Sunday Morning Mass Live Streaming

NEW TIME:  Sunday morning Mass at St. Pio with be live-streamed at 8:00am on the St. Pio & Sacred Heart Facebook page.  Please click on the Facebook icon on the upper right of the screen that will take you there.

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.

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!

Feast of St. Pio Celebration

Come celebrate our Patron Saint’s feast day this Wednesday, September 23rd!! 

  • We will begin with 8:30am Mass, Benediction and Blessing of the St. Pio Statues
  • The St. Pio relic will be present for veneration.
  • Afterwards, join us for light refreshments outside (weather permitting)

Pray, Hope & Don’t Worry! 

– the personal motto of Padre Pio

50-50 Raffle Winners

Our annual 50-50 All Cash raffle drawing concluded on Sunday, September 13th at 4pm.  Total amount collected was $38,000.  

There were 3 very happy winners!!

First Prize:  $11,400
Second Prize:  $5,700
Third Prize:  $1900

We want to thank all for the tremendous support given this year under very difficult times.  Our parish realized a profit after expenses of $16,700.

THANK YOU and GOD BLESS!!

 

Bishop invites faithful to pray daily Rosary for the needs of the nation

Bishop invites faithful to pray daily Rosary for the needs of the nation

August 17
– Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.
For centuries, Catholics have turned to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking for her intercession in times of need by praying the Rosary. This great prayer, whose origins date before the 12th century, uses a meditative repetition of prayers that invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she leads us to consider the mysteries in the life of her Divine Son, Jesus.  History has shown this to be a powerful, effective and calming prayer that has truly changed hearts and lives over the centuries of its use.

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said of the Rosary that it is “the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the Rosary is beyond description.”

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I invite all Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton to consider making this powerful devotion part of your daily life of prayer. Please join with me in praying Our Lady’s Rosary every day between now and October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the many intentions and needs of our nation today, especially:

  • For a true respect for life in all its stages from conception to natural death;
  • For the strengthening of family life;
  • For an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for all those impacted by it;
  • For a lasting resolution to the racial tensions and injustices that have too long afflicted our country;
  • For an end to the violence and death in our cities, especially among the young;
  • For the victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking;
  • For the poor, the unemployed and those who face economic hardship, and
  • For so many of the other intentions and needs that we face in our country and world.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Healing After Abortion

Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion? There is always hope. The pain and sorrow of abortion does not need to endure for a lifetime. A “Day of Prayer and Healing” offers the opportunity to experience the love and mercy of God and to respond to His invitation to begin the journey of healing the wound of abortion. For upcoming dates, locations, and confidential registration, or just to talk to a Sister, please call the Sisters of Life at (866)-575-0075 (toll free) or reach us by email at hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org.