This Notice was first published in our March 3, 2019 bulletin:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Earlier this month a few parishioners received a text ‘from me’ asking for help.  It was addressed to their first name and signed Rev. Mark Kreder.  The text simply asked the person to help me with a favor.  They were asked to purchase a gift card, scratch off and send the code back to the texter.

Neither I, nor Father Tom, nor anyone on Parish Staff, would ask for help in either of these ways.  If in doubt of an email or text from me or any staff member, do not reply to the message and please notify the Parish Office that you received such a message.  Responding to these phishing messages only validates your information to the scammer. Please know this has been reported to the Toms River Police.
Fr. Mark