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Updated as of 4:45 p.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021

Holy Hour for Life on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. 

(with 8:00 a.m. “Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life” and 8:45 a.m. Rosary for Life on the day that the U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in the Mississippi Pro-Life Case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument this coming Wednesday, December 1, 2021 in the case about the constitutionality of the recent Mississippi pro-life law.  The name of that case is Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  Please pray for an end to abortion; for conversion, reconciliation, and healing; for wisdom, courage, and respect for life in Washington on Wednesday and everywhere at all times; and for compassionate, life-respecting support for all women during pregnancy.  For further information about the Dobbs case please visit https://www.prayfordobbs.com/ or

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As a parish community we will gather this Wednesday morning (December 1;  please see the timetable below) to pray for respect for life and to pray that the Holy Spirit will assist the Supreme Court Justices with clarity, wisdom, and courage to judge the Dobbs case according to God’s Truth and right reason.  Please join us on Wednesday for the following:

  • 8:00 a.m…….Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life
  • 8:30 a.m.……Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hour for Life until Benediction at 9:30 a.m.
  • 8:45 a.m.……Rosary for Life
  • 9:30 a.m…….Benediction

Newly Issued Teaching Document on the Eucharist from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued last week (Nov. 17) its anticipated teaching document on the Eucharist. It is highly recommended reading for all Catholics and it may be accessed at the Bishops' website by CLICKING HERE.

A similar teaching document on the Eucharist was also issued by the USCCB in 2006. An excerpt from that document was published in the parish bulletin on Sunday, November 21, 2021. The entire text of the 2006 USCCB document on the Eucharist is also highly recommended reading and it may be accessed at the Bishops’ website by CLICKING HERE.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. All are urged to be knowledgeable on what the Eucharist is (the True, Real Presence of Jesus) and on what the Eucharist is not ("a mere symbol") and everyone is urged to do a personal examination of his/her knowledgeable and well-formed conscience to assess one's own worthiness to receive the Blessed Sacrament each time one approaches the altar to say "Amen" to the Body of Christ and to all that it is and to all that it embodies.

Advent Parish Mission With Fr. Wade Menezes of EWTN And of the Fathers of Mercy; December 11-15, 2021 at St. Michael’s

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For further information about this Advent Parish Mission including the day-to-day schedule of Mass, Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration, and conference topics, please CLICK HERE.

Schedule of All Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil Masses:
4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Masses:
7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon, 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

All of these Weekend Masses are celebrated indoors in the Upper Church. The Saturday 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass is live-streamed and available at the links noted below.

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A PRO-LIFE MESSAGE AND REQUEST FROM OUR BISHOP DAVID M. O’CONNELL

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I encourage all our Catholic clergy, religious and lay faithful to sign a petition to protect congressional legislative provisions in support of life: Click Here. Please access the New Jersey Catholic Conference website and also read the Action Alerts posted on the NJCC website: https://njcatholic.org.

Please consider writing letters in strong support of pro-life protections to our New Jersey senators and congressmen and congresswomen. Thank you and may God bless and protect you all, born and unborn.

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Healing After Abortion: 

Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion?  There is always hope.  The pain and sorrow of abortion does not need to endure for a lifetime. A “Day of Prayer and  Healing” offers the opportunity to experience the love and mercy of God and to respond to His invitation to begin the journey of healing the wound of abortion. For upcoming dates, locations, and confidential registration, or just to talk to a Sister, please call the Sisters of Life at (866)-575-0075 (toll free) orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

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Know someone needing assistance with food, housing, drug addiction, mental health, domestic violence or immigration? Contact Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton.

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Bishop O'Connell's Pastoral
Letter On the Presence of God


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 U.S. Bishops' Statement on Moral Concerns with
Using the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine


The U.S. Conference of Catholice Bishops (USCCB) issued a Statement on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 regarding moral concerns with using the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. The Statement may be accessed by clicking below. The Statement says in part, "if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s." The moral concern arises because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed and tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines. The USCCB Statement also quotes the judgment of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican that "when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available... it is morally acceptable to receive Covid19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process."


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St. Michael's Church Presents  Handel's Messiah  A Virtual Sing-Along with an Encore Medley of Christmas Carols