Events

  Please remember to contact the parish office if you have any changes to your registration.  Address change/ phone number, so that we can update our records.

Parish OFFICE HOURS :Mon – Thurs 9 am-4 pm     Friday – 9 am-2 pm

Office Procedures During the Pandemic: All business to be conducted by phone or by call-ahead appointment. Masks must be worn. Dropping off envelopes or any paperwork may be left in the rectory mail box.  Be reassured it is checked throughout the day.

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First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, May 7, 3:00-6:45 pm followed by Benediction, Confessions 6:00 -6:30 pm,  7:00 pm Low Mass.

First Saturday, May 1, Confessions 11:00-11:30 am, Low Mass, E.F. 12:00 noon.

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Contribution Statements  for 2020 are available upon request only.  Call or email the parish office @ corpuschristichurch5@gmail.com.

Many thanks for your generosity throughout the year!

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 Live Stream of Masses Our last live-stream mass will end April 24.   Thanks to John & Ann Marie Karczmit, Steve DiMeglio and any volunteers who assisted with filming during this pandemic.

If you cannot attend in person mass, please visit the Metuchen Diocese website for other live-stream options.

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2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal – You can find the link to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Video at https://diometuchen.org/BAAThe Annual Bishop Appeal for 2021 has begun.  Our goal this year is $33,000.00.  If we reach our goal, the parish will receive a 50% rebate of the amount received over the goal.  Twenty-four percent of the funds raised by the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is earmarked for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.  Your generosity and sacrifice helps to ensure that no one is left homeless, hungry, or without emotional support in these extremely difficult times.  Your support of the appeal is greatly appreciated.

You can hear Bishop Checchio’s message on the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Video at :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYMONc5S81A

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Faith Formation Classes  Please continue to check emails for updates

and information from your Catechists. 

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DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

The Evangelization Ministry invites you to join in praying the nine day Divine Mercy Novena which starts April 2nd, Good Friday, and culminates on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter, April 11th.  We’ll meet virtually via Zoom @ 8PM.  For those interested, please send an email to corpuschristievm@gmail.com or call Eliana @ 732-770-8245.

****************************************************************  Fr. Pauly’s mom, Rosy Thekkan passed away, if you would like to send a sympathy or mass card to Fr. Pauly, his address is Our Lady of Peace, 277 Washington Place, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-3032

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Coffee, Cake, & Conversation, An evening of inspiration, communication, and celebration.  Meeting virtually May 3rd @ 7:30 pm.  Please join for an evening of great conversation with other women who share your faith.  Topics range from raising a family to career, stress, marriage, joys sorrows and more.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ann Marie with your email information and will send you a A Zoom invite to join the fun. You can reach her at 732-801-3569 or adminsr@Comcast.net

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Bereavement

Grief is a process that takes time, but ultimately leads us to heal from the pain of a loss or loved one, spouse, parent, child, sibling or friend.  If you are interested, please call the parish office and leave your name & phone number.    Sr. Kathleen Dullea will then get in touch with you.  Due to Covid 19 restrictions, it will be a limited group of 5-7 only.

****************************************************************** The Covid vaccine registration site is available for those who would like to register to get the vaccine.  The Link below can be used; it prompts you to answer some questions to determine when you’re eligible to receive the vaccine.  If you have any medical conditions/situations, you should consult your doctor prior to receiving the vaccine. https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/

*****************************************************************Donate a Pew in Memory of a Loved One/Family Names – If you have not yet made arrangements for a pew but are considering doing so whether a family name or in Memory of a Loved One, call the parish office to select your pew and for further information on payments.  Donation is $500.00.

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 The church left side door is open from 6:00 am until 6:00pm. 

WE ASK THAT YOU CONSIDER THE RULING OF SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN IN  CHURCH. 

CLOROX WIPES ARE PROVIDED FOR USE WHEN COMING INTO THE CHURCH AND WIPING ANY SURFACE YOU MAY TOUCH.  PLEASE USE DESIGNATED AREAS TO PRAY AS THESE AREAS ARE DISINFECTED ON A DAILY BASIS.


MASS SCHEDULE – BEGINNING  JUNE 12th

PHASE 1 – & PHASE 11–  Parishes will begin the celebration of weekday Masses & Weekend Masses with a congregation of a limited number (to be announced) strict physical distancing, use of masks and strict procedures for the distribution of Holy Communion.

DISPENSATION FROM OBLIGATION

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass will remain in effect until further notice. No one will be required to attend Mass during this period of time.  While the obligation to attend Mass is dispensed, the faithful are to keep the Lord’s Day holy by some other means.  For example, they should tune into a live streamed Mass, and can also be encouraged to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, reading and reflecting on Sacred Scripture, praying the rosary or some other devotion.

Returning to Masses with a Congregation 

Those vulnerable groups should stay home.

Those sick or symptomatic must stay home.

The faithful should be encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer & masks.

Establish hand sanitizing stations throughout the church and auxiliary facilities where mass may be live streamed.

Wash hands at home and use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.,

Face masks are expected by all except for the very young.

Priest & Deacons should use face masks outside the celebration of the Mass when greeting or pastorally interacting with the people.

Hymnals and missalettes should be removed from the pews & stored for the duration of the pandemic.

The mass is Saturday 5:00 p.m.  Fr. Roberto is celebrating the Portuguese mass on Saturday,  7:00 pm.  Sunday masses are 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 3:00 pm (Sung Latin) & 5:00 pm. 


 


 I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO THANK THE MANY PARISHIONERS WHO HAVE BEEN MAILING/DROPPING OFF YOUR OFFERTORY ENVELOPES.  DURING THIS CRISIS. THIS HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS HELP IN MAINTAINING OUR CHURCH OPERATING BUSINESS END.


Info on:   The Care of Souls and Forgiveness of Sins during this Pandemic

Cardinal Pizcenza writes:     Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452)

In reminding all parishioners of this recourse, please also remind them that perfect contrition:

rises from the love of God, who has been grievously offended

requires the sincere desire for forgiveness

requires the ardent commitment to receive the sacrament of reconciliation when available

Cardinal Piacenza also addresses the recourse of a Plenary Indulgence offered

by the Apostolic Penitentiary:      The gift of special indulgences is granted to the faithful  suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayers, care for them.

As you know, an Indulgence is “the expression of the Church’s full confidence of being heard by the Father when – in view of the Christ’s merits and, by his gift, those of Our Lady and the saints – she asks him to mitigate or cancel the painful aspect of punishment by fostering its medicinal aspect through other channels of grace” (Saint John Paul II, General Audience, September 29, 1999).

It is asked that parishioners are reminded of the availability of this Plenary Indulgence which “removes all the temporal punishment due to sin.” (CCC. 1471).     This Plenary Indulgence is

granted to the faithful suffering from coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or, if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.


Spiritual Communion Prayer by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul,

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentalLy,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.    Amen


Word of Inspiration & Wisdom from the Saints:

From the Confession of Saint Patrick, bishop

Through me many peoples have been reborn in God

I give unceasing thanks to my God, who kept me faithful in the day of my testing.  Today I can offer him sacrifice with confidence, giving myself as a living victim to Christ, my Lord, who kept me safe through all trials.  I can say now:  Who am I, Lord,  and what is my calling, that you worked through me with such divine power? You did  all this so that today among the Gentiles I might constantly rejoice and glorify your name wherever I may be, both in prosperity and in adversity.  You did it so that, whatever happened to me, I might accept good and evil equally, always giving thanks to God.  God showed me how to have faith in him for ever, as one who is never to be doubted.  He answered my prayer in such a way that in the last days, ignorant through I am, I might be bold enough to take up so holy and so wonderful a task, and imitate in some degree those whom the Lord had so long ago foretold as heralds of his Gospel, bearing witness to all nations.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Bring a friend and join us for a night of fellowship, Free Admission and light refreshments. Movie night will be announced at a later date. 

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Every  Wednesday, Low Mass at 6:15 pm.  Confessions will be heard from 5-5:45 pm.

Every First Friday (barring a national holiday), Low Mass at 7 pm, Exposition starting at 3 pm till about 6:45 pm Benediction follows.    Confessions heard from 6 pm to 6:30 pm

Every First Saturday  Low Mass, 12 Noon.  Confessions heard from 11-11:30 am.

Confessions,every Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 pm  or by appointment.  Portuguese confessions 30 minutes prior to Mass.


Are you exploring the Catholic Faith?
Are you already a Catholic seeking to deepen your relationship with Christ and his Church?

Join us and spend quality time as we explore together the Catholicism series program, where you will watch beautiful videos and engage in thoughtful discussions. The Catholicism series was produced by the renowned Bishop Robert Barron who journeys around the world and deep into the Faith to teach us what Catholic believe and why.


SURVIVING A LOSS If you have experienced a major life transition, such as the death of a loved one, spouse, sibling, parent, adult child, or friend, then Surviving a Loss will provide a safe environment to assist you on your journey toward growth and healing. The program is threefold and is designed; to help individuals become more aware of their inner strengths through prayer, and some newly acquired skills, to provide group support while decreasing isolation, to provide the safety and reassurance needed for individuals to remember and honor their love ones. If you wish to receive more information, please call Kathleen Ostertag, MA, LLPC at 732-390-5135 or Sr. Kathleen Dullea, SHCJ at 714-366-9063.


We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers & Adult Altar Servers for our weekend Masses. If you would consider joining one of these ministries, please see Fr. Damian or contact the parish office.


 

Corpus Christi Church has joined the Flocknote community, What is Flocknote? It is a communication tool that helps to build a more “connected” church. Your church cares about you. Because they care about you, they want to communicate more easily and effectively with you (and be able to get your feedback too). Using Flocknote allows your church to easily send you the information you care about most via email and text message, and gives you the ability to give them essential feedback, too! Text the word CHI-RHO to 84576 or sign up online at corpuschristichurch2.flocknote.com


 Corpus Christi Church Coffee, Cake, & Conversation

All  are invited, 7:30-8:30 p.m. South River Library – Sivess Room.

We meet the first Monday of every month for an evening of great conversation with other women who share your faith.  The discussions will be informal, friendly, and uplifting.  Topics will range from raising a family to career, stress, marriage, joys, sorrows, and more.  RSVP’S requested however walk-ins welcome.  Call/text 732-801-3569 to rsvp or with any questions.  All are welcome.


 Saint Augustine Hymnal

We are asking parishioners to consider donating a hymnal as a memorial gift, for the cost of $25.00 per book.

A label will be placed in the front cover of the hymnal dedicating the book to the prayerful memory of your loved one.

Please contact the parish office for more information.


FORMING YOUR FAITH

We are excited to announce that Corpus Christi Church has become a partner in an exciting 24/7 on-line web-based digital formation series called FORMED, produced by the Augustine Institute and Ignatius Press.  This series is designed to help adults grow in their faith at all levels – how we think, how we pray, and how we live.  Better yet, access is FREE to all of our parishioners and their families anywhere, anytime on computers, tablets, or phones.  REGISTER FREE USING OUR PARISH CODE ZD3P77.


2021 LUCKY CALENDAR

Buy 2 for $50.00 and get one free!

13 Chances of winning $$$$$  10 chances of winning $500.00 and 2 chances of winning $1,000.00

 The first Tuesday of every month, a winner is selected from the drum.  Even if you win one of the drawings, your ticket automatically goes back in the drum for the next drawing.

THE NEXT DRAWINGS  IS TUESDAY, MAY 4  $500.0

Don’t be sad this Pandemic is not going to stop our fundraising efforts here at Corpus Christi.  We will continue with the Lucky Calendar for 2021 with all the same perks.  Buy 2 for $50.00 get one free?  Details will follow.

 GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO PURCHASED THE LUCKY CALENDAR!!!

Next drawing is May 4, 2021 $500.00

April 6, 2021 – Cabot M. Carney – $500.00

March 30, 2021- Gail Aiello – $1,000.00

March 2, 2021 – MaryRose Mahony – $500.00

February 2, 2021 –  Peggy Devich- $500.00

January 5, 2021 – Keith & Renee Brown – $500.00

Congratulations to all our Lucky Winners for 2020

January 7, 2020 – Karen Kuklinski

February 4, 2020 – Frank DeMonico

March 3, 2020 – Barbara Cannon

April 7, 2020 – Nan Michael

April 14, 2020 – Valery Petrone

May 5, 2020 – Terry Morrongiello

June 2, 2020 – Joy Purdue

July 7, 2020  – Joyce Kosa

August 4, 2020 – Marci Vueti

September 1, 2020 – Tom Swenticky

October 6, 2020 – Joanne Senko

November 3, 2020 – Regina Welch

December 1, 2020- – Colleen Cholewa

December 22, 2020 – Rich & Cathy Endress