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FROM THE PASTOR

June 10, 2020. 

In Church Mass with the Community

May the Grace of God and the fullness of his blessing be on your families during this time.

Balancing the physical, public health precautions deemed necessary with the spiritual good of the faithful, Christ the King Parish resumes limited opportunities for our faithful to return to our churches while maintaining the necessary, required public health precautions present in the CDC Guidelines as the Diocese gradually and safely moves toward the full restoration of Catholic spiritual and sacramental life.  The Post‑Pandemic Parish Task Force of Pastors (P4) has developed “Directives” that all parishes are to       observe for participation at “in Church” public Masses and sacramental administrations throughout the Diocese of Trenton.

The following are the procedures and requirements Christ the King Parish is to follow in order that we may offer the sacraments and for the faithful to participate in them. All these norms will help us to protect you and all other members of our community. I hope we can count on your patience and collaboration.  

Directives for Limited Public Celebration of the Sacraments in Church for CHRIST THE KING PARISH until Further Notice

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

On Saturday, June 20th and June 27th, we will have outdoor confessions from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Three priests will be offering the sacrament of confession in the handicap parking lot at

Star of the Sea Church.

Confessionals will not be used.

For indoor confessions, a well-ventilated area must be used that would allow for social distancing. Beginning Saturday, July 4th, our parish will offer confessions every Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the sunroom behind the Star of the Sea Church. (The room is located between the Church and the rectory; the entrance is behind the church.) Both doors will be kept open.

All arrangements for confessions must safeguard the health of both priest and penitent, while respecting the dignity and confidentiality of the Sacrament.

Penitents are to observe social distancing while waiting in line, at least 6 feet apart, and masks must be worn by priest and penitent.

The penitents should confess facing the crucifix and not the priest.

In order to decrease the potential spread of COVID-19, penitents may choose to stand or to be seated.  A chair will be provided if needed. It is highly recommended to stand and not touch anything during your confession.

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The celebration of Baptism within Mass is suspended.   Baptisms outside of Mass are to be celebrated one family at a time.   

We will schedule baptisms on other days in addition to Saturday and Sunday.

The number attending should adhere to social distance guidelines with a maximum of 25 persons.

Masks are to be worn by all present.

Only parents or godparents may hold the infant during the ceremony.

Sanitizer should be used when there is any physical contact before, during or after Baptism.

Fresh baptismal water is to be blessed, used and disposed of after each celebration.  A “shell” or other implement should be utilized to pour the water in the act of baptizing. 

The signing of the cross and anointing should be done with a cotton ball or “Q-tip” which should be burned or buried afterward.  

For baptismal garments, the clothes that the infant is already wearing will be his baptismal garment.

Group photographs in church after the Baptism are not permitted.

The celebrant will not receive or make physical contact with the faithful after the baptism; families should exit church immediately after Baptism in an orderly manner.

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

Only the marriage ceremony (not Mass) may be celebrated in church until further notice.

Number of persons in church should be limited to 25, as on a weekday Mass; live‑streamed ceremonies may also be offered.

All present must wear masks, with the exception of the bride and groom.

Social distancing is to be observed throughout the celebration.

Worship aids or other booklets, hymnals, papers and programs are not to be distributed/used in church.

Greeting at the doors is prohibited.

Celebrant will stand at least six feet from the couple, e.g., on the other side of the altar.

Wedding rings should be held by the groom only.

The sign of peace and any physical contact between participants, except the bride and groom, is prohibited.

The inclusion of particular or ethnic customs that might jeopardize social distancing should be discouraged but may be determined by the celebrant. 

Any receiving line is prohibited; participants should exit the church immediately after the ceremony.

The celebrant should devise a plan for an orderly exit from church, e.g., pew by pew, perhaps using the same plan as at public “in Church” Sunday Masses.

Group photographs in church after the ceremony are prohibited.

Live-streaming of the ceremony is permitted and encouraged.

CATHOLIC FUNERALS IN CHURCH

[MASS IN THE ABSENCE OF THE BODY]

All directives for the celebration of public “in Church” Masses are to be observed.

Masks are to be worn and social distancing maintained.

No physical contact is permitted in church.

The texts for the “Masses for the Dead” are to be used rather than those of the Mass of Christian Burial.

[FUNERAL RITES IN THE PRESENCE OF THE BODY]

Vigil for the Deceased

Visitation and vigils in church are prohibited and should be conducted in the funeral home or other appropriate, dignified place.

The casket must be closed before the minister begins.

Ministers and all present must wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Holy water to be used (if at all) should be blessed and disposed of properly.

Mass of Christian Burial

All directives for the celebration of the public “in Church” Masses are to be observed.

Social distancing is to be maintained at all times and masks are to be worn.

Number of persons present should follow directives for public “in Church” Masses, preferably 25, but if necessary, no more than one third of church seating capacity.

Physical contact with those attending is prohibited.

The use of the pall is suspended.

Holy water may be blessed, used and disposed of properly, and incense may be used.

Live-streaming of the Mass is permitted and encouraged.

For the committal, the number of persons in attendance should follow NJ State regulations for cemeteries and physical contact with those in attendance is prohibited.

THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

At any health care facility:  Priests are to follow the health precautions required by the institution for medical staff; priests should sanitize themselves immediately after their visit.

At the home of the sick:  Sanitize hands prior to entering the house and immediately after the visit.

Mask must be worn.

Whether in health care facility or at the home, a cotton swab or “Q-tip” is to be used for anointing and must be burned or buried after use.

I hope we can support each other during this difficult time with our prayers and by taking seriously our responsibilities to overcome this situation with God’s help. Be assured that you are in my prayers and I will do what I consider necessary for your spiritual and physical well-being.

Please follow our masses through our channel on YouTube – Fr Javo Diaz. I commend you to the mercy and power of God and the care of our Blessed Mother.                                                                           Fr. Javier Díaz

 Pastor

FROM THE PASTOR

June 2, 2020. 

In Church Mass with the Community

My dear brothers and sisters of Christ the King Parish, I would like to announce the great news of once again being allowed to celebrate mass in our churches at Star of the Sea and Holy Trinity, with a limited public celebration of the mass and sacraments beginning with the following dates:

“In-Church” public weekend Masses will begin with the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, June 13-14, 2020.

We are allowed to use 30% of the capacity of our church:  At Star of the Sea we are allowed the maximum of 150 persons (100% capacity is 496) and in Holy Trinity we are allowed 70 persons (100% capacity is 240).

“In-Church” public weekday Masses will begin on Monday, June 8, 2020.

We will be allowed to have only 25 persons in the church building.

Please read some important remarks from Our Bishop and  Directives from our Diocese

COVID-19 is still a virulent contagious virus communicated between people.  Everyone should remain conscious and alert that risks to either contract or spread the disease remain possible at any gathering of people, indoors or outdoors.  The risk is considered by public health experts to be especially significant indoors at prolonged, sedentary gatherings where coughing, sneezing and even talking/singing could easily communicate the coronavirus. 

Those who are frightened, those with a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms, those who may be asymptomatic carriers, those not feeling well, those with underlying health conditions or those in a high risk category should avoid public gatherings of any kind whether indoors or outdoors.

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I have been entrusted by the Church with the responsibility to exercise care for the spiritual needs of the faithful.  I cannot do that effectively if I ignore their physical health and well-being or put that health and the common good at risk.  For that reason, heeding the advice of public health officials and other scientific data, I directed the clergy and faithful of the Diocese to follow the courses of action we have pursued for the past several months.

Balancing the physical, public health precautions deemed necessary with the spiritual good of the faithful, I have decided to resume limited opportunities for the faithful to return to their parish churches, while maintaining the necessary, required public health precautions present in the CDC Guidelines, as the Diocese gradually and safely moves toward the full restoration of Catholic spiritual and sacramental life. 

(The following are the) “Directives” that I am mandating to be observed for participation at “in-Church” public Masses and sacramental administrations throughout the Diocese of Trenton.  I have maintained contact with the Governor and his chief counsel regarding these directives.

Common Directives to be Observed by All Parishes until Further Notice:

The dispensation from Sunday/Holy Day Mass obligation remains in effect until Monday, September 7 (unless otherwise announced).  The fulfillment of the Easter Duty may be accomplished before the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020.  The teachings of the Church regarding ‘Easter Duty’, as reflected in both the Catechism and the Code of Canon Law, indicate that there is an obligation to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist — preceded by sacramental confession, if conscious of grave sin — at least once a year, usually during the Easter season, unless there is a “just reason” that requires its

fulfillment at another time of the year. In the Diocese of Trenton, it has been impossible to fulfill these obligations until the sacraments are readily available again. In short, the presence of the COVID-19 situation is a “just reason” to delay the fulfillment of this duty and thus the obligation is moved to a time in the future when these sacraments are available again.

Parish churches may begin the celebration of limited “in-church” public weekend Masses — with no more than 1/3 occupancy — on June 13-14, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, observing all requirements listed below.  Weekday “in-church” public Masses with no more than 25 persons attending may begin on Monday, June 8, 2020, observing the same requirements.  Pastors will determine the most fair and effective ways to ensure proper observance of those numbers. 

A single entrance to the church should be utilized to monitor the number of people attending.  All doors can be used for exiting church. 

Receptacles for parish offerings/collections should be placed at the entrance and all exits.  Parishioners should be made aware and reminded of the presence of these receptacles and of on-line opportunities to support their parish in this time of special need.

The maximum percentage of seating mentioned above will determine the number of Masses necessary to accommodate the corresponding number of parishioners, keeping in mind the amount of time necessary to sanitize the church between Masses.     

Live-streaming of Masses shall continue, as determined by pastors.

Group devotional observances, including Children’s Liturgy of the Word and parish social gatherings are suspended until further notice.

No public gatherings or greetings before or after Masses, at church entrances/exits or on parish property are permitted.

All missals, hymnals, printed materials, pamphlets, etc., must be removed from churches.

Sanitation of church before and after each Mass, using approved methods is mandatory.  Consult online resources for recommended cleaning:  e.g. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

Holy Water fonts or receptacles are to remain empty.

Pastors may leave public restrooms open provided they are sanitized regularly.

Masks must be worn at all indoor/outdoor public Masses; regular hand washing with soap/water or alcohol-based sanitizer brought from home should take place; social distancing (6 feet) between groups of people from the same household and any other groups/individuals and between single individuals must be maintained at all indoor/outdoor Masses.

Communion is restricted to the Sacred Host only.  Communion in the hand is strongly preferred.

These preceding directives are temporary and remain in effect until rescinded by the Bishop.

Approved by: Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D., Bishop of Trenton on May 29, 2020

I will cover the information regarding the other sacraments in the next bulletin.

May the Lord bless us abundantly and may the Blessed Mother protect us always.

Fr. Javier

FROM THE PASTOR

May 26, 2020. 

GUIDELINE FOR CAR MASSES​

  1. In an effort to have a safe environment for the Pastor, the parish staff and parishioners. Here are some guidelines to follow:
    • Park at assigned parking spaces only.
    • You must remain in your car at all times.
    • If windows are open, masks must be worn.
    • Please place your donations on your windshield under your wiper, and someone will collect it.
    • If you would like to receive communion, please put your flashers on at the appropriate time, and father or one of our Eucharist Ministers will come by to distribute it.
    • When approached by the priest o Eucharist Minister for communion, the mask must be worn, receive the host in your palm, remove the cover mask, place host in your mouth, and put the mask back on.
    • When the mass is over, patiently pull out of the parking lot in an orderly fashion.
    Mass time
    9:00 a.m. (Portugues)
    10:30 a.m. (English)
    12:00 p.m. (Español)

PAUTAS PARA LAS MISAS EN EL PARQUEADERO

  1. Christ the King Parish will livestream Sunday masses as follows:
    • Estacione solo en los espacios de estacionamiento asignados.
    • Debe permanecer en su automóvil en todo momento.
    • Si las ventanas están abiertas, se deben usar máscaras.
    • Coloque sus donaciones en su parabrisas debajo de su limpiaparabrisas, y alguien la recogerá.
    • Si desea recibir comunión, por favor, ponga sus luces intermitentes en el momento apropiado, y el padre o uno de nuestros Ministros de la Eucaristía vendrá a distribuirla.
    • Cuando se acerque el sacerdote o el Ministro de la Eucaristía para la comunión, debe usar la máscara, recibir la Hostia en su palma , retire la máscara de la cubierta, coloque la hostia en la boca y vuelva a ponerse la máscara.
    • Cuando termine la misa, salga pacientemente del estacionamiento de manera ordenada.
    Los horariosde misas
    9:00 a.m. (Portugues)
    10:30 a.m. (English)
    12:00 p.m. (Español)

FROM THE PASTOR

May 11, 2020. 

Reopening of Church for Private Prayer

Please Observe These Directives

  1. The Church is open only for private prayer every day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  2. Only 10 persons are allowed in the Church at any given time.
  3. Please don’t touch anything as possible. Keep your hands together in prayer position (it will help you)
  4. Everyone must wear mask (gloves are recommended) for all prayer visits.
  5. The Parking Lot (handicap) Entrance is the only door to be used.
  6. Social distancing of six feet is to be observed.
  7. After pew is used, leave the kneeler down so area can be disinfected. Do not sit in a pew if the kneeler is down.
  8. The public restrooms are closed and locked.
  9. No public gatherings outside church, on its steps, or in parking lot.

These directives pertain to the reopening of Church for private prayer.  Other plans regarding Mass will be communicated when they are developed.

Following these rules will help our parish to remain open. Thanks for caring and for your cooperation

Father Javier Díaz, Pastor

FROM THE BISHOP

May 11, 2020. 

TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

Phase One:  “Reopening of Churches for Private Prayer beginning: May 13, 2020”

Common Directives to be Observed by All Parishes

  1. Dispensation from Sunday/Holy Day obligation remains in force until further notice
  2. Pastors determine whether or not and when they can open their churches safely
  • Christ the King Parish is opening for personal prayer from Monday to Friday starting on May 13th from 7AM to 8PM
  1. No public Masses or other group liturgical/devotional celebrations until further notice
  2. Sacramental celebrations in church (baptisms, confirmations, ordinary schedule of confessions, weddings) continue to be postponed until further notice
  3. Live-streaming of Masses without congregations to continue
  4. Churches will be closed for private prayer and empty during live-streamed Masses and will be reopened for private prayer after Mass (If masses are celebrated at the same location)
  5. Faithful from at risk groups as identified by CDC/NJ DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH should remain at home
  6. Regular sanitization of churches after use
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea will be cleaned and disinfected every night.
  1. Limited days open for private prayer: at least Monday through Friday
  2. Hours for private prayer in open church to be determined by pastor
  • Star of the Sea Church 7AM to 8PM
  1. Limited number of visitors at one time (no more than 10) according to NJ state guidelines and social distancing (minimum of 6 feet between visitors) to be observed
  2. Areas/pews for seating to be reserved to facilitate cleaning afterward
  3. Wearing of masks required for all those making visits
  4. No gathering at entrance, steps or parking lots
  5. Close public restroom facilities as a preventive health measure and post closure on restroom doors; consider posting this on website
  6. Remove all worship aides, pamphlets, books and paper from church pews; provide no handouts
  7. Utilize a volunteer cleaning crew if possible
  8. Encourage visitors to bring their own disinfectant wipes; provide trash receptacles at church entrance/exit
  9. Parishes with multiple church sites should only open one site, preferably the larger one where social distancing is easier

Approved by Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D.

Bishop of Trenton

May 8, 2020

FROM PARISH OFFICE​

March 23, 2020. 

The Food Pantry will be open every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., beginning 

FROM Religious education

March 20, 2020.

Dears parents and tutors,                                             

The office of Religious Education wants to keep you informed over the most recent update in the Religious Education program due to the outbreak of COVID-19. As of today, all classes, rehearsal and reconciliation, are canceled. Remember these times are unknown to all of us, we can only control how we react to each situation. We do have some days set up in order to keep the program going if the situation is permitted.

If you already received a letter with information regarding the First Holy Communion, please disregard it. The situation is still subject to change and in order to avoid confusion please visit our website cklb.org for new information. The only dates that we are keeping are those dates for confirmation.

For second year confirmation students, due to the cancelation in the original date, Father Javier gave us two new dates.                                                            

Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10:00 am/SOS. Those students have a reconciliation and rehearsal on May 7, at 4:00 pm/SOS.                                                                        

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00 am/SOS, those students have a reconciliation and rehearsal on May 14, at 4:00 pm/SOS.                                                             

Parents should call the office to pick a day by March 30, 2020.  Please call and pick the day of your preference, because the office needs to know ahead of time; otherwise we will do it for you, and once we do it you can’t change it.

 *For all other parents and tutors, remember the registration for the new year Religious Education (CCD) starts the first week of May 2020, and you can download the application from our website, cklb.org, go to faith formation.

Have a wonderful, bright, healthy, and happy summer! God bless you…

Note:

FHC (First Holy Communion); SOS (Star of The Sea)

Estimados padres y Tutores,

La oficina de Educacion Religiosa desea mantenerlos informados en los más recientes cambios de las actividades del programa de educación religiosa (CCD) debido al brote del corona virus. Quedan canceladas todas las clases, practicas, confesiones y demás actividades relacionadas. Recuerden que desconocemos lo que pueda venir y solo podemos controlar y reaccionar a cada situación que se presenta en el momento.

Si usted ya recibió una carta con información relacionada a la primera comunión, por favor tirela. Han surgido nuevos cambios nuevamente, y para evitar confusiones por favor manténganse informado a través de nuestra página de internet: cklb.org. las únicas fechas que aun siguen vigentes son las fechas para las confirmaciones. Cuando tengamos fecha para las primeras comuniones nos comunicaremos con ustedes.

Para el segundo año de los estudiantes de confirmación y debido a la cancelación de las fechas originales, el padre Javier nos ha dado dos nuevas fechas.                                                                                           

Sábado, mayo 9, 2020, a las 10 am en SOS, estos estudiantes tendrán confesiones y practicas el jueves mayo 7, a las 4 pm en SOS.

Sábado, mayo 16, 2020, a las 10 am en SOS, estos estudiantes tendrán confesiones y practicas el jueves mayo 14, a las 4 pm en SOS

Le pedimos a los padres y tutores llamar a las oficinas y escoger el día de su preferencia, la oficina necesita saber con anticipación, de otra manera nosotros elegiremos el día para ustedes, una vez lo hayamos elegido usted no podrá hacer cambios.

 *Para todos los demás padres y/o tutores, les recordamos que deben registrar a sus niños para el nuevo año de catecismo comenzando la primera semana de mayo 2020. Usted puede bajar y copiar la registracción de nuestra pagina de internet cklb.org ir a faith formation.

Les deseamos un verano hermoso, brillante y lleno de salud. ¡Dios bendiga su familia!

March 19, 2020. 

Christ the King Business Office is closed to walk-in service effective immediately.  If you have an urgent need, please call 732-222-3216 or email any@cklb.org and mary@cklb.org.  We will gladly take your phone calls for mass cards & other Parish business, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  You may leave any notes in the office mailbox at the front door.

If you need a mass card, we will leave it in our mailbox for you to pick up at your convenience.

Thank you for your patience & understanding!

FROM THE PASTOR

Important announcement / aviso importante

March 15, 2020

La iglesia Star of The Sea, estará abierta durante los dias de semana de las 6:00 hasta las 8pm todos los dias para la oracion personal. La capilla del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus y de Maria estará cerrada.

Oremos en familia constantemente en nuestros hogares
URGENTE E IMPORTANTE: TODAS LAS REUNIONES DE LOS GRUPOS PARROQUIALES SE CANCELAN HASTA NUEVO AVISO.
Considere con mucha prudencia, alta precaución su asistencia o participación en reuniones de tipo personal.
POR ORDEN DEL OBISPO las Misas SIGUEN en pie =LAS MISAS CONTINUAN en sus horarios regulares.

Quien se sienta indispuesto o tenga la mínima sospecha de estar enfermo, por favor abstengase de asistir a la misa; tiene Dispensa Episcopal (el obispo lo dispensa, no está pecando).
Dios los bendiga y Nuestra Señora nos proteja.
Aumentemos nuestra oracion en familia y personal.
Unidos todos en la oración

The Star of The Sea church will be open during the weekdays from 6:00 to 8pm every day for personal prayer. The Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary will be closed.

I encourage you pray as family constantly in our homes. We are together in prayer and faith.
May the Lord bless you all.

Our Lady help of Christians, pray for us

from the pastor

March 13, 2020

  • The March 26, 2020 Penance service and the Stations of the Cross have been cancelled until further notice.

From Religious Education

Mach 13, 2020

Dear parents and tutors,

The Diocese of Trenton tells us that we must take precaution with the situation that involves the issue of health due to the  COVID-19.The office of Religious Education wants to inform you that  we have canceled all religious Education classes, and all other related activities, such as rehearsal, reconciliation, and retreats.

Confirmation has been postponed to May 9th, 2020, and May 16th, 2020. Parents should call the office to let us which date know you prefer.

All other activities and continuing Education for first- and second-year holy communion, as well as first year confirmation will be announced in the church bulletin, and over the phones for the respective teachers.

Remember always call the office if you need additional information at 732-222-3216, ext. 121.

comunicado de parte de la Educación religiosa

Estimados padres y tutores,

La Diócesis de Trenton nos dice que debemos tomar medidas de precaución que envuelven el tema de la salud en estos momentos debido al Corona Virus. La oficina de educación religiosa les informa que quedan canceladas todas las clases de educación religiosa y actividades como prácticas, confesiones y retiros.

La confirmación ha sido pospuesta para los días 9 y 16 de mayo del 2020 los padres deberán llamar a la oficina para informarnos el día que prefieren.

El reanudamiento de las clases de primera comunión y confirmación de primer año, será anunciadas en el boletín de la iglesia y a través de llamadas telefónicas por los respectivos profesores de educación religiosa. Cualquier otra información favor comunicarse a las oficinas.