On December 18, 2017 Holy Cross joined Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn at the Spirit of Christmas Spectacular at Lincoln Center staring Daniel Rodriguez, Alfio, Charlie Romo and Broadway Stars: Alexa Green, Jesse JP Johnson, Kyle Dean Massey & Shayna Steele.
Our evening started with dinner at Primo Amore followed by the show. We had such fun seeing Lincoln Center and getting to sing along with the performers. What a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Pope Francis Declares
Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. to be Venerable
Holy Cross Priest known as “Rosary Priest” was famous worldwide
for his message “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together”
EASTON, Mass. – Dec. 19, 2017 , On Monday, December 18, 2017, Pope Francis received His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Father Patrick Peyton, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, thus recognizing him as Venerable by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Positio on the life, virtues and reputation of holiness of Father Peyton had previously been discussed and approved by a panel of nine theologians and more recently by a group of 15 Cardinals and Archbishops who voted affirmatively to recognize his heroic virtues. The Positio refers to the volume containing the evidence that was collected from witness testimonies and supporting documents during inquiries carried out by special tribunals in several dioceses.
Hundreds of testimonies to Father Peyton’s heroic virtue and holiness of life have been recorded. Tens of thousands of prayer cards containing a prayer for a favor through Father Peyton’s intercession are in circulation. Hundreds of favors have been reported. Some of these favors are remarkable healings for which there is no medical explanation. Should one of these healings be officially recognized as having no scientific explanation and approved by the Vatican as a miracle due to his intercession, it would lead to his beatification.
The essence of Father Patrick Peyton’s ministry, which spanned half a century, began in his family. Father Patrick Peyton was born January 9, 1909, in Carracastle, County Mayo, Ireland. His parents, John and Mary Peyton, gathered their family to pray the Rosary every evening.
After emigrating from Ireland to the United States (Complete bio attached), Patrick Peyton became gravely ill as a seminarian and the doctors had no hope of recovery. So he followed his parents’ example and turned to Rosary prayer.
“Father Peyton was a seminarian, studying for the priesthood, when he was stricken with tuberculosis,” said Father Wilfred Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. “He prayed his Rosary to the Blessed Mother and made a miraculous recovery. From that moment, he knew he was to be the one to carry out her apostolate, her ministry to bring families together for Rosary prayer, just as his family had done.”
Over the years, Father Peyton advocated for families by preaching two powerful and memorable messages, “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together” and “A World at Prayer is a World at Peace.”
Known the world over as “The Rosary Priest,” he began Family Rosary, in Albany, N.Y. in 1942, more than 75 years ago with the goal of building family unity through daily prayer of the Rosary. He went on to lead millions in prayer at 40 Family Rosary Rallies that drew 28 million people, including 2 million each at events in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Manila, Philippines. (Ministry overview attached).
Father Peyton, a Catholic media pioneer, spent the 51 years of his priesthood serving the spiritual needs of families. In 1947, he founded Family Theater Productions in Hollywood. Family Theater Productions produced 900 radio and TV programs that featured hundreds of star actors and other celebrities and had more than 10,000 broadcasts.
The essence of Father Peyton’s ministry is relevant and vibrant to families today. Father Peyton still inspires people all over the world by his holiness of life and the example of his strong and tender devotion to Our Blessed Mother. The ministry has grown and engages families through a variety of media and social platforms as well as several websites, www.FamilyRosary.org, www.FamilyTheater.org, and the newest ministry, www.CatholicMom.com, the apostolate founded by Lisa Hendey, nationally known Catholic author and speaker. One of the many social platforms to reach families, Family Rosary Facebook page, has more than 1.2 million followers. The latest media project of Family Theater Productions, “Catholic Central,” was recently released on YouTube. These short videos offer entertaining and authoritative answers to questions about Catholic thought, spirituality and practice, www.CatholicCentral.com.
Holy Cross Family Ministries also established The Father Peyton Family Institute, based in Lima, Peru, and Bangalore, India. The Institutes provides direct services through research and education to enrich the spirituality of families.
A site to inspire families and honor Father Peyton, www.FatherPeyton.org shares his life story from his humble beginnings in Ireland to his fame working with the “stars” of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
HCFM’s “Family of Ministries” are under the sponsorship of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The Congregation in June of 1997 requested that a cause for canonization for Father Peyton be initiated. In June 2001 the “nihil obstat” was granted from Rome and Father Peyton was given the title, “Servant of God,” when his Cause was opened. Since then, significant work has been completed to present Father Peyton’s heroic practice of virtue and reputation for holiness. (Complete timeline and steps of canonization process attached.)
Holy Cross Family Ministries, which carries on the works of Father Peyton, has headquarters in North Easton, Massachusetts, with its media production company, Family Theater Productions, in Hollywood, California, and mission offices in16 countries. The ministry serves Jesus Christ and His church by inspiring, educating, and entertaining families all to support their spiritual well-being and encourage family prayer.
Our Annual Day of Service is on Friday, December 22nd and our goal is to serve the homeless population by creating comfort kits as a school community.
With the full participation of the school community, we will be able provide some needed assistance and comfort during the Christmas Season.
We are asking the classes to donate the following items by Tuesday, December 19:
(10-20 count packs)
After the service component, we will gather as a school community to celebrate the joy of Christmas with our Christmas Classic!
Service hours will be awarded for donations. See your Theology teacher for details.
Flushing, Queens, New York – With deep gratitude, Holy Cross High School acknowledges a magnificent gift of $250,000 in support of the planned new media center.
Mr. John Gerspach’71 and his wife Dorette are funding the new Brother Karl Diemand, C.S.C. Library and Media Center. As Holy Cross makes many significant program and facility enhancements in anticipation of welcoming young women to the student body in the fall of 2018, this gift is truly transformational. Below is an architectural rendering of this enhancement to the Holy Cross facilities.
Mr. Gerspach ’71 said, “I think about Br. Karl quite often and I’m always thankful for the positive impact that his creative writing class had on my success in college and in business.” As technology provides for new approaches to library science, many forward-thinking academic institutions are moving to recognize that library stacks need the augmentation of digital media to best prepare young people for the future.
This generosity of Dorette and John Gerspach ’71 follows additional major support from another Holy Cross alumnus to enhance the STREAM program. This cross-curricular effort, focused on Science, Theology, Robotics, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, has resulted in all classrooms receiving state-of-the-art WiFi enabled SMARTBoards for content delivery and student collaboration. The gift of the new media center by the Gerspach Family will continue to enhance the academic offerings of Holy Cross High School.
Holy Cross High School, a Catholic college preparatory school in Queens, New York, educates the hearts and minds of young people following the educational and spiritual vision of Blessed Father Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
Holy Cross embraces students who reflect social and economic diversity. The school strives to instill within each student a desire to identify and fully develop God-given talents while pursuing excellence in all endeavors.
Holy Cross’ varied academic programs and activities nurture and promote spiritual, intellectual, creative, social and psychological growth and development. As Blessed Father Basil Moreau, C.S.C. wrote in 1856, “Education is the art of helping young people to completeness.”
Citi’s CFO John Gerspach ’71 NHS Key Note Speaker
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FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Queens Borough Commander Edward Baggott were among the esteemed guests who joined us for our Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of first responders and military service personnel on Monday, November 20, 2017.The annual Mass originated in 2011 to mark the ten year anniversary when Father Frank Grogan, C.S.C. and 16 members of the Holy Cross alumni community tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001. In 2012 a permanent 9/11 Alumni Memorial, located on the corner of 29th Avenue and 169th Street, was dedicated to our fallen knights who will forever be in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. The names of those who died as a result of the events on September 11 are included in our Prayers of the Faithful. To our alumni, to the precincts and fire houses, to our veterans and to those currently serving our country, thank you for your service and godspeed your safe return each and every day. Click here for photo gallery.