A Note from the Pastor

November 7, 2021
Dear Parishioners:

In the book, Pastoral Care of the Sick published after the Second Vatican Council: “The faithful who are ill are deprived of their rightful and accustomed place in the Eucharistic community. In bringing Communion to them the Minister of Communion represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the whole community toward those who cannot be present at the Eucharist. For the sick the reception of Communion is not only a privilege but also a sign of support and concern shown by the Christian community for its members who are ill.” (No. 73)

Please be aware that any parishioner who is sick, recovering from surgery or perhaps older and no longer able to drive or obtain transportation to Mass on the weekend, should let me know and one of the priests will come to visit them at home. They will also have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick or Reconciliation, as appropriate. Certainly, we will do the same for any member of your family as well.
In the event, a homebound person would like to receive the Eucharist each week, one of our team of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be available to do so. Anyone who is homebound or has a homebound family member should please contact the rectory at 908-486-6363 to arrange a visit by one of the priests of our parish.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Mauro

October 17, 2021
Dear Parishioners,

It is a joy for me to have been appointed pastor of St. John’s after the first year as your administrator. It has been a very difficult and challenging time last year beginning my mission here with the Covid restrictions and as a consequence my inability to know all my parishioners well.

However, together with Fr. Bill and Deacon Mike, and now Fr. Gabriel, we have tried to reach out to as many of you as possible through house blessings visits and door to door Evangelization. To our surprise many of you returned to the Sunday Mass and to other parish activities.

To this end, the Archdiocese of Newark has launched a new initiative called Vine and Branches which aims at reaching out to all of our brothers and sisters who are no longer participating in our parish life. At St John’s, we have also launched a Post Confirmation Program in order to help and accompany our youth in this very delicate transition of adolescence to adulthood. The Code of Canon Law (1983) Can. 528 states: “A pastor is obliged to make provision so that the Word of God is proclaimed in its entirety to those living in the parish; for this reason, he is to take care that the lay members of the Christian faithful are instructed in the truths of the faith, especially by giving a homily on Sundays and holy days of obligation and by offering catechetical instruction. He is to foster works through which the spirit of the gospel is promoted, even in what pertains to social justice. He is to have particular care for the Catholic education of children and youth. He is to make every effort, even with the collaboration of the Christian faithful, so that the message of the gospel comes also to those who have ceased the practice of their religion or do not profess the true faith.” Therefore, it is my obligation to look for the lost sheep, and bring them back to the sheepfold.

This Sunday, October 17 an Evangelization team will speak at all Masses about some very good talks of Faith that will begin here at St John’s on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS at 8 pm in the Church. ALL are invited to these talks, both those who have the faith and wish to revitalize it and those who no longer have the faith, so that they may LISTEN to the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST and experience the joy of the Gospel.

So, if you are struggling at this time with a particular suffering or are afraid and overwhelmed by the difficulties of life, COME and LISTEN!!!! Especially, if you have a friend or relative who has given up their religious practice, please invite them to come and listen.

DO NOT BE AFRAID!!!

Fr. Mauro