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Important Message - Weekend Parking (7/22/2020)

 

 

Effective this weekend, July 25-26, and continuing throughout the summer both the small parking lot behind the church and the large parking lot on 44th Street will be open for those attending Mass.
 
Please keep in mind that the Covid restrictions regarding Mass attendance are still in effect. For us this means we are limited to a maximum of 300 people per Mass. 
 
Masks are required to enter church and must be worn during Mass. Social distancing is required.
 

 

Important Message from the Finance Council (7/6/2020)

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

We hope that you and your loved ones are well in this very difficult time. The Covid-19 crisis has caused many changes to our daily lives, not least of which the way we celebrate as a faith community.

 

The parishioners of St. Joseph’s have always been  very generous, as can be seen by the attached chart detailing general offertory. 

 

Our 2020 fiscal year which ended June 30th, started strong. Monthly giving equaled or exceeded the prior 4 year average. Unfortunately, since March, the beginning of the Covid crisis, general offertory has almost halved. Monthly expenses continue, however, at practically the same rate as prior to the onset of the pandemic.

 

We understand that everything feels different right now and may continue to do so for some time ahead. We respectfully ask you to consider the on-going needs of St. Joseph. Mail a donation to the parish or use the link below to make a one time or monthly gift.

 

Thank you,

Finance Council of St. Joseph’s

 

2019-20-FY Offertory Revenue.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [59.1 KB]

 

Important Message from the Pastor (6/2/2020)

Now that we have received formal permission, parishes within the Diocese of Camden will be attempting a Phase 1 partial and gradual reopening of houses of worship for the public celebration of the Eucharist.  Restrictions governing this effort are informed by the requirements of the State of New Jersey, recommendations of the CDC and directives from the Office of the Bishop.

 

The purpose of these guidelines is to create a climate of health and safety for the gathered faithful.  It is my hope that the full compliance of all will allow for the step- by-step lessening of these regulations in the weeks ahead.  See below for these guidelines.

 

Persons who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19, the elderly and families with young children (under 7) are encouraged to remain at home.  The dispensation of the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains in effect throughout Phase 1 of the progressive reopening of parishes in our Diocese.

 

In advance, I thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.

 

 

 

SUMMARY STATEMENT (Revised 6/1/2020)

 

  1. Effective Saturday, June 13, permission has been given to celebrate public Masses in the Diocese of Camden. The number of persons in attendance has been “capped” at 30%. In the case of St. Joseph’s, that would be 300 people per Mass. The restrictions to be set in place will remain in effect until further notice.  
  2. With the same restrictions, weekday Mass will begin on Monday, June 15.

 

  1. Attendees are to wear masks and are to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from one another.  To achieve this important restriction, every other pew is to be closed off and may not be used.  The narthex will be closed to the faithful and may be used only to move into the body of the main Church.

 

  1. No additional masses are permitted and may not be added to the Parish Mass schedule.  At this time, we will follow the Summer Mass schedule. (Saturday at 4PM, and Sunday at  7AM, 8:30 AM, 10AM and 11:30AM).

 

  1. All doors to the Church are to be locked, allowing only one point of entrance. In the case of St. Joseph’s, it will be the door facing the small lot on the west side of the Church.   It will be at that location that a count (300) will be taken.  All doors may be used to leave the Church at the conclusion of Mass.

 

  1. Given the realities of the Summer season and, in an attempt to effectively manage the possible size of the gathered faithful, the large parking lot by the Parish Center will be closed.  The smaller lot adjacent to the Church will be open.  It can be reasonably anticipated that those choosing to drive, along with bicyclists and “walkers”, will quickly reach the “cap” number of 300 per Mass.  At that point, all doors to the Church will be locked.  Congestion in and around our Church must be avoided for the requirements of social distancing (6’) to be properly maintained.

 

  1. During this time of Phase 1, certain minor rubrical adjustments will be made in the celebration of Mass.  The most significant is that the distribution of Holy Communion will take place at the conclusion of Mass.  After receiving communion, the faithful are to depart the Church promptly and as directed.  

 

  1. Numerous fellow parishioners have volunteered to assist in the implementation of the above requirements.  I thank them for their willingness to serve and ask that they be treated with due respect by all in our faith community.  As has been said by others, we are all in this together! 

 

God Bless and Stay Healthy,

Father Perreault

 

 

Contact Us 

St Joseph Parish Center

126 44th St

Sea Isle City, 08243


Phone:   609.263.8696

Fax:       609.263.7884

E-mail: info@stjosephsic.org

 

 

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