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What we are doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Specific Changes for Weekend Masses (5pm Sat, 10am Sun)

  1. One main entrance (Fellowship Rd.) Two exits (St. Mary and St. Joseph altars.)
  2. No offertory collection. Please leave your gift in one of the baskets. We encourage online giving through GIVELIFY.
  3. Seating up to 1/3 capacity (200). Social Distance “spots” marked. Some pews are roped off.
  4. Two households may share a pew, but social distance is required (6ft).
  5. Holy Communion in the hand at the conclusion of Mass.
  6. Music from the choir loft. Congregation discouraged from singing.
 
 

Notes for Daily Masses (Monday through Friday at 9am)

  1. Entry through parking lot door (St. Mary side). Exit by St. Joseph side.
  2. Limited to 25 persons. 

 

Additional COVID-19 Precautions

We shall clean the church after each Mass (We are looking for volunteers to help with the cleaning - please call the rectory 856.667.8850.

Because it is impossible to accommodate all our parishioners for Sunday Masses, we are asking those with flexible schedules to consider attending on a different day of the week. Remember, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended until further notice. In other words, it is not a mortal sin to miss Mass on Sunday, especially if you are staying home to stay safe and healthy.

We advise those in higher risk groups to continue to participate in Mass through television or the internet. For those who may be at some risk but who still seek to return to holy Mass and to receive the blessed Eucharist, I humbly recommend that you attend one of our 9am daily Masses (Monday - Friday). Of course, if you have any symptoms or someone in your home has symptoms, please stay home.

Our church has been arranged for social distancing. Every third pew is open. Blue tape marks a 6 foot distance in the middle of the pew. A family of 4 may sit together on the main aisle, while a smaller group (1-3) may find spaces along the side aisles. A large family can take the whole pew, of course. 

Also, for the latest updates: check our Facebook page and check dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus

 


 

Message from Bishop O'Connell

14 May 2020

Today, the Bishops of NJ and I learned that the House Democrats released The Heroes Act, H.R. 6800, the fourth phase of economic stimulus relief or CARES 4. 

H.R.6800 includes several provisions that would protect and even expand funding for programs that Congress established in the last CARES act, such as an extension of unemployment benefits until January 31, 2021, expansion of the SBA payroll protection program loans to include all nonprofits regardless of size, and increased funding for the Supplemental Nutrition assistance program. However, unlike the previous CARES act, H.R.6800 WOULD PROHIBIT NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS INCLUDING OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE DIOCESE OF TRENTON FROM ACCESSING ANY PORTION OF THE PROPOSED $200 BILLION INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION FOR EDUCATION.

Our Catholic schools struggle to stay open as it is and the pandemic will impact them negatively as our neighboring dioceses in NJ have revealed.  You can contact our NJ Senators and Congressman using the “alert” message template here: https://www.votervoice.net/NJCC/campaigns/74344/respond  

Thank you and God bless you in these stressful days.

Respectfully yours in the Lord,

Bishop O’Connell


 


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