Bishop calls for Month-Long Prayer Campaign to End Abortion, including a statewide day of Prayer & Fasting

Bishop calls for month-long prayer campaign to end abortion, including a statewide day of prayer and fasting

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has set out a plan for “spiritual battle” throughout January in response to the anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States and the growing concern for the sanctity of the child in the womb. Through private prayer and virtual Masses, the faithful are asked to support the extensive prayer campaign aimed at ending the scourge of abortion.

“As the new year begins, there are many issues in society that challenge our Catholic moral and social teachings. Opposition to abortion remains our ‘pre-eminent priority,’” the Bishop said. “As a Diocese, as parishes, let us pray for an end to abortion, for the legal protection of the unborn and in thanksgiving to God for the gift of human life.”

The Diocese’s faithful are asked to pray a Rosary for life throughout the month of January. In addition, from Jan. 14-22, Bishop O’Connell will lead a daily broadcast of a “Novena to St. Joseph to End Abortion,” which will be published on all diocesan media outlets.

On Jan. 22, the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the Diocese of Trenton will join the other New Jersey (arch)dioceses in observing a Day of Fasting and Prayer to end abortion. In a letter issued Jan. 5, the New Jersey bishops write:

As we mark this tragic event in our nation’s history, we remember the millions of lives lost to abortion and pray for the mothers and fathers left to suffer the tragic effects.

The Catholic Church is committed to protecting all life from conception to natural death. We will work vigorously to ensure the laws of our state and country protect and defend the intrinsic dignity of all people.

Signed by the bishops of the five Roman Catholic arch(dioceses), as well as two Eastern-rite dioceses, the letter concludes with a prayer:

We humbly implore our Blessed Mother under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and Protectress of the Unborn, to intercede on our behalf that these efforts to end abortion are guided by mercy, compassion, and above all charity.

To view the letter, click HERE.

In keeping with public health recommendations to avoid crowds and closed-in settings due to COVID-19 infection risk, the Diocese will not sponsor or organize travel to Washington, D.C., for the National March for Life, which is set for Jan. 29. Instead, the Diocese encourages the faithful to keep a local focus by participating on that day in a pre-recorded pro-life Mass, celebrated by Bishop O’Connell, which will be available online beginning at 11 a.m.

Visit TrentonMonitor.com>News>Diocese for more information and links to these observances as well as youtube.com/trentondiocese.

Christmas Mass Schedule

Sacred Heart:  All  Masses will be held in the Church.  Masks & Social Distancing Required.  Capacity limits will apply (100 persons).

Christmas Eve2:00pm* and 4:00pm

Christmas Day: 8:30am* and 10:00am

*Livestreamed from Sacred Heart in Bayhead

*Watch the 2:00pm or 8:30am Masses LIVE – click LIVE on our Homescreen at mass time
or watch anytime later by going to our Video Library.

St. Pio Parish: All  Masses will be held in the Church.  Masks & Social Distancing Required.  Capacity limits will apply (150 persons).

Christmas Eve:  2:00pm and 4:00pm

Christmas Day: 10:00am

Wishing your family a Most Blessed Christmas!

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Mass Time Change! Saturday 4pm

Beginning with the change from Daylight Savings Time – on Saturday, November 7th, our Vigil Mass will be at 4:00pm.  Confessions will also change to Saturdays between 3:00-3:30pm.  These Mass times will remain in effect until the clocks change again in the Spring!

Rest in Peace Fr. Vincent Coppola

We sadly announce that Fr. Vince has gone home to God, Friday morning, October 2nd. We ask that you keep Fr. Vince, his family and especially his mom, Madeline in your thoughts and prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.
Fr. Vince’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 8th at St. Joseph’s Church in Toms River at 11:00 am with visitation at the Church at 10:00 am.
-Fr. Joe

THE GREAT ADVENTURE: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE

Signup for the Bible Study for the Book of  JAMES…..Pearls for Wise Living

JAMES is one of the most practical books in the Bible.  Like the book of Proverbs, it is a book of wisdom, a collection of teachings on issues faced by ordinary Christians in everyday life. These teachings speak to all those who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and their faith.

This 11 WEEK STUDY offers “pearls for wise living” by giving practical solutions to handle and sanctify everyday circumstances…to help us be more “Christlike”. See how God’s Wisdom helps us to face suffering, temptation, and the storms of life.

WHEN:   Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30AM
WHERE: Sacred Heart Parish Hall
START DATE: Wednesday October 21, 2020

COST: $20 (covers workbook)
QUESTIONS: Barbara Turro 732-903-7551 or email: barbara.turro@gmail.com
CHECKS TO: SACRED HEART CHURCH (Memo: BIBLE STUDY)
MAIL TO:  Barbara Turro, 1103 Barnegat Lane, Mantoloking, NJ 08738

When registering please include your NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE & EMAIL ADDRESS.

Challenge: Matching Gifts Needed for Valentine House

Many of you may be familiar with Valentine House – their residents are the recipients of our Giving Tree gifts at Christmas. The Joan Valentine House in Point Pleasant Beach is a 40-bed residential health care facility dedicated to providing mentally ill residents with the safe, healthy, pleasant, caring environment they deserve. Managed by The Ocean Housing Alliance, Inc. a NJ nonprofit corporation comprised of family members and friends of the mentally ill. They are committed to the total care of each resident, which includes full housing provisions, coordination of health care providers, and various additional support services to give residents the opportunity to experience a decent quality of life.  The House is totally self-sustaining and dependent upon donations to operate.

 

Sacred Heart Church has received a donation of $5,000, our parish is matching that donation from our Charitable Giving Account and we are asking parishioners to join in on the challenge and all together match the donation with another $5,000 for a total of $15,000. We ask your support, no gift is too small, together we can help this happen! Please make your check payable to Sacred Heart Church and write Valentine House in the memo field.