Bishop O’Connell lifts many COVID based protocols

Welcome Back to Church!!

Return to Church – the Bishops of NJ ended the dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.  The faithful are to return beginning June 5-6, 2021.

Masks Wearing & Social Distancing Optional –the clergy and faithful should use their best judgement to protect their own health and that of their neighbors.  Those not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.  Limits on church capacity have been lifted.

Read the entire Diocesan Message here: Diocese encourages return to church, lifts many COVID-based protocols – Diocese of Trenton – Lawrenceville, NJ

Important Announcement from Bishops of NJ re: Mass Attendance

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW JERSEY BISHOPS

Reinstating the General Obligation to Attend Mass

At this time, due to the observance of public safety protocols and the increase in the availability of vaccines, we have begun a return to some sense of normalcy in various sectors of our society.

Therefore, we the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, are lifting the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation beginning on Saturday, June 5, 2021, and Sunday, June 6, 2021, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. We welcome the Christian faithful to return to the regular participation in the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith (cf. Code of Canon Law canon 1247 and Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2180).

This obligation does not apply to those who are ill; those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus or another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions.  One should consult the local pastor if questions arise about the obligation to attend Mass (canon 87).

Finally, safety protocols (such as wearing masks, social distancing, etc.) and liturgical directives in each New Jersey Diocese remains in place until modified or revoked by the respective Diocesan Bishop.

Given on May 20, 2021, the memorial of St. Bernardine of Siena.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. Archbishop, Archdiocese of Newark

Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M. Bishop, Diocese of Trenton
Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan Bishop, Diocese of Camden
Most Reverend Kevin J. Sweeney Bishop, Diocese of Paterson
Most Reverend James F. Checchio Bishop, Diocese of Metuchen
Most Reverend Kurt Burnette Bishop, Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic
Most Reverend Yousif B. Habash Bishop, Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese

Summer Mass Schedule – new times start June 5th/6th

Summer Mass Schedule – effective June 5th – September 12th

Saturday:  4:00 PM
Sunday:  7:30am (no music), 8:30am, 10:30am
  8:30am also Livestreamed – click LIVE on our Homescreen at mass time or watch later in our Video Library

Holy Communion Distribution: 11:30-11:45 AM – Sunday after 10:30am Mass

Daily Mass 8:30 A.M. Monday thru Friday   (Benediction after Mass on Fridays.)

Confession every Saturday 3:00-3:30 P.M. – or call Parish Office for appointment 732-899-1398

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

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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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.

Bishop invites faithful to pray daily Rosary for the needs of the nation

Bishop invites faithful to pray daily Rosary for the needs of the nation
August 17, 2020
by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.
For centuries, Catholics have turned to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking for her intercession in times of need by praying the Rosary. This great prayer, whose origins date before the 12th century, uses a meditative repetition of prayers that invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she leads us to consider the mysteries in the life of her Divine Son, Jesus.  History has shown this to be a powerful, effective and calming prayer that has truly changed hearts and lives over the centuries of its use.

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said of the Rosary that it is “the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the Rosary is beyond description.”

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I invite all Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton to consider making this powerful devotion part of your daily life of prayer. Please join with me in praying Our Lady’s Rosary every day between now and October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the many intentions and needs of our nation today, especially:

  • For a true respect for life in all its stages from conception to natural death;
  • For the strengthening of family life;
  • For an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for all those impacted by it;
  • For a lasting resolution to the racial tensions and injustices that have too long afflicted our country;
  • For an end to the violence and death in our cities, especially among the young;
  • For the victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking;
  • For the poor, the unemployed and those who face economic hardship, and
  • For so many of the other intentions and needs that we face in our country and world.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Healing After Abortion

Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion? There is always hope. The pain and sorrow of abortion does not need to endure for a lifetime. A “Day of Prayer and Healing” offers the opportunity to experience the love and mercy of God and to respond to His invitation to begin the journey of healing the wound of abortion. For upcoming dates, locations, and confidential registration, or just to talk to a Sister, please call the Sisters of Life at (866)-575-0075 (toll free) or reach us by email at hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org.