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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


UPDATE May 13, 2020 Bishop O'Connell Announces Phase One Reopening

 

OLPH Plans for Phase One Reopening

13 May 2020

Dear Parish Family,

I am delighted to share the news that our Bishop has initiated Phase One: Reopening. We are now permitted to open our churches for private prayer.

Beginning on Monday May 18th, OLPH will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday - from 2 to 5pm. We will begin a two week trial and make adjustments as needed.

Reopening guidelines require some additional directives in accord with many rules now familiar to us.

  • Only 10 persons are allowed in the Church at any given time.
  • Masks are required for everyone 2-years-old and older.
  • Observe social distancing of at least six feet.
  • Please sit only in designated “spots” marked with blue tape.
  • When leaving pew, leave kneeler down so area can be cleaned. Do not sit in a pew if kneeler is already down.
  • No public restrooms are available at this time.
  • Refrain from gathering outside church or on campus.
  • Enter from Large Parking Lot. Exit towards Rectory. Main doors will remain closed.
  • If 10 people are present, please wait to enter, keeping distance outside.
  • Faithful from at risk groups should remain at home.
  • Anyone feeling relevant symptoms (fever, cough, headache, wheezing) should take care not to enter. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

 

Neighboring parishes are opening according to a staggered schedule:

St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Cinnaminson will be open Tuesday & Thursday from 3-7PM.

Sacred Heart Parish in Riverton will be open from 8am to 6pm daily. 

Check websites for the latest news.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Joel R. Wilson

 


 

UPDATED 3/20/2020:
In Accordance with Bishop O'Connell's Updated Decree Regarding COVID-19

In time of COVID-19

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I promulgate the following decree regarding the liturgies of Palm Sunday and Holy Week throughout the territorial Diocese of Trenton to assist the clergy and the faithful in the spiritual celebration of the Paschal Mysteries.

PALM SUNDAY

No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).

The Mass for Palm Sunday will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation, with palms blessed, and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 11 am on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The Mass for Palm Sunday may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.

Blessed palms can be made available for distribution at a later date.

CHRISM MASS

The Chrism Mass will be postponed and re-scheduled for another date/time with the renewal of priestly commitment and the blessing/consecration of oils occurring at that time.

Oils/chrism from the current supplies (currently in use) may continue to be used until a new supply is blessed/consecrated and made available.

If the parish is running low on oils/chrism, contact Fr. Michael Hall, Director of Worship, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 PASCHAL TRIDUUM: the following liturgical directives are to be observed in accordance with the “Decree in Time of COVID-19” issued on March 19, 2020 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff for the year 2020 only.

The Paschal Triduum cannot be transferred to another time.

 

HOLY THURSDAY

No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).

Televised or live-stream broadcasts should be live (not recorded).

The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 7 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.

During the Evening Mass for the Lord’s Supper:

  • The Washing of the Feet, which is already optional, is to be omitted;
  • The usual procession with the Blessed Sacrament to a place of repose is to be omitted and the Blessed Sacrament should be kept in the tabernacle, as usual.

Priests who are unable to celebrate Mass should instead pray Vespers of the day from the Liturgy of Hours instead.

 

GOOD FRIDAY

No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).

The Commemoration/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 3 pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.

The Commemoration/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.

A special commemoration in the General Intercessions for the sick, the dead and for those who feel lost or dismayed will be developed by the Office of Worship and sent to the parishes for mandated use.

Priests who are unable to celebrate this liturgy should instead pray Vespers of the day from the Liturgy of Hours instead.

HOLY SATURDAY

No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).

The Easter Vigil will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 7 pm on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

The Easter Vigil may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.

During the Easter Vigil:

  • The preparation and lighting of the fire is omitted
  • The paschal candle is lit without procession followed by the recited Easter Proclamation
  • The Liturgy of the Word takes place
  • The Baptismal Liturgy is only the renewal of Baptismal Promises; a symbolic (small) of Holy Water may be blessed but holy water fonts should remain empty
  • The Rite of Christian Initiation and/or Reception into Full Communion will be postponed and re-scheduled once restrictions are lifted

Priests who are unable to celebrate the Easter Vigil should instead pray Vespers/Matins/Lauds of the day from the Liturgy of Hours instead.

 

EASTER SUNDAY

No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).

Mass for Easter Sunday will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 10 am on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Mass for Easter Sunday may be celebrated without a congregation by the pastor/parish priest in parish churches with live-stream capability; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.

Priests are otherwise asked to celebrate Easter Sunday without a congregation.

Given by mandate of the Bishop, Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D.,  March 20, 2020, for the Diocese of Trenton.

POST-SCRIPT:

No general absolution is to be given at this time; if that changes, it will be communicated / announced.

Regarding Plenary Indulgence:

The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will* to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father's intentions), as soon as possible.

Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15: 13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.

This Apostolic Penitentiary also willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, also to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.

The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no.12).

(*fulfillment of the usual conditions may not be immediately possible; therefore, the will to fulfill them suffices with the intention to fulfill the usual conditions “as soon as possible.”)

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Masses are being held privately and broadcasted to the internet.  
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Available upon request, please call the Rectory at 856-667-8850.

Catholic Charities News

During the Covid 19 pandemic, in addition to on site services, Catholic Charities has established Tele Health and Tele Mental Health services. Call 800-360-7711.

Food pantries are experiencing a 50% client increase. Pantries distribute prepackaged food bags mornings in Burlington (9:30-11:30) Mercer and Ocean Counties (9-12) Go to www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org for directions and information on additional services.

The 20thannual Providence House Domestic Violence Services event, scheduled for June 12th, will be combined with the Catholic Charities virtual gala on September 26. 



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Since formation, Good Counsel has had 1,219 babies born to resident moms, 15 just this year so far.   Our mothers can stay a year or longer after their baby is born.  While in residence mothers have earned their GEDs, and graduated from  NursingSchool, Culinary School, Real Estate School, and Clinical Nursing Programs.  Other Moms have attended community and county colleges, and other work related programs while working part time or full time jobs. Staffed 24/7, Good Counsel provides a family like atmosphere with all residents sharing the responsibilities of taking care of the home.   Our mothers participate in a Life Skills Program with weekly classes on nutrition, post/pre-natal education, general parenting, chastity, spirituality, finances, job preparedness, and health and computer skills.  The goal of all Good Counsel Homes is to help find the residents full time employment, safe and secure housing and to become financially and physically independent while becoming contributing members of society. 

If you are interested in contributing to our mission in Pro-life ministry and breaking the cycle of homelessness , please consider becoming a monthly donor by calling 201.795.0637, visit our website www.goodcounselhomes.org.  

We thank you for your faithful prayerful and financial support as we do what Jesus asks us to do… “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and shelter the homeless.

God bless you.

For more information contact Tara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 609-387-2928.  Please visit our web site goodcounselhomes.org, Facebook or Twitter.  Come and rock our babies! 


 


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Dear Families of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and School,

After a relatively quiet summer on campus, we are gearing up for a terrific year at OLPH! Many improvements await our students. Our library is now nestled right in the middle of our young readers on the first floor. Our new website not only strikes great visual appeal but also offers practical improvements like interactive electronic forms. Dedicated technology carts on each of our three floors facilitate instruction that integrates technology. Lastly, Jim Berg has been working diligently to complete his repainting and beautification of the rooms in our buildings. Many improvements have been in the works since last year to welcome our eager students for another year of nurturing our students' God-given talents and helping them to grow into lifelong learners.

Another aspect of our behind-the-scenes planning and preparation for excellence in Catholic education has included conversations with the Diocese of Trenton, which has taken a special interest in the schools of Burlington County, many of which have been struggling to offer the same quality education in the face of decreasing enrollment and increasing financial burdens. Together, we have entered into dialogue in order to ensure that Catholic education continues to thrive in our parishes and county.

A summary from our first conversation, and a similar one held at Saint Charles Borromeo, can be found in the link below. Nothing has been decided about what lies ahead of us. Surely more conversations, meetings and dialogue will transpire. What is certain from our vantage point is that we are at a crossroads. Merely staying the course is insufficient to ensure a truly vibrant educational experience. Here at OLPH, we seek your active support, participation and engagement! We are not only educating children but more importantly building up our church and school community, the body of Christ. This work of raising our children in the Faith must truly be the goal and focus of our whole community.

As our community seeks to discern the best way forward, we ask for your prayers. As your pastor, I request your prayers. Pray for our wisdom, counsel, and fortitude – all gifts of the Holy Spirit. Pray for joy, peace and patience – all fruits of the Holy Spirit. We will need the Spirit guidance to show what God has in store.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Joel Wilson

Please Read Notes from Meeting Here

St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church and School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and School Pilgrimage to Fatima and the Camino de Santiago with Father Dan Swift and Father Joel Wilson

11 Days October 2-12, 2019

WHAT’S THE COST? Land and Air from Newark $3495.00 Land Only $2795.00 Solo Travel (additional cost) $595.00 Prices are valid only if the deposit is received no later than June 21, 2019 Final payment due August 1, 2019.

Click here for a PDF of more information and the registration/consent form.

bishop mug alternateJuly 31, 2019
by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
Reflections on “Aid in Dying” 
A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. 

As the Bishop of a Diocese, I am frequently asked to issue “statements” on a variety of subjects and I often do.  I try to be very careful in what I write and preach, avoiding topics of a political nature, keeping in mind my responsibility to use opportunities that I have to address and teach the faithful on matters of faith and morals.  I prefer to label my writings as “reflections” or “messages,” more homiletic in nature and content, designed to encourage believers to follow the Gospels of Jesus Christ and to apply the teachings of the Church to issues or events of contemporary relevance to Catholics in our Diocese. 
 

prepATTENTION ALL NEW FAMILIES!

Registration packets for all new families are available for pick up in the back of the Church. When your packet is completed, call the PREP Office to set up an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and having join our family!

Knights of Columbus logoMen ten years and older interested in becoming squires of the Knights of Columbus. Contact Mike Garofalo (732-397- 4365) if interested.

K of C and Columbiettes would like to let you know that we are here in any daily life experiences. If you feel you need a friend please reach out and call. We will be there! Joe Flatley @ 856-667-0357 or Michelle Ewing @ 856-661-0420

Upcoming Events: Looking Ahead!

Family Spaghetti Dinner every 3rd Friday of the Month, May 17th, 5pm – 7pm $10 for Adults / $5 for Children located in the Maple Room. This includes salad, dessert, beverage, spaghetti/meatballs or clams with sauce.

Pray the Rosary with us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. All are invited.

The Knights of Columbus will be selling their Annual Travel Raffle chances outside church after all the masses next weekend May 18th & 19th and again on May 25th & 26th. All proceeds from this raffle are donated directly to our Trenton Diocese Seminarians. Chances are $10.00 dollars each. The Prize is a $5,000 gift card to AAA MidAtlantic.

Thank you to all for supporting the K of C in all our events so that we may help all those reaching out to K of C for support.

sanctary light2The Sanctuary Lamp is available for special intentions. The Lamp burns weekly for deceased members of a family or requests for a special intention. The donation is $25. Please contact the rectory at 667-8850 x 210.

stvinSociety of Saint Vincent de Paul of Our Lady of Perpetual Help offers help for those experiencing difficulties paying utility bills, rent and other financial needs. We operate on donations only. We ask those who can find it in their heart to help those struggling financially to Please Help. There are white donation boxes at each door of our church and green envelopes for you donation. Thank you and God Bless You.

Please contact the rectory at 856-667-8850 to register your family in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.family

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