The feast of Saint Charbel Maklouf, a monk, priest and hermit of the Syriac Maronite Church of Antioch, the first saint belonging to the Eastern Rite Church canonized by Paul VI in 1977 in the Latin Rite, happens to fall on the 7th day of our novena to Saint Ann. His devotion to Christ with undivided heart brings our attention to what intercessory prayers mean.
Happy 4th of July!!! This is the day America celebrates Independence Day, a day which affords us a great opportunity to consider the freedom we enjoy today. Many great men and women have given life and treasure to purchase for us our right to liberty. We must be vigilant-guarding that freedom- or we might very well find ourselves lamenting for losing that right. Let us not take it for granted!
In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus invites us to take up our crosses and follow Him. That message we have certainly felt and have taken on these days. Apart from the crosses given to us individually, we are also carrying these heavy crosses of the pandemic.
I'm writing to give you aheads up so that nobody gets surprised on the changes made on Mass times this Father's Day Weekend. After evaluation of our Eucharistic celebrations last weekend, our schedule of Masses is moved to 9:00am and 11:00am. The 9:00am Mass will remain LIVE-streamed (11:00am will not). Thus, those who are still uncomfortable celebrating the In-Church Sunday Mass or cannot be seated in church due to our limited seats, can join us at the In-Car Parking Lot Mass located on the right side of the solar panel shed/pathway facing the FDC entrance. Please do not forget to bring your devices.
It is an opportune time we welcome to celebrate “In-Church” Sunday public Mass on the weekend of the Feasts of Corpus Christi. Our Masses this weekend: 9.30am and 12.30pm. Welcome back to our home St. Ann's parish family and friends.
I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy. As restrictions are being eased up little by little, thanks be to God, it is my assumption that health situations are also getting better and better. As I have announced last weekend, we were very happy excited to inform you that "In Church" public gathering are now allowed and we all look forward to coming back to church to celebrate the Sacraments especially the Eucharist. There are still some restrictions to be observed and strict guidelines to be followed but at least we would be able to not only receive the Body of Christ in communion but also personally and physically witness and participate in the celebration of the whole Mass. Praise the Lord.
We are broken-hearted, sickened and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes. What's more astounding is that this is happening within mere weeks of several other such occurrences. This is the latest wake-up call that needs to be answered by each of us in a spirit of determined conversion.
Let me begin by congratulating the students of our graduating class. I am honored to have served as your principal for your last two years Saint Ann School. Parents’ thank you for the sacrifices you have made to provide your children with a Saint Ann School education. Your confidence in us as educators is the greatest trust we could ever ask for. Students, I am excited to have this opportunity speak to you today.
Allow me to first of all congratulate each one of you. My congratulations extends too to your parents, your teacher and the whole faculty staff who have shared their precious time, amazing talents and sacrificial love in all that they do to support you all to reach your goal at this point of your life.
This weekend, Trinity Sunday, we shall have again our “in-car/ Parking lot” Mass at 9.30am. Mass will be livestreamed. So, I encourage you to bring your devices and join us through the YouTube live-stream. Please click on the link to join. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHYfsolDzqvHG5RUQGNa9fw/featured)
Liturgical-Pastoral Directives in a Time of Pandemic Limited Public Celebration of the Mass and Sacraments in Church PROPOSED DATE: for public “in Church” weekend Masses Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Christ, June 13-14, 2020 PROPOSED DATE: for public “in Church” weekday Masses: Monday, June 8, 2020
Tomorrow, May 30th, is Pentecost Sunday, the Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. God sent the Holy Spirit among us to renew the Face of the Earth. Pentecost, therefore, is about renewal, about transformation, about new life, and about the new creation.
Starting Wednesday, May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, we will unlock the doors of our church. You will be able to come and visit and feel the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Church will be open for private prayers and devotions Monday-Saturday 10:30am to 6pm; Sundays 11am-5pm. We will follow State regulations of only 10 people allowed at a time and observe social distancing. Please wear mask at all time. Masses and other Sacraments are not yet allowed to be celebrated in public until further notice.
Bishop O'Connell to celebrate Mass for health care workers, others on COVID-19 front lines Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate a special diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving and Support for health care workers, first responders and essential workers in the battle against COVID-19 May 13 at noon in St. Joseph Church, part of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Keyport.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued instructions for the reopening of churches in the Diocese of Trenton for private prayer only, following all public health guidelines. The reopening may happen as early as May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, or once pastors determine they can safely do so.
Thus, this morning, the first Saturday of the month of May, on behalf of our faith community of St. Ann, I crowned the image of our Blessed Mother whom we acclaim as Queen and as Mother of the Church. Let us in this whole month of May pray that through her intercession
Bishop O’Connell will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass, which will be livestreamed (without a congregation) beginning at noon from the chapel of St. Joseph Church, Toms River. Bishop O’Connell will offer prayers for the intention of all workers – from the employed, unemployed and seeking work, to the retired.