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St. Cecilia Church Opens for Personal Prayer and the Sacrament of Confession | La Iglesia de Santa Cecilia abre para Oración Personal y Confesión (Updated 5/26)
St. Cecilia Chapel will be open for personal prayer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday for personal prayer from 3pm-5pm. Fr. John will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 4pm-5pm on those days. All individuals must have a face mask.
La Capilla de Santa Cecilia va estar abierto para oración personal lunes, martes y miércoles de 3pm-5pm. Padre John va estar disponible desde 4pm-5pm en estos días para el Sacramento de Reconciliación. Cada persona tiene que tener mascaría.
St. Cecilia Church is open for personal prayer on Sundays from 10am-3pm. All those who would like to enter must be wearing a face mask and practice social distancing. The Sacrament of the Confession will be available as well. The Sacrament of Confession is available by appointment during the week as well. An individual who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confession must be wearing a face mask.
La Iglesia de Santa Cecilia esta abierta los domingos para oracion personal de 10am-3pm. Todos los que desean venir necesitan tener mascaria y mantener la distancia aprobia de otras personas. El Sacramento de Confesion tambien estara disponible. El Sacramento de tambien esta disponible durante la semana por cita. Cualquier persona que desea recibir el Sacramento de Confession tendra que usar mascaria tambien.
Archdiocese of Newark announces phased reopening of churches (5/14/20)
Phase One reopening allows for private prayer only beginning on Sunday
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: https://www.rcan.org/parish-mass-livestreams-and-more
• 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 www.rcan.org.
For the latest Archdiocesan news or announcements, please continue to visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s COVID-19 resource page at http://www.rcan.org/covid19.
The Observance of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Transferred to May 24th
Transferred this year to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24th
Easter is not a day nor only a week of Sundays but rather a Pentecost, a celebration of fifty days. For fifty days the Church rejoices in the Paschal Mystery of the Lord’s death, resurrection, return in glory (ascension) to the Father and descent of the Holy Spirit.
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is an important element of the Easter event. Sometimes it is missed because it falls during the week.
Although the obligation of Mass attendance has been suspended this year because of the pandemic, the Ascension of the Lord is a very important part of Paschal spirituality. For that reason the Bishops of the Metropolitan Province of Newark (i.e. the State of New Jersey) have, for this year, joined most of the country in assigning the observance to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
Even though for most live-streaming will be the medium for observance, we are delighted that these three solemnities, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost are all taking place on Sundays.
Fr. Scott’s Farewell Letter (English)
First and foremost, I would like to thank Fr. John Wassell and the parishioners of St. Cecilia’s for their warm welcome and hospitality over the past couple of years. It has been almost two years that I have been here and I cannot thank you enough for your gracious welcome. It has been a pleasure meeting you and ministering to you!
During the past semester, I have had the opportunity to pray and discern where the Lord is calling me. I have enjoyed my time at “Oratory Prep” School, not just in the classroom, but also in working with the young men and their families. At this point in my ministry, I will be returning to the Diocese of Providence at the end of this academic year.
Buddy, my little Yorkie-Poo, and I will be moving to Newport, RI. I will be continuing in Catholic education as the University Chaplain at Salve Regina University while administering pastorally to the community at St. Joseph Church. I understand I have been here a short time, but I would like to reiterate that I have appreciated and will continue to appreciate every moment that I spend with you until June 7th. Thank you!
Despedida do Pe. Scott (Portuguese)
Despedida do Pe. Scott
Primeiramente quero agradecer ao padre John Wassel e aos paroquianos de Sta. Cecília a forma calorosa e hospitaleira com que me receberam e me trataram nestes últimos tempos. Foram quase dois anos, e nenhum agradecimento da minha parte é suficiente para convosco. Foi um prazer e um privilégio conhecer-vos e caminhar na Fé convosco.
No semestre que passou tive a oportunidade de rezar e de meditar no meu discernimento. Precisava saber onde o Senhor me chamaria. Gostei e foi muito enriquecedor o tempo que passei na “Oratory Prep” School, não apenas na sala de aula mas também no trabalho desenvolvido junto dos jovens de de suas famílias. No exercício do meu ministério sacerdotal, irei regressar à Diocese de Providence até ao final deste ano letivo.
Buddy, o meu pequeno Yorkie-Poo e eu iremos mudar-nos para Newport, RI. Continuarei ligado ao ensino Católico como Capelão da Universidade “Salve Regina”, assim como administrador paroquial na Comunidade de St. Joseph Church.
Entendo que o tempo que passei convosco foi muito curto, mas quero realçar que foi um tempo muito apreciável, e que continuarei a aproveitar ao máximo todo o tempo convosco até ao próximo dia 7 de Junho.
O meu muito obrigado a todos!
Rev. Scott J. Pontes
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 www.rcan.org/covid-19 for archdiocesan announcements and updates. Thank you.
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7pm Holy Mass | Tuesday (Spanish)
10:30am Holy Mass | Sunday (English)
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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 formed.org 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 formed.org 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.
Leo Aliaga, Pastoral Associate & Director of Faith Formation
1 (949) 354-1137
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.
Every Saturday at 1:00 PM in the Church
Last Sunday of the Month 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Church)
(There is no Eucharistic Adoration in Portuguese during the summer months.)
BONDS OF MARIAN LOVE BILINGUAL PRAYER GROUP
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.
CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY
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.
HOPE FAMILY STORE
AT ST. CECILIA PARISH, KEARNY
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.