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MESSAGE FROM FR. BILL
My Brothers and Sisters, the Lord be with you. Please know I offer mass each day for you and your families and pray for all with the psalm in mind: God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.

Unfortunately, as the situation continues to develop we need to keep apace with updating you and also increase opportunities to encourage you too.

By way of update: there will not be public masses till well after Easter. We will post on our website when the next mass will be, but in the meantime, we have information on our website and in our bulletin and on our Facebook page for livestreaming mass. In our area, St. Catherine/St. Margaret, Visitation, and St. Martha churches have the ability to broadcast mass, as does the diocese, and also various tv channels. I am hoping to have streaming on the Facebook page for our parish for Holy Week. Please know of the masses and prayers of Fr. Joe and Fr. Lew as well for you and for all.

To not be together and to not receive Communion is the biggest sacrifice a Catholic can make, and we are being asked to make this sacrifice. We are asked to stay at home and we know that we can pray at home in solidarity with each other. In your prayers, I ask you to please join together in spiritual Communion each day:

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

We will be utilizing the Facebook page more often than ever before (please see the link to the left). I am hoping to keep you uplifted with great resources to make a personal retreat out of this difficult situation. Also remember to click on our "Formed" for so many opportunities for kids, adults, families for mass, readings, books, videos, and much more. Using our website as the link means our parish code PDZVN8 will be populated for you

Our Bishop reminds us of the great quote: remembering that “nothing can separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).”

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:
Our food pantry is open every Tuesday 1-4pm and 3rd and 4th Saturdays 10am-noon

The following items are needed. Please bring to the food pantry directly or drop off in front of the rectory by the front door. Thank you for your help.
Depleted: female shampoo, male 3 in 1 shampoo/body wash, bar soap, deodorant, pancake mix/syrup
Very Low: canned pasta meals, microwavable pasta meals, mac&cheese cups, microwavable meals (like Hormel), dish liquid, unused/new grocery bags
PLEASE NOTE used material bags have to be discarded at this time.

A Message from Bishop O'Connell On Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19.

God has not abandoned us and is present among us. As we learn each day of the growing concern surrounding the spread of the coronavirus in our communities, we need to have faith and confidence in God, especially in times like these, praying that He will see us through the present adversity safely.  

Mindful of the Lord Jesus’ own words in St. Luke’s Gospel, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his Cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9: 23),” the coronavirus pandemic has placed such a Cross before us.

In response to the latest guidelines from national and state health authorities aimed at stopping the spread of the disease, I have directed the following...
[CLICK HERE TO READ BISHOP O'CONNELL'S MESSAGE]

For a list of streamed or recorded Masses available online, or television stations airing the Sunday Mass, go to dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus - Regular updates will be posted on dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus

From the first moment of our existence, we are all called to a life of service. For some it is marriage, some may be called to serve others through the single life. For a select few, that call is to serve through a life of consecrated religious or ordained ministry.
Could this last be YOU? Could God be reaching out to you to serve His people as a priest, permanent deacon, religious sister or brother?
Find out more by talking to one of our parish clergy, religious sisters or by contacting the Diocese on the Web at our Office of Vocations here.


ADVANCED CARE DIRECTIVES

Everyone – even those who are not old or ill – ought to complete an Advanced Directive.  Find more information about  Advanced Directives posted on the NJ Catholic Conference website:  Click Here to read more about Living Wills.
Find approved Catholic Healthcare Directives here in English and in Spanish

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