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