Statement of Bishop Dennis Sullivan regarding further COVID-19 restrictions related to the Diocese of Camden spiritual life

In response to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s decision to limit much of the activity in our state, I have made the following decisions related to the spiritual activities of the diocese:

MASSES

· All public weekday and Sunday Masses be suspended until further notice. Public weekday Masses are not to be held even if attendance is fewer than fifty since, generally speaking, it is the older faithful who are most vulnerable that usually attend.

· Since the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life, all priests in the Diocese of Camden must celebrate Mass privately for the good of the Christian faithful entrusted to their care and in satisfaction of the intentions of those who have made an offering for Mass.

ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS:

· Penance – since confessions are held individually, times may be scheduled as the pastor sees fit for the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. Please call the Parish office for an appointment time. 609-390-0664. Lenten Penance Services are to be cancelled.

· Anointing of the Sick – priests will continue to provide the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, but must take all necessary germ protection precautions in place at an individual’s home, nursing home or hospital. Please call the Parish office at 609-390-0664.

· Church Prayer Time-The Church of the Resurrection will be open from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday for those that would like to come in and pray. Please keep social distancing and refrain from conversation with other worshipers. This is a time for private prayer.

HOLY WEEK AND SACRED TRIDUUM – We will keep you posted on any decisions in regard to the celebration of Holy Week as we get information.

DIOCESAN RESPONSE ASSISTANCE.

· Live Streaming Of The Mass – the Office of Communications developed a list of those parishes that live stream Mass. It can be found at camdendiocese.org/live-stream-mass. Also check this bulletin for other TV Mass Times.

· Live Streaming of the Stations of the Cross—http://www.catholictv.org/shows/stations-the-cross/stations-the-cross-shrine-divine-mercy

· Daily Mass Readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm

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