COVID Alert – Parish Offices Closed

The Offices at Sacred Heart and St Pio are Closed Thursday, March 11th thru Friday, March 19th due to a COVID infection of one of our Staff.  Since I have had 2 doses of the vaccine I will still celebrate Mas, but as a precaution, I will not give out the Eucharist for a few days to insure there is no danger of transmitting it.
Fr. Joe

The Chosen – Lenten Bible Study

Join Father Joe on a journey into the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  Each week you will watch one episode of the first season of the hit Christian Video series called “THE CHOSEN” (approx. 45 minutes) and then have a group discussion and Lenten Bible reflection about the highlights of the film.

Meetings will be safe and socially distanced (please wear your mask)

at Sacred Heart’s Casey Hall

Starting at 9:30am every Wednesday in Lent (Feb. 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31)

All are Welcome!  Bring your own favorite beverage or breakfast, unfortunately we cannot serve any food or drinks.

The Chosen is the first multi-season television series about the life of Christ, as witnessed through the eyes of those He impacted. Directed by Dallas Jenkins and distributed by VidAngel Studios, The Chosen has grown to become the largest crowdfunded TV series of all time.

The shows attempt to provide an accurate historical background of the Gospel setting, and of life in Israel during the lifetime of Jesus. The stories follow a plausible timeline and feature some of the main events, that are a mixture of those from the 4 Gospels.

The lives of familiar figures such as Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter, Nicodemus, Thomas, as well as other disciples and characters are handled with creative license. We witness how their encounters with Jesus change them. I believe you will thoroughly enjoy watching and discussing the shows.             Fr. Joe

Dramatic Increase in Domestic Violence

Catholic Charity News

Isolation caused by the Covid19 pandemic has resulted in a dramatic increase in domestic violence. Catholic Charities, Providence Houses in Burlington and Ocean counties provides shelter and counseling for adult and children victims of domestic violence. We have produced a short You Tube video to inform parishioners of our services. To access the video, click:

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>News>Diocese for more information and links to these observances as well as

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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