Requiescat in Pace
Our Parish mourns the death of our beloved Deacon, John H. Hanna, who passed away on July 7, 2022.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Mass: Thursday, July 14, 2022 10:00am
Both Held at:
St. Pio of Pietrelcina Church
1100 Grand Central Avenue
Lavallette, NJ 08735
St. Catharine Cemetery & Mausoleum
1000 West Chicago Blvd.
Sea Girt, NJ
Arrangements by O’Brien Funeral Home – click for link to obituary:
Immediate attention and action response needed!!
Please Stop the Slaughter of the Innocents in NJ!
The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join to express our strongest opposition to S49/A6260. This harmful legislation would: codify into state law an individual’s right to an abortion, including late-term abortions; potentially violate the religious freedom of healthcare workers and hospitals; and require private businesses to expand group health coverage to include abortion services.
Abortion is a direct attack on life itself. As such, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey urge Catholics and people of good will to reject this bill seeking to expand abortion services and to contact your state legislators to express your staunch opposition to its passage.
The New Jersey Catholic Conference expects the bill to be scheduled for a vote in both the Senate and General Assembly on this Monday January 10, 2022, only four days after being introduced to the Senate for the first time on January 6, 2022.
We urge you to contact your state elected officials immediately and ask them to vote NO on S49/A6260.
some of the politicians:
Gregory P. McGuckin
James W. Holzapfel
Please read the Bishop’s Letter Below:
Welcome Back to Church!!
Return to Church – the Bishops of NJ ended the dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. The faithful are to return beginning June 5-6, 2021.
Masks Wearing & Social Distancing Optional –the clergy and faithful should use their best judgement to protect their own health and that of their neighbors. Those not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Limits on church capacity have been lifted.
Read the entire Diocesan Message here: Diocese encourages return to church, lifts many COVID-based protocols – Diocese of Trenton – Lawrenceville, NJ
Reinstating the General Obligation to Attend Mass
At this time, due to the observance of public safety protocols and the increase in the availability of vaccines, we have begun a return to some sense of normalcy in various sectors of our society.
Therefore, we the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, are lifting the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation beginning on Saturday, June 5, 2021, and Sunday, June 6, 2021, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. We welcome the Christian faithful to return to the regular participation in the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith (cf. Code of Canon Law canon 1247 and Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2180).
This obligation does not apply to those who are ill; those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus or another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions. One should consult the local pastor if questions arise about the obligation to attend Mass (canon 87).
Finally, safety protocols (such as wearing masks, social distancing, etc.) and liturgical directives in each New Jersey Diocese remains in place until modified or revoked by the respective Diocesan Bishop.
Given on May 20, 2021, the memorial of St. Bernardine of Siena.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. Archbishop, Archdiocese of Newark
The Chapel is opened for private prayer from 6:00am – 6:00pm, daily.
Note that Daily Mass is also being held in the Chapel, 8:30am, Monday – Saturday.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has set out a plan for “spiritual battle” throughout January in response to the anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States and the growing concern for the sanctity of the child in the womb. Through private prayer and virtual Masses, the faithful are asked to support the extensive prayer campaign aimed at ending the scourge of abortion.
“As the new year begins, there are many issues in society that challenge our Catholic moral and social teachings. Opposition to abortion remains our ‘pre-eminent priority,’” the Bishop said. “As a Diocese, as parishes, let us pray for an end to abortion, for the legal protection of the unborn and in thanksgiving to God for the gift of human life.”
The Diocese’s faithful are asked to pray a Rosary for life throughout the month of January. In addition, from Jan. 14-22, Bishop O’Connell will lead a daily broadcast of a “Novena to St. Joseph to End Abortion,” which will be published on all diocesan media outlets.
On Jan. 22, the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the Diocese of Trenton will join the other New Jersey (arch)dioceses in observing a Day of Fasting and Prayer to end abortion. In a letter issued Jan. 5, the New Jersey bishops write:
As we mark this tragic event in our nation’s history, we remember the millions of lives lost to abortion and pray for the mothers and fathers left to suffer the tragic effects.
The Catholic Church is committed to protecting all life from conception to natural death. We will work vigorously to ensure the laws of our state and country protect and defend the intrinsic dignity of all people.
Signed by the bishops of the five Roman Catholic arch(dioceses), as well as two Eastern-rite dioceses, the letter concludes with a prayer:
We humbly implore our Blessed Mother under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and Protectress of the Unborn, to intercede on our behalf that these efforts to end abortion are guided by mercy, compassion, and above all charity.
To view the letter, click HERE.
In keeping with public health recommendations to avoid crowds and closed-in settings due to COVID-19 infection risk, the Diocese will not sponsor or organize travel to Washington, D.C., for the National March for Life, which is set for Jan. 29. Instead, the Diocese encourages the faithful to keep a local focus by participating on that day in a pre-recorded pro-life Mass, celebrated by Bishop O’Connell, which will be available online beginning at 11 a.m.
Visit TrentonMonitor.com>News>Diocese for more information and links to these observances as well as youtube.com/trentondiocese.
Mass Schedule is:
Vigil Mass on December 31, 2020 – 4:00pm
Holy Day Mass on January 1, 2021 – 8:30am
St. Pio Parish: All Masses will be held in the Church. Masks & Social Distancing Required. Capacity limits will apply (150 persons).
Christmas Eve: 2:00pm* and 4:00pm
Christmas Day: 10:00am NOTE: Holy Eucharist distribution immediately after the 10am Mass.
*Livestreamed from St. Pio in Lavallette.
*Watch the 2:00pm Mass LIVE on our Facebook Page – Click here at mass time
or watch anytime later by going to our Video Library accessed from our website..
Sacred Heart: All Masses will be held in the Church. Masks & Social Distancing Required. Capacity limits will apply (100 persons).
Christmas Eve: 2:00pm* and 4:00pm
Christmas Day: 8:30am* and 10:00am NOTE: Holy Eucharist distribution immediately after the 10am Mass.
*Livestreamed from Sacred Heart in Bayhead
*Watch the 2:00pm or 8:30am Masses LIVE – click LIVE on our Homescreen at mass time
or watch anytime later by going to our Video Library.
Wishing your family a Most Blessed Christmas!