Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School Principal Search Committee Announced


It is with great pleasure I announce the members of Holy Cross School’s Principal Search Committee:

Beth Camillone PTA Representative, Outgoing PTA President, School parent
Bruce Eagelson   Parishioner representative, Member School and Parish Finance Councils, Member Faith in our Future Core Committee
Dr. Chris Huss School parent, member Holy Cross School Board, Principal Millstone Township Middle School
Teresa Makin School Parent Representative, Public Relations Coordinator
Mrs. Carol Bathmann Principal, St. Dominic's School, Brick, New Jersey


Thank you to the Committee members for agreeing to serve. Both Fr. Manning and Dr. Boland are ex-officio members of the Committee and will attend all interviews and discussions.

The Committee will meet soon for orientation with Dr. Boland, a presentation by Mr. Belluzzi and begin work immediately. A profile for the school will be assembled, announcement(s) advertising the position will be placed and the logistics for collecting, reading and evaluating the resumes before the committee begins interviews will be developed. The Committee makes its recommendations to the pastor, who upon approval, forwards the application to the Office of Catholic Schools for final approval. It is important to stress that all committee deliberations and applicant resumes are confidential.

All the Committee members know the school very well and have been working closely with Mr. Belluzzi and myself over the years. The school faculty has already been sent questionnaires seeking their advice to the Committee regarding the qualities needed by applicants for our School Principal.

Even at this early date, two other Catholic grammar schools in our diocese are seeking new principals. Please pray that the Holy Spirit inspires the right applicant to be able to join us and our Search Committee with right judgment.

Fr. Michael Manning, Pastor

Principal Search Committee

As many of you have heard, Mr. William Belluzzi, our school principal is retiring from full time administration and will not be returning to Holy Cross next year. You will hear much more about this when the academic year nears its end.

Yesterday, Fr. Manning met with Dr. Margaret Boland of the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools and initiated the process of selecting a Search Committee for the all important task of recommending a candidate to the Office of Catholic Schools for appointment.

The process is clear and simple and the Diocese guides us through it so that all of the Committee's energy can be focused on finding the very best person for Holy Cross School.

The members of the Committee will be announced when all have accepted their appointment. 

Please pray for that spiritual, generous and highly qualified person to come forward!


The Dominicans Are Coming - Save the Date - December 5th, Monday

We're excited to report that two sisters from the Dominican Community in Nashville

will be visiting Holy Cross on December 5th.


It was an amazing coincidence to discover that the sisters would already be in our diocese that week and were able to extend their visit and add us to their itinerary.

The sisters will make a presentation to our Holy Cross students during the day. Monday evening they will discuss the topic of Family Prayer with school parents and parishioners alike based on their publication 

 Praying As A Family

We will be extending an invitation for parishioners in our cohort and surrounding parishes to join us for this prayerful recollection in Advent. 

First Day of School

Welcome to all our students, new and returning, on their first day of school. We will have half day sessions until Thursday and begin the year formally with a School Mass at 9 AM.

It seemed like everyone was bright and early!


(It seemed like a good day to change the blog format to a "mobile friendly" theme builder. Who knew?) 

Welcome to Faculty and Staff Holy Cross School 2016 - 2017

This morning we welcomed our faculty and staff to 9 AM Mass. It was good to see familiar faces and a few new ones as the teachers and staff get ready for the children to arrive next week. I'm sure the teachers have mixed feelings saying goodbye to summer, but all seemed in good spirits and happy to see each other again.

We ask God's blessing on students and their families for the coming year.


No More Pencils, No More Books...

Tomorrow is the mass for the end of the academic year at Holy Cross. Thank you to all the teachers, administrators and parents who made the year so special - a true celebration of our Blue Ribbon status among the nations' schools. 

All kinds of summer programs are gearing up though, so relax but don't hibernate! Summer sports camps and academic enrichment programs at Holy Cross abound. So check out the offerings on the school's website.

May Almighty God keep all our students and their families in his providential care over the summer months so that all may return rested, refreshed and ready for school in September.



October 2015 Living Rosary In Church Prayer Garden





The October weather seemed more like spring and the sun was bright and vivid for the Living Rosary on the grounds of the church today. The sunshine helped the multi-colored T shirts shine, a different color for each decade of the rosary.

Our statue of Mary didn't make the celebration, in fact, she is lost somewhere between China and Rumson. We hope she will join us soon!

Thanks to the school children, their teachers and our parish staff who organized and the orchestrated the event with skill and patience. The parents who come each year to pray with their children teach their children the importance of prayer as much as anything the school can do.



Holy Cross School Awarded National Blue Ribbon September 29, 2015

Congratulations to the students and faculty of Holy Cross School who today learned our school has been awarded a National Blue Ribbon by the US Department of Education. 

Blue Ribbon Schools have "administrators and teachers who are dedicated to high standards of learning for all students, they engage in data collection and analysis to determine the efficacy of instruction and assessment, they have students who demonstrate academic excellence, and they undertake professional development to stay at the forefront of best practices."

 The award was created in 1982, so it is no wonder that some of us older folks didn't grow up hearing about it, or even understand the award's significance. It had been discussed as a goal for Holy Cross for several years and when a Principal Search Committee was formed some years ago, achieving the Blue Ribbon designation was identified as a high priority for our new principal.
After important curricular reforms were instituted by our principal, Mr. William Belluzzi, and most importantly after he gained the trust and confidence of students, faculty and parents alike, the Blue Ribbon goal was set and was achieved this year.
We are grateful the school receives the wholehearted support of parents of our students and parishioners alike.We are proud of our school, its history, its faculty and students. May we always have the enthusiasm and resources to form young boys and girls in the faith of the Catholic Church and prepare them well for everything they will encounter on their life's journey.

Welcome Back to School !

Holy Cross Parish welcomes back the students of Holy Cross School after a beautiful summer. Our campus is quite a bit different than it was at year end's dismissal.

The playground has been rigged with a new sprinkler system and irrigation well, just about ready for use. Soon to come will be a code-required chain link fence around the playground equipment and a new fence alongside the church the length of the playground field to provide security for our children while playing and keep them under the watchful eyes of their teachers during recess.

A new, we surely hope, "leakproof" roof has been installed on the school building just in time for the new academic year.

And lastly, the Mass to inaugurate the school year is scheduled to take place in our new church later this month, just after its dedication by Bishop O'Connell.


More Construction - School Roof Replacement

Workers began replacing the school roof today. After many years of patching and unsuccessful solutions to the leaks, it was finally time to strip everything off and start anew. The crew should be here several weeks and the job complete well before school opens.

They have assured us they will be as careful as possible with debris, especially  nails, but it might be prudent to stay as far away as possible from the dumpsters and construction vehicles until final clean-up.


Penultimate Day of School

Lots of activity today everywhere, including almost non-stop traffic down Ward Avenue due to the closing of Rumson Road (not for our project!). School children were bringing home all kinds of stuffed animals on loan to the school for the year to prepare the classrooms for summer cleaning and painting. 

Tomorrow is the last day of school commemorated by a mass in the gymatorium. 

The school will be far from closed, however, as the Summer Enrichment activities and Sports Camps will be starting up!

Peaceful and blessed Summer everyone!


The Living Rosary: A Beautiful Day for A Beautiful Prayer

The weather was spectacular for the Living Rosary. The clear blue sky contrasted with the rainbow of colors, a unique color for each decade of the rosary. Everyone was very well behaved and prayerful. After many minutes of quiet prayer, it is always fun to shout to the heavens with the most exultant "alleluias" of praise to God.


Last Mass of School Year 2014 and Personnel Update

SchOutThis Friday will be the last day of school. The closing school mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM in the gymatorium and all parishioners and their parents are invited.

Our principal, Mr. Belluzzi shared with the school community some changes in school personnel for next academic year and we are happy to reproduce them here:

This is a good time to share with you our staffing news as of this writing. On Friday, we say "Good bye" to long time first grade teacher, Courtney Robinson. Miss Robinson is a graduate of Holy Cross School and has worked very hard over the years to develop in her students an enthusiasm and love of learning. I know you join me in wishing her well as she moves to a new phase in her career.  I also thank Mr. Alyn Heim for teaching the children, especially our youngest ones, to sing so well. He will also be moving on, and we extend our best to him. Finally, Mrs. Tomaino will be taking an additional year off to care for her children, and I pray that this will be a joyful year for her and her family. A positive note for us is that Mrs. McConville has decided to put off retirement; I am so pleased she will again be teaching third grade next year. In my discussions with the faculty, I encourage teachers to consider changing grade levels. Mrs. Arnheiter began her career as an early childhood teacher, and, after several years in fourth grade, has asked to take on the challenge of first grade. Additionally, Mr. Miller, who has worked with us in math assistance and remediation, will be the new teacher for 4A next year. Finally, Mrs. Alison Mitchell, who had been at Holy Cross previously, will be joining me on the administrative team three days per week as the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant to the Principal. Alison is very familiar with Holy Cross and will be a great asset. I have already begun interviewing for the open teaching positions (Gr. 8, Grade 5, Grade 4 and Music), and I always look upon this process as an opportunity to shape Holy Cross for some time to come.

Mr. Belluzzi has been working so patiently on cultivating an even more excellent teaching faculty for our children, including dealing capably and calmly with an occasional surprise. I enthusiastically endorse his sentiment that the opportunity to welcome new teachers presents occasions of grace.

Join us in prayer of thanksgiving and petition on Friday.

Fr Manning


Newly Ordained Priest to celebrate Thursday Morning's Mass

Fr. Jerome Guld, a newly ordained priest for the Diocese of Trenton, will visit and celebrate tomorrow morning's regular 9 AM mass. Father had visited our school many times as a diocesan seminarian and after mass will visit with as many classes as his schedule permits. He will be accompanied by another familiar face to our school students, Seminarian Richard Osborn, who will also visit with our students.