“A Light in the Darkness”Announcement from Bishop O’Connell
The clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Trenton are invited to safely display a lighted candle in the window of their homes, like those electric candles used at Christmas, around sunset (7:32 pm) on Holy Saturday evening, as a symbol of our unity with Catholics throughout the world, while Paschal Candles are being lit at Easter Vigils. This symbol will be for us in the Diocese of Trenton “A Light in the Darkness,” the darkness that has been the COVID -19 Pandemic.  The following prayer from the Easter Vigil may be said as candles are lighted: “May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.” 

Join Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. livestreams for Holy Week 2020 Liturgies:  Holy Thursday-April 9 at 7pm; Good Friday-April 10 at 3pm; Easter Vigil-April 11 at 7pm.  All viewed on WWW.UTUBE.COM/TRENTONDIOCESE.   Also thru the link www.dioceseoftrenton.org



Collections are vital to our existence as a Parish. Since you are not coming to Mass Donations can be dropped off in the church narthex in the hopper labeled “Weekend Donations/Contributions”, or mailed to the church: St. Justin the Martyr, 975 Fischer Blvd. Toms River, NJ 08753.   Parishes rely on the generosity of their members to cover expenses related to ministry, utilities, maintenance, staffing, community outreach programs and other pressing needsPlease consider making your online offertory for our parish thru the Diocese that has now created a Pass the Basket link for online giving to your parish along with the Diocese of Trenton’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Please go to this link to contribute to St. Justin’s: https://dioceseoftrenton.org/covid-19-emergency-fund      


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

WELCOME FROM OUR PASTOR Welcome to the website of Saint Justin the Martyr Roman Catholic Church. Saint Pope John XXIII stated that the mission of the Church is to show people how to pray, to bring them to contrition for their sins by showing them God’s love and mercy, to feed them with the Eucharistic Bread and to bind them together with the bonds of charity.  This is our mission and goal at St. Justin Parish.The truths of the Catholic Church are God’s message entrusted to fallible human beings by God Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. Our task is to receive that message and contemplate it, appropriate it, explain it, defend it and then pass it on intact.This process starts in a parish community. We are called to be witnesses to Christ. Our patron, Saint Justin, witnessed to Christ in many ways; even to the point of being martyred for the faith. Hopefully, none of us will be martyred for the faith, but we are called to witness in our everyday lives.The Church exists for no other purpose than to draw people to Christ. We do this through our liturgies, through faith formation and education, through our social outreach programs and through our social activities. We hope you will join us in this effort and will be at home in our parish. In the name of this community please let us know how we can help you, and in the name of God, please let us know how you can help us! May God bless our efforts and all the members of our parish family. Please know of my prayers for you as we continue together in our faith journey seeking the face of Christ in all things! In Christ, Reverend Mark A. Kreder, Pastor

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