In lieu of the 2020 Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns, the Diocese of Trenton invites all married couples to “A Holy Hour for Marriage,” a special livestreamed event to honor the sacredness of Holy Matrimony on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm. This event is open to all married couples and their families – advance registration is not required. Special recognition will be given to couples celebrating their 1st, 25th and 50th (or more) wedding anniversary this year. Read more..
From: Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M. Bishop of Trenton
For centuries Catholics have turned to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking for her intercession in times of need by praying the Rosary. This great prayer, whose origins date before the 12th century, uses a meditative repetition of prayers that invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she leads us to consider the mysteries in the life of her Divine Son, Jesus. History has shown this to be a powerful, effective and calming prayer that has truly changed hearts and lives over the centuries of its use.
Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said of the Rosary that it is “the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the Rosary is beyond description.”
As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I invite all Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton to consider making this powerful devotion part of your daily life of prayer. Please join with me in praying Our Lady’s Rosary every day between now and October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the many intentions and needs of our nation today, especially for a true respect for life in all its stages from conception to natural death; for the strengthening of marriage and family life; for an end to the COVID 19 pandemic and for all those impacted by it; for a lasting resolution to the racial tensions and injustices that have too long afflicted our country; for an end to the violence and death in our cities, especially among the young; for the victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking; for the poor, the unemployed and those who face economic hardship and for so many of the other intentions and needs that we face in our country and world.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
RE-ENTERING THE CHURCH–The Limited Public Celebration of the Mass– Bishop O’Connell has issued directives for the re-opening of the church. These directives must be abided by in all parishes. READ NEW MASS TIMES AND FULL DIRECTIVES
Collections are vital to our existence as a Parish. If your circumstances permit, please consider donating to the parish at this time. Donations can be mailed to the church: St. Justin the Martyr, 975 Fischer Blvd. Toms River, NJ 08753. There are also collection hoppers located in the parish hall at the exits to drop off an envelope before or after Mass, collection baskets are not permitted to be passed. Also, consider making your online offertory for our parish thru the Diocese, that has now created a “Pass the Basket Emergency Fund.” Please go to this link to contribute to St. Justin’s: https://dioceseoftrenton.org/covid-19-emergency-fund These are challenging times for all of us. This crisis has hit many of us hard and our parish is no different. I am most grateful to all who have continued to mail in their weekly offerings, or donated on line, so we can pay all bills on time.
HOPE IN TROUBLED TIMES, We are in a dark period in our world and in our country in that we have been separated from Eucharist. However, life will emerge again as nature shows us. Things will come back to normal if we put our trust and faith in our Lord. Historically people have turned to houses of worship during troubled times, however, this virus has kept us from receiving the gift of life, Jesus in the Eucharist. Let us put our faith and trust in the Lord as we pray for all of those who have died, all of those who have been affected by this virus; whose lives have been disrupted during these difficult times. We pray for all health care workers and all those working hard to combat the disease. Please read 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Psalm 46. Father Mark
MISSION STATEMENT: The goal of Saint Justin The Martyr Parish is that each member grow in the Grace through Jesus Christ, and in so doing cooperate with the Holy Spirit in giving glory to God, in experiencing the salvation of their soul, and in building up the Body of Christ