A photo from the time of construction of the "new" bridge over the Shrewsbury River showing Sea Bright below and Rumson above. The Prentice Mansion and Holy Cross Church can be seen on Ward Avenue and Rumson Road in the upper right corner of the picture.
The mayor, council, guests and citizens gather to swear in new public officials and pass organizational resolutions in the new pavilion at Sea Bright.
There are a few blurs from raindrops on the camera lens, as it began to pour steadily after the meeting. This is the library and beach pavilion from the boardwalk atop the sea wall. View is facing north.
Aedan Moran and his fellow scouts pose proudly with their newly installed sign outside Holy Cross Church. A big thank you to Adean and his troop for a gift to Holy Cross that will last a long time!
Work in Progress: Aedan Moran chose to plan and install a sorely needed new church sign for Holy Cross Church as his Eagle Scout service project. Today is the day he and fellow scouts are installing it just in time for the Christmas season! Stay tuned for more pictures after the plantings and final touches are in place. The sign will eventually be illuminated and can be changed to reflect seasonal adjustments in our mass schedules. Great job and thank you!
Thank you to all those parishioners, who having prayed a Mass of Christian Burial this year at Holy Cross for a family member or friend, returned to share Eucharist with us on All Souls Evening. After the homily, each family lit a candle on the Tree of Life in memory of a deceased family member.
Hospitality and refreshments were provided after the mass in the St. Joseph's Room downstairs.
1. Approved the establishment of a third-party reporting system that will receive confidentially, by phone and online, complaints of sexual abuse of minors by a bishop and sexual harassment of or sexual misconduct with adults by a bishop and will direct those complaints to the appropriate ecclesiastical authority and, as required by applicable law, to civil authorities.
2. Instructed the USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance to develop proposals for policies addressing restrictions on bishops who were removed or resigned because of allegations of sexual abuse of minors or sexual harassment of or misconduct with adults, including seminarians and priests.
3. Initiated the process of developing a Code of Conduct for bishops regarding the sexual abuse of a minor; sexual harassment of or sexual misconduct with an adult; or negligence in the exercise of his office related to such cases.
4. Supported a full investigation into the situation surrounding Archbishop McCarrick, including his alleged assaults on minors, priests, and seminarians, as well any responses made to those allegations. Such an investigation should rely upon lay experts in relevant fields, such as law enforcement and social services.
The full text of this excellent statement can be read by clicking on the link to the USCCB webpage:
Joe and Miriam Tort, Holy Cross' pilgrims on the road to St. James in Compostela, have finished about half of their walking pilgrimage. They sent this picture of one of their nightly masses in pilgrim churches along the way. Keep praying for their perseverance and strength!
Today we celebrated mass marking the Third Anniversary of the Dedication of our church. The readings emphasized both the sacred character of the building and the people of God who worship in it. Deo gratias!
Worship with us today to be fed with the Eucharist and give thanks to God for the history of our parish and is presence as part of the diocesan church. The triptych will be opened to display our new painting Risen Christ with Cross, there will be Hospitality after the 10:30 AM morning mass and parishioners will be present after all the masses asking for new volunteers for the many ministries in our parish. (Oh, and we will celebrate a baptism!)
Installation of the reredos painting above the altar at Holy Cross has begun. It should be securely affixed by later this afternoon and ready for unveiling by the students at tomorrow morning's mass with the school children and parishioners of Holy Cross. The painting will be formally blessed at the Sunday 10:30 AM mass.
I missed the recent statement of the USCCB before I had already preached two homilies this weekend, but will add this by the later masses today.
Here is a portion of the statement released by Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB:
The Executive Committee has established three goals: (1) an investigation into the questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick; (2) an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops; and (3) advocacy for more effective resolution of future complaints. These goals will be pursued according to three criteria: proper independence, sufficient authority, and substantial leadership by laity.
Our reredos' painting is approximately 2/3 complete. The basic colors and blocking in have been done and the layers of more subtle colors, lights and darks are yet to be added. It was amazing seeing the painting 15 feet high!
When clearing the wedding flowers away from the altar after a recent wedding, our sacristan made a discovery in the bottom of our urns which contain the florists arrangements.
The rectory garage door is sometimes open during the day's heat and needing some weight to keep the urns upright, the florist must have been exploring. The nearest handy, heavy items were cans of dog food which were added to the bottom of the urns.
An interesting, but nosy solution at the same time. Lucky I had extra!