, but the church was filled with joy this morning and worshipers erupted in applause as they were greeted at the start of mass. It was wonderful being in church again, even though saying mass under the canopy of a bright blue sky was a spiritual encouragement.

Before we hold our first Sunday mass in church, I would like to process with the Blessed Sacrament through and around the circumference of the church for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. We are not allowed to encourage outdoor liturgies, so the procession will be private, but recorded and available for streaming online. It seems a prudent precaution to take before re-opening our church in the midst of some uncertainty. One thing is certain - the need for prayer and spiritual nourishment by the Body and Blood of Christ during these trying times!


National Graduation

So far, viewers from the following cities have viewed Holy Cross Graduation 2020


Alexandria     Virginia
Arbutus Maryland
Atlantic Highlands New Jersey
Bloomfield New Jersey
Chicago Illinois
Edison         New Jersey
Eatontown New Jersey
Hackensack New Jersey
Hobe Sound Florida
Holiday Heights New Jersey
Leonardo New Jersey
Lincroft New Jersey
Little Silver New Jersey
Long Branch New Jersey
Marco Island Florida
Myrtle Beach South Carolina
New York City New York
Northwest Harbor New York
Paramus New Jersey
Pasadena California
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Red Bank New Jersey
Rocky River Ohio
Ronkonkoma New York
Rumson New Jersey
Saint Albans Vermont
Sea Girt New Jersey
Tinton Falls New Jersey
Wilton Manors Florida

First Holy Communion

It is my most earnest wish to consider those children who yearn for First Communion, so we have planned a selection of choices to permit them to receive this life-giving sacrament as soon as possible. The children were always so excited and could hardly wait whenever I discussed the Eucharist with them in class. The times demand we surrender some of our ideas about what a perfect First Communion should look like, especially those which have little to do with the spiritual importance of the sacrament. My personal belief is that things will not be “back to normal” for a long time. It is certainly futile to plan for “normal” reception of the sacraments before the end of this liturgical year, the First Sunday of Advent, the date established by our bishop as the deadline for reception of the 2020 sacraments.

Participating in the group celebrations is, of course, entirely voluntary. We are planning the ceremonies to be beautiful and safe, according to the careful guidelines of the diocese which will be in effect during the latter part of June.

If coming into church isn’t within your comfort zone, listening on speakers, social distancing and receiving Holy Communion in car or outside in the prayer garden on that day is also a possibility.

We have already begun the high-volume beach traffic weekends - not a good time for parish sacramental celebrations, which is one reason we’d like to complete these celebrations before the end of June and during the week. There is also the possibility that restrictions on church and outdoor assemblies may become more stringent as time passes, even impossible again.

Families can certainly postpone the celebration of this important event and plan to receive Eucharist during any regular mass - Sunday or weekday. Reservations  need to be taken and the same limitations on number of family members in a pew will apply at a parish mass as for the June ceremonies. Outdoor, prayer garden communion for individual families who attended mass by listening to that mass via loudspeaker or watched it streaming is also feasible.

We're trying to be as flexible as possible, yet get the Holy Eucharist to our children as quickly as possible.


Holy Cross Academy Graduation Mass and Ceremony Friday June 5

Friday morning's regularly scheduled 9 AM mass is cancelled. Instead, mass will be celebrated at 10:AM to which the daily mass goers are invited. Preferential parking is reserved for the graduating 8th graders and their parents. 

If the weather prohibits an outdoor mass, the mass will be private, indoors, live streamed. Anyone watching streaming from their cars online during the rain can receive communion after mass outdoors. 

(Every time I write about masses now, I have to remember to go through all the permutations and combinations of possibilities!)