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March 29, 2020
How Good We Have It….
By Fr. Mann
Just received a phone call from a parishioner who was checking in on me to see how I am doing. I, myself, had been making similar calls to our parish staff this past week. We also connected with our ministry leaders and are encouraging them to check in on our many volunteers. I even participated in my very first ZOOM meeting (basically a teleconference) to discuss ways to stay in greater touch with our parishioners. We will be reaching out for sure.
But it is great to know we all are thinking of each other, and maybe even NOT thinking as much about ourselves. Certainly, thinking about those who are very sick with COVID-19 right now is a compelling reminder of just how good we have it.
The fact is that this opportunity to think outside of our normality is a chance to empathize with the world beyond our ordinary lifestyle. It is a moment for us to reflect on how good we have it. For we could easily waste our time dwelling upon what we don’t have in these days of quarantine—as it were, seeing “the glass as half empty.” Far better to appreciate what we have.
For example, when I lived in South Sudan, there was always a chance of contracting malaria. It was a daily threat. It is the same for all people in the developing nations. But we seldom if ever think of such people as we are blinded by what we take for granted. So, as we are mindful of one another in our current situation, let us be mindful of those who will not escape from precarious life situations.
For example, these days we are reminded to wash our hands with soap and water to the tune of “Happy Birthday.” Pretty easy for us for the most part. But think about how challenging frequently washing your hands and face—not to mention staying hydrated—would be without running water. Plumbing is another luxury we take for granted.
And then there is church. We all can’t wait for things to get back to normal there. Mass. Adoration. Confession. Seeing our fellow parishioners and feeling connected as a parish community. (So sad that many miss Mass without a second thought.) I also long for normality. But I am also so mindful of my friends in Africa who are fortunate if they have Mass in their village once or twice a year.
Let our current crisis compel us to NOT take our Church for granted. Rather, let it compel us to support our parish. Most of all, let it compel us to pray for priestly vocations. As St. John Paul the Great reminds us: “Without priests, we have no Eucharist. Without the Eucharist, we have no Church.” The Coronavirus crisis will come and go. But the shortage of priests is a crisis that endures. Let us pray!
This is the text of the Litany prayed by the Holy Father on March 27th on the threshold of St Peter’s Basilica.
Updates for March 27, 2020
There will be NO weekday 3pm Holy Hour on Holy Thursday, April 9 or Good Friday, April 10.
Updates for March 26, 2020
- All members of the faithful and other Christians are invited to participate in the special prayer of the Holy Father taking place in Saint Peter’s Square this Friday, March 27, 2020 at 1pm. The Holy Father will grant to all participants the Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing. The broadcast will be carried by EWTN and streamed on the Vatican News website.
- Bishop Sullivan is extending the closure of all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Camden until at least April 20, 2020.
Updates for March 25, 2020
Bishop Dennis Sullivan invites the faithful to join with him in following the Holy Father’s request to pray the Lord’s Prayer at Noon Rome time (7 AM ETD) on Wednesday, March 25. In addition, Bishop Sullivan is reaching out to local Christian leaders in South Jersey to pray with him a second time the Lord’s Prayer, from their homes, at Noon local time. This is another opportunity to pray together as a community, even as most of us are separated in our own homes.
Updates for March 24, 2020
The bishop has issued directives for Holy Week and the Triduum. In our parish, we will celebrate as follows:
- Palm Sunday Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Mann and Fr. Pham on April 5, 2020 without a congregation. Mass will be live streamed on our parish website.
- Palms will be blessed and will be made available for distribution at a later date. At this time, palms will NOT BE DISTRIBUTED under any circumstance.
- The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated by Fr. Mann and Fr. Pham at 7pm on April 9, 2020 without a congregation. The Mass will be live streamed on our parish website.
- The Washing of the Feet will be omitted as will the procession to the altar of repose.
- For the safety of the faithful, our church and churches throughout the diocese will NOT be open for the usual visitation of churches on Holy Thursday evening.
- The Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion will be celebrated by Fr. Mann and Fr. Pham on April 10, 2020 at 3pm without a congregation. It will be live streamed on our parish website.
- The Easter Vigil will be celebrated by Fr. Mann and Fr. Pham on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7pm without a congregation. It will be live streamed on our parish website.
- Easter Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Mann and Fr. Pham on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 9am without a congregation. It will be live streamed on our parish website
Updates for March 23, 2020
- Fr. Mann and Fr. Pham would like to thank everyone for their continued support. They very much appreciated the positive feedback for the live broadcast of the Masses this weekend.
- A Holy Hour with our priests will be live streamed on the parish website every weekday from 3-4pm and will include the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Please tune in and join us in prayer.
Updates for March 22, 2020
The diocese has issued a memo in response to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 108. It impacts our parish as follows:
- The parish office will close at 12pm on Monday, March 23 until further notice. Our clergy can still be reached at our main number: 856-767-0719.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Assumption Church is canceled. Our priests will offer a Holy Hour on Monday through Friday from 3-4pm. This will be livestreamed on our website.
- Stations of the Cross will be livestreamed on Fridays at 7pm on our website.
- All Weddings and Baptisms are postponed, except for emergency Baptisms. Call the office for information about funerals.
- For Last Rites, call the parish emergency line: 856-753-4161
- Your support is essential for the continued well being of the parish. Please continue to mail in your weekly donation or give online via ParishGiving.
- Charities and nonprofits are on the frontline responding to our neighbors and communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, but risk catastrophic damage from evaporating revenue, new and rising demands for assistance, and major disruptions in charitable giving. Please tell Congress to act now and provide emergency aid to nonprofit organizations by expanding charitable giving and providing organizations with grants, loans, and tax credits. Click the link below to send your message:
Updates for March 21, 2020
- Assumption Church will be open for private prayer on Saturday, March 21st from 9am – 3pm.
- The 4:30pm Mass on Saturday and the 9:00am Mass on Sunday will be live streamed on our website.
- Confession will be available on Saturdays from 3:45 pm – 4:15pm and daily by appointment.
- The Bishop has advised that Holy Communion should not be distributed, except as part of Last Rites for the dying. Therefore, EMs will not be bringing Communion to the sick and home bound until further notice. The emergency line for those in need of Last Rites is 753-4161.
- On Friday, March 20th, we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9am to 7pm in Assumption Church. As a reminder, please keep a distance of 6 to 8 feet from other adorers.
- Thank you to all who have mailed in your weekly donation or given online via ParishGiving. Your support is essential for the continued well being of the parish.
March 17, 2020
A Message from Fr. Mann:
As you know, the situation concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains fluid. Directives continue to be issued from both government and Church officials. The most updated decisions for Christ the Redeemer Parish are as follows:
As pastor, I hereby direct that all parish Masses and events, for the remainder of March, including Stations of the Cross be cancelled or rescheduled. This includes evening meetings that cannot be finished in enough time to allow for the observance of the state-imposed curfew.
Cancellations may extend into April, but for the time being we will monitor the situation. We will keep you informed.
TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR:
PUBLIC celebration of the Mass, including Sunday, is cancelled until further notice as directed by Bishop Sullivan. PRIVATE Masses will be celebrated by Fr. Pham and me in order to fulfill the Mass intentions of the faithful and for their spiritual benefit.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION may be made each day in lieu of Holy Communion. See the Pastor’s Page of the March 22nd bulletin for more details.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
CHURCH BUILDINGS will remain open for prayer outside of Mass times.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK will be provided on request and in collaboration with local facilities.
DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME IN THE PARISH OFFICE AS NEEDED.
What is Coronavirus?
Bishop Sullivan’s Response
Events either Canceled or Postponed
Religious Education – Closed until further notice.
St. Joseph Feast Day Dinner – POSTPONED (originally scheduled for March 19, 2020)
FaithFull Food Drive – CANCELED (originally scheduled for March 22, 2020)
Soup and Scripture – CANCELED (originally scheduled for March 17, 24 and 31, 2020)
Friday Evening Stations of the Cross – CANCELED
Sharing Christ – POSTPONED (originally scheduled for Thursday evenings)
Palm Weaving and Palm Sale – CANCELED
Palm Sunday Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – CANCELED (originally scheduled for April 5, 2020)
Outdoor Stations of the Cross – CANCELED (originally scheduled for Good Friday, April 10, 2020)
Holy Week and Sacred Triduum
Per diocesan guidelines, Masses and Services for Holy Week will be celebrated by our priests without a congregation. They will be livestreamed on our parish website.
Palm Sunday Mass– April 5, 2020 – 9:00am
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – April 9, 2020 – 7:00pm
Good Friday Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion – April 10, 2020 – 3:00pm
Easter Vigil Mass – April 11, 2020 – 7:00pm
Easter Sunday Mass – April 12, 2020 – 9:00am
Daily Mass Live-Streamed from the EWTN Chapel
Daily Mass Readings
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Pope Francis’ Coronavirus Prayer
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.