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coronavirus UPDATES

FROM THe pastor

March 26, 2020. 

The Holy Father has invited all clergy, religious and lay faithful of the world to take part in a special televised prayer service this Friday, March 27, at 1 pm EST. It will be broadcast on EWTN and livestreamed on
A plenary indulgence is attached to participation, under the usual conditions to be fulfilled “as soon as possible afterwards.”

Some Dioceses have asked that parish Church bells be rung at 1 pm. All the clergy, religious and lay faithful are asked to pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be as ceremonies begin at 1 pm on Friday, March 27.


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 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,, go to faith formation.

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


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: 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 ir a faith formation.

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

FROM Parish Office

March 20, 2020. 

“The Star of The Sea Church will be open during the week from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm every day for personal prayer”

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 and  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 Parish Office

March 19, 2020. 


FROM bishop o'connell

Important announcement

March 16, 2020. 


God has not abandoned us and is present among us. As we learn each day of the growing concern surrounding the spread of the coronavirus in our communities, we need to have faith and confidence in God, especially in times like these, praying that He will see us through the present adversity safely.  

Mindful of the Lord Jesus’ own words in St. Luke’s Gospel, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his Cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9: 23),” the coronavirus pandemic has placed such a Cross before us.

In response to the latest guidelines from national and state health authorities aimed at stopping the spread of the disease, I have directed the following:


  • All public Masses throughout the Diocese of Trenton will be temporarily suspended through April 3, 2020.  That date is subject to change as the coronavirus pandemic evolves.  
  • Baptism, funerals and weddings may continue based on the judgement of pastors, with the caution that crowds should not exceed 50 persons as mandated by the State of a New Jersey.
  • Social distancing practices (3-6 feet of space between participants) should be observed for any event inside church spaces.
  • Churches should remain open for prayer, private devotion and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Pastors are asked to consider Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the day. Praying in large groups, however, should be avoided.
  • Attention should be paid to the cleanliness of our church facilities.
  • Televised or online celebrations of the Mass and other religious programming are available for use of the faithful during this time. 
  • All scheduled Confirmations in the Diocese will be temporarily postponed until after Easter and will be re-scheduled after that time.  
  • The Sacrament of Penance should remain available according to need, but public Penance Services are not to be conducted.  
  • The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick should also remain available for true emergencies. Hospitals and nursing homes may be on lock-down and priests are advised to check on their status beforehand.


  • All Catholic schools in the Diocese will remain closed as mandated by the State of New Jersey.  Directions for academic work have been provided by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in coordination with Catholic school administrations.
  • All religious education programs are suspended with at-home work provided by the local parish leaders where possible.
  • The Chancery offices will be closed March 16 through March 23 and staff will work remotely during that time. A limited number of staff will be present in the office on an as-needed basis to provide essential services. 
  • Pastors should make appropriate judgments regarding parish offices.  Other regular parish activities and previously scheduled events should be postponed or canceled.
  • Catholic social and charitable outreach programs and services in the Diocese should be adjusted to meet directions mandated by the State of New Jersey.

The Catholic faithful of the Diocese — priests, religious and lay faithful — are advised to keep informed and updated regarding the progress of the coronavirus pandemic during this national and state emergency. You will find links to national, state and local agencies on our webpage:

We will continue to evaluate new information that could impact these directives and will post regular updates to and on the Diocese’s social media pages.

FINALLY, avoid crowded areas, observe careful hygiene, keep appropriate distances outside the home and if feeling sick, stay at home.  I ask that all of the faithful remember the elderly and other persons at risk in their families and communities, and reach out to them by phone to see if help is needed.


An Act of Spiritual Communion is proposed for the faithful who are temporarily unable to receive the Eucharist:

“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.”

For a list of streamed or recorded Masses available online, or television stations airing the Sunday Mass,   go to

As we all face what has become a grave and growing health risk, it is important for all the Catholic faithful to “persevere in hardship and keep praying regularly (Romans 12:12).”  As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I invite all the Catholic faithful to join with me in prayer: 

O Mary, loving Mother, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, who at the Cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

Be present to all those suffering from coronavirus and to those who care for them: families, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses, staff, government officials, pastors, priests and all who seek to do God’s will. Bring comfort and calm to the elderly, to those at risk and to all who are afraid.  Be for us all a beacon of hope, lighting our path once more to the heart of your beloved Son, the Divine Healer and Health of the Sick.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.


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
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.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Horario de Semana Santa 


April 5th, Palm Sunday Weekend

Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem

Palms will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.

at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Saturday, 4:00 p.m. English

& 7:30 p.m. Brazilian/Portuguese           

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Portuguese/Brazilian

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. English

Sunday, 12:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Spanish

at Holy Trinity Church

Sunday, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. English


The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed

at the Chapel of the

Sacred Heart of Jesus & Mary

 380 Division St. & Willow Ave.,

during Holy Week from Mon at 6:15am to Wed at 9:15pm

Daily Mass

 April 6th, Monday of Holy Week

12:10 p.m. English at Holy Trinity Church

April 7th, Tuesday of Holy Week

12:10 p.m. English at Holy Trinity Church

7:30 p.m. Brazilian at Holy Trinity Church

 Mass for Anointing of the Sick and the Elderly

4:00 p.m. English at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

April 8th, Wednesday of Holy Week

12:10 p.m. English at Holy Trinity Church

7:00 p.m. Spanish

at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

The Sacred Triduum

Holy Thursday, April 9th

at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper

6:00 p.m.

English, Spanish & Portuguese at Holy Trinity Church    

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.


Good Friday, April 10th

Living Stations of the Cross

Procession at 12:30 p.m.

from Holy Trinity Church to Parish Hall

Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord

at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

3:00 p.m. English

7:30 p.m. Portuguese & Spanish


Holy Saturday, April 11th

at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church 

The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 p.m.


Easter Sunday, April 12th

at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

9:00 a.m. Portuguese/Brazilian

10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. English

12:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Spanish

at Holy Trinity Church

8:00 & 11:30 a.m. English

9:30 a.m. Italian


All are invited to participate in the