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 April 1, 2020
A Message from our Bishop

On the advice of public health officials, I am mandating the closing of all Churches and chapels in the Diocese of Trenton to the public, effective at noon today, Wednesday, April 1, until further notice. No exceptions.   Most of our parishes have already done this.
I am following the COVID-19 situation in our Diocese and state very closely.
Out of an abundance of caution and for your own health and safety and that of all the faithful, I ask your strict cooperation.

 

UPDATE:  March 20, 2020
From Fr. Joe

Dear Parishioners,
 
As we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic
There are no public Masses at Church, but I am privately praying a mass each day for St. Pio’s and Sacred Heart parishioners and for an end to the plague of the coronavirus. 
 
We encourage you to remain safe, pray primarily from home and receive the Eucharist spiritually.
Please follow the requests from our Government Officials and our Bishop of remaining at home if healthy, Remain at home if not feeling well, just remain at home.
 
St. Joseph's of Toms River is streaming live each day a Mass at 9AM.
 
EWTN Broadcasts masses daily. Comcast channel 1668
 
As you will see from the decree from the Bishop, during Holy Week he will be broadcasting masses.
We are in the process of evaluating the potential of broadcasting one mass on Palm Sunday, Service on Good Friday, Vigil mass and one Mass on Easter, if not feasible, the Diocese broadcast will be available.  
 
The pope encourages us to pray the Rosary, as well as the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
 
We will continue to keep you updated as additional information is provided from the Bishop. 
 
Attached are two prayers:
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic 
An Act of Spiritual Communion
 
 
 
A DECREE from Bishop O'Connell
In time of COVID-1
As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I promulgate the following decree regarding the liturgies of Palm Sunday and Holy Week throughout the territorial Diocese of Trenton to assist the clergy and the faithful in the spiritual celebration of the Paschal Mysteries.
 
PALM SUNDAY
No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).
The Mass for Palm Sunday will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation, with palms blessed, and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 11 am on Sunday, April 5, 2020.
The Mass for Palm Sunday may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.
Blessed palms can be made available for distribution at a later date.
 
CHRISM MASS
The Chrism Mass will be postponed and re-scheduled for another date/time with the renewal of priestly commitment and the blessing/consecration of oils occurring at that time.
Oils/chrism from the current supplies (currently in use) may continue to be used until a new supply is blessed/consecrated and made available.
If the parish is running low on oils/chrism, contact Fr. Michael Hall, Director of Worship, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
PASCHAL TRIDUUM: the following liturgical directives are to be observed in accordance with the “Decree in Time of COVID-19” issued on March 19, 2020 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff for the year 2020 only.
The Paschal Triduum cannot be transferred to another time.
 
HOLY THURSDAY
No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).
Televised or live-stream broadcasts should be live (not recorded).
The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 7 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.
During the Evening Mass for the Lord’s Supper:
·        The Washing of the Feet, which is already optional, is to be omitted;
·        The usual procession with the Blessed Sacrament to a place of repose is to be omitted and the Blessed Sacrament should be kept in the tabernacle, as usual.
Priests who are unable to celebrate Mass should instead pray Vespers of the day from the Liturgy of Hours instead.
 
GOOD FRIDAY
No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).
The Commemoration/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 3 pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.
The Commemoration/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.
A special commemoration in the General Intercessions for the sick, the dead and for those who feel lost or dismayed will be developed by the Office of Worship and sent to the parishes for mandated use.
Priests who are unable to celebrate this liturgy should instead pray Vespers of the day from the Liturgy of Hours instead.
 
HOLY SATURDAY
No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).
The Easter Vigil will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 7 pm on Saturday, April 11, 2020.
The Easter Vigil may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.
During the Easter Vigil:
·        The preparation and lighting of the fire is omitted
·        The paschal candle is lit without procession followed by the recited Easter Proclamation
·        The Liturgy of the Word takes place
·        The Baptismal Liturgy is only the renewal of Baptismal Promises; a symbolic (small) of Holy Water may be blessed but holy water fonts should remain empty
·        The Rite of Christian Initiation and/or Reception into Full Communion will be postponed and re-scheduled once restrictions are lifted
Priests who are unable to celebrate the Easter Vigil should instead pray Vespers/Matins/Lauds of the day from the Liturgy of Hours instead.
EASTER SUNDAY
No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).
Mass for Easter Sunday will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 10 am on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
Mass for Easter Sunday may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.
Priests are otherwise asked to celebrate Easter Sunday without a congregation.
 
Given by mandate of the Bishop, Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D.,  March 20, 2020, for the Diocese of Trenton.
 
POST-SCRIPT:
No general absolution is to be given at this time; if that changes, it will be communicated / announced.
Regarding Plenary Indulgence:
 
The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will* to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father's intentions), as soon as possible.
 
Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15: 13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.
 
This Apostolic Penitentiary also willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, also to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.
 
The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no.12).
 
(*fulfillment of the usual conditions may not be immediately possible; therefore, the will to fulfill them suffices with the intention to fulfill the usual conditions “as soon as possible.”)
 
 
March 16, 2020
From Fr. Joe Hlubik
 
The Parish office will be closed until April 3rd - this date could change.
 
We are still open for funerals, baptisms, and emergency anointing.

The Wednesday evening, March 18th, Penance Service is cancelled.
 
The Churches will be open for private prayers from:
     at St. Pio: the St. Bonaventure Chapel - 6am - 6pm
     at Sacred Heart: the Church - 7am - 8pm
 
A Message from Bishop O'Connell
On Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19.
 
God has not abandoned us and is present among us. As we learn each day of the growing concern surrounding the spread of the coronavirus in our communities, we need to have faith and confidence in God, especially in times like these, praying that He will see us through the present adversity safely.  
 
Mindful of the Lord Jesus’ own words in St. Luke’s Gospel, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his Cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9: 23),” the coronavirus pandemic has placed such a Cross before us.

In response to the latest guidelines from national and state health authorities aimed at stopping the spread of the disease, I have directed the following:
 
MASSES, SACRAMENTS AND OTHER CHURCH SERVICES
 
  • All public Masses throughout the Diocese of Trenton will be temporarily suspended through April 3, 2020.  That date is subject to change as the coronavirus pandemic evolves.  
  • Baptism, funerals and weddings may continue based on the judgement of pastors, with the caution that crowds should not exceed 50 persons as mandated by the State of a New Jersey.
  • Social distancing practices (3-6 feet of space between participants) should be observed for any event inside church spaces.
  • Churches should remain open for prayer, private devotion and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Pastors are asked to consider Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the day. Praying in large groups, however, should be avoided.
  • Attention should be paid to the cleanliness of our church facilities.
  • Televised or online celebrations of the Mass and other religious programming are available for use of the faithful during this time. 
  • All scheduled Confirmations in the Diocese will be temporarily postponed until after Easter and will be re-scheduled after that time.  
  • The Sacrament of Penance should remain available according to need, but public Penance Services are not to be conducted.  
  • The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick should also remain available for true emergencies. Hospitals and nursing homes may be on lock-down and priests are advised to check on their status beforehand.
 
SCHOOLS, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND OTHER CLOSURES
 
  • All Catholic schools in the Diocese will remain closed as mandated by the State of New Jersey.  Directions for academic work have been provided by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in coordination with Catholic school administrations.
  • All religious education programs are suspended with at-home work provided by the local parish leaders where possible.
  • The Chancery offices will be closed March 16 through March 23 and staff will work remotely during that time. A limited number of staff will be present in the office on an as-needed basis to provide essential services. 
  • Pastors should make appropriate judgments regarding parish offices.  Other regular parish activities and previously scheduled events should be postponed or canceled.
  • Catholic social and charitable outreach programs and services in the Diocese should be adjusted to meet directions mandated by the State of New Jersey.
 
The Catholic faithful of the Diocese — priests, religious and lay faithful — are advised to keep informed and updated regarding the progress of the coronavirus pandemic during this national and state emergency. You will find links to national, state and local agencies on our webpage:  dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus
 
We will continue to evaluate new information that could impact these directives and will post regular updates to dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirusTrentonMonitor.com/coronavirus and on the Diocese’s social media pages.
 
FINALLY, avoid crowded areas, observe careful hygiene, keep appropriate distances outside the home and if feeling sick, stay at home.  I ask that all of the faithful remember the elderly and other persons at risk in their families and communities, and reach out to them by phone to see if help is needed.
 
 A CALL TO PRAYER
 
An Act of Spiritual Communion is proposed for the faithful who are temporarily unable to receive the Eucharist:
 
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.”
 
For a list of streamed or recorded Masses available online, or television stations airing the Sunday Mass,   go to dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus
 
As we all face what has become a grave and growing health risk, it is important for all the Catholic faithful to “persevere in hardship and keep praying regularly (Romans 12:12).”  As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I invite all the Catholic faithful to join with me in prayer: 

O Mary, loving Mother, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, who at the Cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
Be present to all those suffering from coronavirus and to those who care for them: families, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses, staff, government officials, pastors, priests and all who seek to do God’s will. Bring comfort and calm to the elderly, to those at risk and to all who are afraid.  Be for us all a beacon of hope, lighting our path once more to the heart of your beloved Son, the Divine Healer and Health of the Sick.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
 
 

Mass Schedules

 
Weekend Mass Schedule
 
Saturday:  5:15 PM
Sunday:  8:00 AM, 9:15 AM, and 11:30 AM
 
Weekday:
- Daily Mass (Monday through Saturday) at 8:30 AM.
- Rosary: Before the 8:30 AM daily Mass.
Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
First Friday of each month at 9:00 AM

Confession Schedule:
Saturdays 4:30 PM to 5 PM

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