"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME"
UPDATED DIRECTIVES DURING THE COVID19 PANDEMIC
Effective May 25, 2021
Given the reinstatement by the Bishops of NJ of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and the lessening of restrictions from the state, the following is provided as an immediate update to the May 4 directives.
Effective May 28, masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated persons. If not fully vaccinated, persons are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidance and wear a face mask in public settings. Masks are still required on public transit and in health care settings, prisons, child-care facilities and schools, among other places. People will no longer be required to socially distance indoors or outdoors, (May 28), although unvaccinated persons should continue to maintain a safe distance from others.
Effective June 4, all indoor gathering limits will be removed.
Although these directives represent a reduction of pandemic restrictions, the local pastors/administrators/chaplains can impose stricter regulations as needed. These may include wearing masks, social distancing, and signing in for Mass or activities. These directives apply to all indoor and outdoor events.
Cardinal Tobin and the Bishops of New Jersey are reinstating the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation effective June 5/6, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. To read the official statement, please visit: https://www.rcan.org/
Parishioners should be made aware of the reinstatement of the obligation.
Churches and parish facilities may return to 100 per cent capacity with no social distancing for both indoor and outdoor services and activities, as of June 4, 2021.
Parishioners should be informed that if they are vaccinated, they are no longer required to wear a mask. It is not required for parishioners to show proof of vaccination.Anyone not fully vaccinated should wear a mask.
Any vaccinated person preferring to wear a mask should feel free to do so.
Churches and meeting spaces should continue to be sanitized after each liturgy, event or meeting.
For more safety information: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562021/approved/20210503b.shtml
June is the month devoted to the Most Sacred Hart of Jesus. Devotions after 7:30AM Mass and additionally on Fridays after 7:00PM Mass with exposition of the Most Holy Eucharist.
The Mass Intention Book for 2022 will be opened on Monday, June 21 - June 22nd in St. JP II hall.
ST. THERESA’S ANNUAL PICNIC - this year's parish picnic will take place on Sunday, August 22nd from 2:00PM to 9:00PM at the Deutscher Club in Clark. There are many activi- ties to enjoy for all.
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ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Monday 7:30pm-9:00pm (church)
Wednesday 7:30pm-9:00pm (church)
Friday 7:30am-6:00pm (churchl)
June has become known as the Month of the Sacred Heart, due to the fact that the feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated each year during it. This year, Friday, June 11th. It all started when St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received private revelations from Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke to her on June 16, 1675, and asked her specifically to promote a feast that honored His Sacred Heart.
“I ask of you that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart, by communicating on that day, and making reparation to It by a solemn act, in order to make amends for the indignities which It has received during the time It has been exposed on the altars. I promise you that My Heart shall expand Itself to shed in abundance the influence of Its Divine Love upon those who shall thus honor It, and cause It to be honored.”
The feast of Corpus Christi has been celebrated after Trinity Sunday for many centuries and always falls during the month of June. The precise date fluctuates each year, as it is determined by the celebration of Easter. It took until 1856 for the feast of the Sacred Heart to be officially celebrated by the universal Church, and ever since then the month of June has been focused on devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His divine love for humanity.
At the very center of Christianity is love. Love is the whole message, the whole law. Speaking about love, not in the sense of a quickly passing infatuation or sexual attraction, two mistaken definitions of our confused culture, but rather in sacrificial self-giving love. In its essence, love is nothing more than laying down our lives for the good of another. The deeper we grow in the Catholic and Apostolic faith, the more we realize that the gospel is centered not so much in our love for God, but in God’s love for us. The Church has dedicated the month of June to a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that is designed to remind us of the depth of God’s passionate love for His creatures. In the burning and wounded Sacred Heart, we see that God’s heart is consumed with love for us—so much so that he was willing to suffer and die for us in the most gruesome manner. The Sacred Heart teaches us that true love is always costly, but that it always gives life.
In mediating on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we realize the depth of God’s sacrificial love for us. Jesus gave Himself to us completely on the Cross to prove His love for us, and He continues to do so every day in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. When we receive the Eucharist, we receive the very heart of Christ. Yes, Jesus gives us His heart again and again, and the only reasonable thing to do is to give our hearts to Him in return.
In today’s First Reading, the cryptic message of the prophet Ezekiel, centuries before the Lord’s coming, God gave His people reason to hope. Ezekiel had a glimpse of a day when the Lord God would place a tree on a mountain in Israel, a tree that would “put forth branches and bear fruit.” Who could have predicted that the tree would be a cross on the hill of Calvary, and that the fruit would be salvation? Ezekiel foresees salvation coming to “birds of every kind”—thus, not just to the people of Israel, but also to the Gentiles, who will “take wing” through their new life in Christ. God indeed will “lift high the lowly tree,” as He solemnly promises. Such salvation surpasses humanity’s most ambitious dreams. And so we express our gratitude in the Psalm: “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.” It is indeed good, and better still to give thanks with praise. The Psalmist speaks of those who are just upon the earth, but looks to God as the source and measure of justice, of righteousness. Like Ezekiel, he evokes the image of a flourishing tree to describe the lives of the just. The image, again, suggests the Cross as the measure of righteousness.
The Cross is a sign of contradiction to those who would rather “flourish” in worldly terms. As St. Paul emphasizes to the Corinthians, we need courage. Our faith makes us strong, and it is proved in our deeds. He reminds us that we will be judged by the ways our faith manifests itself in works: “so that each may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.”
God Himself will empower the works He expects from us, though we freely choose to correspond to His grace. In the prophetic oracles, He scattered the seed that sprang up and became the mustard tree, large enough to accommodate all the birds of the sky, just as Ezekiel had seen. He gave this doctrine to His disciples in terms they were able to understand, and He provided a full explanation. In the sacraments He provides still more: the grace of faith and the courage we need to live in the world as children of God.
Have a blessed and peaceful day!
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,