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.


First Holy Communions To Be Celebrated This Saturday

Celebrate_christian_187929How exciting to be in the final week before the celebration of our First Holy Communions this coming Saturday. One of my favorite privileges as a priest is to be able to introduce children to Jesus in the Eucharist for the very first time. The day is always a joyful one for the entire family, sometimes including great grandparents!

Pray for our first communicants that this day begins a lifelong love of Eucharist and strengthening with the Body and Blood of Christ.


Beautiful Weather Forecast for Palm Sunday Procession from Sea Bright to Rumson

Join us for the Blessing of the Palms in the Chapel Beach Club's parking lot after which we will process across the bridge into Rumson for the 10:30 AM mass in the gymatorium.

We'll begin gathering at 10:00 AM and begin the procession at approximately 10:15 AM. The public expression of our faith is a wonderful way to begin the solemn celebrations of Holy Week.


We Remember the Faithful Departed During the Month of November


Memorial Candle Tree Lit at All Souls Day Mass


Thank you to the family members who prayed with us at the All Souls Day Mass in remembrance of their loved ones and all the deceased members of the parish.

Not only is All Souls Day set aside to pray for the dead, but the entire month of November is a time of remembrance and prayer for those who have gone before us and await the kingdom.

Our Memorial Book of the Dead is located in the vestibule of the chapel. Please feel welcome to inscribe the name(s) of anyone for whom you wish us to pray.


Mass of Memorial for Our Deceased Saturday, Nov. 2nd 10 AM


Join us tomorrow AM to pray a mass of memorial for the dead, especially those for whom we have prayed a Mass of Christian burial here at Holy Cross.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead: 

Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them. (St. John Chrysostom)

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Gluten Sensitivity and Holy Communion

I was reminded by a recent journal article about the methods for screening and confirming the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity, a condition only recognized as a diagnostic category in 2008. The existence of non-tropical sprue, or gluten intolerance with its characteristic autoimmune features, diagnostic small bowel biopsy and response to gluten-free diet has been recognized, if not always quickly diagnosed, for many years. 

The full spectrum of gluten sensitivity is not yet fully appreciated, nor are its causes well understood. Nevertheless, for those individuals who have a medically supervised need to limit or eliminate gluten from their diets, there are gluten-free hosts available at all our masses, as long as you notify the sacristan before the mass begins. 

A separate pyx contains the unconsecrated gluten-free host(s) which are brought up to the altar with the gifts of regular bread and wine. The priest will consecrate this host along with the others at the consecration, although it is always kept in its separate pyx (container). Before the priest handles the hosts for distribution, the pyx containing the gluten free host is closed and eventually handed to the sacristan for distribution to the communicant. This procedure ensures that no one touches the gluten free host after touching the regular bread, since even this small amount of gluten may contaminate the host for those extremely sensitive to the wheat protein.

We purchase our gluten free hosts from a community of religious women which bakes them and is approved by the US bishops. We store them separately from the regular whole wheat hosts. We cannot consecrate hosts brought from home, as we would have no way of knowing how these hosts are baked, or with what ingredients they are made.

We have several parishioners who avail themselves of the gluten-free hosts at our Sunday masses. Just let our sacristan know beforehand, so we always have a host on-hand and are able to keep it apart from the whole wheat hosts during the mass. We do not keep a supply of consecrated gluten-free hosts in the tabernacle on-demand, because they would likely become contaminated with gluten at some point.