COVID-19 Mailing - June 2nd

06-02-2020

Dear parishioner of OLP in Fords,

As you may know Bishop Checchio has informed us that public in-church Masses may resume on the weekend of 13-14 June 2020.

OLP will resume the Mass Schedule which was suspended in the middle of March. At this time, OLP Masses are 5:15 PM Saturday, 8:00, 10:00 AM and Noon on Sunday. You are asked to follow the signage on each pew and take a place six feet from others. Families who live in the same household may sit together. Facemasks are to be worn at all times except when lifted briefly for the reception of Holy Communion.

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Diocese of Metuchen Coronavirus Update

Please read the directives issued by Bishop Checchio in response to COVID-19.

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List of Live Stream Masses at DioMetuchen

Further Notes for Church Reopening: In-church Mass and Sacraments

As we work to restore Masses with a congregation, we will do so with the safety of all in mind.

All hymnals and other such items are removed from from the pews. Nothing is to be left in the pews after Mass. Please take home your Parish Bulletin and Song Sheet. Singing will be limited.

All are expected to wash their hands at home before coming to church and to carry their own hand sanitizer. Keep in mind that to follow social-distancing guidelines the seating in the church is considerably reduced.

The Most Reverend Bishop continues the dispensation to attend Mass until further notice. You may chose to watch Mass on TV or from any parish live-stream or prerecorded platform.

For the common good, those in vulnerable groups, sick or symptomatic must stay home. Face masks are to worn by all for the health of all.

Bishop Checchio and your parish clergy are most grateful for your understanding and cooperation.

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The Pastor's Pen

Moses teaches us how to pray

06-27-2020Rev. Matthew R. Paratore, S.T.L., J.C.L.

Dear Friend,

During this time of the Coronavirus, we are realizing that God is never pleased with those who prayed the "easy" way. Let us think of Moses, he was not a "weak" dialogue partner either, from the very first day of his vocation.

When God called him, Moses was in human terms a "failure". The Book of Exodus depicts him in the land of Midian as a fugitive. As a young man he had felt compassion for his people, and had aligned himself in defense of the oppressed. But he soon discovered that, despite his good intentions, it was not justice, but violence that came from his hands. His dreams of glory shattered, Moses was no longer a promising official, destined to rise rapidly in his career, but rather one who gambled away opportunities, and now grazed a flock that was not even his own. And it was precisely in the silence of the desert of Midian that God summoned Moses to the revelation of the burning bush: "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God" (Ex 3:6).

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Everyday Stewardship - Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit

05-31-2020

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)

To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit you must open your heart and invite Him in! Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, words, and actions every day! Be grateful for all the gifts God has given you!

Regardless of our individual circumstances, God has given all of us many blessings. What we do with those gifts is our gift back to God! By generously sharing everything we have and everything we are, we become more “God-centered” and less “self-centered” and our lives truly reflect God’s light, love, and mercy.

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Sunday Mass & Holy Day Obligation

It is both a precept of the Church and Church law that Catholics must worship God on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation by participating in the Holy Mass. This follows from the fact that in the Mass it is Christ Himself who worships the Father, joining our worship to His. In no other way is it possible to adequately give thanks (eucharistia) to God for the blessings of creation, redemption and our sanctification than by uniting our offerings to that of Jesus Christ Himself.

As an appreciative Catholic Community of Faith, Our Lady of Peace parishioners pray for our military, police, fire-fighters, first-responders and all who serve in local, state and national security services.