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ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
COVID-19 UPDATES

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 and the overall capacity limit for every house of worship in New Jersey has been increased from 25% to 50% of the actual capacity.

 

The obligation to wear face masks and 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.

In our pastoral response to these measures, and in order to welcome all our brothers and sisters who
would like to gather and pray in our beautiful church, beginning with the Second Sunday of Lent
NO RESERVATIONS will be necessary for any of our Masses or prayer gatherings and services.
All are welcome to attend a Mass at the time which is most convenient for you,
your loved ones, and your friends!

In order to assure that our Holy Week and Easter celebrations could be prepared
and organized with maximal attention to the well-being and safety of all,
the only exception to our new “no reservations necessary” procedures will be our parish celebrations of Palm Sunday (March 28, 2021) and Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021).
All those wishing to attend our Masses on those two
very special holy days can reserve their seats HERE.

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;

  • Everyone is obligated to wear a mask for his/her own protection
and for the necessary protection of other parishioners;

  • 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. 

ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK
LENTEN REGULATIONS 2021

The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night)
as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus,
and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate readily His Resurrection.

The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence.

On a day of Fast, only 1 full meal is permitted, and 2 smaller meals, which, if added together,
would not exceed the main meal in quantity.

Those between ages of 18 - 59 are obliged to fast.

On a day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten.
Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of abstinence.

The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence “substantially”,
or as a whole, is a serious obligation.

The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designated as days of penance, but instead of the traditional abstinence from meat, you may substitute some other practice
of voluntary self- denial as penance.

The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty*) extends from the First Sunday of Lent, February 21, 2021 to The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 30, 2021.

*Canon 920 All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist,
are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.

WEEKLY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Spend some quality time with Jesus! Church will be open every Thursday from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm during Lent and the Easter Season for Eucharistic Adoration & private prayer. Community prayer and Benediction will begin shortly before 6pm. Masks are required, and please follow social distance rules.

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Every Friday evening, join us for the Stations of the Cross in our beautiful church at 7:00 pm.
Led by different ministries each week, Stations include prayer and reflection.

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.

ONLINE MASS

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.