Parish Life

Dragonflies by the Dozens

Dragonflies

Dragonflies are voracious carnivores, but luckily not for people, as there have been more than I can count around the campus, especially in front of the rectory and the church gardens. The blooming nepeta always attract a lot of pollinators, but it must be the wet weather that has really given the dragonfly population a boost this year. 

They eat mosquitoes and other pests and are supposed to be harbingers of spiritual growth. 


Palm Sunday Procession 2019

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TwoIt was really quite foggy at the ocean this morning, but at least for a moment or two, the sun burned off the haze and we were able to process across the bridge from Seabright to Rumson in the sunshine. Since Easter is late this year, it wasn't freezing cold as it has been in the past. 

This was our biggest crowd of parishioners ever! I thank you all for coming out to witness our faith in public on the joyful feast of Palm Sunday. 

 


Because You Are Worth It

Most of our 8th graders attended a conference this morning given by Pam Stenzel about the Catholic virtue of chastity. A timely and necessary topic for any age, but especially now when so many of our values are disregarded by so many. Some of our students are shown after the conference asking the presenter questions and giving feedback.

The conference was hosted by the Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. 

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Consider Becoming An Annulment Advocate

Catholic-annulmentsConsider Becoming An Annulment Advocate

Classes will begin for the 2019 Annulment Advocate Course in September, but it’s not too soon to consider application for enrollment. Annulment Advocates are trained and deputed by the Diocese of Trenton to help those who wish to obtain a church annulment to file their petition with the Diocesan Tribunal. After recommendation by Fr. Manning and acceptance by the Diocese, candidates will attend classes to understand the grounds for annulling a marriage and the rights and duties of annulment advocates. Advocates generally assist our own parishioners or those from nearby parishes and meet in Holy Cross Parish Center.

The classes will be held beginning in September on Thursday evenings from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Pastoral Center in Lawrenceville. The formation course is 16 weeks long.

Over the years, several annulment advocates have been commissioned for Holy Cross. If you are interested in performing this valuable service of mercy and justice for those seeking annulments and permission to remarry in the Catholic Church, please call Fr. Manning or Lori LaPlante in the Parish Office.

(Church annulments may only be applied for after a civil divorce has been granted. It is an official  statement by the church that the proper requirements for either canonical documents or the disposition of mind and heart required for unconditional consent by both parties were not present when the wedding vows were exchanged.)


Nature's Patterns and Rootie Kazootie

PatternsI became fascinated by the patterns of icy slush on the driveway this morning on my way to mass. Polka dot pavement everywhere. 

Well, for anyone who remembers Rootie Kazootie, Polka Dottie, Galapoochie Pup and Poison Zanzaboo, this picture may bring back some memories. One of Rootie's escapades as a detective was discovering who had stolen all the polka dots in town. Of course the culprit turned out to be Poison Zanzaboo, who was apprehended by Rootie's Dalmatian. This illustration shows Zanzaboo's bag of purloined polka dots being spilled all over town - even in rectory driveways sixty years later!

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Historic Photos in Sea Bright

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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. 

Holy CrossAn enlargement from the photo showing Holy Cross Church, the old rectory, the Parish Hall behind the church and the Carriage House.


Holy Cross Church Sign

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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!

 


Evening Memorial Mass For All Souls Day

CandleThank 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. 


USCCB Releases Action Items After Meeting with Pope Francis

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The Administrative Committee [of the USCCB] took the following actions within its authority:

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:

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Blessed Parish Feastday Everyone!

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!)

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