video reflection presented by: Ted Petrock

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FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Jn 11, 1-45 
Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill. So the sisters sent word to him saying, "Master, the one you love is ill." hen Jesus heard this he said, "This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it. "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." 
He said this, and then told them, "Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him." So the disciples said to him, "Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved." But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep. So then Jesus said to them clearly, "Lazarus has died. And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him." So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go to die with him."
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise."
Martha said to him, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day."
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."
When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, "The teacher is here and is asking for you."
As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him. For Jesus had not yet come into the village,  but was still where Martha had met him.
So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, "Where have you laid him?"
They said to him, "Sir, come and see." And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, "See how he loved him." But some of them said, "Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?"
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, "Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; 
but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me."
And when he had said this, He cried out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them, "Untie him and let him go."
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

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GOSPEL REFLECTION. 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT

March 22, 2020

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PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coronavirus update

Out of concern for the safety and health of our local community, Bishop Checchio has implemented the following directives effective March 18, 2020: Governor Philip Murphy signed an executive order which places further restrictions on residents of New Jersey.

All public Masses throughout the Diocese of Metuchen will be temporarily suspended Scheduled Masses will be celebrated daily by priests privately to fulfill intentions.

Sacred Heart church will remain open from 8:00a.m. till 3:00p.m. for prayer, private devotion and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Praying in large groups should be avoided. In all situations, participants are encouraged to observe social distancing practices, recommending 6 feet of space between participants inside church spaces. Please bring your own disinfectant wipes to wipe down your space where you are praying.

The Sacrament of Penance will remain available according to need (call parish office to make appointment).

Public funeral Masses, weddings, baptisms and other gatherings are now prohibited by the Governor’s executive order.

Funerals: Burying the dead is corporal work of mercy, and to meet the need, a short rite of committal is to take place in the parking lot of the funeral home, the cemetery or outside of Mausoleum with the priest and must be limited to 10 persons. While a public memorial can be scheduled for a later date, the burial of the dead will need to occur before that date. Our cemeteries will remain open subject to some changes of hours due to staffing concerns. The pastor/priest will celebrate a private Mass without a congregation on the day of burial, if no public memorial is scheduled and/or if the family requests it, and the priest will inform the family that he has or will do so.

Weddings: All weddings are to be postponed.

Baptisms: All baptisms are to be postponed except in the case of emergency.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will remain available for true emergencies only.

Since the celebration of First Penance, First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation draws large crowds, these sacraments will be temporarily postponed in the Diocese of Metuchen until after Easter and will be re-scheduled after that time.

All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Metuchen will remain closed as mandated by the State of New Jersey.All religious education programs are suspended with at-home work provided by the local parish leaders where possible.

The parish office will be open for emergencies only. Call the main parish office number. Other regular parish activities previously scheduled are canceled.

CTR Caritas is suspending its Food Pantry pick up till April 15, 2020. Catholic charitable outreach programs and services in the Diocese of Metuchen will continue.

Instructions for the celebration of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday CLICK HERE .

We are entrusting this whole situation to our Blessed Mother, under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and encourage you to join us in praying this prayer:

Our Lady of Guadalupe, mother of God
and of the people of Metuchen:
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We rely on you, Health of the Sick,
you who, at the cross, united with Jesus’ pain,
keeping steadfast your faith.
You, Salvation of God’s people,
you know what we need
and we are sure that you will provide for us,
as at Cana of Galilee,
after the adversity of these days,
may joy and celebration return.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do what we are told by Jesus,
who has taken our suffering upon Himself
and has burdened Himself with our sorrows
to lead us through the cross, to the joy of resurrection.Amen.

Under your protection, Holy Mother of God,
Our Lady of Guadalupe, we seek refuge,
hear our prayer and intercede for us to the Father
so that we may be free from every danger,
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Given the difficulties of obtaining some types of food and many other sacrifices which we are suddenly experiencing given the coronavirus, Bishop James Checchio of Diocese of Metuchen has granted a dispensation from abstaining from meat on Friday for rest of Lent, except Good Friday which is universal law.


Please note that this is a fluid situation. We do not know how long the restrictions imposed on New Jersey residents will be in effect.Please be patient and look for regular updates from the Diocese of Metuchen.For the latest up-to-date information and resources, please visit diometuchen.org / coronavirus .

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