COVID - 19 UPDATES
Monday, Governor Murphy announced in his Executive Order 242 that he is lifting most of the restrictions imposed to control the spread of COVID-19. The following guidelines are issued by bishop James Checchio for the Diocese of Metuchen:
NOTICE OF OBLIGATIONBeginning with the Vigil celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Saturday, June 5th, the faithful are once again obliged to participate in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Anyone who has a concern about returning to Mass should discuss the matter with his or her pastor or confessor
MASS SCHEDULEWeekday Mass Schedule
8:00 a.m. – Mass (Polish) M, T, Th, S
- 11:00 a.m. – Mass (English) M, T, W, Th, F, S
- 7:00 p.m. – Mass (Polish) W, F
5:00 p.m. – Saturday Vigil Mass (English)
- 7:00 a.m. – Sunday Mass (Polish)
- 9:00 a.m. – Sunday Mass (English) – live stream
- 11:30 a.m. – Sunday Mass (Polish) – live stream
The 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass has multiple intentions (up to 10). It means that intentions from many people are accepted for the same Mass.
You can watch our live stream Sunday Mass on our YouTube and Facebook channel. Gratitude to "Kulinski Memorials" for donating a modern live streaming system.
LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONSBeginning on Friday, May 28th, the faithful participating in Mass are no longer required to wear masks. In addition, all social distancing requirements are lifted for celebrations that take place in the parish church(es). Beginning on Friday, June 4th, parishes may return to full capacity for seating. It is recommended that a section of pews be designated for those who would prefer to keep a greater distance.
The invitation to share the Sign of Peace during Eucharist will continue – but it is not necessary for the faithful to shake hands as there are other ways to offer the Sign of Peace. The Precious Blood is not to be distributed to the faithful at this time. Parishes must continue to be vigilant about cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
It is recommended that holy water fonts, into which individuals dip their hands, remain unfilled and dry at this time.
Live-streaming of the Mass may continue at the discretion of the Pastor. When the dispensation will be lifted, the faithful should not attend Mass in person if they are compromised or sick.
PARISH MEETINGSBeginning on Friday, May 28th, masks are no longer necessary to wear for indoor meetings nor are they required to maintain social distancing. Beginning on Friday, June 4th, all indoor limits for meetings are lifted.
OUTDOOR EVENTSAll limits on outdoor gatherings were lifted on May 19th and beginning on Friday, May 28th, all social distancing obligations are likewise lifted and masks are not required.
SCHOOLSAll students, faculty, staff, and visitors to a school campus are required to wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot social distance where possible. Elementary and high school baccalaureate and graduation celebrations that occur inside a church should adhere to the directives for Mass. Those that occur outdoors should adhere to the recommendations for outdoor events.
FOOD SERVICESRestrictions on food service and beverage stations have been lifted. The recommendation remains, where possible, self-service should be avoided.
Hand sanitizer should be readily available and those serving at a buffet or beverage station should wear both masks and gloves.
CALL TO PRAYER
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.
WATCH THE MASS – CATHOLICTVIf you unable to go to church, please watch a televised Mass and make a Spiritual Communion. CatholicTV is providing a livestream of daily and Sunday Mass in English and Sunday Mass in Spanish. CLICK HERE