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.

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.

Diocesan Advisory

Media reports have indicated significant spikes in Corona virus cases in 21 states that have re-opened or relaxed restrictions. As we approach the first weekend of public, in-church Masses, I remind the Diocese of our directions, lest there be any confusion:

  1. COVID-19 is still extremely contagious, especially indoors or in closed settings;
  2. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday/Holy Day Masses remains in effect so that all Catholic faithful, in good conscience, are not required to be physically present in church; live-streamed Masses will continue in most parishes;
  3. Anyone who is sick or at risk should not come to church; that is not punitive but, rather, common sense and an act of charity toward your neighbors
  4. All parishes are expected to abide by occupancy and other regulations of the Diocese with care;
  5. Masks must be worn (no exceptions), physical contact of any kind must be avoided, social distancing must be practiced, proper sanitation must be observed at all public, in church Masses;
  6. Before attending public, in church Masses, the Catholic faithful are asked to consider any possible health and safety risks involved.

Diocese of Trenton DISCLAIMER: This electronic mail transmission is privileged and confidential and is intended only for the use by the party to whom it is addressed. If you have received this transmission in error, please disregard it.

Bishop’s Message

From our Bishop:
On the advice of public health officials, I am mandating the closing of all Churches and Chapels in the Diocese of Trenton to the public, effective at noon today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 until further notice. No exceptions.
Most of our parishes have already done this.
I am following the COVID-19 situation in our Diocese and state very closely.
Out of an abundance of caution and for your own health and safety and that of all the faithful, I ask your strict cooperation.

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 www.vaticannews.va.
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 SPREAD THE NEWS OF THIS GRACE-FILLED OPPORTUNITY  TO PRAY WITH THE HOLY FATHER TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
NO PUBLIC GATHERINGS INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OF CHURCHES.  PROMOTE FAMILY/AT HOME PRAYER AND PARTICIPATION.
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.