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

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.

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.