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Updated as of 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021

OUTDOOR PARKING LOT MASS HAS RESUMED AT ST. MICHAEL’S AS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

The celebration of the Mass outdoors in the St. Michael’s parish parking lot has resumed as of Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (and will continue on Saturdays at 4:00 for approximately the next two months). There will be no outdoor parking lot Mass celebrated on Sundays at St. Michael’s. This outdoor parking lot Mass is being provided in response to the ongoing covid virus pandemic (especially the delta strain) and in response to the high level of covid-related stress, anxiety, worry, etc. that has become more palpable and more frequently voiced in the community of late. No change has been made to the parish’s schedule/venue of our other Masses. During this approximate two-month time period, the Saturday 4:00 Mass will not be celebrated indoors, although we will welcome Mass-goers who desire to be indoors in the church on Saturday at 4:00 to do so, and we have made arrangements for the outdoor Mass to be simultaneously live-streamed to the “big screen” TV monitor that will be in the Upper Church for this Mass. Those viewing the live-stream of the 4:00 Mass indoors in the Upper Church may receive Holy Communion indoors in the Upper Church at the conclusion of this outdoor Mass. The upcoming Saturday 4:00 Parking Lot Masses will be celebrated in the same manner (including the dignity of the Mass and the utmost respect for the Blessed Sacrament) as they were during the May 2020 to July 2021 time period.

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Schedule of All Weekend Masses


Saturday Vigil Masses:

4:00 p.m. (outdoors in parking lot), 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 Masses will be celebrated indoors in the Upper Church except the Saturday 4:00 p.m. Mass which is celebrated outdoors in the parish parking lot and also live-streamed to the Upper Church for those who desire to view this Mass indoors on the large screen TV monitor and to receive Communion indoors.




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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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