Sunday, October 25, 2020

(full copy of our Bulletin is published below)


Phase Two - Effective June 15, 2020

Phase Two continues the dispensation from the Sunday obligation and Easter Duty, maintains all provisions of Phase One and permits weekday Masses, Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings (following directives of Phase Three for the celebration of Mass).

All of the directives issued on May 11, 2020 and the emendations of the Addendum issued on May 27, 2020 remain in force with the following additions or changes only:

  1. The Addendum issued on May 27, 2020 indicates that the maximum number of participants for public Mass, Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings is ten (10), inclusive of all ministers and participants. The number of participants is now set at 25% of the church’s capacity or 50 participants in total, whichever lower. All the directives on social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing remain in force.

  2. Phase Two should be used to test and fine tune the procedures for implementation, particularly the provisions you will need to have in place for communicating with your people and limiting capacity.

Phase Three - Effective June 21, 2020


This is the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time and includes the Vigil Mass on Saturday, June 20, 2020.  

Phase Three continues the dispensation from the Sunday obligation and Easter Duty, all celebrations permitted in Phase Two and extends the celebration of public Mass to Sundays with all directives in force.

All of the directives issued on May 11, 2020 and the emendations of the Addendum issued on May 27, 2020 remain in force with the following additions or changes only:


  1. The Directives for Re-Opening Churches indicates that “No more than 50% of the total seating capacity of the church can be permitted for a liturgy.”  The number of participants will actually be determined within the next week, depending upon compliance and numbers, and you will be notified as soon as that number is set.  All the directives on social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing remain in force.

  2. Outdoor Masses (not parking lot Masses) will be permitted.  All the directives on social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing remain in force.  Permission for outdoor Masses must be secured from your Episcopal Vicar.

Please note that these commencement dates for Phase Two and Three contingent upon any further developments in the potential spread of the coronavirus.  IF there is a spike, these dates may need to be adjusted.

The Directives for Re-Opening Churches and the two Addenda (the first issued on May 27, 2020 and this one) are not suggestions or even guidelines. They are, for now, particular law of the Archdiocese of Newark, established through the authority of the Archbishop. The Directives pertain to the appropriate and safe functioning of ordinary liturgical life in the local Church of Newark.  Therefore, these matters require adherence by all parishes and religious communities where the sacred liturgy is celebrated.



  1. Cardinal Tobin continues to dispense the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday as well as from “Easter duty” (the obligation to receive Holy Communion during the season of Easter).

  2. Churches may be opened solely for personal prayer during limited and designated hours. Individuals and families enter the church for quiet prayer only. During opening hours, a parish staff member must be physically present in the church to ensure social distancing and sanitizing. No gatherings are permitted.

  3. In accord with national, state and local health directives, those who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to an infected person are not permitted to enter the church for 14 days.

  4. Holy water fonts must remain empty until further notice.

  5. Hand sanitizer should be made available throughout the church.

  6. Public celebrations of liturgies, devotions, or other group prayer are not permitted at this time.

  7. Masks must be worn by all individuals while in the church.

  8. Individuals and families must maintain social distancing (six feet) between each person while in the church.

  9. The pastor will ensure that there is prominent notification within the church regarding the requirement of masks and social distancing.

  10. Pews, door handles and knobs, restrooms and high traffic areas of the church should be wiped down and sanitized at regular intervals with the removal of trash and other items from the pews.

  11. The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be offered at specified and limited times.

Confessionals are not to be used.

    • Social distancing must be maintained by those waiting for the sacrament and attention be given to maintaining the seal.

    • Masks must be worn by confessor and penitent.


  • On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, all archdiocesan cemeteries will be open for visitation from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and will be open for visitation every Sunday, thereafter.

  • Beginning on Monday, May 11, up to 10 family members will be permitted to attend a burial service.

  • Beginning on Monday, May 18, cemetery visitation will be permitted weekdays, Monday through Saturday, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., after all interments are completed.

  • Memorial Day Masses at our all archdiocesan cemeteries are postponed until further notice.  Announcements are forthcoming regarding a live-stream or video of Memorial Day Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery.

  • All persons entering archdiocesan cemetery and mausoleum premises must wear a face mask and practice social distancing as per the state’s mandate. Signs will be posted in cemeteries.


DIRECTIVES effective March 25, 2020:

  • All baptisms must be postponed until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency.

  • All weddings are postponed until further notice.

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is suspended until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency. 

  • All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until further notice. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until further notice.

  • Parish offices must be closed until further notice.  Employees who provide essential services should be limited and on staggered schedules.

  • Pastors should see that the Blessed Sacrament is renewed in tabernacles regularly from celebrations of private Masses.


The following directives REMAIN IN FORCE since March 18, 2020:

  • All public celebrations of daily and Sunday Mass suspended until further notice.

  • All public celebrations of the Sacraments and other public forms of worship suspended until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, previously scheduled Confirmations, celebrations of First Communion, penitential services, Communion services, and Liturgies of the Word. 

  • Anointing of the Sick: A priest may use a cotton-tipped swab or cotton ball as an instrument to anoint the sick person. 

  • Holy Water should be removed from all fonts. 

  • Celebrations of Mass should continue via live-streaming. If you have not done so already, you are urged to enroll your parish in the archdiocesan Parish Support Initiative that provides one online platform for the faithful to support the critical needs of their parish communities and other parishes in need. Contributions also are gratefully accepted through usual channels including mailed envelopes, other online giving, Annual Appeal, etc.

  • The Archdiocesan Center remains closed with limited and staggering of hours.

  • Catholic Schools remain closed as directed by the State of New Jersey.

  • All Archdiocese of Newark Catechetical education and events sponsored by the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) are suspended.


Anyone who has had direct exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 is advised to carefully follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding isolation and quarantine protocols. 


Archdiocesan employees will continue to work remotely, and should consult their supervisors for further guidance and to determine work assignments.

We encourage you to continue to visit for accurate and updated information available to the residents of New Jersey. Also, please monitor our website at and follow the Archdiocese of Newark’s social media channels @NwkArchdiocese for archdiocesan related announcements.

We continue to keep all affected individuals, families, first responders, and especially those on the front lines in our prayers throughout the coming days.

Thank you


  • We started in our parish the ‘’Shining the Light of Christ’’ 2020 Annual Appeal. This campaign provides the necessary resources to sustain Archdiocesan programs and ministries. Our parish goal this year is $ 26,501.00. Thank you for any help you can provide.

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Monday          7:30pm-9:00pm (church)

Wednesday    7:30pm-9:00pm (church) 

Friday              8:00am-6:00pm (chapel)

                         7:30pm-9:00pm (church)


The rabbis of Jesus’ time, in studying the Bible, had come to discover 613 commandments, 365 of which were negative, i.e., forbidden actions, and 248 were positive, namely, works to be done. Explaining a commandment per day, it would take al- most two years to teach them all. In the end, the earlier ones would certainly have been forgotten. If it was hard to learn them, imagine how complicated it was to observe them; to avoid sins was virtually impossible. The common folks were not able to learn the subtle distinctions and endless moral justifications and were despised by the scribes. 

Jesus considers this variety of rules a heavy yoke which op- presses and tires, takes the breath away and the joy of living. He warns the teachers of the law, “A curse is on you! You prepare unbearable burdens and load them on the people” (Lk 11:46). 

In today’s Gospel, one of the scribes approaches Jesus in a hostile manner, and to test Him, he asks: “What is the greatest commandment in the law?” He means to say: all the 613 precepts are great and important and must be observed with the utmost care. They are a yoke, but “it is good for a man to bear the yoke from his youth”. How dare you call them “unbearable burdens,” perhaps you mean to cancel part of the law? 

Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it. He reveals that love—of God and of neighbor—is the fulfillment of the whole of the law. Jesus says that all 613 commands found in the Bible’s first five books can be summarized by two verses of this law: 

"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. 

The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments." 

A fundamental question which then arises is how do we grow in love of God and practice true charity so that we can truly abandon ourselves to the Lord like so many saints before us. Obviously, the first thing to point out is that we love God by spending time with him in prayer, partaking of the sacraments, and working to develop all the facets of the spiritual life. Those are the basics of the faith. 

There’s another part of how we grow in love of God that is of- ten kind of forgotten. It’s there in black and white - “love your neighbor as yourself.” We’re so used to hearing it, that it’s easy to forget that this is a huge deal. It’s also easy to ignore, because let’s be honest, it often seems a lot easier to love God than to love our neighbor. 

Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange says our “nature leads us to love those who do us good and to hate those who do us evil.” We like the person who’s nice to us and we dislike the person who is mean. And on a natural, human level, that sounds totally reasonable. But we’re not called to live naturally. We’re called to strive to live supernaturally. 

By rejecting the natural inclination of love and hate taught by the Pharisees, Jesus is saying that we can’t be in perfect union with God until we learn to love our neighbors. Our neighbor is everyone including our enemies. Remember that the virtue of charity resides in the will.  It’s perfected when it is fully united to the will of God. That’s why St. Augustine said, “Love God and do what you will.” Loving God means conforming ourselves to his will. That’s why Christ himself taught us to pray, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. 

And while it’s scary on the human level, this loving abandonment to the will of God leads to a profound peace that encompasses our entire being. Think about it. How else could Mary remain at peace when an Archangel suddenly appears and drops the startling news that she’s going to give birth to the Son of God? 

She isn’t frightened at the message because she is already full of grace, lovingly conformed and united to God through supernatural charity. She loves God perfectly and knows God loves her perfectly and so there’s nothing to be afraid of. As 1 John 4:18 declares, “Perfect love casts out fear.” 

That doesn’t mean life is always going to “always go our way”. Mary suffered immensely watching her perfect son suffer and die. And suffering is certainly a part of our lives, as well. We live in a exceptionally fallen world and suffering is always present. That said, we can rest in the fact that God loves us perfectly and will take care of us. Scripture is full of that promise. 

God promises to take care of us. He’ll work things out. But what does that really mean? There’s something deep- er going on here. Is the fact that God works it out simply because he’s God and he can do anything? Or do we play some role, as well? St. Paul certainly makes it seem like we’re somehow involved. Look at the verse - “In every- thing God works for good.” With whom? “Those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” 

In other words, it seems St. Paul is saying that God’s working things out is mysteriously related to our love of Him. It’s not just a given, so to speak, that he’s going put everything back together and we’ll live happily ever after. Our love of God is a key ingredient. 

St. Paul isn’t saying we just sit back and watch God put things back the way we want them. He’s saying our love of God conforms us to his will and helps us accept what’s going on. It helps us accept that God has a reason for allowing us to be in difficult and stressful situations. 

This also shows us why charity is greatest of the virtues and the path to our salvation. “Everything comes from love,” says St. Catherine of Siena, “all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.” 

Spiritual growth is not measured by the sweetness of devotion or the feeling of closeness to God. Rather, it is judged by the level of our hatred of sin and progress in the practice of virtue. Progress in all the virtues, as well as the spiritual life in general, can be boiled down to progress in the greatest of them all - love - the infused virtue of charity. 

So, love is an act of the will that conforms us to the perfect will of God and leads us into divine life. 

Have a blessed and peaceful day!

Fr. Ireneusz

Almighty and eternal God, you have so exalted the unbreakable bond of marriage that it has become a sacramental sign of your Son’s union with the Church as his spouse. Look with favor on these couples who you have united in marriage, as they ask for your help and the protection of the Virgin Mary.  We pray that in good times and in bad they will grow in love for each other; that they will resolve to be of one heart in the bond of peace. Lord, in their struggles let them rejoice that you are near to help them; in their needs let them know that you are there to rescue them; in their joys let them see that you are the source and completion of every happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord,




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St. Theresa of Child Jesus

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Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II


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