All Masses are celebrated in the Church.
Maximum capacity of 100 people per Mass.

7am and 12pm Holy Mass | Monday-Friday (English)
8am Holy Mass | Saturday (English)

7pm Holy Mass | Tuesday (Spanish)

1pm – 2pm Holy Hour and Sacrament of Reconciliation | Saturday

5pm Holy Mass | Saturday (English)
6:30pm Holy Mass | Saturday (Spanish)

9am Holy Mass | Sunday (Portuguese)
10:30am Holy Mass | Sunday (English)
12:00pm Holy Mass | Sunday (Spanish)



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Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms can also be scheduled by calling the office. Parish staff are available to answer questions by calling the office or sending a message on Facebook.

Los Sacramentos de Matrimonio y Bautizo, y funerales se pueden programar por llamando la oficina. Las secretarías de la parroquia están disponibles para contestar preguntas. Por favor llama a la oficina o tambien puede mandar un mensaje por Facebook.


We are pleased to announce that the Parish Center Office is open to the public, Sunday through Saturday from 9 AM – 12 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM. The Chapel is open for personal prayer during the office hours.

Please wear a mask when entering the Parish Center.  We thank you for your cooperation!



The Mass Intention Book for 2021 is open. 

You may request Mass Intentions for 2021 in person in the Parish Center office Monday through Saturday from  9 AM to 12 Noon, and Sunday from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.  Mass Intentions will not be taken over the phone.  If you cannot come in person, kindly mail your requests to the Attention of the Parish Secretary, St. Cecilia Church, 120 Kearny Ave., Kearny, NJ, 07032.  Please print the name of your Intention, the date and an alternate date in the case your date is unavailable, your name, and a telephone number where you can be reached, and a check payable to St. Cecilia Church. THE DONATION FOR EACH MASS IS $10.00.

Thank you for supporting the mission of the Church!


Archdiocese of Newark announces phased reopening of churches (5/14/20)

Phase One reopening allows for private prayer only beginning on Sunday

[Read the complete directives for the reopening of churches here]

[Read “What to expect when public Mass resumes” here]

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, announced this week a three-phase gradual reopening process for churches throughout the Archdiocese to ensure the health and well-being of clergy and faithful.

Beginning on Sunday, May 17, 2020, Phase One will reopen churches in the Archdiocese for private prayer only, following all public health guidelines and once pastors determine they can safely do so. As part of Phase One, the Sacrament of Reconciliation also may be celebrated if social distancing can be maintained and masks are worn.

An Archdiocesan Task Force has continued to monitor the expert guidance of public health officials and federal and state public officials, who have cautioned not to rush into reopening churches to the faithful before manageable safety protocols can be put in place.

All pastors, parochial administrators, chaplains and other pastoral leaders are expected to follow these Phase One directives without exception:

• Cardinal Tobin continues to dispense the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday as well as from “Easter duty” (the obligation to receive Holy Communion during the season of Easter).

• Churches may be opened solely for personal prayer during limited and designated hours.  Individuals and families may enter the church for quiet prayer only. During opening hours, a parish staff member must be physically present in the church to ensure social distancing and sanitizing. No gatherings are permitted.

• In accordance with national, state, and local health directives, those who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to an infected person are not permitted to enter the church for 14 days.

• Holy water fonts must remain empty until further notice.

• Hand sanitizer should be made available throughout the church.

• Public celebrations of liturgies, devotions, or other group prayer are not permitted at this time. A guide for livestreamed Mass can be found at:

• Masks must be worn by all individuals while in the church, and persons are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer or wipes.

• Individuals and families must maintain social distancing (six feet) between each person or family while in the church.

• The pastor will ensure that there is prominent notification within the church regarding the requirement of masks and social distancing.

• Pews, door handles and knobs, restrooms, and high traffic areas of the church will be wiped down and sanitized at regular intervals, along with the removal of trash and other items from the pews.

• The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be offered at specified and limited times.
o Confessionals are not to be used.
o Social distancing must be maintained by those waiting for the sacrament
o Masks must be worn by confessor and penitent.

Cardinal Tobin and the Archdiocesan Task Force are currently determining the timing for the implementation of the next two phases and is planning for how public worship will be celebrated with respect to any new regulations. Phase Two will incorporate the celebration of weekday Masses and Phase Three will permit Sunday Masses.

More information about the Archdiocese of Newark’s three-phase gradual reopening process, along with specific guidance, is available at 

For the latest Archdiocesan news or announcements, please continue to visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s COVID-19 resource page at

Catholic Cementeries Update (5/4/20)

Cardinal Tobin and the Archdiocesan leadership team continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and to aggregate guiding information from federal, state and local officials.  Based on the latest information shared publicly, following are updated directives regarding Catholic Cemeteries approved by Cardinal Tobin for the Archdiocese of Newark.

  • On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, all archdiocesan cemeteries will be open for visitation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be open for visitation every Sunday, thereafter.
  • Beginning on Monday, May 11, up to 10 family members will be permitted to attend a burial service. (Currently, two family members only are permitted.) Until further notice, all committal services are limited to immediate family only and not to exceed the recommendations of New Jersey Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and Administrative Order 2020-04, that gatherings of 10 persons or fewer are permitted.
  • Beginning on Monday, May 18, cemetery visitation will be permitted weekdays, Monday through Saturday, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., >after all interments are completed.
  •  Memorial Day Masses at our all archdiocesan cemeteries are postponed until further notice.~ Announcements are forthcoming regarding a live-stream or video of Memorial Day Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery.
  • All persons entering archdiocesan cemetery and mausoleum premises must wear a facemask and practice social distancing as per the state’s mandate. Signs will be posted in cemeteries.

We urge all to please adhere to these guidelines for the protection of all. It would be disappointing to all if prior restrictions were reinforced if state and local mandates are not followed.

Please share this important information with your communities as soon as possible.

We encourage you to continue to monitor our website at for archdiocesan announcements and updates. Thank you.

Faith Formation (CCD)
Formación de Fe (Catecismo)

Frequently Asked Questions | Preguntas Frecuentes 

Will we still be having the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation in this month of May? Vamos a tener los Sacramentos de Bautizo, Comunión y Confirmación en este mes de Mayo?

The Sacraments are suspended until further notice. We will not have the Sacraments that were scheduled for this month. Los Sacramentos están suspendido hasta nuevo aviso. No se va actualizar los Sacramentos planificado para este mes. 

When will the Sacraments be rescheduled for? How can we plan for the dates of the Sacrament? Cuando se va planificar la fechas otra vez para los Sacramentos? Cómo podemos preparar para esas fechas?

At this moment there is no way for us to be able to plan dates. Once dates can be scheduled, we will give ample notice of possible dates. En este momento, no es posible para planificar esas fechas. Cuando ya se puede planificar otra vez, nosotros vamos dar más que suficiente tiempo para nuevas fechas. 

Will my child need to repeat the year? Mi hijo/a necesita repetir el año? 

Your child will not have to repeat the year for the classes that were not held due to the pandemic. Tu hijo/a no tiene que repetir el año por las clases que no se tuvo debido a la pandemia. 

My child has a few absences. Does he/she need to make them up? Mi hijo/a tiene algunas faltas. Tiene que recuperar esas clases?

If your child has had more than 3 absences, they will still need to make up those classes. This can be done by attending a virtual Prayer Group on Fridays at 7:30pm. Please contact Leo for more information. Si tu hijo/hija tiene más de 3 faltas, tiene que recuperar esas clases. Las clases se puede recuperar por asistiendo el grupo de oración virtual los viernes a las 7:30pm. Por favor contacten a Leo para más información. 

When will registration for next year open? How can I register my children? Cuando abrirá la registracion (matriculación) para el próximo ano? Como puedo registrar a mis niños?

We cannot give a date for when the registration will be open for the Fall. We are in the process of seeing if we can simplify registration so that everyone can do so remotely if needed. No podemos dar una fecha para registrarse en Septiembre todavía. Estemos en el proceso de simplificar la registración para que todos pueden matricular sus niños remotamente si necesario.

Will classes resume for this year? Will classes resume in person in September? Van a resumir las clases de este calendario escolar? Van resumir las clases en septiembre? 

The state of NJ has ordered for all schools to remain closed for the remainder of this school year. It is too soon for us to completely confirm that classes for Faith Formation will be in person in September. We are preparing to be able to provide remote classes in case we cannot return in person right away. El estado de NJ ha ordenado a las escuelas escolares a permanecer cerrado hasta septiembre. Es muy pronto para completamente confirmar que clases resumen en persona para septiembre. Estamos preparando para proveer clases virtuales en caso que no podremos empezar en persona inmediatamente. 

How can I continue to form my child as well as my family? Como puede seguir formando mi hijo y mi familia sobre la fe? 

As of last week, we have begun to provide a bilingual online Faith Formation class for all families that are on Saturday mornings at 9:30am. The classes are held through Zoom. Please contact Leo (see below) for how to join. Desde el último sábado, hemos empezado a dar un clase de formación online en bilingüe para todos las familias. Estas clases son los sábados a las 9:30am. Se usa la programa Zoom para las clases. Por favor hablen con Leo (información abajo) para unirse. 

St. Cecilia also has a paid subscription to which is a catholic on-demand with many resources such as eBooks, talks and videos. You can create an account by logging in using parish code DQNKPN. Santa Cecilia también tiene un subscripicion a que es una programa gratis con mucho resources Católica. Tiene libros electrónicos, charlas y vídeos. Usted puede crear una cuenta usando el código de la parroquia DQNKPN. 

How can I continue to receive communication for all updates about Faith Formation at St. Cecilia Parish? Como puede seguir recibiendo información sobre avisos para la formación de fe de Santa Cecilia?

At this moment we have been using the St. Cecilia parish website, Flocknote and Whatsapp to connect with families. Please note that for Flocknote, only one parent/guardian can be on the list. The most efficient way to connect is through Whatsapp. There are no limitations on how many parents/guardians on Whatsapp. Please contact Leo (see below) if you would like to be added to the group. En este momento nosotros hemos estado usando la página de Santa Cecilia, Flocknote y la aplicación de Whatsapp para conectarnos con todos las familias. Por favor noten que en Flocknote, solamente podemos tener un padre o guardián por familia. La mejor forma de conectarse en este momento es por medio de Whatsapp. Ahí no tenemos límites de cuantos padres o guardianes. Por favor hablen con Leo si desean ser añadido al grupo. 

Contact Information:
Leo Aliaga, Pastoral Associate & Director of Faith Formation
1 (949) 354-1137

Reporting Abuse: An Update

Since 2002, the Archdiocese of Newark has formalized a process of reporting sexual abuse allegations, in accordance with the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Essential Norms and a Memorandum of Understanding between the state prosecutors’ offices and the NJ Dioceses. A year ago, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, Vos estis lux mundi, (You are the light of the world) that strengthened and formalized the process for holding bishops accountable. As part of the implementation of the letter here in the United States, a platform was created by an independent, third party providing a secure, confidential, and professional way to report allegations against living bishops. This service is in place to gather and relay reports of sexual misconduct involving bishops of the United States, and reports of their intentional interference in a sexual abuse investigation. Individuals may make a report online at or by calling toll free (800) 276-1562. If you wish to report to report any other kind of misconduct by a bishop–or sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, religious brother or sister, or layperson working for the Church–please contact the Archdiocese of Newark at (201) 407-3256.

To make a report involving a bishop that pertains to sexual abuse or related misconduct, visit or call (800) 276-1562.


We are pleased to announce the availability of FORMED, an online service for accessing thousands of Catholic videos, audios and ebooks On Demand anytime,  anywhere!  As a member, you will have access to entertaining movies, inspiring audio talks, informative bible studies, and much more.  We are providing this resource free of charge to help our members learn and grow in their faith.  You will also be able to easily access any featured content that we are promoting within our community from time to time.  So please join us.

Also once you have signed up, don’t forget to download the free iOS or Android app to put FORMED at your fingertips.  We hope you will enjoy this incredible gift and please spread the word to others.

To sign up for FREE, visit us here and enter code:

Parishioners enter code:  DQNKPN


You are invited to spend some time before our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist.

Spanish Community
Every Saturday at 1:00 PM in the Church

Portuguese Community
Last Sunday of the Month 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Church)

(There is no Eucharistic Adoration in Portuguese during the summer months.)


The Bonds of Marian Love  bilingual prayer group is held in the Parish Center chapel every Friday night from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

For more information about any of the Bond’s activities, please contact Leonidas Aliaga at (949) 354-1137 or Jonathan Aliaga (201) 726-6172.


Classes for  Consecration to Jesus through Mary have begun.   The classes are held on Thursdays at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center Chapel. These classes are free.

For more information regarding any Bonds’ activities, please contact David Martinez at (201) 463-8288 or Leonidas Aliaga at (949) 354-1137.


The Hope Family Store is a Catholic religious gift, music and book shop featuring a St. Therese Mission Center and mini-Cafe for visitors.   We currently have Stations of the Cross booklets, rosaries, Lent/Holy Week spiritual reading books and journals, along with Easter gifts for children, teens and adults.

It is located at 120 Kearny Avenue in Kearny, New Jersey, alongside St. Cecilia parking lot (entrance on Chestnut Street) and is open:

Mondays 10:30 AM -2:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Thursday 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Saturdays 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

The Hope Family Store donates ALL proceeds to family-strengthening charities including St. Cecilia’s Parish.

Please note: St. Cecilia Gift Shop has relocated to the Hope Family Store.