COVID Alert – Parish Offices Closed

The Offices at Sacred Heart and St Pio are Closed Thursday, March 11th thru Friday, March 19th due to a COVID infection of one of our Staff.  Since I have had 2 doses of the vaccine I will still celebrate Mas, but as a precaution, I will not give out the Eucharist for a few days to insure there is no danger of transmitting it.
Fr. Joe

The Chosen – Lenten Bible Study

Join Father Joe on a journey into the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  Each week you will watch one episode of the first season of the hit Christian Video series called “THE CHOSEN” (approx. 45 minutes) and then have a group discussion and Lenten Bible reflection about the highlights of the film.

Meetings will be safe and socially distanced (please wear your mask)

at Sacred Heart’s Casey Hall

Starting at 9:30am every Wednesday in Lent (Feb. 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31)

All are Welcome!  Bring your own favorite beverage or breakfast, unfortunately we cannot serve any food or drinks.

The Chosen is the first multi-season television series about the life of Christ, as witnessed through the eyes of those He impacted. Directed by Dallas Jenkins and distributed by VidAngel Studios, The Chosen has grown to become the largest crowdfunded TV series of all time.

The shows attempt to provide an accurate historical background of the Gospel setting, and of life in Israel during the lifetime of Jesus. The stories follow a plausible timeline and feature some of the main events, that are a mixture of those from the 4 Gospels.

The lives of familiar figures such as Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter, Nicodemus, Thomas, as well as other disciples and characters are handled with creative license. We witness how their encounters with Jesus change them. I believe you will thoroughly enjoy watching and discussing the shows.             Fr. Joe

Dramatic Increase in Domestic Violence

Catholic Charity News

Isolation caused by the Covid19 pandemic has resulted in a dramatic increase in domestic violence. Catholic Charities, Providence Houses in Burlington and Ocean counties provides shelter and counseling for adult and children victims of domestic violence. We have produced a short You Tube video to inform parishioners of our services. To access the video, click: https://youtu.be/NKMFywRtzh0

Bishop calls for Month-Long Prayer Campaign to End Abortion, including a Statewide day of Prayer & Fasting

Bishop calls for month-long prayer campaign to end abortion, including a statewide day of prayer and fasting

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.

Christmas Mass Schedule

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 Eve2:00pm* 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!

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Christmas Giving Tree

Our annual “giving tree” project  begins the weekend of November 14-15. Due to the limited number of parishioners who are able to attend Mass, there will be some changes this year.

For those who attend Mass (daily or weekly), tags will be displayed on boards on both sides of the giving tree which will be located in the narthex of the Church. Please pick up a tag as you enter or exit the Church. In order to minimize the spread of germs during this Covid 19 pandemic, please peruse the tags and touch only the tag that you will be taking home. Your cooperation this year is greatly appreciated.

For those of you who are not attending Mass and who won’t be choosing a tag, donations can  consist of toys for all aged children, winter jackets, hats, mittens, children’s books and puzzles, arts and crafts, coloring books, crayons, children’s clothing of any age or size, as well as pajamas, gift cards for Target or Walmart, baby clothes, toys and diapers.

  1. Please do not wrap the gifts but be sure the tag if any, is attached when you drop it off.
  2. Drop off by the Giving Tree in Church or in the parish center foyer open from 6am to 6pm.
  3. All gifts must be returned by December 13 so that they can be delivered to Madonna House and to local families in need of assistance.

As you are aware, many families are struggling. The need this year is greater than ever. Please help to put a smile on the face of a child this Christmas. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions call Karen Sandy at 732-606-2716.

For those who attend Mass (daily or weekly), tags will be displayed on boards on both sides of the giving tree which will be located in the narthex of the Church. In order to minimize the spread of germs during this Covid 19 pandemic, please peruse the tags and touch only the tag that you will be taking home. For those of you who are not attending Mass and who won’t be choosing a tag, donations can  consist of toys for all aged children, winter jackets, hats, mittens, children’s books and puzzles, arts and crafts, coloring books, crayons, children’s clothing of any age or size, as well as pajamas, gift cards for Target or Walmart, baby clothes, toys and diapers.

Additional Drop Off Locations:  There also will be gift drop off boxes at locations in town. The following local businesses have agreed to partner with the parish this year; Lava Java, Little Mia’s, Crystal’s Salon – Ortley Beach, St. Francis Food Pantry –  SSH, Enright Chiropractic, Betty n Nicks Restaurant, and Tim Ryan Funeral HomesWe are most grateful for their support.

As you are aware, many families are struggling. The need this year is greater than ever. Please help to put a smile on the face of a child this Christmas. Thank you and if you have any questions call Karen Sandy at 732-606-2716.

 

Mass Time Change! Saturday 4pm

Beginning with the change from Daylight Savings Time – on Saturday, November 7th, our Vigil Mass will be at 4:00pm.  Confessions will also change to Saturdays between 3:00-3:30pm.  These Mass times will remain in effect until the clocks change again in the Spring!