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Celebrating Christmas, needless to say, will not be “normal” during the Covid-19 health crisis this year. We surely want to have a beautiful and solemn liturgical celebration, however, we must ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our parishioners, priests and staff. All of the directives from our Archdiocese (www.rcan.org/covid19) must be adhered to and the obligation to attend Mass remains suspended. Parishioners who feel vulnerable or at risk, should remain home and view Mass on-line or televised.
Our parish church capacity adhering to the guidelines is eighty-seven (87) persons. The requirement for social distancing and the proper wearing of masks is mandated.
Unfortunately, the news of a second wave in this pandemic is very troublesome and frightening. During the next few weeks, we will await any changes in the directives from the Archdiocese and amend our planning accordingly.
Mass Schedule Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Thursday, 24 December: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday, 25 December: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – 12: 00 PM
Mass Sign-up Registration:
Please return the attached form below by mail or return to the drop box located in the vestibule
Advent is the four-week liturgical season that precedes Christmas. The term “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus which means “coming,” and it focuses not only on the past coming of Jesus on the first Christmas; but also on the present coming of Jesus in the gospels, the sacraments, other people, prayer, love, truth, and personal experience; and the future coming of Jesus at the Second or Final Coming at the end of the world.
As we listen to the Advent carols: ‘People Look East’, ‘Come, thou Long Expected Jesus’, and the most famous, ‘O Come, O come Emmanuel’, the music sets us on our journey to Christmas.
Advent stresses hope and joy, Advent emphasizes what we need to add to our lives: grace, light, joy, happiness, even in all the difficulties of our world today. This joyful and wonderful season of expectance and preparation with festivity lasts for four Sundays and 28 days.
The liturgical color violet used for Advent reminds us of the need for penance in our preparation. The color of the third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes the joy and happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. This third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. Together, let us listen to the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist over these next weeks.
My name is Kathy Pigott and I'm the Local Safe Environment Coordinator (LSEC) for our Parish. If you have any questions about Protecting God's Children or need information, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post information from the Archdiocese of Newark - Protection of the Faithful. The articles are very informative and contain great context on how we can keep our children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, and all the children in our lives safe.
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Keep Our Kids Safe! This is a great visual reminder about how much information we often share with the public. Potential predators can gather so much information about our children quickly and easily!
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish:
I am happy to report the good news that our convent, presently vacant, will be leased to the Archdiocese of Newark – Catechetical Office for two years to house five graduate student interns from the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life – Echo Program.
The interns are being prepared to be the next generation of lay parish leaders to serve the Church. They will serve at Archdiocesan parishes in proximity to our parish. The interns will plan on arriving August 1, 2020.
The lease proceeds will allow us to retain all costs for maintaining the building during the two years. Unfortunately, the remainder of the funds will be retained by the Archdiocese and applied against the significant debt the parish owes to the Archdiocese of Newark.
If you have any questions or wish more information on the Echo Program, please see their web site: mcgrath.nd.edu/echo or contact me at any time. I have met a number of the interns at various parishes and they are wonderful young people filled with faith and hope in the future of the Catholic Church.
Monsignor Christopher J. Hynes
We give thanks to God for our young men and women who were confirmed by Reverend Monsignor Christopher J. Hynes on July 11, 2020
Father Tom Blind and our parish community say farewell and offer prayers to Cathy Buchanan as she enters religious life (updated with additional photos from 7/12)
I write to our parish about the need to wear a mask as you enter our church for Mass. The health and safety of all parishioners and priests is our most important objective. We do not know all the science about this deadly virus, however we are increasing being told that it has the possibility of lingering in the air where people gather and sit/stand for prolonged periods with limited circulation of air.
This weekend there were Mass attendees with no mask on as they entered church or not covering their nose/mouths throughout the Mass which is the purpose of the mask. At this morning’s Mass, (Monday, July 6) as I entered the church, four out of four people had no mask on. That’s 100%.
May I please ask everyone to honor the request of wearing masks properly to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all our parishioners and the priests.
Msgr. Christopher Hynes
Please join us on Saturday, July 11 after the 5:00 mass and Sunday, July 12 after the 8:00, 10:00, and 12:00 masses to offer Cathy your prayers and love as she begins a new journey in her life.