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MESSAGE FROM FR. BILL

  1. We will begin having daily mass at 7:30am at St. Denis Church beginning June 8. Please following the rules below, except for daily mass, there is not the need to call and reserve your space.
  2. We will begin having weekend masses June 13/14. We will have Saturday mass at 4:30 pm and Sunday masses at 8 am and 10 am for the near future. There are no masses at the beach chapel scheduled at this time. YOU NEED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT(S) FOR THE MASS YOU WILL ATTEND. ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE PHONE DURING THE WEEK TO MAKE A RESERVATION WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND MASS DUE TO LIMITED SEATING. Please read the information below.
  3. We will continue our Facebook streaming of mass, beginning June 14th it will be at 11:30 am. Please see the link on the left-side of this webpage. Note: you do not have to have a Facebook account to see our posts on Facebook. Please check our Facebook regularly for inspiration and information.
  4. Please read our on-line bulletin. The link is in the upper-right corner of this webpage.

GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING MASS AT ST. DENIS:

  1. Do not come to mass if you are not feeling well, or in an at-risk population that is advised by health care professionals.
  2. You will need to phone the parish office to register for a Saturday/Sunday Mass. We are limited to how many people can attend. (NOTE: There is no need to “call ahead” for daily mass, as we do not exceed the case where we would not have safe distancing with such small numbers.) You will have to phone the rectory Monday through Friday to register for a mass, so that we can have an accurate count for how many people will attend. If the mass you would like to attend becomes “closed” due to numbers, then we will schedule you immediately for another mass or for the following week, so that you have the opportunity to celebrate Mass and receive Holy Communion as soon as possible.
  3. Do not arrive more than 30 min. before and you must stay to the end of mass and no congregating is permitted after mass. We will sanitize before and after Masses. All doors will be open and windows, for air circulation. You enter through the front doors and there will be instructions for leaving by sections. The directives are for us to maintain social distance and for orderly seating (you will be directed) and orderly leaving.
  4. You must wear a mask during the entirety of the mass until you receive Communion. Pews are marked and you can sit as directed by the ushers and assistants. Families/couples can sit together and others will navigate from that grouping. There will be organ music, but no singing for the next few months. The Eucharistic Minister will come to you for Holy Communion and you are asked to receive in the hand. After the Minister moves away, you may remove your mask to receive and replace your mask. Parents are asked to assist their children.
  5. If this is too much for you at this time, please do not come to church and watch the Facebook Mass. Obviously this is something brand new and we will need people’s cooperation and patience. There is not an obligation to attend mass until Sept. 7th, so if attending mass with these “pandemic precautions” in mind will be a source of stress and make you uncomfortable, you may wish to wait for another few weeks to come back to Mass.

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For a list of streamed or recorded Masses available online, or television stations airing the Sunday Mass, click the image below.
Regular updates will be posted on dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus

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To not be together and to not receive Communion is the biggest sacrifice a Catholic can make, and we are being asked to make this sacrifice. We are asked to stay at home and we know that we can pray at home in solidarity with each other. In your prayers, I ask you to please join together in Spiritual Communion each day:

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Our Bishop reminds us of the great quote: remembering that “nothing can separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).”

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:
Location: Msgr. O’Connor Hall (lower level of church)
Until further notice: There will be curbside pick-up of prepackaged food with appropriate social distancing. Questions or special food needs? Please call our hotline number at 732-223-1383

Please note adjusted pantry hours:
Tuesdays: 1PM – 3PM and 3rd and 4th Saturdays from 10AM – 12noon

At this time donations may be dropped off curbside by the pantry during regular pantry hours or on the front porch of the rectory, under the overhang.

There has been an overwhelming response to our food pantry donation requests. The shelves are very well stocked. Thank you! The items listed below are the most needed items as these are items most requested by our needy neighbors. Please know they are being received with sincere gratitude!

Items requested for food pantry donation:
Laundry detergent, Bar soap, Paper towels, Regular coffee, Individual bags of snacks--chips, pretzels, etc., salad dressing, mustard, canned fruit

From the first moment of our existence, we are all called to a life of service. For some it is marriage, some may be called to serve others through the single life. For a select few, that call is to serve through a life of consecrated religious or ordained ministry.
Could this last be YOU? Could God be reaching out to you to serve His people as a priest, permanent deacon, religious sister or brother?
Find out more by talking to one of our parish clergy, religious sisters or by contacting the Diocese on the Web at our Office of Vocations here.


ADVANCED CARE DIRECTIVES

Everyone – even those who are not old or ill – ought to complete an Advanced Directive.  Find more information about  Advanced Directives posted on the NJ Catholic Conference website:  Click Here to read more about Living Wills.
Find approved Catholic Healthcare Directives here in English and in Spanish

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