Bishop’s Message

A message from The Bishop and Father Joe.
The Holy Father has invited all clergy, religious and lay faithful of the world to take part in a special televised prayer service this Friday, March 27, at 1 pm EST.
It will be broadcast on EWTN  (Comcast 1668, Optimum 135) and live streamed on
At the Bishop’s request all the clergy, religious and lay faithful are asked to pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be as ceremonies begin at 1 pm on Friday, March 27.

Please note, that while the President is optimistic about Churches opening for Easter,  at this time, the Bishop’s Decree for Corvid-19  planning for the Diocese of Trenton as communicated in his decree and communications remains in tact and to be observed.

Pope’s Messages

Pope Francis Prays the Angelus and a Rosary

“All Christians together … let us lift our voices toward Heaven.” This is the call Pope Francis has made to “invoke the Almighty, the Omnipotent God” for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Following the Our Father prayed by Christians around the world and led by Pope Francis, then the pope will continue with the Angelus prayer. This prayer recounts the moment that is celebrated precisely on March 25: The Annunciation of God’s message to Gabriel, and the Virgin Mary’s response, and thus the incarnation of the Word in her womb.

After the Angelus, the pope will lead the praying of the Rosary.

Join in at the link above.

Pastor Update

On March 13, 2020, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., announced the following appointments, effective immediately:

Father Joseph G. Hlubik, from priest-in-residence, Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head, to pastor, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Lavallette, and Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head.

Father Douglas Freer, from pastor, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Lavallette, and Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head, to medical leave.

Click the link Below for the full article: St. Pio Pastor Update

Scam Alert

The Diocese of Trenton has issued an alert regarding reports of email and text scams that will use the name of a pastor to solicit funds in the form of gift cards or cash donations.

The warning follows a recent report on CBS Philly about parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia being targeted.  The email usually begins with a simple “Hi,” but no recipients’ name, and asks for financial help for a worthy cause.  The pastor’s name concludes the request.

Several pastors in the Diocese of Trenton have already heard from parishioners who received emails or text messages, seemingly from the pastor, asking for donations.

The Diocese takes this opportunity to advise parishioners that pastors do not raise money in this manner and to exercise the utmost caution when receiving this type of communication.

Some law enforcement in the area urge parishioners to question any email or text that doesn’t come from a person in their contacts.  If the person is not known, a parishioner should call the person asking for funds to verify the story.  If a pastor’s name is used, parishioners should contact the parish to verify the legitimacy of the appeal.

Anyone who feels that they have been the victim of this type of scam is urged to contact their local police department.

Bishop Coronavirus Statement

The link below will take you to Bishop O’Connell’s latest message regarding the coronavirus.

Bishop O’Connell statement March 12, 2020

From Fr. Joe Hlubik

All parish functions including daily and weekend Masses are cancelled.
The Parish office will be closed until April 3rd.
We are still open for funerals, baptisms, and emergency anointing.
The Wednesday evening Penance Service is cancelled.
The Chapel will be open for private prayers from:
     St. Pio – 6am – 7pm
     Sacred Heart – 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:

  • 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.
  • 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:
We will continue to evaluate new information that could impact these directives and will post regular updates to 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.
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
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.