Come to the 2019 Creche Blessing and Tree Lighting
Tuesday at 7 PM in Holy Cross Church
Live Nativity Animals and Refreshments to Follow
Representatives from Holy Cross Elizabeth Ministry bring gifts donated at their luncheon to 180 Turning Lives Around in Hazlet.
Gifts from Santa are kept in safe keeping until they were delivered by Santa's Helpers last week to reach their new owners in time for Christmas. 575 stars, 6 local charitable agencies including 15 new, ready-to-ride bikes with helmets were donated by parishioners of Holy Cross and collected over the past two weeks. The Santa's bags shown are filled with gift-wrapped new items for specific agencies and individuals, all ready-to-go.
Thanks for help to some of our eight graders for volunteering to be Santa's Helpers and move some of the many gifts to safe-keeping!
Thank you to parishioners for their usual overwhelmingly generous response to Stars for Jesus this year. Here are just a few of the items donated for needy children and adults in our area this Christmas.
What a wonderful Christmas it was with near perfect weather and the congregations joyful and prayerful. It was great seeing so many young people home from college with their families. And so many families with young children.
Thank you to all our parish staff, choirs, Altar Rosary Society and Liturgical Ministers who helped us welcome so many people with ease and grace. We certainly had an amazing number of parishioners and visitors over the Christmas holiday.
Here are some uncrowded photos of our worship space this Christmas.
Bring Baby Jesus figurines from your home mangers to the parish Christmas manger blessing, tree lighting and Stations of the Creche tonight. Spend some time after the blessings with parishioners for some Christmas cheer.
It looks like Santa's Sleigh might have landed on Holy Cross' lawn for a few moments, but no, the generous gifts donated by parishioners and friends of Holy Cross to anonymous recipients were collected awaiting pick-up by the several agencies which participated in our Stars For Jesus annual Christmas gift drive.
Over six hundred gifts were donated, including sixteen brand new bicycles, clothing, toys, gift cards and others.
Thank you to the organizers of the event for their energy and enthusiasm and to all those who took the time select a star, shop and wrap the gift.
May God bless your generosity and multiply the spirit of good will at Christmas.
Tradition holds that St. Francis of Assisi was one of the first to create and display a Christmas creche in order to teach the joy and meaning of Christmas. This is a scene from one of our windows. In the complete panel, Francis is shown leading the children to the Christ child.
Join us tonight at 7 PM for the festive formal beginning of the Christmas season at Holy Cross.
Gather in the church for song, a Scripture reading and reflection, followed by the lighting of our Christmas tree on Ward Avenue and the blessing of the Manger at the pergola.
Every year the sheep and other live animals create extra interest for our younger children.
Enjoy hot chocolate and other refreshing goodies in our gymatorium immediately after the blessings.
(We'll adapt to the weather conditions if necessary and not spend too long in blustery winds or really cold temperatures.