Our Holy Father Pope Francis Appeal for Americans to get vaccinated
We have been receiving a fair number of phone calls regarding the Catholic Church’s stance on Vaccination. While Fr. Bambrick has written extensively about this issue and we have made announcements weekly for months encouraging people to get vaccinated, recent media reports have raised the question about exemptions for religious reasons. The Catholic Church encourages, promotes, supports and approves of Covid-19 vaccination. Pope Francis has called it a “moral obligation” (“I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine,” the pontiff said in a Jan. 10 2021 interview for Italy’s TG5 news program. “It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.”) and in this video he calls it an “act of love” for the Common Good of Humanity. From the point of view of the Catholic faith there are no religious objections to the Covid-19 vaccines. At the same time the Church recognizes the right of individuals, for conscience or health reasons, may chose not to get vaccinated but the Church has no religious objections to the vaccine (quite the opposite). The Holy Father recently partnered with Ad Council of the USA to produce a video along with several Cardinals from the America’s to promote vaccination among Christians of North, Central and South America. We urge you to listen to the Holy Father’s Appeal, made in his native Spanish but with English Sub-Titles.
The Bishops of New Jersey have ended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation effective June 5-6, 2021, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The faithful are to return to the practice of participating at weekly celebration of Mass in-church. As is always the case, the obligation does not apply to the sick, those with underlying health conditions, and those who remain fearful of COVID-19 transmission. READ MORE
Little Children of God returns during the 10:30am Mass. We invite children ages 3-7 to join us in the cafeteria during Mass where we will break open the Word of God, hear the Gospel and discuss with the children God’s word on their level. Parents are welcome to join with their children and are required if their child needs supervision.
Let us also pray for our priests who are working diligently during this stressful time to keep our faith community together and offering so many inventive ways to pray. Keep them secure in their vocation and healthy to do your will.
New Jersey Independent Victims Compensation Program opens June 15
As had been announced in February of this year, the Diocese of Trenton – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Diocese. The IVCP will be open to claims beginning June 15.
The IVCP is independently administered by experienced victim compensation experts Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros. Mr. Feinberg was the plan administrator for the federal 9/11 victim compensation program, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing compensation program.
The IVCP will handle the submission, evaluation and resolution of individual claims, and will operate independently of the Diocese or any Church-affiliated institution. The administrators of the IVCP will have complete autonomy to determine the eligibility of a claim with the guidelines of the established Protocol. The amount of compensation for those who make a claim will be determined by the IVCP administrators. All victims – no matter when the abuse occurred – are eligible to participate, and all matters will be handled confidentially.
Victims of clergy sexual abuse of a minor can begin the process of utilizing the program by going to www.njdiocesesivcp.com and reviewing the Protocol for submitting a claim.
The Parish Community of Saint Aloysius
…a people worshiping and growing in faith. We welcome you and your family to our parish and we hope that you will find a “home” with us — and that as we grow in God’s Spirit we may help one another experience the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mass and Confession Schedule
Mass Times (live stream and in-person)
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m.
Saturday Evening: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Confession by appointment only. Please call the parish office