Return to Public Mass
Father James is recuperating from his surgery & thanks everyone for their prayers and well-wishes.
Our new Mass schedule beginning July 4/5 is: Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 5 pm & Sunday morning Mass at 9:30 a.m. (live-streamed)
There will be NO weekday Mass until August 3rd at which time the new weekday Mass schedule will be, Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday at 7 pm. There will be NO Thursday morning Mass. Father will re-evaluate the weekday Mass schedule in the Fall, and at that time, he will determine if the morning Mass on Thursday will resume. Confessions will be heard on Saturday afternoon from 4 pm tp 4:45 pm in the gazebo behind the Church. Weekday Confession will resume on Monday, August 3.
We are pleased to announce, Fr. John Devaney (he was here for our Parish Mission last December) will celebrate Mass on the weekend of July 4th/5th, July 11th/12th & July 18th/19th
Guidelines for the Restoration of Mass with a Congregation
from the Diocese of Metuchen
At this time we are in need of Volunteers and Ushers to help out at each Mass. Ushers will make every effort to ensure appropriate physical distancing before during and after liturgical celebrations. Ushers will sit each member that enters the Church while keeping a safe distance between themselves. Please note, FAMILY MEMBERS MAY ALL SIT TOGETHER. Volunteers for our Saftey-First Cleaning Team will disinfect the Church after Mass and restrooms as needed. As you sign up, more information will be given to you. If you are interested in helping out, please call the Parish Office at 908-638-6211. Thank you in advance for your kindness.
Restrictions are now incrementally being lifted and the ability to safely assemble in our Church is now becoming an imminent reality.
The restoration will occur through the following gradual process and specific dates will be announced when appropriate.
PHASE I & II: Beginning June 12th, the celebration of weekday Mass and weekend Mass will resume under strict physical distancing, the use of masks, and strict procedures for the distribution of Holy Communion. You must wear a mask to Church. We will have masks on hand in the event you forgot to bring one. There will be hand sanitizer available for use and tissues too. The Church will be limited to how many can attend Mass. Once the upstairs is filled, you may be able to sit downstairs, it is still being worked out. The Church will have tape on the floor to guide you as to where to sit and for appropriate spacing between individuals in the Communion Procession. Communion WILL BE distributed at the END OF MASS at which time you will then leave Church and return to your vehicle. There will be no congregating allowed outside. If you are part of the Safety-First Cleaning Team you may return to your pew and wait until everyone leaves Church before you begin cleaning. There will be no use of missalettes at this time or weekday Magnificat booklets.
PHASE III: To be determined: This Phase allows for the continuation of weekday and weekend Mass with a congregation of an increased number of people present, a somewhat relaxed physical distancing, use of masks, and specified procedures for the distribution of Holy Communion. More information will follow once the Diocese informs our Parish.
PHASE IV: To be determined: This Phase will allow Parishes to continue the celebration of weekday and weekend Mass with a congregation of an additional increased number of people present, additional relaxation in physical distancing, use of masks as optional and relaxed procedures for the distribution of Holy Communion. Again, once our Parish is given information from the Diocese, it will be posted here.
At this time Father James would like to thank each and every one of you for your patience throughout this entire pandemic. While it has been stressful, it has also helped us understand and appreciate the importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and how much we really do need Christ in our lives. Going forward, let us work together to create a safe environment in our Church for all, and please remember if you are feeling ill, you are encouraged to stay home. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass will remain in effect until further notice. You are to keep the Lord's Day holy by some other means.
If you have any questions pertaining to the above information, don't hesitate to call the Parish Office at 908-638-6211.