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English Translation of Extraordinary Moment of Prayer Presided Over by Pope Francis
Holy Father to give an extraordinary blessing ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Friday at 1PM EST. The Holy Father will grant to all participants in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.
Beginning tonight March 25, 2020 the Saint Thomas the Apostle Rosary Society will pray the Rosary at 7:00PM each evening for an end to Coronavirus, for those who are sick, for those who have died, for health care workers, and for those looking for a vaccine.
The members and everyone else will pray the Rosary in their homes. For those unable to pray the Rosary at 7:00PM please pray it at a time convenient to you.
Be well and stay safe.
While we are distant physically we are united in prayer.
The “Our Father” on the Annunciation
“I, therefore, invite everyone to do this several times a day, but all together, to recite the Our Father this coming Wednesday, 25 March, at noon (Rome time, 7:00AM Eastern Standard time), all together. On that day on which many Christians recall the annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord listen to the united prayer of all of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ.” Pope Francis March 23, 2020
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
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O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.
Help us. O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
May we who are merely inconvenienced,
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors,
remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home,
remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close,
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips,
remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market,
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home,
remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
— Author Unknown.
Holy Mary, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Hope of the Sick, pray for us.
St. Rocco, protector against epidemics, pray for us.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
During the COVID 19 Pandemic the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated at 1 PM in the parking lot behind the church (weather-permitting). In case of inclement weather the sacrament will be held in the church. Please enter through the center front door. Please wait behind the Baptismal Font until the confessor is available.
If you need the sacrament of reconciliation arrangements may be made for confession/reconciliation by contacting Father Larry or Father Lukasz. Please use the parish phone number 973-338-9190.
For first Reconciliation: Enroll and attend classes in the parish religious education program.
For examine of conscience, please visit the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ site at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examinations-of-conscience.cfm
Some helpful documents:
Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments
The Roman Catholic Faith Community of St. Thomas the Apostle recognizes God’s call to be a sign of His Kingdom in the communities we serve.
We respond to this call by:
- Leading people to a deeper relationship with Christ by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, renewal, education, the celebration of the Sacraments, and the worship of God in the sacred liturgy;
- Encouraging a commitment to justice and to service of those in need;
- Promoting good stewardship of our time, talent and treasure;
- Building a community of hospitality and support in the daily living out of Christian ideals by nourishing mutual respect and understanding within our Church, our families, our community, and other faith traditions.