Welcome to St. Catharine - St. Margaret Parish

Daily Mass
St. Catharine Church M-F 12Noon 

Weekend Masses
St. Margaret Church: Saturday at 4PM, Sunday at 9AM
St. Catharine School Playground: Saturday at 6PM, Sunday at 10:30AM
Weekend Mass Link to Facebook Live  HERE

Dear Parishioners,
I’m delighted to tell you that we are re-opening for the public celebration of mass, albeit with limited capacity and certain restrictions. Last week Bishop O’Connell made the following announcement.
Parish churches may begin the celebration of limited “in church” public weekend Masses with no more than 1/3 occupancy starting on June 13-14, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, observing all requirements listed below. Weekday “in church” public Masses with no more than 25 persons attending may begin on Monday, June 8, 2020, observing the same requirements.  Pastors will determine the most fair and effective ways to ensure proper observance of those numbers.
The full statement is found here:
 Daily Mass
*Daily mass will resume on Monday, June 8, 2020 with mass at 12 noon in St. Catharine Church
*Capacity is limited to 50 people maximum.
*Masks must be for everyone over 2 years old.
*Social distancing practices must be observed.
*Mass will still be broadcast every day on LiveSteam.
*Daily mass will be staffed with our current worship team.
Sunday Mass
St. Catharine School Playground
The Sunday celebration of Mass will return with open air mass at St. Catharine School playground at 6 PM Saturday and 10:30 AM Sunday. Many people had requested an outdoor celebration of mass and the limited capacity of St. Catharine Church while observing social distancing did not make it a viable option.
*Masks must be worn even outside for everyone over 2 years old while entering, exiting and during communion procession. 
*Social distancing practices must be observed.
*Please bring your own beach chairs, blankets, and sun hats. 
*Strollers are permitted for children.
*Umbrellas are not permitted as they will obscure visibility. 
*Feel free to bring water but not a picnic!
*The school gymnasium will serve as an alternative venue in case inclement weather but the capacity is limited to 100 and the gym is not handicapped accessible.
*There will only be one entrance on Salem Avenue but all exits can be used. 
*Mass will be streamed live on the parish’s facebook page.
St. Margaret Church
Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret Church at 4 PM Saturday and 9 AM Sunday morning.
*Masks must be worn for everyone over 2 years old.
*Social distancing practices must be observed.
*The capacity is limited to 100 people upstairs and 25 people downstairs.
*Please use designated seating in every other pew.
*Only one entrance is permitted but any door can be used as an exit.
*Mass will be streamed live on the parish’s facebook page.
*Weddings in St. Catharine Church are permitted but limited to a wedding ceremony with a maximum of 50 people.

*Funerals can commence again with a limited congregation of 50 people in St. Catharine Church, 100 People in St. Margaret Church, 50 people in St. Anne Mausoleum and 25 people in Resurrection Mausoleum. 
I’m aware that a number of our parishioners have lost relatives without the comfort of funeral rites. On June 17th, a requiem mass with the Bishop was broadcasted from St. Anne’s Mausoleum for those who have died in the Diocese of Trenton during the pandemic irrespective of the cause. I con-celebrated that mass as we remember all those who have passed here in our own parish. More details will follow about the time of the mass and where the link can be found.
Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers and Lectors will be getting an email to sign up for weekend masses through flocknote and ministry scheduler pro. No one will be auto scheduled. Altar servers will not be used at this time. I would ask you to please be patient with us as we engage in this reopening while trying to ensure your safety. 
I fully understand that you have many other questions about the other sacraments. When I receive more information, I will share it with you immediately.
Thank you for your continued support of the Parish in these challenging times. I truly appreciate all of the notes expressing your gratitude and encouragement for our continued liturgical and pastoral care. Please remember that our reopening plan is essentially an experiment that will be revised depending on the circumstances and requirements and will undoubtedly evolve. I need everyone to continue to be cooperative and patient to make all this work. With God’s grace, I’m confident and hopeful it will.
With Love and Blessings,
Fr Damian

Saturdays 3:30PM confessions in the sanctuary at St. Margaret’s Church

Message from Father Damian

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today’s reading is from the Prophet Amos. Amos 5:14-15, 21-24

“Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.”

Harsh words from the God of love! But they come out of love, love for all the world, love especially for the poor and the vulnerable. When God sees his children exploited and impoverished, there is no ritual observance, no pious sacrifice that can appease Him. What is it that stops me from sharing in God’s love for the outcast and those on the edges of society?

Do I just accept that the world is unjust? Am I scared to lose out myself? Have I got “better things” to worry about? Or does the poverty of so many overwhelm me?

As you hear those words of God again, remember that God challenges those He loves; he wants us to grow and to share in his joy and love. The passion of his anger is also the passion of his forgiveness. As you listen, allow that passion to stir in your heart.

“Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” Today I can at least let these words touch me, even if they make me feel uncomfortable or angry. Speak to God out of your feelings – or your lack of feelings. Tell him what is in your heart. Ask for the help of his grace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

With Love and Blessings,

Fr Damian

If anyone is in need of spiritual, emotional or psychological help getting through this difficult time please feel free to call Fr Padovani on his emergency line 609-298-8457 and for more information and helpful videos please go to Fr Padovani’s website https://frpadovani.com

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