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Updated as of 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2021

DIOCESE OF TRENTON ANNOUNCES COVID PROTOCOL CHANGES

On May 26, 2021 the Diocese of Trenton announced a set of protocol changes as the faithful are encouraged to return to in-church Masses. To review the revised protocols


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The revised protocols will be put into effect at St. Michael's in accordance with the Diocese guidelines and in an orderly and careful manner as mandated. The parish's parking lot Masses will continue on the weekends of May 29-30 and June 5-6 and a timetable will be announced for the phasing-out and discontinuation of the parking lot Masses at St. Michael's. Let us be grateful that the end of the pandemic is in sight. May God bless us all.
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: http://www..NoTaxpayerAbortion.com. Please access the New Jersey Catholic Conference website: https://njcatholic.org/protecting-the-hyde-amendment 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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TODAY'S FR. ALPHONSE CONCERT POSTPONED

Today's performance by Fr. Alphonse Stephenson and His 1940s Big Band has been postponed due to the current weather forecast calling for thunderstorms this afternoon in the St. Michael's area. The concert has been re-scheduled to Sunday, August 8 at 5:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the church. Thank you for your interest in this concert. Please pray for good weather on the rain date. Prayers and best wishes to all for a blessed first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. St. Anne and St. Joachim (grandparents of Jesus) and St. Michael, pray for us.

FAITHDIRECTWe have introduced a new and exciting way for you to support our parish offertory:  Faith Direct.  Faith Direct enables your family to make your parish contributions through either direct debit to your checking account or through your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit cards.  No more check writing!  Now you can apply the convenience of direct debit to your parish offerings in much the same way as you may now use it to make your mortgage, car or tuition payments.

Of course, enrollment is voluntary, but many parishes and their members around the country have experienced a win-win with Faith Direct.  If you find this program to be appropriate for your family, please enroll by responding to the mailings you will receive or visit www.faithdirect.net to enroll securely on line.  Our parish code is NJ319.

Some often asked questions about electronic giving:

How does Faith Direct work? 
This secure program works directly with your bank, in the same way as other electronic funds transfer systems you may already conduct.  All transactions are done electronically, debiting your bank account or charging your credit card automatically for the amount to which you have agreed in writing.  It is a hassle free, simple solution for today’s busy families. I would feel strange not placing a check or envelope in the offering basket, what should I do?  We realize that the offertory collection is an important part of church services.  For those enrolled with Faith Direct we provide “offertory cards” to drop in the collection basket as a visible sign of your electronic donations.   Click here to be taken to Faith Direct or download a printable form here.

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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