Cardinal Tobin has approved the opening of churches for private prayer commencing Sunday, May 17, 2020. Beginning that day and until further notice, our church building will be open on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Mondays through Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The faithful continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday as well as from “Easter duty” (the obligation to receive Holy Communion during the season of Easter).
The following directives must be followed without exception:
- Churches may be opened solely for personal prayer during limited and designated hours. Individuals and families may enter the church for quiet prayer only. No gatherings are permitted.
- In accord with national, state and local health directives, those who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to an infected person are not permitted to enter the church for 14 days.
- Holy water fonts must remain empty until further notice.
- Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the church.
- Public celebrations of liturgies, devotions, or other group prayer are not permitted at this time.
- Masks must be worn by all individuals while in the church.
- Individuals and families must maintain social distancing (six feet) between each person while in the church.
Anointing of the Sick and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available as needed. Please contact Father Jim to make arrangements to receive either sacrament.
Additional information regarding the Archdiocesan response to the COVID-19 pandemic may be found here.
We need the gifts of the Holy Spirit more than ever this Pentecost.
A Message from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark | May 29, 2020
As we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost this weekend, we acknowledge the urgent need for the many gifts that the Holy Spirit shares with us during this troubled time. Now, more than ever, we need Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord (cf. Is 11:2-3) to guide us as we continue to protect the vulnerable, slow the spread of COVID-19, and begin the gradual process of recovery in our Church and in society.
Observance of the Ascension of the Lord Transferred
A Message from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark | May 11, 2020
“Ascension of the Lord” is a letter from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. regarding his approval of the transfer of the observance of the Ascension of the Lord from Thursday, May 21, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020.
What to Expect when Public Mass Resumes
May 11, 2020
As painful as the decision was to suspend all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Newark, during the Covid 19 pandemic, the process was straight-forward and necessary for the common good.
As we see numbers flatten and decrease, we are beginning to sense the situation improving. In the interest of the common good, we do not want to contribute to a second wave that could disrupt our liturgical life.
As health restrictions are eased and we are able to start gathering together again, it is important for everyone to accept that things will not immediately go back to life before the Corona virus.
Health experts and civic leaders are currently determining new guidelines and restrictions for the next weeks and months, and at the same time the Archdiocese of Newark is planning for how public worship will be celebrated with respect to any new regulations.
We know the desire to return to your parishes, participate in the liturgy, and receive the Eucharist is incredibly strong, but we ask that everyone approach this reopening with a patient, loving and charitable mindset.
The specific details of when public Mass will resume and how it will be celebrated are still being determined, but the return will occur through a three-phase gradual process. Each phase will be rolled out with specific dates and directives to follow determined by Archdiocesan leaders.
Five Reasons We Turn to Mary in Times of Crisis
A Message from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark | April 23, 2020
Earlier this year when the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. began to implore the Blessed Virgin Mary, Health of the Sick, on a daily basis for her intercession and help. As the Cardinal says in the attached reflection, “Christians have always turned to Mary in times of war, pestilence and famine. In troubled times like these, she is a sure refuge, a source of comfort and hope.”
The Archdiocese of Newark has accepted the invitation of The Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to join with dioceses throughout the country in the reconsecration of our nation to Our Lady under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church, on May 1, 2020. Cardinal Tobin’s reflections, Five Reasons We Turn to Mary During Times of Crisis, outlines some of the reasons why the reconsecration of our country to Mary is an appropriate response to the current pandemic.
Spiritual Closeness in a Time of Social Distancing: Seven suggestions
A Message from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark | April 1, 2020
As Christians, we encounter Jesus in his people—our families and friends, our neighbors and fellow parishioners, our co-workers and school mates, even people we don’t know personally (strangers) who we come in contact with as we go about our daily lives. Jesus tells us that we find him in the “least of these” brothers and sisters (cf. Mt 25: 31-46), so being close to them means being close to him….