The Parish Office is closed until further notice.

Chrism Mass will be
re-scheduled.

Coronavirus Update
Directives Issued by
Bishop Checchio

Televised Masses

A Song for the World
Music heals the world.

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Religious Education Facebook Page

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Diocese of Metuchen
The Most Reverend
Bishop James F. Checchio

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REGULAR OFFICE HOURS

Days:
Monday - Friday,
9:00am-2:00pm

Evening Hours:
Monday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please call before coming! Thank you!

Office/Rectory
Tel
732-721-0179
Fax 732-721-0360
Direction to St. Mary's

Covid-19:
A Prayer of Solidarity


For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.

Amen.

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Welcome to Our Parish

My God, my God, why have You abandoned Me? ~ Psalm 22

Mission Statement

St. Mary Church
Photo Credit: Maria Holovacko
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Rev. Dennis R. Weezorak
Pastor

Stephen Laikowski
Deacon

Richard O'Brien
Deacon

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Mass Schedule

Temporary Suspension of all Public Masses

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St. Mary's Holy Week / Triduum Schedule

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By decree of Bishop Checchio, all Holy Week services, including Easter Sunday, will be private. As such, they will be live streamed on Facebook. Please see times below. Please also note that you do NOT need a Facebook account to view the live videos. Please also note: palms will NOT, under any circumstances, be distributed to anyone at this time.

Once again, thank you to all those who have remained generous to our parish community during this difficult time. We understand many are feeling an increased financial burden and greatly appreciate anything you can do. A reminder that envelopes/contributions can be mailed to or dropped in the mail slot at the parish office, or you may use your own bank's online bill pay service.

Lent allows each of us to let our Catholic tradition of fasting and abstaining be an important reminder of what it means to suffer or to be without. This liturgical season is a blessed opportunity for us to unite with our brothers and sisters who are hungry, poor, homeless, or living on the fringes of society and to draw near to all those who suffer from illness, affliction, addiction or other serious burden. The following is a reminder of the Lenten instructions to use as a guide as we unite with those who suffer, near and far.

So that the Church of Metuchen may be spiritually one in a common observance of Lent, the following days of fast and abstinence are to be observed by all Catholics of the Diocese who enjoy the blessings of good health:

~ The days of fast and abstinence are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

~ All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

~ From the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday until the celebration of the Easter Vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday, the Easter fast is suggested so that, with uplifted and welcoming hearts, we may be ready to celebrate the joys of the Resurrection. This ancient tradition, intimately connected with the Rites of Holy Week and the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, is encouraged, especially in those places baptizing catechumens at the Easter Vigil.

~ The obligation to fast applies only to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59. To fast in the Catholic tradition means to limit oneself to one full meal during the day so as to experience hunger.

~ The obligation of abstinence affects all Catholics who have reached the age of 14. Abstinence in the Catholic tradition means to abstain from meat.

~ The obligation of fast and abstinence, as a whole, is a serious obligation. While failure to observe any penitential day in itself may not be considered serious, the failure to observe any penitential days at all, or a substantial number of them without good cause, would be considered a grave matter. Those unable to abstain for a valid reason on any given Friday of Lent are asked to perform some other penitential act, or to abstain on another day.

St. Mary's Mass of the Lord's Supper will be live-streamed on Facebook at 7:00 p.m. Click on the Videos tab.

The Church will NOT be open for prayer on Holy Thursday night.

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The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Cathedral web site at https://www.stfranciscathedral.org at 7:30 pm.

 

St. Mary's Good Friday Service will be live-streamed on Facebook at 3:00 p.m.
Click on the Videos tab.

Day of fast & abstinence

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The Commemoration/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Cathedral web site at https://www.stfranciscathedral.org at 3:00 pm.

 

St. Mary's Easter Vigil Mass will be live-streamed on Facebook at 7:30 p.m.
Click on the videos tab.

There is no Blessing of Food

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The Easter Vigil will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Cathedral web site at https://www.stfranciscathedral.org at 8 pm.

 

St. Mary's Easter Mass will be live-streamed on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.
Click on the Videos tab.

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Mass for Easter Sunday will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Cathedral web site at https://www.stfranciscathedral.org at 10:30 am.

 

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Bishop's Annual Appeal Video (English version)

Bishop's Annual Appeal Video (Spanish version)

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The Pope's Monthly Intention for April 2020
Universal Prayer Intention:
Freedom from Addiction: We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.

New Parishioners
We welcome anyone who has moved into the parish or who has been inactive.
Please call or visit the rectory during office hours. You may print and fill out this Census Form before your visit to the rectory office.