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ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things,
and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least
spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself
entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Our updated pastoral measures related to COVID-19 and our continual efforts to create a safe and prayerful environment for all our parishioners and friends who gather with us:
As of Monday, February 22, 2021, the limit of 150 people for indoor
religious gatherings in the State of New Jersey has been lifted.
The obligation to maintain distance of six feet between
individual parishioners or family units gathered in the church still remain as an
important preventive measure during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
These important updates will have significant effect on our parish liturgical celebrations and gatherings. Our parish community is blessed with one of the largest churches in our Archdiocese and the State of New Jersey, with the seating capacity of about 1,200 people and other adjunct gathering spaces which further expand this capacity for any liturgical gatherings.
All are welcome to attend a Mass at the time which is most convenient for you,
your loved ones, and your friends!
While adopting these more simplified procedures, we want to assure you that
our parish staff is making every effort in order to maintain a liturgical environment
which is always safe, secure and prayerful for all.
Therefore, we will continue to follow the subsequent and necessary provisions:
• During our Saturday evening and Sunday Masses, as well as for any other special liturgies,
there are greeters at the main entrance doors of our church to welcome you,
to hand you personally a copy of our bulletin, and to address any concerns or special needs;
• We enter through the main doors of the church located by our statue of Saint John the Baptist;
• We all sanitize our hands upon entering church;
• The main collection basket will be located in the entrance area of the church,
with other collection baskets being available in the church aisles;
• Our dedicated ushers direct us during distribution of Holy Communion
at every Mass. Everyone will continue to receive communion in their hand;
• We all exit ONLY from side doors of the East and West Wings and directly into our parking areas;
• The church is completely disinfected and sanitized after every Mass
and is diligently prepared for the following liturgy.
Thank you for your understanding and for your participation in the life of
our wonderful parish community! We kindly ask you to support St. John the Baptist Parish
during this time of Lent and the upcoming Season of Easter, and also to include
our spiritual home in any additional acts of your generosity and kindness.
It is the goodness and generosity of the disciples of our Lord who continue to follow
in his footsteps - as you do - that bring light and hope even into the
most difficult situations of our daily lives.
MASS BOOK INTENTIONS
The Mass Book is now open from September to November. If you wish to arrange for a Mass intention, please call the rectory at 201-664-3131 to make an appointment.
Masses will be filmed at our 5pm mass and streamed online on Facebook
Sundays at 10am, and on the website early Sunday morning.
We hopefully will have new equipment soon to stream the 5pm mass live.