Yesterday, the Catholic Conference of Bishops of the State of New Jersey announced the following:
“At this time, due to the observance of public safety protocols and the increase in the availability of vaccines, we have begun to return to some sense of normalcy in various sectors of our society. Therefore, we, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, are lifting the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation beginning on Saturday, June 5, 2021, and Sunday, June 6, 2021, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. We welcome the Christian faithful to return to the regular participation in the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith.
Thanks be to God, we have officially been given authorization to open our beautiful little church! Beginning Tuesday, June 16, we will resume daily Mass at 9:30am. Remember that we have daily Mass Tuesdays – Thursdays at 9:30am, so if you are not yet able to go back to work, you’re more than welcome to celebrate Mass with us!
Also, starting Sunday, June 21, we will once again be able to celebrate our Sunday liturgies 🙂 As all of you know, we have Sunday Masses at 8am, 10:30am and 12pm. In light of the pandemic, please know that you are not obligated to attend Sunday Mass. Cardinal Tobin continues to dispense the faithful from having to attend Mass for those who are sick, elderly, have underlying health issues, or are not yet comfortable with gathering in groups. In the church, you will notice that certain pews have been cordoned-off so as to ensure that social/physical distancing is observed. It is also mandatory that you wear a mask upon entering the church and it is highly, highly recommended that you bring hand sanitizer so that you remain protected from surface – to – skin transference, etc.
We will not be using ushers at any of our liturgies, so the presentation of the gifts, i.e., the bringing forward of bread and wine to the Priest, and the passing around of the collection baskets have been suspended indefinitely. For those of you who bring envelopes or loose cash/checks to church, you will notice that there is a basket in front of the altar. Upon leaving the church at the conclusion of Mass, you are welcome to drop your donations into that basket. Also, to prevent the spread of germs, only the Priest Celebrant will distribute Holy Communion.
***Because we are not allowed to celebrate a Sunday liturgy until exactly the 21st of June, our 6pm Vigil Mass (or Mass of Anticipation for Sunday) will begin on June 27.
My dear friends, please be vigilant about observing CDC guidelines so that we do not in anyway contribute to the spread of germs, specifically Covid-19. Happily, New Jersey is doing exceptionally well, and this unprecedented sickness appears to be on the decline in the Garden State. All the same, please be prudent and exercise common sense so that with the passage of time, Covid-19 will be in our rear view mirrors. Please be safe, stay healthy and take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of this horrific Corona Virus.
I really look forward to seeing all of you very soon and I pray that Jesus, the Good Shepherd will watch over us as we transition to another phase and get that much closer to officially bidding Covid-19 a permanent farewell!
Peace and Blessings,
Click to read Father Eric’s letters to all Parishioners
Dear Fellow St Lawrence Parishioners,
I am writing to ask for your support for an Archdiocese-wide initiative that Cardinal Tobin has launched to support our parish community, outreach to those in need, and parishes in response to the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on everyday life.
We are partnering with the team at GoFundMe, a leading online giving organization, to provide one online platform for the faithful to support outreach to those most in need as well as cover the critical needs of their own and other parish communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is a coordinated and unified effort. The first place people often go in time of need is the local parish. Under the current conditions brought on by the Coronavirus ( COVID-19) pandemic, parishes are limited in the services they can offer to the faithful.
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our parish.
You can also donate via FaithDirect.com (Our Parish ID NJ 670).
Please say this Prayer with your family.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
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.
Welcome to St Lawrence
Saint Lawrence is a parish family united as disciples of Jesus. We welcome all to our community of faith. Our goal is to share and foster the gospel values of worship, charity, justice and service.
We individually uncover and discover a distinctive spirituality as we live out the journey of life.
Saint Lawrence is also a stewardship parish where we generously share God’s gifts.
For all inquiries, please phone the Parish Office at (201) 863-6464.