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.
Temporary Suspension of Public Masses
All public Masses throughout the Diocese of Metuchen will be temporarily suspended Scheduled Masses will be celebrated daily by priests privately to fulfill intentions.
NEW Solemnity of the Ascension
The observation of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord would be transferred in the Province of Newark from Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24th (replacing the Seventh Sunday of Easter). Please note the transfer is for this year only.
NEW Religious Education Registration
Please register your child (ren) for Religious Education Program of the Catholic Community of Christ the Redeemer Parish for the school year of 2020/21. Register Here
Adoration and Private Prayer
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.
Confessions will be heard in the Sacred Heart church sacristy and cry room with respect to social distancing upon request.
First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation
First Reconciliation for Grade 2 is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020 at
Christ the King Church. First Communion is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2020
with practices on September 23 and 24 at Sacred Heart Church. These dates are subject to
change. We have not heard back from the Bishop about Confirmation
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Public funeral Masses, weddings, baptisms and other gatherings are now prohibited by the Governor’s executive order.
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.
All weddings are to be postponed.
All baptisms are to be postponed except in the case of emergency.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will remain available for true emergencies only.
Temporary Closure of Catholic Schools and Religious Education Programs
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 May 13, 2020. Catholic charitable outreach programs and services in the Diocese of Metuchen will continue.
NEW Intencje grupy żywego różańcowe na maj 2020 - za diakonów
Intencja powszechna: Aby diakoni, którzy przeżywają trudności, doznali pociechy w cierpieniach, wsparcia w wątpliwościach i utwierdzenia w wierności.
Intencja ewangelizacyjna: Aby diakoni, wierni służbie Słowa i ubogim, byli ożywiającym znakiem dla całego Kościoła.
Intencja parafialna: Aby diakonii Bill i Tom i ich rodziny cieszyli się błogosławieństwem Bożym i opieką Matki Bożej Nieustającej Pomocy.
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 - CatholicTV
No matter where we are physically, Sunday is still the Lord’s Day, so 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
Support the CTR Parish
With the suspension of public masses, especially Sundays, the main source of a parish's income has gone away. Please consider mailing your envelope to the parish office, so that we can continue to meet our financial obligations during this time. You can also sign up on parish website www.ctrmanville.com for electronic tithing through the ONLINE GIVING program, which allows you to give regularly throughout the year using your debit or credit card. We know finances are a concern, so give what your means allow to support the ongoing works of your parish and stay connected to your Christ the Redeemer family.
2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Through your support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal you help those in our diocese whose needs are the greatest — the poor, the homeless, and those struggling with illness or grief.
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 .