A message from the Pastor . . .

Thanks to the observance of public safety protocols and the increase in the availability of vaccines, tremendous progress has been made in the fight against the corona virus. Therefore, as was announced last week, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey have lifted the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation.

This obligation does not apply to those who are ill, those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus or another serious or contagious illness, those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility, or those with serious underlying health conditions. We understand the apprehension many may feel as we try to return to some sense of normalcy especially since many of the protocols associated with Covid-19 will also be lifted.

Following the instructions we have received from the Archdiocese, you will no longer have to register in advance to attend Sunday mass as we are allowed to return to 100% capacity . For those who are fully vaccinated, masks are no longer required and there is no longer any need for social distancing. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and those who would feel more comfortable wearing a mask are most welcome to do so. Certainly, those with underlying health concerns and those who live with someone with health issues are encouraged to continue wearing a mask.

Ministers will continue to wear masks when distributing Holy Communion. I am happy to state that all the clergy at St. Mary’s are fully vaccinated. The instructions we have received remind us that Communion must still be received in the hand. We are still not allowed to give Communion on the tongue.

Greetings and the sign of peace should continue to be no-contact and we will continue to live-stream the 10 o’clock Mass for those who still unable to join us.

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will gradually take additional steps such returning hymnals to the pews and the taking up of a collection. Until then, I ask that you continue to use the collection boxes at the doors of the church or make donations electronically.

We ask for your patience as we take tentative steps forward praying that everyone will stay safe as we work towards getting back to normal.

Fr. Carey

The 2021 Annual Appeal

The 2021 Annual Appeal is well underway. We have $37,361.00 pledged from 154 families as of June 1, 2021.

Thank you to those parishioners who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Will you join your fellow parishioners in supporting this effort that strengthens many important programs and ministries across the Archdiocese of Newark?

If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church or you can visit www.rcan.org/sharing.

Your gift will truly make a difference. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Palm Sunday and Easter Schedule

Here is our Easter schedule. If you plan on attending any of our services, masks are required!

Reservations
It is very important to sign up before coming to church. You can call us at 201-384-0557 between 9AM and 5PM Monday through Friday or email us at contactus@stmarysdumont.org before 5PM on Fridays to make reservations. We need your name, phone number and the number of people attending with you. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

Easter Flowers
Don’t forget to use your envelope marked for FLOWERS – it takes a LOT of flowers to make our church extra-special for Easter!

 

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